The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman by Ben H. Winters

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Ms. Finkleman is just our boring old music teacher. Or is she?

It all starts with a Special Project in Mr. Melville's Social Studies class: Solve a mystery in your own life. For seventh grader Bethesda Fielding, one mystery is too tempting to ignore: Ms. Finkleman.

Bethesda is convinced that her mousy Music Fundamentals teacher is hiding a secret life, and she’s determined to find out what it is. But no one is prepared for what she learns. Ms. Finkleman used tobe . . . a rock star? Soon the whole school goes rock crazy, and a giant concert is in the works with none other than timid Ms. Finkleman at the helm!

But the case isn’t quite closed, and the questions continue to swirl forBethesda. Could there be even more to the secret life of Ms. Finkleman than she already revealed? With the help of her rock-obsessed classmate Tenny Boyer, Bethesda won’t stop until she solves the real mystery of Ms. Finkleman once and for all!


About Ben H. Winters

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Ben H. Winters was nominated for an Edgar Award for his novel The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman. He is also the author of the New York Times best seller Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. He lives with his wife and children in Boston. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published September 21, 2010 by HarperCollins. 260 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A seventh-grade history project to "find a mystery, and solve it" transforms a creative preteen and her classmates when she unlocks the secret life of their Music Fundamentals teacher, Ms.

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Winters builds a fast-paced, funny, and highly original story on the premise that a drab music teacher—"so totally unremarkable as to be essentially invisible"— might have a secret past as a famous punk rock star.

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While Bethesda's classmates investigate why hot dogs are sold in packs of 12 when their buns are sold in bundles of eight, and why a mother is no longer talking to an uncle, the 12-year-old, straight-A Bethesda is convinced an even greater mystery exists in a teacher who seems so utterly blasé.

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