Thumb and the Bad Guys by Ken Roberts

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Inspired by a movie shown at the local gym (with the whole town in attendance), 11-year-old Leon (aka Thumb) wants to track down a bad guy. After all, he thinks, without bad guys, the Harry Potter books would just be stories about school. And he wouldn't mind being known as the Jake Danger of New Auckland. But with only 143 people in his remote British Columbia fishing village, surrounded by mountains and ocean, how could there even be any bad guys around? And where would they hide? But Thumb is determined, so he and his pal Susan conduct a stakeout. Their suspicions soon focus on bald, toothless old Kirk McKenna, who has the revolting habit of spitting on the sidewalk. Meanwhile, a new teacher, the odd Ms. Weatherby, has arrived in town wearing heavy makeup and a terrible wig. Maybe she's the "bad guy" they're seeking. Will the determined duo find their villain? Ken Roberts brings his trademark quirky characters, tight plotting, detailed portrait of small-town life, and lively humor to this fascinating story that also contains underlying messages about tolerance and the value of community.

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Ken Roberts is the author of several popular books for young readers, includingHiccup Champion of the World, Crazy Ideas, Pop Bottles, Nothing Wright, Past Tense(shortlisted for a Governor General's Award) and two highly praised previous Thumb books -The Thumb in the BoxandThumb on a Diamond(Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice, SSLI Honor Book, Horn Book Fanfare Top Ten List). Ken is chief librarian of the Hamilton Public Library. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Leanne Franson is a children's book illustrator who was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and who lives now in Montreal. She has illustrated the books in Ken Roberts' Thumb series.
Published July 28, 2009 by Groundwood Books. 128 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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In a hamlet on the coast of British Columbia that is reachable only by air or boat, 12-year-old Thumb is known among the 143 other villagers as the one who plays a trick on newcomers.

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