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The postcard, by Tony Abbott

Label
The postcard
Title
The postcard
Statement of responsibility
by Tony Abbott
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
While in St. Petersburg, Florida, to help clean out his recently-deceased grandmother's house, thirteen-year-old Jason finds an old postcard which leads him on an adventure that blends figures from an old, unfinished detective story with his family's past
Storyline
Pace
Award
Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile, 2009.
Review
  • Gr. 6-9 Abbott, author of Firegirl (2007) and the Droon series, sets no easy task for himself with this book, which contains a mystery within a mystery. Thirteen-year-old Jason is heading to St. Petersburg to help clean out the house of a deceased grandmother whom he's never met. As soon as he arrives, mystery meets him. Who are those odd people at the funeral? And what about the strange phone call that leads him to a tinted postcard of a Florida landmark about to be demolished? The postcard points Jason to several old manuscripts that tell the story of his grandparents' romance. Or do they? Abbott plays with style as he alternates between the contemporary mystery of finding the manuscripts with the manuscripts themselves, written in a hard-boiled detective style. The result is sometimes too convoluted, but the book is so enticing that readers will go along even when the going is rough. Jason (paired nicely with a neighbor girl as sidekick) is a hero worth rooting for. Kudos, too, to the book's designer, whose use of old postcards heightens the appeal. -- Cooper, Ilene (Reviewed 05-01-2008) (Booklist, vol 104, number 17, p48)
  • Gr 5–8— Retirement mecca St. Petersburg provides the perfect backdrop for Abbot's mystery. Jason, 13, flies down to Florida to help his dad settle his grandmother's estate. Worried about his parents' marriage and disgusted with the heat and totally bored, he is intrigued when he finds an old postcard of his grandmother's. A hotel on it is the same one that appears in a mystery in an old magazine that he also finds in her house. The stories star someone called Marnie, a name that the funeral director calls Jason's grandmother, Agnes. Jason suspects that it wasn't a slip of the tongue after all, and that the tales really feature his grandmother. A mysterious phone call leads the teen and his new friend Dia to follow a trail of vintage postcards through local landmarks. Abbott's gift for creating complicated, realistic young characters is evident in Jason, but he is joined by stock characters from the pages of an old gumshoe mystery. The contrast between Jason's real adolescent angst and the clichéd mystery woven throughout makes each element seem richer. The surprise ending to the mystery and the not-so-surprising ending to Jason's real-life drama are quite satisfying. While less-sophisticated readers might be confused by the scene switches caused by the story-within-a-story format, many will enjoy this novel.—Nicki Clausen-Grace, Carillon Elementary School, Oviedo, FL --Nicki Clausen-Grace (Reviewed April 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 4, p139)
  • Thirteen-year-old Jason fears his parents are breaking up. When his estranged (and strange) grandmother passes away in Florida, his possibly alcoholic father goes down to take care of her estate; Jason worries that means his father is moving out. Jason goes to Florida to attend the funeral as well as to keep an eye on dad. In his grandmother's things, Jason finds a magazine containing a pulp-noir story that seems to be about his grandmother and great-grandfather, one of the original Florida land barons. He also finds a mysterious postcard that hints at the location of further installments of the story. With the help of local teen Dia, Jason uncovers the solution to a family mystery that just may save his father. Author of the endless Secrets of Droon series, Abbott has created a silly, overlong mystery full of conclusion-jumping and nonsensical clues. The characters are annoying (even to each other) and the supposedly compelling mystery Jason finds is a florid, turgid mess. (Fiction. 11-13) (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2008)
Awards note
A Junior Library Guild selection.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
264158
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Abbott, Tony
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Grandmothers
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Grandmothers
  • Family problems
  • Books and reading
  • Books and reading
  • Love
  • Postcards
  • Saint Petersburg (Fla.)
  • Florida
  • Saint Petersburg (Fla.)
  • Florida
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The postcard, by Tony Abbott
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A mystery within a mystery"--Cover
Control code
000042186013
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
358 p.
Isbn
9780316011723
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2007031074
Other physical details
ill.
Label
The postcard, by Tony Abbott
Publication
Note
"A mystery within a mystery"--Cover
Control code
000042186013
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
358 p.
Isbn
9780316011723
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2007031074
Other physical details
ill.

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