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Sixth-grader Kathy Harmon has just moved from Cherry Hill, New Jersey to Warner, North Carolina, an island town on the Outer Banks. Sad and lonely, she’s sure her secret – and living in the fanciest house in town – will prevent her from making friends. To help fill Kathy’s days before school begins, her mother enrolls her in a "Kooking with Kids" class taught by local restaurant owner Janine McCallum. Janine and Kathy become fast friends.

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Bitter Tastes

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Sixth-grader Kathy Harmon has just moved from Cherry Hill, New Jersey to Warner, North Carolina, an island town on the Outer Banks. Sad and lonely, she’s sure her secret – and living in the fanciest house in town – will prevent her from making friends. To help fill Kathy’s days before school begins, her mother enrolls her in a "Kooking with Kids" class taught by local restaurant owner Janine McCallum. Janine and Kathy become fast friends.

One day after cooking class, Kathy overhears an argument between Janine and the owner of a competing restaurant. Janine is found dead the next day.

Martha Cunningham, a classmate from the wrong side of town, pushes Kathy to solve the mystery. Martha’s lifelong knowledge of Warner and Kathy's puzzle solving skills lead the girls to find three people who have Janine’s past in common. And all three wear the ugliest glasses on the planet!

Those glasses (and a common tool found in Janine’s restaurant) guide Kathy and Martha to the home of the prime suspect. The killer returns just as Kathy discovers the murder weapon. The girls are trapped! Will help arrive in time to save them?
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Editorial Reviews

Alice Klein
Told in the first person (Kathy Harmon) this story is quick and succinct yet it paints a very vivid picture of the area and the subsequent action. What part does the "ugliest glasses on the planet" play? And which of the three people who have a pair killed Janine?

Perfect for pre-teen and up, V. B. Rosendahl is to be commended for a mystery worth reading.
Richard Bowen
I think you have a goldmine here; and I'm not just speaking of financial reward. These stories and adventures are more accessible to kids than the wordy tomes of Harry Potter; and the fact that they are manageable will make them books that kids can read time and again; carry with them and share.

Please let me know when the next edition is available, I'll want to read it before it becomes a hit TV series!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012370358
  • Publisher: Stargazer Press
  • Publication date: 1/7/2007
  • Series: Kathy & Martha Mystery Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,218,318
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 62 KB

Meet the Author

VB Rosendahl, author of Uneven Advantage, has been nominated for The Moonbeam Children’s Book Award and The National Reading Association Book Award for Bitter Tastes, the first book in the Kathy & Martha Mystery Series. She has recently appeared on Radio Disney and speaks at elementary and middle schools across Tidewater, Virginia. For more information, please go to www.vbrosendahl.com.
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