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Dead Letter (Herculeah Jones Series)

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hen Herculeah discovers a mysterious letter inside the lining of a secondhand coat, she suspects it’s a desperate cry for help. If so, what happened to the person who wrote it? Herculeah thinks she knows the answer. What she doesn’t know is that someone is watching her—someone who will do anything to keep her quiet. Byars is in top form, providing cliffhanger after cliffhanger…in this well-crafted thriller fraught with danger and true villains. —School Library Journal ...
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Overview

hen Herculeah discovers a mysterious letter inside the lining of a secondhand coat, she suspects it’s a desperate cry for help. If so, what happened to the person who wrote it? Herculeah thinks she knows the answer. What she doesn’t know is that someone is watching her—someone who will do anything to keep her quiet. Byars is in top form, providing cliffhanger after cliffhanger…in this well-crafted thriller fraught with danger and true villains. —School Library Journal

Herculeah Jones and her best friend Meat set out to crack the case of the mysterious note which she finds in the lining of a second-hand coat.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
When some cash was burning a hole in Herculeah's pocket, she ventured to Hidden Treasures, a secondhand store, where she purchased an electric blue coat. She should have heeded the warning that danger was near-when wearing the coat, her hair began to tingle and frizz. Just as she was drawn to purchase the coat, she also found a note, begging for help, buried deep within the coat's lining. With the help of her best friend , "Meat," the public library, and by poking around the new construction on Elm Street, Herculean helps to solve a twenty-year-old mystery. Along the way, she encounters a handwriting analysis expert, a vicious Doberman, and a ruthless nephew. This is the third "Herculeah Jones" mystery.
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Gr 4-7The mighty Herculeah Jones is back with her able accomplice Meat in their third mystery. This time, Herculeah finds a note in the lining of an electric blue coat that she bought at a second-hand store. The missive is from someone who is being held prisoner and is terrified of being murdered. Through careful detective work and a bit of luck, the girl learns the identity of the woman and that she has indeed died, and is determined to find her killer. In the process, Herculeah very nearly becomes the next victim. Like strong detectives in adult mysteries, Herculeah is feisty and foolhardy. She is also frightened when she is held captive and guarded by a killer Doberman, and humbled by her experiences. Meat, far more timid, struggles to keep up, rarely realizing how helpful he really is. Byars is in top form, providing cliffhanger after cliffhanger, laughter and chills, in this well-crafted thriller fraught with danger and true villains.Ann Cook, Winter Park Public Library, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142405642
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Series: Herculeah Jones Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 410,125
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Betsy Byars began her writing career rather late in life. "In all of my school years, . . . not one single teacher ever said to me, 'Perhaps you should consider becoming a writer,'" Byars recalls. "Anyway, I didn't want to be a writer. Writing seemed boring. You sat in a room all day by yourself and typed. If I was going to be a writer at all, I was going to be a foreign correspondent like Claudette Colbert in Arise My Love. I would wear smashing hats, wisecrack with the guys, and have a byline known round the world. My father wanted me to be a mathematician." So Byars set out to become mathematician, but when she couldn't grasp calculus in college, she turned to English. Even then, writing was not on her immediate horizon.

First, she married and started a family. The writing career didn't emerge until she was 28, a mother of two children, and living in a small place she called the barracks apartment, in Urbana, Illinois. She and her husband, Ed, had moved there in 1956 so he could attend graduate school at the University of Illinois. She was bored, had no friends, and so turned to writing to fill her time. Byars started writing articles for The Saturday Evening Post, Look,and other magazines. As her family grew and her children started to read, she began to write books for young people and, fortunately for her readers, discovered that there was more to being a writer than sitting in front of a typewriter.

"Making up stories and characters is so interesting that I'm never bored. Each book has been a different writing experience. It takes me about a year to write a book, but I spend another year thinking about it, polishing it, and making improvements. I always put something of myself into my books — something that happened to me. Once a wanderer came by my house and showed me how to brush my teeth with a cherry twig; that went in The House of Wingscopyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Tap me

    What is it about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Good amazing

    This is a really good book

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  • Posted January 7, 2013

    I would give the book 3 stars because I didn¿t really like the e

    I would give the book 3 stars because I didn’t really like the ending. I don’t like books that leave you of so you have to buy the next book. My favorite part was when Herculeah was trapped and she tried to use the bed springs as a weapon. If you like short mysteries this might be good, but it won’t be the best you’ve ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Dead Letter I would give this book five stars

    Dead Letter
    I would give this book five stars because I like mysteries. My favorite part was when she got trapped in the horse stable. That made me want to read on in the book . My least favorite part is the beginning because it was kind of boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    I gave Dead Letter 5 stars because I found it interesting also I

    I gave Dead Letter 5 stars because I found it interesting also I love mysteries.
    My favorite part was when Meat, Sam, and Cobby saved Herculeah from the Doberman in the stable.
    I really do not have a least favorite part. I loved the whole thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    I gave Dead Letter 2 ½ stars because there were some parts in th

    I gave Dead Letter 2 ½ stars because there were some parts in the book I really didn’t like. Some parts where really exiting and some parts was very… hard to say. But the book was okay!
    My favorite parts in the book is when she found the letter in her coat pocket after, she bought the coat from the store. And also how she didn’t want to tell her dad about the note because of how he would tell not to do anything else.
    The part I really didn’t like is when they would just talk about nothing. But I thought that they could have been talking about something exiting threw out the book.
    What I think about the book is that Herculean Jones is just another Nancy Drew. Basically she was a newer vision of Nancy Drew. Also I like Nancy drew much, much better than dead letter!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    I gave Dead Letter 5 stars because it was good all but in some p

    I gave Dead Letter 5 stars because it was good all but in some parts it was like why herculeah would do that in a certain part.
    My favorite part was when she finds the note in her lining of her coat.
    I didn’t really have a least favorite part, there was nothing bad about the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    I wanted to read it but........

    Before i wanted to buy it i wanted to sample but the sample wasnt worth it only 6 pages and none of it was the very first page on the book but i have seen all the good comments so what the heck.....IM JUST GONNA GET IT WHOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Best

    Best book ever finishedf it in 3 hrs

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Love it

    This book is awesome i couldn't stop reading it great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2004

    It was a thriller book to keep you reading

    IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS WE EVER READ WE COULDNT STOP READING IT WAS SUCH A GREAT BOOK IT TOOK US ONLY 2 DAYS TO READ IT WE WANTED TO FINISH READING IT THE FIRST DAY BUT OUR TEACHER SAID STOP.IF YOU ARE READING THIS AND YOU DIDNT READ THE BOOK YOU SHOULD READ IT.IF NOT YOUR MISSING ALOT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2004

    Its Awsome

    its a really great book and it took me only 1 day to read it because i was stuck into the book i just simply coulnt stop reading it and if your reading this and didnt read the book you should read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2002

    It rules

    I think this book is really exciting. It has lots of detail and excitement. The beggining of the chapter is exciting and the end of a chapter makes it imposible for you to not read the next chapter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2001

    great book!!

    i really liked this book. i don't really like to read (i can read very well though) but this book made me want to keep reading. sometimes i don't finish books but i just had to finish this one. i want to buy this book and death's door. i hope death's door is as great as dead letter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2000

    whodunit mystery

    this book has it's twists and you will not be sure who Herculeah should trust and who she will want to get away from as fast as possible. Considering her dad is a police officer she has acess to most all murders but her father will not be the key in the end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2000

    A thriller bound to keep you on the edge of your seat

    This book is an excellent, modern version of a great Nacy Drew mystery. It's exciting with a little humor mixed in with it. I reccomend this book to 4th grade and up.

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