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New York Times bestselling author Robert B. Parker?s first novel for young readers

There is something evil in the air ; Bobby senses it. Who is that man he saw arguing with his pretty new English teacher? Bobby knows he should mind his own business, but times are confusing. World War II just ended, and the world is changing? Bobby?s world, especially. There?s Joanie, for one?why does being her friend feel awkward? And then there are his buddies, the junior varsity Edenville ...

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Overview


New York Times bestselling author Robert B. Parker?s first novel for young readers

There is something evil in the air ; Bobby senses it. Who is that man he saw arguing with his pretty new English teacher? Bobby knows he should mind his own business, but times are confusing. World War II just ended, and the world is changing? Bobby?s world, especially. There?s Joanie, for one?why does being her friend feel awkward? And then there are his buddies, the junior varsity Edenville Owls?basketball players in need of a leader. Can they help each other off the court as well as they can on it? They will need to.

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The first young adult book from crime fiction icon Robert B. Parker -- best known for his Spenser (Hundred-Dollar Baby et al.) and Jesse Stone (High Profile et al.) sagas -- is set in the fall of 1945 and revolves around a group of Massachusetts eighth-graders who become entangled in a decidedly adult mystery involving their lovable teacher and a shadowy and potentially murderous nemesis.

Bobby Murphy and his four best friends (who make up the Edenville Owls basketball team) start eighth grade during a time of great social and political change: Not only has WWII finally ended, but the kids find themselves with a new and attractive teacher, the charming Miss Claudia Delaney. But when Bobby witnesses a malevolent-looking man (with a voice "like a piece of broken glass") assault Miss Delaney, he and the rest of the Edenville Owls -- along with Bobby's good friend Joanie Gibson -- vow to protect their teacher no matter what the cost. The group of amateur sleuths, via some ingenious investigative initiatives, eventually uncovers the mystery man's identity: His name is Richard Krauss -- and not only is he a raving racist, bigot, and wanted army deserter, he's Miss Delaney's ex-husband! But how can a handful of 14-year-olds persuade a madman to leave town while also protecting their teacher's reputation and job?

Parker's first foray into the young adult genre is a heartfelt and deeply nostalgic tale that will appeal not only to his adult audience but also adolescent readers who enjoy a good mystery. Highly recommended. Paul Goat Allen
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YAs will thoroughly enjoy this entertaining thriller.
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Parker, the bestselling author of detective novels for adults, brings a healthy dose of noir to his first outing for children, set in the years following the end of WWII. Narrating is Bobby Murphy, an eighth-grader at Center Junior High in a town called Edenville. His school lacks a gymnasium, so Bobby and a few close friends start up an informal rag-tag basketball team, which plays against teams from other local junior high schools. As the Owls-the group's chosen team name-improve their skills in their quest to win a statewide tournament played at Boston Garden, Bobby's relationship with longtime friend Joanie Gibson begins to grow, causing tension with his teammate, Nick, who's interested in her romantically. Additionally, Bobby finds himself wrapped up in a mystery involving his new, young English teacher, Miss Delaney; one day, while staying late, he sees a strange man being rough with her outside the school. He scares the man off, but despite her insistence that he drop the matter, Bobby investigates further with the help of Joanie and his teammates. They unravel the secret that Miss Delaney is hiding, and Bobby discovers a world of suburban white supremacy and neo-Nazism. Though Parker saturates his writing with period slang and details, the book holds a timely resonance as Bobby strives to act in a noble, moral way in a confusing post-war era. Ages 10-up. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
Bobbie Murphy is aware that everything will change now that World War II is over, but even he cannot predict what will happen when he enters eighth grade. His teacher Miss Delaney shows up with bruises on her face, and Bobby sees her arguing with a man. Bobby is determined to get to the bottom of this. His investigation leads him to a group of people who think that the Nazis had the right idea and it is up to the white Christian men to preserve American ideals. Bobby goes undercover in this group to figure out who, exactly, is the man connected to Miss Delaney. With help from some of his friends, especially Joanie, he finds out that Mr. Tupper is a deserter from the United States Army and was once married to Miss Delaney. Now he wants his son back from Miss Delaney. Can Bobby and his friends find a way to help her? While this book deals with some interesting concepts not often addressed in children's historical fiction (the Neo-Nazi movement immediately following World War II, the stigma of being a divorced woman in the 50s), Parker does not delve into these issues at any great depth. The resolution of the main conflict is rather anticlimactic. The book feels like it really should have been longer to fully address all the problems, both within and outside Bobby's life. Still, Parker provides an interesting view of post-WWII society.
VOYA - Ed Goldberg
Eighth grader Bobby sees a man slap his teacher Miss Delaney outside school. He yells out the classroom window and scares the man away. When confronted, Miss Delaney tells Bobby that nothing is wrong-in 1945 divorcees with children do not get teaching jobs easily, as Bobby will soon learn. Meanwhile Bobby and his Edenville Owls basketball team are trying to gain a slot in the state championship. A ragtag team with no coach, they look to Bobby as the leader who will prepare them. Bobby confronts jealousy when Joanie, a lifelong friend, dates his best friend and teammate. Joanie and Bobby are determined to protect Miss Delaney. They discover that the mystery man is her ex-husband, a wartime deserter and Aryan who assumed a dead soldier's identity. It is up to Joanie and the Edenville Owls to save Miss Delaney. Parker uses simple vocabulary to discuss high-level issues such as bigotry, desertion, sexual feelings, and ethics. Is it ethical to break a promise if there is a good reason? The issues are addressed ad nauseam and overshadow the plot. Short sentences, lots of dialogue, and a modicum of description make the book a fast read, but the action seems secondary. Interspersed are short chapters about life in 1945. Bobby's ruminations on his feelings about Joanie (Susan in Parker's adult Spenser novels), ethics, and friendship make it a "Spenser Jr." book. Big print and wide margins will entice reluctant readers to this readable but disappointing book from a mystery master who seems to have lost his way.
KLIATT - Paula Rohrlick
Parker, the best-selling author of detective tales for adults, is now trying his hand at YA fiction, and the result is a real winner. The setting here is a small Massachusetts town in 1945, and our 14-year-old hero, smart, sensitive Bobby, has two dilemmas on his hands: how to get his basketball team, the Edenville Owls, to the state JV tournament, and how to protect his pretty new teacher from a creepy, menacing man. Like Spenser, the private detective featured in many of Parker's adult titles, Bobby wrestles with issues of honor, integrity, and what it means to be a man, and the dialog crackles. There's a romantic interest for Bobby, too, but Joanie is very much her own woman and every bit as brave as he is. A clever blackmail scheme is involved, and Parker touches on the evils of white supremacists as well. YAs will thoroughly enjoy this entertaining thriller.
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9
It's 1945, and Bobby and his suburban Boston friends spend their free time traveling to other schools to compete in basketball games. Their junior high does not have a gym or a coach, so when it is announced that independent teams will be included in the state JV tournament, this group of six friends who call themselves the Owls feels a new sense of purpose. Outside circumstances threaten their single-mindedness, however. As Bobby sees a romance blossoming between his childhood friend Joanie and fellow Owl Nick, he is torn between his own feelings for the girl and loyalty to his pal. And when some members of the Owls witness a man threatening their pretty young teacher, they are drawn into a mystery that could endanger all of them. This first young-adult novel from an Edgar Award-winning author brings the same mix of fully developed characters and suspenseful prose that readers have come to expect in his adult works. While Parker's nostalgic references to various radio and movie personalities of the post-World War II era may not be fully appreciated by the target audience, students will identify with the emotional turmoil that characterizes Bobby's adolescence. This thought-provoking mystery will be a solid addition to middle school collections.
—Kim DareCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399246562
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/24/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 10 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert B.  Parker

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.
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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 17, 1932
    2. Place of Birth:
      Springfield, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      January 18, 2010
    2. Place of Death:
      Cambridge, Massachusetts
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971
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    Robert B. Parker has another slam dunk!

    This is a great read for young & old. It has a very interesting story about a friendship with his teacher & teammates & what he does to help them out.

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