Edenville Owls [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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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
KLIATT
YAs will thoroughly enjoy this entertaining thriller.
Publishers Weekly

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.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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.
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.
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: 9781101200636
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/24/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 393,426
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • File size: 806 KB

Meet the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.

Biography

Robert B. Parker began as a student of hard-boiled crime writers such as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, but when he became a crime writer himself, he was one of the rare contemporary authors to be considered on par with his predecessors. The Spenser series, featuring a Boston-based ex-boxer and ex-cop, is one of the genre's most respected and popular fixtures.

Noted for their sharp dialogue and fine character development, the Spenser books carry on a tradition while updating it, particularly in giving its hero two strong alter egos in Hawk, a black friend and right-hand man; and Susan Silverman, Spenser's psychologist love interest. Parker's inclusion of other races and sexual persuasions (several of his novels feature gay characters, a sensibility strengthened in Parker through his sons, both of whom are gay) give a more modern feel to the cases coming into Spenser's office.

The Spenser series, which began with 1973's The Godwulf Manuscript, has an element of toughness that suits its Boston milieu; but it delves just as often into the complex relationship between Silverman and Spenser, and the interplay between the P.I. and Hawk.

By the late ‘80s, Parker had acquired such a reputation that the agent for Raymond Chandler's estate tapped him to finish the legend's last book, Poodle Springs. It was a thankless mission bound to earn criticism, but Parker carried off the task well, thanks to his gift for to-the-point writing and deft plotting. "Parker isn't, even here, the writer Chandler was, but he's not a sentimentalist, and he darkens and deepens Marlowe," the Atlantic concluded. In 1991, Parker took a second crack at Chandler with the Big Sleep sequel Perchance to Dream.

Parker took other detours from Spenser over the years. In 1999, Family Honor introduced Sunny Randall, a female Boston private eye Parker created with actress Helen Hunt in mind. Two years earlier, he introduced L.A.-to-New England cop transplant Jesse Stone in Night Passage. He also authored four bestselling Westerns featuring Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, a few young adult books, as well as several stand-alone novels that were well-received by his many fans.

Parker died suddenly in January 2010 while at home at his desk, working on a book. The cause was a heart attack. He was seventy-seven.

Good To Know

Parker's thesis in graduate school was a study of the private eye in literature that centered on Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Ross MacDonald. Critics would later put him in the same category as those authors.

Parker's main hero is named for Edmund Spenser, the 16th-century author of The Faerie Queene.

Parker had a hand in writing the scripts for some television adaptations of Spenser books starring Robert Urich, who also played Spenser in the ABC series from 1985-88. Urich suffered a battle with cancer and passed away in 2002, but adaptations continue to be made for A&E, starring Joe Mantegna. Parker approved of the new actor, telling the New York Times: ''I looked at Joe and I saw Spenser."

According to a profile in the New York Times, Parker met his wife Joan when the two were toddlers at a birthday party. The two reconnected as freshmen at Colby College and eventually had two sons. They credit the survival of their marriage to a house split into separate living spaces, so that the two can enjoy more independent lives than your average husband and wife.

Parker told fans in a 1999 Barnes & Noble.com chat that he thought his non-series historical novel All Our Yesterdays was "the best thing I've ever written."

Parker had a small speaking part in the 1997 A&E adaptation of Small Vices. How does he have time to write his Spenser books, plus the other series and the adaptation stuff? "Keep in mind, it takes me four or five months to write a novel, which leaves me a lot of time the rest of the year," he told Book magazine. "I don't like to hang around."

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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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