Lulu Dark and the Summer of the Fox

Lulu Dark and the Summer of the Fox

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by Bennett Madison
     
 

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The last thing Lulu Dark needs is a mystery getting in the way of her Important Summer Plans (which include snacking, sunbathing, and trash TV). But when Lulu�s mother, B-list celebrity Isabelle Dark, drops into town to shoot a movie, Lulu gets just that.

Isabelle disappears, and despite her mother�s reputation for flakiness, Lulu has a hunch she�s in real trouble.

Overview

The last thing Lulu Dark needs is a mystery getting in the way of her Important Summer Plans (which include snacking, sunbathing, and trash TV). But when Lulu�s mother, B-list celebrity Isabelle Dark, drops into town to shoot a movie, Lulu gets just that.

Isabelle disappears, and despite her mother�s reputation for flakiness, Lulu has a hunch she�s in real trouble. Especially when she finds a note among Isabelle�s things from a mysterious figure known only as The Fox.

Lulu must cross paths with a teen screen queen, a dodgy director, and a fleet of muscle-bound maids before she finds her mom and uncovers The Fox�s true identity.

Author Biography: Bennett Madison lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he enjoys spending time with the many Lulus in his life.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her debut, Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls, the unorthodox girl detective took on identity theft and murder with aplomb. Now, in Lulu Dark and the Summer of the Fox by Bennett Madison, the high school heroine has some hot summer plans, but her sort-of-celeb mom throws a wrench into them when her parent disappears. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
Isabelle, the estranged mother of the chic teen sleuth Lulu Dark, comes to town to appear in a movie with the current "hot" actress, teenaged Lisa Lincoln. Soon after, Lisa is harassed by a person known only as "the Fox," culminating in the kidnapping of Lisa as well as Lulu's boyfriend, Charlie. In order to prove that her mother is not the perpetrator, Lulu and her best friend, Daisy, bumble their way through another wild and hilarious caper involving a high-speed motorbike chase and plenty of crazy characters. But all ends well, as Lulu and Daisy find Lisa, Charlie, and Isabelle trapped in a deserted asylum on a remote island and are able to unmask the real culprit. The underlying theme of this mystery is that nothing is permanent in the entertainment industry, as teen stars are rapidly replaced by the newest and hottest young star-a topic that is sure to resonate with readers, as are Lulu's attempts to grapple with conflicted feelings about her mother and questions about what it means when a good friend suddenly becomes your boyfriend. Although not as tightly plotted as the first book in the series, in this new entry everything is still fun and quirky-from Lulu's outfits to the settings where the action takes place. Lulu manages to succeed mostly through luck and guts, and her escapades are more slapstick than believable, but readers will pick up this mystery just for the fun of reading it. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Sleuth/Razorbill/Penguin Putnam, 256p., Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18.
—Chris Carlson
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Once again Lulu Dark, reluctant girl detective, finds herself in the middle of an increasingly complicated Halo City mystery. Age discrimination is at the root of a number of kidnappings as a group of out-of-work actresses joins in a plot to get them movie roles. Lulu's "sort of" boyfriend and her C-list actress mother are among those in peril due to the actions of a deranged Hollywood figure. As in the first adventure, there are many references to pop culture, such as the television shows The Apprentice and Veronica Mars as well as Jessica Simpson. The novel keeps moving, with a few red herrings thrown in for added piquancy. Today's Hollywood starlets are mockingly portrayed as vapid, self-absorbed teens spoiled beyond belief. Lulu and her friend Daisy wisecrack their way through the book. The denouement leaves them all in danger until Daisy's scarily controlling mom shows a new facet of her personality with a daring rescue. While many of the situations are outlandish, they are also amusing, such as when Lulu hijacks a city bus and involves the passengers in helping her get into a suspect's building. Teens will enjoy this smart, funny chick-lit heroine who has real problems and a satirical outlook.-B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595140869
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/18/2006
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 7.32(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Lulu Dark and the Summer of the Fox 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Lulu Dark is back, and definitely done with her days as a girl detective. She's got enough on her plate without solving mysteries. And, anyway, Lulu is so not the girl detective type, even if she did do a spectacular job of solving a mystery in LULU DARK CAN SEE THROUGH WALLS. That's all over, and so is school! Lulu is thrilled that summer vacation has finally arrived. She is going to watch bad television, hang out with her friends, talk on the phone, and sunbathe on the fire escape. She is not going to be doing any detective work, no matter what mystery comes her way...Right?

Wrong. When her mother, actress Isabelle Dark, shows up, Lulu's summer plans are ruined. Isabelle is shooting a movie, and one of her fellow actresses, teen superstar Lisa Lincoln, is the target of the mysterious Fox. After Isabelle's disappearance, however, the Fox's plans become a little clearer. When Isabelle Dark is one of four blonds in hot pink jumpsuits to show up just as Lisa Lincoln accepts her award, that's when things really get interesting. Apparently, these actresses, working for the Fox, want recognition for older actresses, not just talentless bimbos like Lisa. And they're willing to use any means necessary to get what they want.

When Lulu's sometimes-boyfriend, Charlie, starts hanging out with Lisa Lincoln, Lulu is not happy. She's even less happy when Charlie's association with the starlet gets him kidnapped! Lisa and Charlie are missing, presumably kidnapped by the Fox, and Lulu is definitely involved in this mystery, whether she likes it or not.

LULU DARK AND THE SUMMER OF THE FOX is a fast-paced mystery with likeable and believable characters that is sure to be a hit, especially with readers of Bennett Madison's first novel about Lulu Dark. You don't have to have read the first book to enjoy this one, though. The twists and turns of the mystery are numerous, and Lulu's reluctance to get involved makes her a lot more realistic than, say, Nancy Drew. This book has everything! There's humor, suspense, romance, and more, all in Lulu's unique and funny voice. I can't wait to read more from Bennett Madison!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time i saw this book, i said to myself, wow this looks dumb. Well after i got to the end of chapter one, i couldnt stop reading it. The good thing about this is that it didnt take about halfway into the book to start the actual mystery, thats why i loved it so much. also, there was a cliffhanger ending at every chapter! the book goes by offly fast. =]
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lulu Dark is back, and definitely done with her days as a girl detective. She's got enough on her plate without solving mysteries. And, anyway, Lulu is so not the girl detective type, even if she did do a spectacular job of solving a mystery in LULU DARK CAN SEE THROUGH WALLS. That's all over, and so is school! Lulu is thrilled that summer vacation has finally arrived. She is going to watch bad television, hang out with her friends, talk on the phone, and sunbathe on the fire escape. She is not going to be doing any detective work, no matter what mystery comes her way...Right? Wrong. When her mother, actress Isabelle Dark, shows up, Lulu's summer plans are ruined. Isabelle is shooting a movie, and one of her fellow actresses, teen superstar Lisa Lincoln, is the target of the mysterious Fox. After Isabelle's disappearance, however, the Fox's plans become a little clearer. When Isabelle Dark is one of four blonds in hot pink jumpsuits to show up just as Lisa Lincoln accepts her award, that's when things really get interesting. Apparently, these actresses, working for the Fox, want recognition for older actresses, not just talentless bimbos like Lisa. And they're willing to use any means necessary to get what they want. When Lulu's sometimes-boyfriend, Charlie, starts hanging out with Lisa Lincoln, Lulu is not happy. She's even less happy when Charlie's association with the starlet gets him kidnapped! Lisa and Charlie are missing, presumably kidnapped by the Fox, and Lulu is definitely involved in this mystery, whether she likes it or not. LULU DARK AND THE SUMMER OF THE FOX is a fast-paced mystery with likeable and believable characters that is sure to be a hit, especially with readers of Bennett Madison's first novel about Lulu Dark. You don't have to have read the first book to enjoy this one, though. The twists and turns of the mystery are numerous, and Lulu's reluctance to get involved makes her a lot more realistic than, say, Nancy Drew. This book has everything! There's humor, suspense, romance, and more, all in Lulu's unique and funny voice. I can't wait to read more from Bennett Madison! **Reviewed by: Jocelyn Pearce
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl named Lulu, who finds herself in the middle of a kidnapping mystery that she, the reluctant girl detective must solve. A mysterious character called the Fox shows up and starts antagonizing young actress Lisa Lincoln and finally kidnaps her and Lulu¿s boyfriend Charlie. The protagonist of this book is Lulu Dark. The book is set in the present, in the summer after Lulu¿s junior year of high school, and in Halo City, Lulu¿s hometown. The theme of the book is that things or people aren¿t always what they seem to be and sometimes people are really trying, even if it doesn¿t seem like it, but they deserve a second chance. In the beginning of the book, Lulu¿s mother wasn¿t exactly the best mother in the world, but she was still trying, and at the end of the book, she is there a little more for Lulu and it seems like she will be more supportive from now on. One thing that really stands out in this book is the characters because the protagonist, Lulu, has such a complex and fascinating personality, as do all her friends and family members. She is always getting mixed up in mysteries, yet she hates girl detectives, like Nancy Drew. Also, she and her boyfriend / best friend Charlie have some interesting relationship problems that make book more than just a mystery. Then there¿s Lulu¿s other best friend Daisy. Daisy is quirky, funny, and keeps the book¿s mood light. Here is an example of Daisy, whose oddities in this sentence represent all the characters¿ quirks and eccentricities. ¿Daisy smiled. `I keep a bathing suit, a change of underpants, and a can opener on my person at all times for exactly this type of emergency.¿ ¿ and later in the conversation, ¿ `You never know when you¿re going to need a can opener.¿ Daisy said, sotto voce.¿ This book was excellent because it was a light, yet fast paced mystery, with plenty of laughs along the way. It should be recommended to girls ages 12 to around 16 because the main character is around 16 years old and her humor and adventures appeal to younger teens. Also, because the main character is a girl who does girlish things, girls would probably enjoy this book more than boys. ^^^ This is a review I wrote on this book for a school project.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! I loved it almost as much as the first one. I loved that you could understand it without having read the first one, but of course reading the first one helps. The book was great because it was a light mystery but it included romance and wonderfully quirky dialogue. I HEART LULU DARK!!! Bennett Madison better write another book and Charlie better finally figure out that he is hopelessly in love with Lulu!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I LOVE HOW THIS BOOK HAS A LITTLE MORE SUBSTANCE THAN JUST A PLAIN ROMANCE NOVEL. THE MYSTERIES ARE ALWYAS EXCITING AND REALLY WELL THOUGHT OUT. THE ENDING MADE ME MAD BUT I REALLY HOPE THERE IS A THIRD BOOK THAT WILL MAKE CHARLIE REALIZZE THAT LULU AND HIM ARE MEANT TO BE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the first Lulu Dark book and LOVED it!!!!!! It was really funny and I loved Lulu and her friends. I can't wait to read this book.