Gr 5-8- In her third appearance, 13-year-old Minerva Clark investigates a fire at a small family-owned grocery store in her hometown of Portland, OR. The blaze killed a tenant in an upstairs apartment. The police think it's an accident, but Angus Paine, the owners' teenage son, is convinced it is arson so he calls on Minerva for help. Unfortunately, she has no idea how to investigate this type of crime. Also complicating her life is her mother's second marriage. Several false leads confuse the young sleuth for a time and it is only after another fire erupts at her school and she discovers that Angus has some deep secrets that the truth comes out. Minerva is an interesting character-an electric shock has enabled her to solve crimes and endowed her with plenty of self-esteem. Readers who like Sammy Keyes will enjoy getting to know her. A subplot concerns her first venture into boyfriend/girlfriend status and the confused feelings that such a relationship engenders.-Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
Minerva Clark Gives Up the Ghostby Karen Karbo
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Minerva Clark's yoga-instructor mom has returned-with a new husband in tow. As if that isn't a big enough shock, there's a surprise of the supernatural sort in store for the self-made teen sleuth. It seems the owners of a haunted grocery store are missing their ghost, and they need Minerva's help in finding it. But before she can come up with the ghost, Minerva will need to find the arsonist who burned the grocery store to the ground. Danger, laughs, and a touch of freezer burn await readers in this newest adventure from the big-haired case-cracker.
Meet the Author
KAREN KARBO is the author of two previous Minerva Clark Mysteries, as well as several adult books, three of which were named New York Times Notable books. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her teenaged daughter.
Karen Karbo is the author of a memoir, The Stuff of Life, plus several adult novels, including Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me, The Diamond Lane, and Trespassers Welcome Here-all three of which were New York TimesNotable Books-and the nonfiction book Generation Ex: Tales from the Second Wives Club. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, the New Republic, the New York Times, and Redbook. This is her first book for young readers. Karen lives in Portland, Oregon.
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My daugher loved all three of the Minerva Clark books. My first name happens to be Minerva. How often does that happen? Anyway, I bought the first book because it had my name in it. I put it on the shelf and she found it about a year later. She liked it so much she read the other two. My dughter is 12.
I Love All 3 of them they are a modern day Nancy Drew!