The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fineby Diane Stanley
Noticing that a popular series of horror novels is having a bizarre effect on the behavior of its readers, Franny and Beamer set out to find the mysterious author.
- Harpercollins Childrens Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 9 - 12 Years
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A few years ago, I made up a game to play with the packing boxes. It was called Find the Treasure. The twins and I would pick something familiar -- like the eggbeater, say, or the candlesticks'and that would be the treasure. Then while Mom and Dad were unpacking things and putting them away, we would start madly opening boxes, trying to find it.
Whoever found the treasure first got to pick the coolest bedroom in the new house. Of course, since Mom and Dad were under the impression that we were actually helping them unpack, they expected us to do things like take the dishes into the kitchen -- not just pile them on the floor and move on to the next box. This provided an added challenge.
The last time we moved, the idea just popped into my head that it would be a lot more exciting if, instead of a treasure, it was a bomb -- and if we didn't find it in time, the whole house would blow up! We got so frenzied trying to save the family from annihilation that we broke a couple of things and our parents got really annoyed.
After that, we quit playing the game and just helped unpack like normal kids (normal kids, that is, who move a lot).
Still, the idea of a time bomb hidden among the packing boxes, with their innocent labels (kitchen, bed linens, toys), haunted me.
Later, after everything that happened, I remembered the game and wondered what had put the idea into my head, and why it had stayed with me so stubbornly. It was almost as if I somehow knew, way back then, what was going to happen.
Now, I know this sounds really mystical and off-the-wall, and I apologize about that. And, of course, if you want to be absolutelyliteral about it, the whole I. M. Fine thing wasn't about bombs at all. But once you've read this story, I think you'll understand. It was just a different kind of time bomb in a different kind of package. But it was every bit as dangerous as the real thing. And just like in the game, time was running out.
Well, you'll see.The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine. Copyright © by Diane Stanley. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Meet the Author
Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of beloved books for young readers, including The Silver Bowl, which received three starred reviews, was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews and Book Links Lasting Connections, and was an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Cup and the Crown; Saving Sky, winner of the Arab American Museum's Arab American Book Award and a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year; Bella at Midnight, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an ALA Booklist Editors' Choice; The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy; The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine; and A Time Apart. Well known as the author and illustrator of award-winning picture-book biographies, she is the recipient of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for her body of work.
Ms. Stanley has also written and illustrated numerous picture books, including three creatively reimagined fairy tales: The Giant and the Beanstalk, Goldie and the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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i did a book report on this book. i loved it! i highly recommend this book.
This book is awesome. It's got all the right things that should be in a mystery. It kept me guessing until the end. The situations that occur are very creepy and funny. Very good read.
This book has a mystery about I.M. Fine. When I read it I was so interested in it. Two kids, Franny and Beamer try to find some things about him/her, but they can't find any thing until they're in her house and they find something about her in her first book in the series. Franny and Beamer heard her coming into the house with her dog, Jake and he clawes and barks at the closet door and Ida opened the door and said she would call the police and the two kids escaped when she got to the phone. This book is really cool! Her real name is Ida May Fine and the kids thought she was a guy at first.
I thought that this was a great book! It was very supensful and kept you wanting to read more and more and more! I highly recoment this book to anyone!
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I HAVE NOT READ THE WHOLE BOOK YET BUT IT IS GOOD. ONCE YOU START THE BOOK YOU CANT STOP. THIS BOOK IS AWESOME
If you like mysteries, then this story is just for you! It keeps you in suspence. If you have already read this book, you know it is great!