Portia's Ultra Mysterious Double Life

( 4 )

Overview


I look at the clock: 4:23 a.m. In approximately three hours I have to wake up again to go to school, and I haven't even gone to sleep yet. How can I possibly care about pop quizzes, bad hair days, and beauty makeovers now that I've found a major clue to the true identity of my missing father?

IDENTIFYING DATA

Subject: Portia Avatar — Girl ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (14) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $2.94   
  • Used (10) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview


I look at the clock: 4:23 a.m. In approximately three hours I have to wake up again to go to school, and I haven't even gone to sleep yet. How can I possibly care about pop quizzes, bad hair days, and beauty makeovers now that I've found a major clue to the true identity of my missing father?

IDENTIFYING DATA

Subject: Portia Avatar — Girl Psychoanalytic Detective

Background material: Twelve years old. Lives with earth mom, Indigo, and gray-and-white cat (who thinks he's a dog) named Frederick. To date, Portia does not know the whereabouts of her mysterious father, Patch.

Recent developments: An earthquake shakes up Portia's sleepy hometown of Palmville, California. A photograph of Patch is uncovered. Portia's life, as she knows it, is about to change forever.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5-7- Portia Avatar, 12, lives in Palmville, CA, with her vegetarian mom, Indigo, and her cat. The novel covers five days, beginning with an earthquake at 3:47 a.m. Portia has created reasons that explain why her father has never been a part of her life and has given him an imaginary one. The earthquake shakes loose a photograph of him and a ring. Porti's preoccupation with her father is contrasted with her everyday experiences like checking out the effects of the earthquake, sending and receiving PDA messages to her friend Amy Clamdigger, helping right her mom's damaged health food restaurant, and doing community service. Porti's dreams and their interpretations are also included. Although the mystery of her father's absence is never solved, Portia does learn that she can rely on her mother's love and her community's support. Frequently the narrative is clever and chatty, but Portia tells readers so much about events, feelings, and other characters that it bogs down. This protagonist is lively and hip, but her story falters with the proliferation of details.-Kathryn Kosiorek, formerly at Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH

Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416948933
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 0.60 (h) x 7.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Hays is a writer and producer for a variety of formats and media including books, toys, theme parks, film, and television. Anna lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and their twin sons.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 4 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(3)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews
  • Posted December 30, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

    Nothing good ever comes out of an earthquake. Objects fall and some shatter, and your pet cat becomes frightened for days. Portia totally understands all of this since her home is in California. <BR/><BR/>However, this earthquake was different from all the others. Waking her a few hours before when she was really supposed to be up, the earthquake resulted in her finding a picture of the father she always wanted to know. Her mother has been no help with Portia's curiosity about her father, since she automatically changes the subject when his name is brought up. Portia knows that this picture that was behind another picture has to be her dad. <BR/><BR/>The only moments she has with her father, Patch, are in her dreams - literally. Portia receives postcards from him whenever she dreams in her sleep, and the only thing she knows about him is that he is undercover solving a mystery. The way he looks in the picture definitely proves that he is a detective, and Portia is certain that she inherited the detective gene. Portia always keeps data about friends, family, and even strangers, and is always looking at details. <BR/><BR/>She obviously can't ask her mother about the picture, since she just isn't any help at all. So all Portia has to do is discover who her father really is, and where he is - all while surviving school, annoying friends, the "healthy" food that her mom provides for her, and even boys!? <BR/><BR/>Move over Harriet the Spy... Portia's in town. <BR/><BR/>PORTIA'S ULTRA MYSTERIOUS DOUBLE LIFE is a quick, fun, and entertaining read. Nothing can get past Portia and it definitely shows. Throughout the novel she collects observations, descriptions, and anything she deems suspicious. Anna Hays takes her readers on a thrilling ride with quirky characters and a wonderful plot. With a cliffhanger to end the book, let's just hope that another installment is in the works.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2008

    Portia's Ultra Mysterious Double Life

    After reading Anna Hays' book, I came away with compassion and support for Portia. (I'm not a middle schooler or tween, but a mother, and curious to read a new book for this age group.) Growing up with no father myself, made me hopeful with each new clue she discovered, that would help her find her father. As a family therapist, I also know the importance of a father daughter relationship, and how much more difficult it is for a child when the father is alive and unavailable, rather than if he were deceased. I loved her relationship with her mother. I loved Portia's hats and spunkiness. I loved her blooming crush. Overall, I loved the way Anna touched on the most important relationships we have in a moving, fun, creative way. Loved the recipes, too!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2008

    Portia's Ultra Mysterious Double Life

    Who likes to be right? I sure do! So when you see the title 'Portia's Ultra Mysterious Double Life,' you read the back and think you know that it's all about a girl who wants to find her father, finds him in the end, and they all live happily ever after! Well, guess what? You're wrong! Though I thought what you thought, I soon realized it was not that predictable! The twists and turns of events captivated me until suddenly I was living in Southern California, loved hats, and had a cat with three names! The writing of Anna Hays was so rich, so descriptive, I could literally smell the lemon trees! The book seemed to glue itself to my hands, not letting me put it down until the last word was read. The characters were so realistic, I almost called my friend, Indigo! Wonderful writing and never being bored is all part of the package known as 'Portia's Ultra Mysterious Double Life.' A story about a girl of many hats... Portia's Biggest Fan!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)