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The Postcard

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by Tony Abbott
 

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"So how smart are you?" said a man's voice abruptly. And loudly. "Because now... it's starting."

A creepy phone call. An old, yellowed postcard. A bizarre magazine story. And a strange group of funeral-goers who seem to follow their every move-all contain clues that will send Jason and Dia on an adventure to uncover extraordinary family secrets.

Overview

"So how smart are you?" said a man's voice abruptly. And loudly. "Because now... it's starting."

A creepy phone call. An old, yellowed postcard. A bizarre magazine story. And a strange group of funeral-goers who seem to follow their every move-all contain clues that will send Jason and Dia on an adventure to uncover extraordinary family secrets.

Award-winning author Tony Abbott weaves an intriguing and entertaining mystery of adventure, friendship and family.

Editorial Reviews

Courtney Burr
Jason is finally a teenager and is excited to have the summer all to himself and his best friend, Hector, when his mother announces that she is shipping him to St. Petersburg, Florida, instead. The first line in the story proclaims that his grandmother has just passed away, so Jason must help his father bury her. Everything seems to be going all right until a mysterious phone call shakes Jason to the core. Suddenly, he is swept into a world of old, secret-coded postcards and hidden stories, family secrets, and late-night missions. The Postcard is an enthralling story about unsolved family mysteries and secret orders. It is a story within a story containing vivid images of old-time and modern-day Florida. Postcards, journals, and magazines are pieced together to find the truth of what really happened to Jason's grandmother. It turns out that death is only the beginning. Reviewer: Courtney Burr
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8- Retirement mecca St. Petersburg provides the perfect backdrop for Abbot's mystery. Jason, 13, flies down to Florida to help his dad settle his grandmother's estate. Worried about his parents' marriage and disgusted with the heat and totally bored, he is intrigued when he finds an old postcard of his grandmother's. A hotel on it is the same one that appears in a mystery in an old magazine that he also finds in her house. The stories star someone called Marnie, a name that the funeral director calls Jason's grandmother, Agnes. Jason suspects that it wasn't a slip of the tongue after all, and that the tales really feature his grandmother. A mysterious phone call leads the teen and his new friend Dia to follow a trail of vintage postcards through local landmarks. Abbott's gift for creating complicated, realistic young characters is evident in Jason, but he is joined by stock characters from the pages of an old gumshoe mystery. The contrast between Jason's real adolescent angst and the clichéd mystery woven throughout makes each element seem richer. The surprise ending to the mystery and the not-so-surprising ending to Jason's real-life drama are quite satisfying. While less-sophisticated readers might be confused by the scene switches caused by the story-within-a-story format, many will enjoy this novel.-Nicki Clausen-Grace, Carillon Elementary School, Oviedo, FL

Kirkus Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Jason fears his parents are breaking up. When his estranged (and strange) grandmother passes away in Florida, his possibly alcoholic father goes down to take care of her estate; Jason worries that means his father is moving out. Jason goes to Florida to attend the funeral as well as to keep an eye on dad. In his grandmother's things, Jason finds a magazine containing a pulp-noir story that seems to be about his grandmother and great-grandfather, one of the original Florida land barons. He also finds a mysterious postcard that hints at the location of further installments of the story. With the help of local teen Dia, Jason uncovers the solution to a family mystery that just may save his father. Author of the endless Secrets of Droon series, Abbott has created a silly, overlong mystery full of conclusion-jumping and nonsensical clues. The characters are annoying (even to each other) and the supposedly compelling mystery Jason finds is a florid, turgid mess. (Fiction. 11-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316011723
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
04/02/2008
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 7.87(h) x 1.12(d)
Lexile:
630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Tony Abbott is the author of over 60 books for young readers, including the extremely popular Droon series, which has sold over 4.5 million books to date, and the Golden Kite winner Firegirl. He has worked in a bookstore and a library, and currently lives in Connecticut with his wife and two daughters.

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The Postcard 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book i could not put it down if you like page turners and a great mystery you should get it. I would rate it for a ten star if there was one, good for 9-14 year olds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book from my school library. It was so good that I started it around 6:30 after dinner, an by time it was time for me to go to bed, which was around 9:00, I was already on page 295!!!! I couldn't put it down!!!!!!:) The next morning as soon as I woke up I opened that book and started reading. I finished that book in about 30 minutes ! If you like mysteries then this is the right book for you. I loved it , it's one of my faviorite books! If you get it, I bet you thet you will love it!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ddnt read this on my simple touch but i had to read it or my school reading logg. I thought that this book was very amazing becse i am a fan of books with ongoing climaxes that make it utterly exciting. I would recommnd thks book to any teen from ages 10-14
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4-8: This is the greatest book ever! It is a must read. I thought this book would be good for people who love mysteries. Since I LOVE books and a good mystery, this book suits me best. Please read this book! Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Luvvv this book i go it in paperback and it was great p.s. any reccomondations -justine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book in person before i got my nook and it is a good book
Mylasia Miklas More than 1 year ago
I had to do a book report for school on this and it was the best i kept me on my toes and it never once put me to sleep. I am deffinitly going to read his other book firegirl
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h2so4 More than 1 year ago
Not that it is BETTER, not at all. I flows and keeps you thinking What Next!
Megan Banfield More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i have ever read!! Loved the whole book!
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Kate Vivis More than 1 year ago
awesome book i luv the book and i luv mysteries
Joe McIntyre More than 1 year ago
this is really long
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I happened upon this book quite by accident. I was waiting in the high school library for the copy machine to finish up. I decided to look at the many books my students had been talking about. The cover and title caught my eye --- from that point on I could not put the book down. It is an amazing book that can entertain even a biology teacher. The colorful characters woven in this story and the stories that Jason finds in various places helps Jason find the answers to his questions about his grandmother, grandfather and his father. The book also addresses how differently a kid and an adult deal with the death of a family member. Also in the book --- a marriage that is bound for separation and a father who copes with loss [work, spouse, mother] with silence and drinking a few beers and a mother who is more interested in her career. This book is a very quick and delightful read for anyone who likes a good mystery with unexpected turns and twists.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I thought it accurately portrayed a 13 year-old's perception of old people, the confusion of fighting parents, and the anxiety kids feel as they grow up trying to understand the world around them. I liked the modern references and language and think any middle schooler would enjoy this book. It was funny, entertaining, and at times, poignant. The 'treasure hunt' feel to the story was entertaining too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not finished reading 'The Postcard', but right now I think is is awesome!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read sample and really good so far