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Maybe things won't be so bad, she thinks, since she gets to take a friend's lovable but mischievous Dachshund, Petey, and her best friend Lita. If they're lucky, the three of them can find the miniature replica ...
Maybe things won't be so bad, she thinks, since she gets to take a friend's lovable but mischievous Dachshund, Petey, and her best friend Lita. If they're lucky, the three of them can find the miniature replica of Van Gogh's "Starry Night" and help Sam's mother get it to the museum, where it belongs.
But it's not going to be easy, Sam realizes, when she meets the crabby housekeeper, a dog-hating gardener, and discovers that her family has some spooky secrets. Then Petey digs up an ancient curse, and Sam fears her friendship with Lita is doomed...
Can Sam find the miniature masterpiece before it's too late?
Will she and Lita go home forever friends-or enemies?
* 2009 Eppie Award Finalist for best YA/Children's eBook
* #1 Kindle book under Miniatures *
Posted August 13, 2011
Samantha Carlton, her bff Lita, and a mischievous Dachshund named Petey face an angry housekeeper, a dog-hating gardener, and an ancient family curse as they search for a missing miniature replica of Van Gogh's famous painting, "Starry Night." * For ages 9+.
Chris Speakman, ChrisChat Reviews gives Searching For A Starry Night 3 roses and says "...I grew up reading Trixie, Nancy, Hardy Boys, and the Famous Five and I look forward to my daughter reading 'Searching for a Starry Night.' Ms. Verstraete maintains the same level of interest and mystery that my childhood favourites contained. ...A fun way to spend time reading with any child and also introduce them to new hobbies."
"...A delightful young adult story that children as well as adults will enjoy. ...Very entertaining, especially with the lovable Petey stealing the show! A good read for anyone who wants a laugh. -- Rating: 4 Lips - TwoLipsReviews
"...Well written, very exciting, and hard to put down...Interesting and educational..."-- Wayne S. Walker, Home School Blogger, Stories for Children Magazine
* Finalist, children's/YA books, 2009 Eppie Awards, Epic Ebook Foundation.
Posted July 24, 2009
I have the book and tried to read it to my dachshund Cujo she was sitting still listening while I read until her attention was diverted to chasing the cat that was trying to tip toe across the room.
Petey's super sleuthing makes the story interesting and a fun educational learning experience for Sam and Lita. The mom Grace Carlton also learned a valuable lesson. Not to take life so serious but to have fun along the way.
I enjoyed the enthusiasm of the story as it unravels one mystery after another to be conked by the sleuthing threesome.
Can't wait for Petey's next adventure.
Posted June 30, 2008
I really like reading mystery stories. It is also my belief that for young people to read good mysteries written for their age level not only is a pleasant pasttime but also may help them develop critical thinking skills. They can search for clues in the plot and try to find the answers that will help to solve the problem. Having grown up with the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, I think that author Christine Verstraete has provided a worthy addition to this genre with Searching For A Starry Night, A Miniature Art Mystery. Samantha Ann Carlton, better known as Sam, and her friend Lita, both age 13, go for a week with Sam's mother Grace to settle up affairs at the Wisconsin home of Grace's Aunt Hilda, who was a professional artist and art collector but had recently passed away at the age of ninety. Grace plans to donate most of the Aunt Hilda's miniature paintings to museums, but while there, they find that one of the paintings, a miniature reproduction of The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, is missing and was replaced by a cheap imitation. Sam and Lita, who enjoy sleuthing, set out to find the lost piece of art. There are three main suspects: Mrs. Ursula Drake, the crabby housekeeper Mr. Jensen, the mysterious gardener and Emma Taylor, a local librarian, all of whom were taught painting by Aunt Hilda. The book follows the activities of Sam and Lita, accompanied by a mischievous dachsund named Petey, as they investigate and ends with a surprise conclusion. It is well written, very exciting, and hard to put down, especially with the spooky old Victorian house, stories of an ancestor who died while burning the barn to exorcise demons then was said to have been seen as a ghost, scary goings-on at night, and a lot of suspense. In addition to being a nice story, it has a great deal of interesting and educational information about art in general and specifically about miniature paintings. I really enjoyed the book and look forward to seeing it in bookstores.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.