Sneaking Suspicions

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The return of Ray any Ivy, the unforgettable characters from The Big House. When Ray and Ivy's father, Dan, proposes a road trip to visit a long-lost relative, neither of them is particularly excited. Then he shows them the giant ruby he discovered in a hollowed-out book in the library. So they load up the limousine and with Veddy, their trusted chauffeur, they hit the road. They don't get far before the plans change and Ivy has lots of doubts about what's going on. Is Dan on the up-and-up? Is the ruby real? How...
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Overview


The return of Ray any Ivy, the unforgettable characters from The Big House. When Ray and Ivy's father, Dan, proposes a road trip to visit a long-lost relative, neither of them is particularly excited. Then he shows them the giant ruby he discovered in a hollowed-out book in the library. So they load up the limousine and with Veddy, their trusted chauffeur, they hit the road. They don't get far before the plans change and Ivy has lots of doubts about what's going on. Is Dan on the up-and-up? Is the ruby real? How they meet Wolfgang the counterfeiter, race each other on a roller coaster,explore a real gem mine, and end up stranded in the middle of a swamp surrounded by alligators makes a rollicking romp of a story.
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* "Ivy's constant attempts to decipher the world and her creative interpretations of terms such as 'real estate' and 'twice removed' ('Ivy couldn't remember if that meant sent to jail two times or sent to two different jails') are often hilarious. Shepperson's comical and expressive pen-and-ink wash illustrations are also a delight." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Anyone bored with the usual tales of family history searches will relish this tall-tale comedy." --Booklist

"The relationship between the two children is developed by a true artist." --School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
This is a sequel to the author's The Big House, which introduced readers to Ivy, her younger brother Ray, and their parents Carol and Dan. Now that Carol and Dan are out of prison and school is over for the summer, Ivy is looking forward to the family planning its annual vacation. She and Ray have their sights set on Alaska or Hawaii. Their father has spent a great deal of time in the family library and has discovered a giant flawless ruby hidden in a hollowed out book. Dan announces that they will be going to Florida to track down a long lost relation named Gladys so that he can give her the ruby in hopes of mending a rift in the family. Along the way, they meet a counterfeiter named Wolfgang, enjoy a side trip to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania, and try their luck mining for gems at the Big Deposit Gem Mine. When they finally encounter Gladys, she is not at all what they expected, so there are some surprises. Lively, realistic black and white illustrations add greatly to the text. All in all, this is a satisfying tale but not one that needs to be on the first purchase list.
Kirkus Reviews
In this pleasantly rambling companion to Coman's The Big House (2004), Ivy and Ray's parents are finally out of prison, but Ivy anticipates further trouble when her father Dan announces his sudden desire to pay a visit to Gladys Mouton, a long-lost relative in Florida. As Ivy and her little brother Ray head off with their parents for a road trip, Ivy's already active imagination kicks into overdrive. Why does Dan want to give this distant relative the giant ruby he found in a hollowed-out book? Who is this shady Wolfgang character who seems nice enough but might try to poison them? In the end-after a few roller-coaster rides, a stop at the Big Deposit Gem Mine and a boat ride through an alligator-infested lagoon with the leathery spitfire "Glad" Mouton-Dan surprises everyone again. Ivy's constant attempts to decipher the world and her creative interpretations of terms such as "real estate" and "twice removed" ("Ivy couldn't remember if that meant sent to jail two times or sent to two different jails") are often hilarious. Shepperson's comical and expressive pen-and-ink wash illustrations are also a delight. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590784914
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 204
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Carolyn Coman has won a Newbery Honor Award and a Michael L. Printz Honor Award and is a two-time National Book Award finalist. Currently she is on the faculty of Hamline University's MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She divides her time between New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

Rob Shepperson lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. with his wife and two daughters. His droll editorial drawings appear regularly in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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