Spud in Winter [NOOK Book]

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It’s winter in Ottawa, and that means crunching snow, plunging temperatures, and frozen canals. It also means murder. Ottawa Technical High School student Spud Sweetgrass has just witnessed a killing and he can’t get it out of his mind. He wrestles with deciding if he should tell the police what he saw or remain silent. His conscience ultimately wins over his fear, and Spud takes on the complex task of helping solve the crime. Spud doesn’t tell everything he knows to Detective Kennedy, nor is he working alone. ...
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Spud in Winter

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Overview


It’s winter in Ottawa, and that means crunching snow, plunging temperatures, and frozen canals. It also means murder. Ottawa Technical High School student Spud Sweetgrass has just witnessed a killing and he can’t get it out of his mind. He wrestles with deciding if he should tell the police what he saw or remain silent. His conscience ultimately wins over his fear, and Spud takes on the complex task of helping solve the crime. Spud doesn’t tell everything he knows to Detective Kennedy, nor is he working alone. His friends Connie Pan and Dink the Thinker return from Spud Sweetgrass to assist. The clues point to some unexpected places, like the beauty salon where Connie works. One of Connie’s clients, the man with the most beautiful hair in the world — or so he thinks — may be involved! Despite being unnerved over Connie having had her fingers in that hair, Spud forges ahead. But can he and his pals solve this terrible crime? Spud in Winter showcases Brian Doyle’s trademark vivid, staccato style, smart, fast-paced plotting, and memorably eccentric characters in a rollicking read.

The "dead of winter" takes on a new meaning in the second Spud Sweetgrass mystery. 144 pp. Young Adult. Pub: 2/97.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6-9Fasten your seat belts because Spud in Winter is one ride of a read. Doyle creates a cast of likable, interesting characters and a moderately intriguing plot all submerged in a tumultuous staccato writing style. Spud Sweetgrass, a student at Ottawa Technical High School, is witness to a murder. He wrestles with deciding if he should tell the police what he saw or remain silent. His conscience ultimately wins over his fear, and Spud is completely immersed in helping solve the crime. Doyle's strengths are in his ability to take readers right into the essence of the setting: an Ottawa winter full of crunching snow, plunging temperatures, and frozen canals, but his writing style is simply too jagged for average middle-school readers and is a bit of a turn-off. If you are searching for a mystery that combines an unlikely friendship with overcoming adversity in a very readable style, try Rodman Philbrick's Freak the Mighty (Scholastic, 1993). Old die-hard Doyle fans may persevere through Spud's adventures, but on its own the book is not likely to attract and sustain much of an audience.Joan Soulliere, Wenham Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554980413
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,123,410
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Brian Doyle
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Brian Doyle, one of Canada’s best-loved authors of fiction for young people, spent his early years in the Gatineau Hills north of Ottawa, ancestral home of his father, Hulbert. It was in that place, impregnated with the Irish culture of the people who settled there one hundred years earlier, where he picked up his love of stories and anecdotes. His first book, Hey, Dad!, was published in 1978. Nine novels have appeared since then, accompanied by numerous awards and honors. He was a finalist for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and has won the Mr. Christie Book Award and the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year Award. Other honors include a Horn Book Fanfare Selection, a New York Public Library Best Book for the Teenage and Blue Ribbons from The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. Brian’s books have been published in France, Italy, Germany, South America and Scandinavia, bringing the tales of the Ottawa Valley to a world-wide audience.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Murder mystery

    If you like mystery books then this is the book for you. It gives you suspense on what is going to happen next. Read this book because I said so :) lol

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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