Tarot Says Beware (Herculeah Jones Series #2)

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Madame Rosa, the eccentric local fortune teller, has been murdered, and the only witness is her parrot,Tarot. But he’s not talking. Herculeah Jones thinks she knows who the killer is, but she’s not the only one. . . . Someone else knows—someone who wants to make sure Herculeah won’t be around to see the future.

Herculeah Jones and her bumbling pal, Meat, investigate the murder of a palm reader.

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Overview

Madame Rosa, the eccentric local fortune teller, has been murdered, and the only witness is her parrot,Tarot. But he’s not talking. Herculeah Jones thinks she knows who the killer is, but she’s not the only one. . . . Someone else knows—someone who wants to make sure Herculeah won’t be around to see the future.

Herculeah Jones and her bumbling pal, Meat, investigate the murder of a palm reader.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Brian Fairman faithfully reads Betsy Byars' Herculeah Jones Mystery (Viking, 1995). As usual, Herculeah's curiosity gets her into all sorts of trouble and danger. She parrot-sits for a neighbor, Madame Rosa, who is a palmist and fortune teller. The parrot, Tarot, knows only one wordBeware! One day, Herculeah notices Madame Rosa's front door open and Tarot loose on the porch. She goes to return the parrot. The 70-year-old house is dark, the velvet drapes are drawn, and Tarot's parrot stand is knocked over. Her hair "frizzles" as it always does when there is danger. Madame Rosa doesn't answer her calls. Tarot continues to scream "Beware!" Herculeah leaves a phone message for her mom, a private investigator, to come help her. Herculeah finds Madame Rosa's dead body under the cloth draped table Madame Rosa used to tell fortunes. She calls her police lieutenant father. Herculeah and her friend, Meat, continue to try to solve the murder themselves. One of the most suspenseful episodes takes place in Madame Rosa's garden when the murderer threatens to kill Herculeah with a knife. Fairman reads with just enough suspense in his voice to keep listeners on the edge of their seats. The tapes can be used for individual or group listening.-Mary-Ellen Raup, North Colonie Central Schools, Newtonville, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142405932
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/2/2006
  • Series: Herculeah Jones Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reissue Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 447,730
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 7.04 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Betsy Byars began her writing career rather late in life. "In all of my school years, . . . not one single teacher ever said to me, 'Perhaps you should consider becoming a writer,'" Byars recalls. "Anyway, I didn't want to be a writer. Writing seemed boring. You sat in a room all day by yourself and typed. If I was going to be a writer at all, I was going to be a foreign correspondent like Claudette Colbert in Arise My Love. I would wear smashing hats, wisecrack with the guys, and have a byline known round the world. My father wanted me to be a mathematician." So Byars set out to become mathematician, but when she couldn't grasp calculus in college, she turned to English. Even then, writing was not on her immediate horizon.

First, she married and started a family. The writing career didn't emerge until she was 28, a mother of two children, and living in a small place she called the barracks apartment, in Urbana, Illinois. She and her husband, Ed, had moved there in 1956 so he could attend graduate school at the University of Illinois. She was bored, had no friends, and so turned to writing to fill her time. Byars started writing articles for The Saturday Evening Post, Look,and other magazines. As her family grew and her children started to read, she began to write books for young people and, fortunately for her readers, discovered that there was more to being a writer than sitting in front of a typewriter.

"Making up stories and characters is so interesting that I'm never bored. Each book has been a different writing experience. It takes me about a year to write a book, but I spend another year thinking about it, polishing it, and making improvements. I always put something of myself into my books — something that happened to me. Once a wanderer came by my house and showed me how to brush my teeth with a cherry twig; that went in The House of Wingscopyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    : D

    Totally awesome, i highley recomend this!!!

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    Loved this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    good book

    MATTHEW SOTO Herculean finds Madame Rosa dead under a table dead under a table. in the story tarot says beware by Betsy Byers this book is about a girl who finds a body of a lady under a table and she trying to find out who murdered Madame Rosa I think my book is exciting because they are so many suspects For example he keeps disappearing when he taps someone on the shoulder like the time he did that to meat when meat said you have to excuse me now and the mime Was gone '46' I would recommend this book to middle school kids because is funny and it is a mystery

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    My Fanastic Review

    Do you like mystery books? You do. Then this is the book for you. This book is packed with action, dead bodies, and is part of a fantastic series. Read The Herculeah Jones mystery: Tarot Says Beware by Betsy Byars. This book starts out with Herculeah finding Tarot, Madame Rosa¿s parrot. When Herculeah searches around looking for Madame Rosa, she eventually finds her half way under the table dead. She also finds her with a knife at her chest. I think the book Tarot says beware is an eerie and on the edge of your seat story. I think this because in every chapter, it is engaging and the story always lures you in. The last sentence of each chapter is catchy and makes you want to read more. For example, on page 13, Byars says, ¿she heard another footstep in the hall below. It was louder. The stranger was coming closer¿. Another example is on the first page. Byars writes, ¿this time her eyes narrowed at something down the street- a flicker of motion¿. My favorite part is when Herculeah goes to a shop looking for a lucky amulet. She begins touches all of them maybe to feel a sense of luckiness, and then she suddenly finds one that is like a locket but cant open. To add to the suspense, Herculeah, Meat, and Chico Jones, herculeah¿s father, are all trying to solve the case at the same time. They all have good evidence, but only one will truly find the murderer. My least favorite part is when they go to the puppeteer and ask him questions. He says that he makes his puppets after real people. Suddenly, Herculeah sees a puppet that looks like Madame Rosa! The puppet has her cloak and features. He just says that he came up with her by accident. I recommend this book to whoever loves mystery books and has a thing for spookiness. I thank everyone who has the time to read my review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2002

    Great Mystery

    This is a great book full of suspense, friendship and adventure. It keeps you guessing what is going to happen. Will she get caught? Is something going to happen to her when she hears the footsteps on the stairs? Will it be bad or good? The characters are real friends that will stick up for each other no matter what. They will always be there for each other. Herculeah has to explore an old house, sneak around and keep under cover. Great characters and plot. The characters are kind of like real people, they go through real life-like situations as well as things that probably aren¿t really going to happen. It is funny and is full of trust, deceit and much more. Check it out its wonderful!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2002

    SO SUSPENSFUL!

    I loved this book. I was reading it in my room all alone and all of a sudden...I couldn't anymore. Chills were seriously running down my spine! It's really mysterious and suspensful. You'll love it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2002

    really good book man!!!!

    this book was so suspensful, i think it is the best out of the series!!i couldnt stop reading it, my eyes were glued to the suspence!!

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