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The Face in the Bessledorf Funeral Parlor
     

The Face in the Bessledorf Funeral Parlor

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, James Bernardin (Illustrator)
 

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Everyone in Middleburg is talking about the new drive-in viewing window at the Bessledorf Funeral Home -- at least until the vice president of the Higgins Roofing Company disappears along with the company's pension fund, leaving behind only a mysterious chuck roast. For Bernie, it's his chance to get into the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest person ever

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Everyone in Middleburg is talking about the new drive-in viewing window at the Bessledorf Funeral Home -- at least until the vice president of the Higgins Roofing Company disappears along with the company's pension fund, leaving behind only a mysterious chuck roast. For Bernie, it's his chance to get into the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest person ever to capture a criminal -- he just wishes the case weren't leading him to the creepy goings-on at the funeral home.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-This fourth book about events at the Bessledorf Hotel is, for its somewhat macabre premise, pleasantly daffy. The Magruder family runs the hotel, the only one in Middleburg, Indiana; it is around Bernie, the next-to-youngest child, that the story revolves. This time, he and his detective friends Georgene and Weasel are trying to solve a mystery involving a theft from the Higgins Roofing Company, coupled with its missing vice-president. This hot news literally overshadows the controversial opening of the drive-in window at the Bessledorf Funeral Parlor next door to the hotel. The basic plot plus myriad subplots involving the Magruder family members and pets, hotel guests, and other townspeople keep young readers alert and older curmudgeons forgiving of terminally goofy names, some marginal humor (having the characters pose as homeless children is not funny), and mild morals. One of the best images is the three children walking side by side up the driveway to the funeral home, collectively tripping the electric eye that parts the curtains and displays the body. Many kids will find it hilarious.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689806032
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Series:
Bernie Magruder Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile:
910L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written more than 135 books, including the Newbery Award Medal winner Shiloh and the Alice book series. Naylor grew up in during the Great Depression and began writing when she was a teenager. Her first children's book, The Galloping Goat and Other Stories, was published in 1965, and she has written an average of two books a year for children since then. Shiloh was made into a family movie in 1996. In addition to sequels to Shiloh, there are now 25 books in the Alice book series, the most recent being Now I'll Tell You Everything.

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