The Twin in the Tavern

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" . . . The mystery has plenty of snakes and twists as well as characters that step right off the pages."-A Booklist Editor's Choice Book

"With a fine hand for Gothic embroidery and a nifty surprise conclusion that ties up all the loose ends, Wallace has delivered another...
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Overview

" . . . The mystery has plenty of snakes and twists as well as characters that step right off the pages."-A Booklist Editor's Choice Book

"With a fine hand for Gothic embroidery and a nifty surprise conclusion that ties up all the loose ends, Wallace has delivered another very satisfying read."-School Library Journal

Winner of the Mystery Writers of America EDGAR AWARD

A young orphan, afraid of being sent to the workhouse, finds himself at the mercy of the unsavory owner of a tavern in Alexandria, Virginia, while he tries to solve the mystery surrounding his past and a missing twin.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Neezer and Lucky, two unsavory characters, rescue orphaned Taddy from the workhouse. Taddy slaves away at Neezer's tavern hoping that his grandfather's last words-to find his twin, so that he will know who he is-will free him. A wonderful Gothic novel in which good does triumph. Edgar Allan Poe Award winner.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-A worthy successor to Peppermints in the Parlor (Aladdin, 1985), filled with orphans, musty passages, mysterious relatives, and despicable villains. This book turns Alexandria, VA, into a delightfully murky, New-World version of London past. Young Taddy is found by scavenging thieves as he cowers in the house of his recently dead aunt and uncle. Rather than face the workhouse, he submits to being hauled off to be a servant in their tavern, which is smack in the heart of the town where he was told by his dying uncle to look for his twin and find out his true identity. At the Dog's Tail, he is renamed ``Toady,'' is made to sleep under the kitchen table, and must share that tiny space with an artful dodger who revels in his sudden seniority. The wretched treatment of the boys will inspire young readers to outraged demands for justice-and they won't be disappointed. With a fine hand for Gothic embroidery and a nifty surprise conclusion that ties up all the loose ends, Wallace has delivered another very satisfying read.-Sally Margolis, Deerfield Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595410675
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 196
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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