When anyone in town could be the culprit in a crime, summer will be anything but boring.
Eleven-year-old Tracy Munroe and her family have just gotten back from their family vacationwhy did no one realize that her little brother, Lester, a.k.a. Pig Face, was allergic to sand, salt air, and the ocean before they decided to go to the beach?and now she has three big goals to accomplish before she goes back to school:
- Figure out a fantastic end of summer adventure with her best friend, Ralph, budding Michelin-star chef. (And no, Ralph, perfecting a soufflé does not count.)
- Make sure Pig Face does not tag along.
- Get the gorgeous new boy next door, Zach, to know she even exists.
But when Tracy and Ralph discover an envelope stuffed with money in the dugout at baseball field (and Lester forces them to let him help), they have a mystery on their hands. Did someone lose the cash? Or, did someone steal it? St. Stephens has always seemed like a quiet place to live, but soon the town is brimming with suspects.
Now they’re on a hunt to discover the truth, before the trio is accused of the crime themselves.
McLeod MacKnight’s debut middle grade novel is a funny, charming window into small-town life, with a focus on the importance of friendship and family and the struggle to figure out where you fit in, perfect for fans of Polly Horvath and Sarah Weeks.
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Wendy McLeod MacKnight is the former Deputy Minister of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Education in New Brunswick. She grew up in Canada with her own Ralph and Pig Face. She now lives with her family in Hanwell, New Brunswick, Canada.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When you have to stay up way past your bedtime to finish a book, you know it's a good one! That's exactly what happened to me with It's a Mystery, Pig Face! I got completely sucked into the mystery of a lost, possibly stolen bag of cash, but what really kept me interested was how the relationships deepened and pivoted as the story unfolded. I loved how the mystery brought Tracy and her brother Lester (aka Pig Face) closer. Her best friend Ralph is a gem. And the lesson that shiny things (or people) aren't always what they seem is delivered in a believable and authentic way. Highly recommend!
Wendy McLeod MacKnight’s charming middle-grade debut had me chuckling nearly throughout the entire read. There are so many clever lines and witty descriptions. For instance: "[Lester] managed to right himself and started for the door, only to fall over again. He reminded me of the little dog, Max, in How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Lester is, by far, my favourite character in this book and his sibling rivalry with Tracy is perfectly and realistically portrayed! I also adored Tracy and Ralph’s friendship and the ups and downs it goes through as new friends (and enemies) enter the picture. Recommended for anyone who enjoys stories about friendship and family and hilarious childhood adventures.
It's not a mystery that it's awesome! Awesome book that captivates your attention and makes you want to know the characters in real life.
My 9- and 11-year-old daughters could not get enough of It's a Mystery, Pig Face! In fact, the book I preordered for myself went missing - only to surface in the tight grasp of my very own "Tracy" (she asked me to video her reading it aloud). The story reminded me so much of my own childhood, of running around the neighborhood all summer, secret hang outs, first crushes, best friendships, annoying siblings (although in my case, I was Pig Face - ha!). What endeared me most was the way MacKnight developed the characters, Tracy in particular -- a bighearted old soul girl next door. She and I would've been fast friends. The mystery of the paper bag full of money was so fun and carried the plot nicely throughout. Such a terrific debut! We can't wait to try Ralph's very own brownie recipe on the author's website.
It’s a mystery, all right – and it’s a great middle grade read, too! Tracy isn’t so excited when her little brother Lester, AKA Pig Face, inserts himself into the amateur detective work that she and her best friend Ralph have decided to undertake. But it turns out that the precocious, if annoying, nine-year-old is just what they need to keep them grounded as the case of the found bag of money spins out of control, and Tracy’s own attempts to hang with the cool kids get the better of her. A funny, tender, and achingly real tale of friendship and sibling bonds.