Portia's Ultra Mysterious Double Life (Mix Series)

Portia's Ultra Mysterious Double Life (Mix Series)

by Anna Hays
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Portia's Ultra Mysterious Double Life (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Nothing good ever comes out of an earthquake. Objects fall and some shatter, and your pet cat becomes frightened for days. Portia totally understands all of this since her home is in California.

However, this earthquake was different from all the others. Waking her a few hours before when she was really supposed to be up, the earthquake resulted in her finding a picture of the father she always wanted to know. Her mother has been no help with Portia's curiosity about her father, since she automatically changes the subject when his name is brought up. Portia knows that this picture that was behind another picture has to be her dad.

The only moments she has with her father, Patch, are in her dreams - literally. Portia receives postcards from him whenever she dreams in her sleep, and the only thing she knows about him is that he is undercover solving a mystery. The way he looks in the picture definitely proves that he is a detective, and Portia is certain that she inherited the detective gene. Portia always keeps data about friends, family, and even strangers, and is always looking at details.

She obviously can't ask her mother about the picture, since she just isn't any help at all. So all Portia has to do is discover who her father really is, and where he is - all while surviving school, annoying friends, the "healthy" food that her mom provides for her, and even boys!?

Move over Harriet the Spy... Portia's in town.

PORTIA'S ULTRA MYSTERIOUS DOUBLE LIFE is a quick, fun, and entertaining read. Nothing can get past Portia and it definitely shows. Throughout the novel she collects observations, descriptions, and anything she deems suspicious. Anna Hays takes her readers on a thrilling ride with quirky characters and a wonderful plot. With a cliffhanger to end the book, let's just hope that another installment is in the works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading Anna Hays' book, I came away with compassion and support for Portia. (I'm not a middle schooler or tween, but a mother, and curious to read a new book for this age group.) Growing up with no father myself, made me hopeful with each new clue she discovered, that would help her find her father. As a family therapist, I also know the importance of a father daughter relationship, and how much more difficult it is for a child when the father is alive and unavailable, rather than if he were deceased. I loved her relationship with her mother. I loved Portia's hats and spunkiness. I loved her blooming crush. Overall, I loved the way Anna touched on the most important relationships we have in a moving, fun, creative way. Loved the recipes, too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who likes to be right? I sure do! So when you see the title 'Portia's Ultra Mysterious Double Life,' you read the back and think you know that it's all about a girl who wants to find her father, finds him in the end, and they all live happily ever after! Well, guess what? You're wrong! Though I thought what you thought, I soon realized it was not that predictable! The twists and turns of events captivated me until suddenly I was living in Southern California, loved hats, and had a cat with three names! The writing of Anna Hays was so rich, so descriptive, I could literally smell the lemon trees! The book seemed to glue itself to my hands, not letting me put it down until the last word was read. The characters were so realistic, I almost called my friend, Indigo! Wonderful writing and never being bored is all part of the package known as 'Portia's Ultra Mysterious Double Life.' A story about a girl of many hats... Portia's Biggest Fan!