Tarot Says Beware (Herculeah Jones Series #2)

Tarot Says Beware (Herculeah Jones Series #2)

by Betsy Byars

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Tarot Says Beware (Herculeah Jones Series #2) by Betsy Byars

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142405932
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/02/2006
Series: Herculeah Jones Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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 intomy 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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Tarot Says Beware 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
JuliW More than 1 year ago
Tarot Says Beware is the second book in the middle-grade Herculeah Jones Mystery series. Herculeah, named after Hercules, lives next door to her friend, Meat. Meat is overweight and a bit of a coward, but he is a loyal friend and always helps Herculeah in her investigations. The daughter of a cop and a private detective, Herculeah has sleuthing in her blood, much to the chagrin of her parents. She always knows when there is a mystery about because her hair frizzles. When her hair starts to go all wild, she knows it's time to do some sleuthing! In Tarot Says Beware, Herculeah knows something is wrong when she sees her neighbor's parrot outside. Madame Rosa, a palmist, loves her bird and would never allow Tarot outside. Herculeah goes over to Madame Rosa's house to put Tarot back inside and to see what might be wrong. Her hair is frizzling like mad, and her hair is never wrong! In fact, things couldn't get much more wrong...and Herculeah finds herself in the middle of a major police investigation. As usual, Meat is scared out of his wits but stands by his friend, accompanying her to investigate the case. I love this series! Herculeah's frizzling hair is just too cute. And Meat is hilarious. He's always scared, but he stands by his friend through everything. He jokes about writing letters to Dear Abby to find out what to do about a neighbor girl that is constantly getting him into trouble. :) Just too cute. This story is middle-grade appropriate. There is a bit of implied violence, but nothing graphic. I like the characters. Herculeah is intelligent, curious and strong. Meat is afraid of a lot of things, but shows real courage when he faces his fears in order to protect his friend. The story has realism as well, as Herculeah's parents are divorced and often show some bitterness towards each other. Herculeah deals with the situation the best she can, as do most children of divorced parents. But that isn't a main part of the plot. The majority of the story is Herculeah and Meat investigating mysteries. This time, it was a major case....and dangerous. Great suspenseful story! There are seven books in the Herculeah Jones Mysteries series. I'm going to read them all. It's a very enjoyable kid sleuth series! I'm reading a couple heavy thrillers right now and when the plots get really intense, I like to take a break and read something short and lighter. Middle-grade books are perfect for this! Betsy Byars has written many middle-grade level books, including Tornado, The Midnight Fox and Trouble River.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally awesome, i highley recomend this!!!
Whitepe More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!