Things Are Not What They Seem

Things Are Not What They Seem

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Things Are Not What They Seem by Anne Rothman Hicks, Kenneth Hicks

What would you do if you were sitting on a park bench, minding your own business, and one of those annoying pigeons suddenly started to talk to you? And what if the pigeon didn't just talk to you - in a meticulous British accent, no less - but pleaded with you to help untangle a piece of string that had accidentally attached his leg to a wrought iron fence surrounding the playground? And what if, while you are still convinced that this is all a big nasty trick, a hawk swoops down out of the sky and starts cursing at you, also in the King's English, for getting in his way when he wanted to execute the pigeon?

That is the quandary in which Jennifer (almost 13 years old and probably a bit too smart for her own good) finds herself one sweltering July morning while babysitting her 11-year-old (very precocious) brother James and his mopey, allergy-prone friend Sleepy. She soon learns that the bird is actually a man named Arthur Whitehair, a 19th-century Englishman who had been turned into an eternally-lived pigeon by misreading an ancient spell that was supposed to give him eternal life as a human. Likewise, an unscrupulous colleague of his, named Malman, had been turned into a hawk by Whitehair's blunder. After years of searching, Whitehair claims (half-truthfully) that Malman has found him hiding in Central Park and is now out for revenge. On top of all this strange business, Jennifer has recently begun having weird dreams in which a crazy-looking man with curly red hair speaks cryptic phrases in Latin. Are they random phrases, or messages? And why would some sketchy guy be sending her messages in her dreams?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771278256
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Publication date: 10/24/2016
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

When Anne Rothman was a student at Bryn Mawr College and Kenneth Hicks was a student at Haverford College, they began writing together in an independent-study course with one of Ken's professors. A brief interlude ensued while Anne wrote wonderful poetry and Ken wrote a book about hitchhiking (The Complete Hitchhiker Tobey Pub-lishing, Dell Distribution), but they soon got back together as writers when Ken was in law school at Columbia University and Anne was paying the rent by working in publishing. They have continued to write together for about forty years and in that time have published three adult novels, eleven non-fiction books for children, two fiction books for middle readers, and two photography books. They also produced three children whom they love even more than writing.
Their most recent middle reader book is Stone Faces, published by MuseItYoung, and available in all formats including paper. Their three previous adult novels are Kate and the Kid, a mainstream novel, Praise Her, Praise Diana, a thriller, and Weave a Murderous Web, a mystery.
Between projects, they started a web site/blog:
www.randh71productions.com/blog
In case you were wondering about the address, "R" is for Rothman, "H" is for Hicks, and "71" is the year of their marriage. No secret codes or numerology anywhere.

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