Zoe Lucky: And the Green Gables' Mystery

Zoe Lucky: And the Green Gables' Mystery

by M. Carol Coffey

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Overview



Oakland Burglar Escapes Western Pennitentiary

When Zoe's DAD, a policeman, is killed in a shoot-out, Zoe and her Mom move from their country home to the college town of Oakland (a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA). Shortly after they settle into their apartment, Zoe sees the newspaper photo of the Oakland burglar and she recognizes the escapee. To add to the drama, Zoe's Mom is working night turn and Zoe is facing her home alone fears.

Zoe receives Paki, a plucky African Gray parrot, for her 13th birthday and he helps her set aside her fears and meet new friends.

Toby, a blue-eyed charmer, shows Zoe around Oakland and is her sidekick through some spine-tingling adventures. With her first kiss, Toby is her first love.

Miss Jahari, Zoe's upstairs neighbor, is a professor of African Studies at PITT and invites Zoe, Paki and Toby to one of her classes at the Cathedral of Learning.

Because their apartment house is painted a pukey pea soup color, Zoe names it Green Gables. The burglar breaks into their apartment and Mom is ready to pack up and move; however, Zoe wants to stay and solve the mystery.

Toby and Miss Jahari help Zoe put together pieces of the puzzle and a curious crew, including Paki the parrot, a Siamese cat and a bevy of crows help Zoe face her foes. BUT, will Zoe be able to solve the Green Gable's mystery?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432731908
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 12/17/2008
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

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Zoe Lucky: And the Green Gables' Mystery 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ladydzura on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Zoe Lucky and the Green Gables Mystery is a sweet little story in which our heroine, Zoe, pieces together the clues in order to catch a persistent -- and dangerous -- burglar.Zoe and her mom have moved to Pittsburgh after Zoe's father, a police officer, was killed in a bank robbery. The apartment building she shares with an African Studies professor at the University of Pittsburgh is painted a hideous green color, so Zoe dubs it 'Green Gables'. For her thirteenth birthday, Zoe is presented with Paki, an African Gray parrot, and on a trip to the vet, she meets and develops a crush on Toby, the boy next door. When a burglar breaks into Zoe's apartment a few days later, she and Toby team up to catch him, and their adventures are filled with a little mystery, a little adventure, and yes, a little romance for Zoe and Toby.I have to admit: I'm a little biased in my adoration of this book, as it's set in my hometown and I love that Carol Coffey was able to include so many aspects of Pittsburgh into her story. Zoe is a great little character, brave and determined and strong and uncertain, all at the same time, and reminds me a lot of my own little sister.
smilingsally on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Talk about a disappointment! The characters in this teen fiction are not believable--they are flat--without dimension. The story has unexplained gaps and holes. Misuse of punctuation indicates the need for an editor.It's been a while since I was young, but I cannot believe that children have changed as much as indicated by the protagonist in this story. When Zoe, just-turned-thirteen, first meets Toby, he brushes at a stain on the front of her shirt and comes "much too close to the 'bump' in [her] new training bra" (7). For some reason, this provokes a love attraction to him! Later, she puts her "head in his lap" (43). This turns into the occasion of her first kiss. She drinks beer (79-80). There are references to marijuana (66). Please tell me that this is not typical!One of the main characters is an African Gray parrot named Paki. He not only talks, he has the ability to think, analyze, and reply with sarcastic comments in both English and Swahili. In one incident, he announces his own illness (39). In another, he pronounces the death of a crow (44). He detects marijuana (78). And of course, he solves the mystery!There are several good points: Swahili words, police codes, landmarks in Pittsburgh, PA, and facts about Kenya are interwoven into the story. However, this is not enough to redeem the weak writing. This is one teen book I will not recommend.
ReviewYourBook.com More than 1 year ago
Zoe Lucky and the Green Gables' Mystery M. Carol Coffey Outskirts Press, 2008 ISBN: 9781432731908 Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com, 02/09 5 Stars Entertaining mystery. Zoe Lucky is a thirteen-year-old girl with a pet parrot. After the death of her police officer father, she and her mother move to a building painted a funky green, hence Zoe calls the building Green Gables. Several unusual events take place: a missing ring, a bank robbery, and a kidnapping. Zoe Lucky and the Green Gables' Mystery by M. Carol Coffey is a well-written and entertaining mystery. I would suggest reading coaches use this book as a high interest/low level reading book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After her father, a cop, is shot in a bank robbery, Zoe and her mom move to the Green Gables' apartment building. Shortly after they settle in, a burglar breaks in -- not once -- but twice. Zoe's friends, the birds, are remarkable and it is obvious that author Carol Coffey, has done her research. Zoe's pet African Gray parrot, Paki, is Zoe's sidekick and he is less than subtle in his warnings. The backyard crows remember the person who harmed them and guides the cops to the final scene. The fast pace, many twists and turns and amazing cast of characters add up to an exciting story.
shmoore75 More than 1 year ago
When I took to my childhood room in the evening, the Nancy Drew mysteries and Choose Your Own Adventure books were always among my favorite reading choices. I enjoyed the idea of a young hero, particularly a female one, solving a crime that had stumped even the adults. Therefore, I am excited to have discovered a young modern-day heroine by the name of Zoe Lucky. She is the creation of author M. Carol Coffey and in her new book, Zoe Lucky and the Green Gables' Mystery, she carries on the tradition of Nancy Drew fans and playground sleuths everywhere. Except, in Zoe's case, the crimes and the consequences are much more serious. Zoe is a thirteen-year-old girl who recently moved to a new apartment with her mom following the tragic death of her father. Zoe doesn't have time to adjust to her surroundings before she finds herself amongst a cast of fascinating characters. As the story unfolds, Zoe befriends a wise neighbor, draws close in puppy love to the boy from the pet shop, and finds herself in a position to uncover crimes ranging from burglary to murder. Although the mystery that develops is frightening, the author always manages to keep the perspective of a teenage girl in her writing. Zoe is a girl who pieces together her clues through skilled work on her Blackberry and by the art of instant messaging . she is smart and unlocks mysteries with a uniquely adolescent and 21st century style. One of the most engaging aspects of this new novel is the importance of birds to the development of Coffey's storyline. Zoe's pet parrot, Paki, and all feathered friends in general play pivotal roles in ways that the humans involved in the situation could not. Paki is able to sense the true character of people who walk into the Luckys' apartment and tries to warn his young friend. The crows that congregate outside of Zoe's apartment building have a long memory concerning those who have harmed them, and use their abilities as guides to lead authorities to the man who had brought terror to Zoe and her family. Coffey is a member of the Audubon Society and the National Wildlife Federation, and her knowledge of animals and their capabilities adds a unique dynamic that readers will not find in other books of this genre. The fast-paced format and cast of characters in Zoe Lucky and the Green Gables Mystery create a book that will be a popular choice in the Young Adult section of the bookstore. M. Carol Coffey does a magnificent job in appealing to an age group of readers who can be difficult to please, but who are the most loyal fans once a relationship is established. I certainly can see Zoe Lucky emerging as a favorite heroine of young girls. However, I think this book will rightfully find an audience in readers of all ages. Coffey's writing is smart and complex without being obvious about the process. She slowly reveals details about her characters that will keep readers turning the page to discover more. Also a talented illustrator, Coffey adds sketches throughout the book which add a great visual element. Her ability to create suspense will have readers guessing and perhaps sitting with their mouths dropped open in shock as the story reaches its climax and reveals some amazing twists. M. Carol Coffey has promised that more adventures are in store for Zoe Lucky, and I am looking forward to reading them with my daughter. Perhaps she will be inspired by Zoe to set upon her own mystery adventure, just as I was prompted by Nancy Drew!
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
alk about a disappointment! The characters in this teen fiction are not believable--they are flat--without dimension. The story has unexplained gaps and holes. Misuse of punctuation indicates the need for an editor.

It's been a while since I was young, but I cannot believe that children have changed as much as indicated by the protagonist in this story. When Zoe, just-turned-thirteen, first meets Toby, he brushes at a stain on the front of her shirt and comes "much too close to the 'bump' in [her] new training bra" (7). For some reason, this provokes a love attraction to him! Later, she puts her "head in his lap" (43). This turns into the occasion of her first kiss. She drinks beer (79-80). There are references to marijuana (66). Please tell me that this is not typical!

One of the main characters is an African Gray parrot named Paki. He not only talks, he has the ability to think, analyze, and reply with sarcastic comments in both English and Swahili. In one incident, he announces his own illness (39). In another, he pronounces the death of a crow (44). He detects marijuana (78). And of course, he solves the mystery!

There are several good points: Swahili words, police codes, landmarks in Pittsburgh, PA, and facts about Kenya are interwoven into the story. However, this is not enough to redeem the weak writing. This is one teen book I will not recommend.
carm More than 1 year ago
Zoe Lucky and the Green Gables' Mystery is a great mystery. The book really captures the essence of the Pittsburgh area. My whole family loved the book! Can't wait to hear more about Zoe Lucky.