By Sherie Posesorski
Summer vacation turns into a real-life mystery tale for a teen detective...
Fourteen-year-old Phoebe Hecht is slowly making her way through the long boring days of summer vacation. It doesn’t help that her mom’s marriage to a wealthy heart surgeon means that they’ve left their old, comfortable lives behind – so much so that her mom now seems ashamed at the merest mention of their humble beginnings. Now they live in a fancy Toronto neighborhood where she doesn’t belong, and the only friend she made at her new school, Yuri Kimura, has gone to Tokyo for the summer vacation. The only thing getting Phoebe through the summer is her obsession with Agatha Christie mysteries and her covert spying on Colin, her crush who works at the local grocery store.
A chance meeting with a kind elderly neighbor named Mrs. Tomblin changes everything and brings all Phoebe’s interests together. When Mrs. Tomblin is robbed and assaulted, she can’t remember anything about what happened due to the fact that she is in the early stages of dementia. It is up to Phoebe and Colin to try and solve the mystery of the robbery. Could Mrs. Tomblin’s collection of old photographs be at the center of the puzzle?
About the Author
Sherie Posesorski is a writer, editor, and book reviewer with an interest in mysteries and street photography. She has worked as an editor at Harlequin Enterprises, and as a Program Consultant at the Pen American Center in New York assisting with the administration of literary awards. Sherie lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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Release: September 15, 2010
5.5 x 8.25
Ages 12-16 / Grades 7-11
Guided Reading: Z
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Praise for Old Photographs
"... a fascinating and fun read, highly recommended." - Midwest Book Review
"Old Photographs moves along at a good pace, and—like any good mystery—readers are given enough clues to ponder who has committed the crime. The plot is believable, even when Phoebe decides she'll have to take matters into her own hands if the police are ever to recover Mrs. Tomblin's stolen property. Phoebe's 'set-up' is clever and her 'stake-out' is a nail-biter. Recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"I enjoyed the way the author portrays the young people in this novel. They are not shallow and uncaring nor are they perfect. They have real-life problems, yet at the same time they are resourceful, strong-minded and caring... I would not hesitate to recommend it for the school library's Young Adult section." - EFTO Voice (Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario)
"... a great choice for literature circle discussions and the teaching of questioning and inferring as two powerful reading strategies." - Canadian Teacher Magazine