The Scratch on the Ming Vase

The Scratch on the Ming Vase


By Caroline Stellings


An attack on her kung fu master leads a budding spy on a mysterious adventure...

Born in China, Nicki Haddon was adopted by a wealthy North American family as a baby. Now sixteen, she has a talent for kung fu beyond her years, a fierce independent streak, and a growing curiosity about her birth family. 

Nicki is all set to train with at the Fire Dragon Academy with David Kahana, a kung fu grand master, when she reports to the studio to find him stabbed and lying in a pool of blood. As he lapses into a coma, he begs her to find a priceless Ming dynasty vase that once belonged to Pu Yi, the Boy Emperor.
Over seven days of danger and deception, Nicki will rely on her wits, her martial arts training, and some unexpected allies – including Fenwick, the family butler – to uncover the criminal mastermind behind the plot to steal the vase.

The first Nicki Haddon Mystery

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About the Author

Caroline Stellings is an award-winning author and illustrator. Her book The Contest, part of the Gutsy Girl series, won the 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year Award and was a finalist for the 2010/11 Hackmatack Award. Besides her many books for children and young adults, she is also the writer of The Nancy Drew Crookbook, a long running series in The Sleuth magazine. She lives in Waterdown, Ontario.

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Product Information

  • Release: September 15, 2012

  • $11.95 Paperback

  • 142 Pages

  • 5.5 x 8.25

  • Teen Fiction

  • Ages 12-16 / Grades 7-11

  • Guided Reading: Z

  • ISBN: 9781926920917


  • Character Education
    > Strong Female Characters

  • Language Arts
    > Mystery

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > Cultural & Ethnic Diversity

Awards for The Scratch on the Ming Vase

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre's "Best Books for Kids and Teens" - Spring 2013

Praise for The Scratch on the Ming Vase

"The Scratch on the Ming Vase is a real page-turner... it's all good fun and readers will love it. Enjoy!" - CM: Canadian Review of Materials 4/4 Starred Review

"I think that The Scratch on the Ming Vase is a promising start for a good series." - Natalie Conrad (age 8), National Post Kids' Book Reviews

"The series' strength lies in Nicki's character... Nicki is much more than a modern-day Nancy Drew; she is a strong, independent young woman." - Library Media Connection