SPIDER KANE AND THE MYSTERY AT JUMBO NIGHTCRAWLER'S by Mary Pope Osborne

SPIDER KANE AND THE MYSTERY AT JUMBO NIGHTCRAWLER'S

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Age Range: 6 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A sequel to Spider Kane and the Mystery Under the May-Apple (1992), set in the same cottage garden. Butterfly Leon Leafwing is a new lieutenant in the Order of the MOTH, a secret crime-fighting band led by Spider Kane--renowned detective, jazz musician, and master of disguise. Leon's mother, his girlfriend, and several veteran members of the Order have disappeared after being lured to the shadowy nightclub district on the banks of the garden creek. Meanwhile, a shipment of gold is missing and someone has been forging Kane's secret signature. Like Sherlock Holmes, Kane handily solves these related mysteries by using his powers of observation, ratiocination, and recall in a tightly plotted tale, well sprinkled with clues if without the sense of menace and the personal odyssey that distinguished the first adventure. Chess's usual wit and whimsy will be at work to illustrate Osborne's perfectly imagined insect world. (Fiction. 6-10)

Pub Date: May 3rd, 1993
ISBN: 0-679-80856-6
Page count: 142pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1993




Kirkus Interview
Mary Pope Osborne
January 6, 2015

Danger in the Darkest Hour is beloved children’s writer Mary Pope Osborne’s latest entry in the Magic Tree House series and it features Jack and Annie’s most dangerous mission ever. The magic tree house has taken Jack and Annie back in time to England in 1944. England is fighting for its life in World War II. Before long, Jack and Annie find themselves parachuting into Normandy, France, behind enemy lines. The date is June 5. Will the brave brother and sister team be able to make a difference during one of the darkest times in history? “It appears there is nowhere Osborne’s Magic Tree House cannot take readers, as this successful foray suggests,” our reviewer writes. View video >

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