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By Keith Graves
5 x 7 in; 256 pp; Guided Reading level: W
October 2011 ISBN 9780811878142 ISBN10 0811878147
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When thirteen-year-old Josephine moves to Awkward Falls she can’t help but snoop around the dilapidated mansion next door. Inevitably, she is captured by the house’s strange inhabitants: an ancient automaton who serves as a butler, a cat patched together with a few odd parts, and most surprising of all, a boy named Thaddeus Hibble. Meanwhile, Fetid Stenchley—the most feared patient in the Asylum for the Dangerously Insane—is on the loose after making a dramatic escape, and there is only one thing on his mind...revenge. Unfortunately for Josephine and Thaddeus, he’s headed their way. Can these unlikely friends stop Stenchley before it’s too late? With a penchant for spooky details, surprising twists, and haunting illustrations, Keith Graves delivers a suspenseful and engaging first novel.
Keith Graves is the author and illustrator of many picture books, including Chicken Big. His thirteen-year-old twins inspired this, his first novel. He lives in Austin, Texas.
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