The Dime Novel Kids are spunky, spirited, smart, sassy--and so is Sheila Turnage's writing. It sizzles and sparkles. --Lauren Wolk, author of Newbery Honor Book Wolf Hollow
From the Newbery Honor-winning author of Three Times Lucky
comes a middle grade WWII spy mystery with as much humor and heart as high stakes
Twelve-year-old Stick Lawson lives on Hatteras Island, North Carolina, where life moves steady as the tides, and mysteries abound as long as you look really
hard for them. Stick and her friends Rain and Neb are good at looking hard. They call themselves the Dime Novel Kids. And the only thing Stick wants more than a paying case for them to solve is the respect that comes with it. But on Hatteras, the tides are changing. World War II looms, curious newcomers have appeared on the small island, and in the waters off its shores, a wartime menace lurks that will upend Stick's life and those of everyone she loves. The Dimes are about to face more mysteries than they ever could have wished for, and risk more than they ever could have imagined. "Big, beautifully unfolding adventure and mystery, [and characters] who jump off the page and straight into your heart."
--Kimberly Willis Holt, author of National Book Award Winner When Zachary Beaver Came to Town "Charming and funny, [abounding in] codes and clues, spies, and double agents.
--PW Lively narration will quickly draw readers into the story, which twists and turns cleverly.
--Booklist "A little-known piece of American history [makes for] an entertaining saga of island life."
--Kirkus "Stick is the kind of protagonist I wish was my best friend . . . . I can't get enough of her."
--Gennifer Choldenko, author of Newbery Honor Book Al Capone Does My Shirts