April 08, 2018

#BookTour: Charlie & Frog (A Castle-on-the-Hudson Mystery) by Karen Kane @DisneyHyperion

About the Book:

All Charlie Tickler wants is for his parents to listen.

Charlie's parents have left him (again). This time they are off to South Africa to help giant golden moles. And Charlie? He's been dumped with his TV-obsessed grandparents. Lonely and curious, Charlie heads into the village of Castle-on-the-Hudson, where a frightened old woman gives him a desperate message-in sign language. When she suddenly disappears, Charlie is determined to find answers.

All Francine (aka Frog) Castle wants is to be the world's greatest detective.

Frog, who is Deaf, would rather be solving crimes than working at the Flying Hands Cafe. When Charlie Tickler walks into the caf looking for help, Frog jumps at the chance to tackle a real-life case.

Together, Charlie and Frog set out to decipher a series of clues and uncover the truth behind the missing woman's mysterious message. Charlie needs to learn American Sign Language (fast) to keep up with quick-witted Frog. And Frog needs to gather her detective know-how (now) to break the case before it's too late.
Discover the surprising ways people listen in debut author Karen Kane's page-turning mystery filled with humor, intrigue, and heartwarming friendships.

This title will be released on April 10, 2018.




Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Recommended Age: Middle Grade
Genre: American Sign Language (ASL), Mystery 
How I Acquired this book: Publisher
Overall rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads | Amazon
About the Author:
Karen Kane has worked as an interpreter for the Deaf community for over 25 years. Her path to Charlie and Frog took her from a small village near Rochester, New York, to the bustle of Washington, DC. The people she met along the way inspired her writing with their strength, warmth, and humor, especially those in the Deaf community. Karen graduated from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she's not writing, you can find her in person as a sign language interpreter at Gallaudet University or lost in the stacks of her local library.


Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: A Great little story 

Check out author's other books? Yes
Recommend this book? Yes

Notes and Opinions:  This was a great little story for the middle-grade age group.  I would love to see a book where the parents are fully involved in the child's life. But it seems that for this as well as other titles that is just not the case.  This was a very cute story that felt totally original in its telling. I do think that the use of sign language in this one made the book seem a little weird but other than that the book was great. I could see this getting kids interested in learning ASL.  

Go Into This One Knowing: a Great cute story for boys and girls! 
 









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