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Mabel Opal Pear and the Rules for Spying
Mabel Opal Pear and the Rules for Spying
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Mabel Opal Pear and the Rules for Spying

A young spy gets entangled in an action-filled, whodunit mystery! When Mabel's parents leave town without warning, she isn't worried. They're spies, after all. But when her beloved Aunt Gertie is arrested for leading a smuggling ring, then her obnoxious Uncle Frank and Aunt Stella show up, demanding to be let into the family's private museum, things begin to look fishy. Especially since Mabel hasn't heard from her parents in days. Tackling a mystery like this one is what she has been training for her whole, short life. Using her self-authored spy handbook, will Mabel be able to find her parents and unmask the real criminal before it's too late? Rife with quirky characters, zany twists, and an unflinching look at the difficulty of learning to trust, Amanda Hosch's debut is sure to capture the hearts of secret-keepers, sleuths, and everyone in-between.

PublisherCapstone Young Readers
Age Level9-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 4-7
SubjectMystery, Humor
Trim Size5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Page Count272
Paper Over Board



School Library Journal - Erin Olsen, The Brearley School, NY

"A light and quirky mystery.  Consider for large collections." - School Library Journal

July 1, 2017

Booklist Online - Julia Smith

"It’s not uncommon for middle-grade novels to build a story around a kid whose parents are spies, but Hosch manages to keep this premise fresh and entertaining in her new mystery. . . .Hosch works humor and suspense into the story, along with appealingly quirky characters and intriguing spy communications that will leave armchair detectives hooked and happy." - Booklist Online

November 21, 2017


YA Books Central - Jacklin Updegraft

"I can’t recommend this one enough. If you love anything to do with spies I highly suggest reading this one. It’s funny and amazing and you will not regret picking it up. Amanda Hosch is the queen of writing great characters with lots of heart." - YA Books Central

October 3, 2017

Kirkus Reviews

"Mabel's first-person narration reveals a clearheaded and resourceful but lonely and somewhat resentful girl whose efforts to protect her parents' secrets deny her the normal social life she deserves. A suspenseful, multifaceted puzzler with a savvy girl sleuth." - Kirkus Reviews

July 15, 2017



Missouri Association of School Librarians

Mark Twain Reader Award Preliminary Nominee

September 1, 2018

Amanda Hosch

Amanda Hosch

Amanda Hosch loves writing, travel, and coffee. She lived abroad for ten years, teaching English as a Foreign Language. A fifth generation New Orleanian, Amanda now lives in Seattle with her husband, their two daughters, and a ghost cat. When not writing, she's a reading tutor for elementary school kids.

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