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By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Wacky tale of middle schooler, '30s gangsters, murdered dog.

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Gordon Korman mixes international relations, middle school misadventures, legendary Prohibition-era gangsters, and a possible case of dog murder in this wild tale set on an island shared by the U.S. and Canada. As 12-year-old American expat Keenan finds his quiet convalescence dramatically interrupted by young Canadian ZeeBee Tice, her new and unappreciated cocker spaniel, and her dual obsessions with Notorious gangland legends and the recent death of her beloved dog, he's forced to reevaluate his first impression that life on the island is boring. With lots of appealing characters (human and otherwise), skilled storytelling, and loony goings-on, there's lots to love in this fast-moving, funny story of friendship, family, and inclusion.

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