Grooves: A Kind of Mystery

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Harper Collins, Feb 28, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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A quirky middle–grade novel about an enterprising seventh–grader who discovers an astonishing plea for help in the grooves of his blue jeans.

Dwayne Ruggles is a regular kid living in a regular town until evil entrepreneur Howard Thigpen shows up. Thigpen seems to have the ability to make people do whatever he wants, and sparks of light swirl around him wherever he goes. But the mystery doesn't stop there. Dwayne discovers that the grooves in his Thigpen–brand blue jeans and the ripples in his Thigpen–brand potato chips contain a secret message, "Please. You must help us. He's stealing the light from our eyes." It's a race against time to solve the mystery, but first Dwayne better figure out what that strange message means.

Ages 8+

 

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After a seventh-grader discovers that the grooves in his Thigpen-brand blue jeans are encoded with a cry for help, he sets out to save the factory workers from greedy entrepreneur Howard Thigpen. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
10
Section 3
20
Section 4
29
Section 5
39
Section 6
50
Section 7
57
Section 8
69
Section 14
117
Section 15
125
Section 16
134
Section 17
143
Section 18
152
Section 19
163
Section 20
171
Section 21
182

Section 9
78
Section 10
86
Section 11
91
Section 12
96
Section 13
102
Section 22
190
Section 23
193
Section 24
201
Section 25
202
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About the author (2006)

Kevin Brockmeier is the author of city of names and several novels for adults, including the brief history of the dead. He has published stories in The Georgia Review, The New Yorker, and McSweeney's. He is also the recipient of many prestigious honors, including a James Michener–Paul Engle Fellowship, the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award, and three O. Henry Awards. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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