The Big House

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Boyds Mills Press, Jan 1, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 220 pages
6 Reviews
When their parents are sent "up the river” for embezzlement, Ray and Ivy are left to live in the lap of luxury with Marietta Noland and her ancient husband, Lionel. But life at the big house is not all it's cracked up to be. First there is the shrouded portrait, then there is the spider in the decaying wedding cake. And what about the vicious instrument Marietta uses to decapitate her egg? When "the rain in Spain" begins to fall (in other words, Ray wets his bed), things go from bad to worse and Ivy knows it is time to take matters into her own hands. What follows is a hilarious lark as Ray and Ivy case the joint, get the skinny, and show Marietta she has met her match.
 

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I loved this book. I've never read a children's mystery. I got it from the IUS Library. Read full review

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This is 9 year old Maya's review. 4 stars instead of 5 because there is a slow part in the middle, but keep going, it's worth it - highly recommended. This is Maya's second Carolyn Coman book - she also loved The Memory Bank. Read full review

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Contents

The Punishment
11
The Big House
18
Their Own Devices
40
On the Inside
61
Practice
72
The Intercom
94
Dares
113
Zapped
127
The Great Escape
141
Caught
155
The Trial
184
The Sentence
201
Time Off for Questionable Behavior
215
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Carolyn Coman is the award-winning author of What Jamie Saw and Many Stones. Rob Shepperson illustrates for the New York Times Book Review and the Washington Post.

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