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Small-town sleuth meets Shakespeare in 'Absolutely Truly'

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(Read caption) Absolutely Truly:
A Pumpkin Falls Mystery
By Heather Vogel Frederick
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
368 pp.

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What happens when a 6-foot-tall 12-year-old named Truly Lovejoy must leave her dream home in Austin, Texas, and settle in the frozen village of “population you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire”? She finds a mystery to solve, of course.

Fans of Heather Vogel Frederick’s “Mother-Daughter Book Club” series will be pleased to discover that Frederick launched a brand-new series last month. And like the “Mother-Daughter Book Club,” Absolutely Truly, the first book of the “Pumpkin Falls Mystery” series is charming, slyly humorous, steeped in New England ambiance, and aimed squarely at book lovers.

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It’s no accident that Frederick, a former Monitor children’s books editor, sets her story’s action in a bookstore. Truly discovers a clue in a first edition of “Charlotte’s Web” and must brush up on her Shakespeare to stay on the trail.

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