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published: Aug 2009
ISBN:9780888999160

Thumb and the Bad Guys

by Ken Roberts, illustrated by Leanne Franson

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Description

Thumb and his best friend, Susan, love movie nights, when the entire community of New Auckland gathers in the school gym to eat popcorn and watch videos. Mostly they are movies about bad guys being tracked down by cool detectives. It's the villains, Thumb realizes, that make life interesting. If only he could track down a bad guy.

But New Auckland is a remote fishing village. There are only 143 people in the entire community. How could there possibly be bad guys around? Thumb is determined, and so he and Susan conduct a stakeout. Their suspicions soon focus on Kirk McKenna, a toothless, bald fisherman. They track Kirk to a hidden shed in the woods, where they hear the muffled but chilling sounds of wailing. Meanwhile, their teacher sends the kids off to solve a different kind of mystery -- an archeological one that leads them to the possible site of an early European gun placement. Suddenly mysteries abound for Thumb and his friends.

About the Authors

Ken Roberts

KEN ROBERTS is a writer and librarian living in Whitby, Ontario.
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Leanne Franson was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. She studied Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montréal and did further study in Ceramics at Banff Centre, School of Fine Arts. After working as a dishwasher, massage therapist, short-order cook, waitress, foot courier and clerk at a fine arts materials shop, she decided to restrain herself to illustrating children’s books.
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Contributor Notes

Ken Roberts is the author of several popular books for young readers, including Hiccup Champion of the World, Crazy Ideas, Pop Bottles, Nothing Wright, Past Tense (shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award) and two highly praised previous Thumb books — The Thumb in the Box and Thumb on a Diamond (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice, SSLI Honor Book, Horn Book Fanfare Top Ten List). Ken is chief librarian of the Hamilton Public Library. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.Leanne Franson is a children's book illustrator who was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and who lives now in Montreal. She has illustrated the books in Ken Roberts' Thumb series.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
7 to 10
Grade:
2 to 5
Reading age:
7 to 10
Awards
  • Commended, USBBY Outstanding International Books
Editorial Reviews

With its blend of creepiness, mystery, and humor, this story will be eagerly welcomed by fans of Thumb and Susan, but it stands alone... Franson's black-and-white graphic style illustrations enhance the suspense.

— School Library Journal

Humourous...fun to read [and] well written.

— Resource Links

...Ken Roberts scores another home run.

— Globe and Mail

...[Roberts is] adept at creating adventure...Characterization is again piquant...

— Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW

Roberts' novel is nicely eccentric and breezy.

— Toronto Star

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