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The Puppet Wrangler
By author: Vicki Grant
Selling Points: "puppets, television"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2004
Pages: 224
Fiction Ages 8-12
Price:  $8.95
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He was supposed to say, "You're my Bitsiest bestiest friend," but every time he got to that 'bestiest' part, his mouth jammed open and his little pink tongue slipped out the side. He looked so human I couldn't believe it. It was like he was gagging on it or something.

Telly Mercer is shy and quiet, used to living in the shadow of her older sister, Bess. Then she finds herself on the set of a puppet show, staying out of the way of her overstressed aunt Kathleen. One evening she makes a surprising discovery that launches her on an adventure with an unpredictable and angry puppet.
KLIATT - September 1, 2004
"Grant's debut novel sparkles with humor; Telly's first-person narrative is deliciously low key and understated to the point of being laugh-out-loud funny." "Any reader who has ever felt as if s/he lives in a sibling's shadow will identify with Telly immediately and cheer her on with great enthusiasm."
The Bookmark (BCTLA) - September 1, 2004
"A very funny and gripping novel filled with bizarre characters that [Grant] manages to make credible."
Resource Links - September 1, 2004
"A cleverly crafted, believable peek into the fears of an over-looked child."
School Library Journal - July 20, 2004
"A fresh and unpredictable modern fantasy." "A quirky and engaging adventure story."
St. Catherine's Standard - July 2, 2004
"A zany coming of age story."
CM Magazine - April 8, 2004
"An entertaining work of light, humourous fantasy."
Center for Children's Books - April 1, 2004
"Kids who sometimes feel like adults are pulling their strings will relish the idea of a puppet pal with a mind of his own."


CLA Book of the Year for Children nominee, short-listed  CA  2005
Hackmatack Children's Choice Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2006
Silver Birch nominee, short-listed  CA  2005
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2004
VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers List, commended  US  2004
CBC Young Canada Reads, winner  CA  2006

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