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The Spy in the Alley
By author: Melanie Jackson
Selling Points: detective, Dinah Galloway, mystery
ISBN: 9781551432076
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2002
Pages: 192
Fiction Ages 8-12
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $8.95
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Confronting a prowler in the backyard, Dinah is determined to find out why someone has taken an interest in her older sister and herself. Who is the buck-tooth burglar? Why are the Rinaldi's tomatoes always involved? And what is the connection between Madge's boyfriend and GASP, a group of well-intentioned anti-smoking activists? When it becomes apparent that Wellman Talent, the modeling agency Madge works for, is making deals with an unscrupulous tobacco company, and that the spy is out to sabotage GASP’s plans to expose the connection, Dinah has to call on all her talents, both sleuthing and singing, to solve the case.

In the spirit of Sammy Keyes, Dinah gets by on pluck, courage and an irrepressible sense of humor as she is catapulted into a mystery that twists and turns from the blackberry patch to the corporate boardroom.

The Spy in the Alley is the first of four books in the Dinah Galloway Mystery series.
Book two is The Man in the Moonstone.
Book three is The Mask on the Cruise Ship.
Book four is The Summer of the Spotted Owl.
CM Magazine - April 28, 2003
"Young mystery fans will look forward to Dinah's further cases. Highly Recommended."
School Library Journal - January 1, 2003
"A fun lighthearted story that also deals thoughtfully with serious issues."
Children's Book News - January 1, 2003
"Leaves us wanting to see much more of the Galloway family."
Resource Links - January 1, 2003
"A great hit for mystery buffs everywhere. Excellent."

Awards

Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2004
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2002

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