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The Summer of the Spotted Owl
By author: Melanie Jackson
Selling Points: "Mystery, endangered species, hang gliding"
ISBN: 9781551434124
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2005
Pages: 192
Fiction Ages 8-12
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $8.95
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After a hang glider crashes into the pool of the house where Dinah and Madge are house-sitting, the hapless pilot creates more than a splash of suspicion in Dinah’s mind. Why does this itchy intruder make off with Dinah’s inflatable turtle? Why is someone trying to drive their cat-mad neighbor away? And what is the connection with the balding stranger seen lurking behind the hedge? And when Madge’s boyfriend starts a campaign to save the endangered spotted owl, it seems that a crooked politician may be out to destroy the habitat of the near-extinct animal. While Madge paints, Dinah brushes aside suggestions that she be a quiet, well-behaved guest in this posh North Vancouver neighborhood. There’s just too much for Dinah and her friends—tree-fanatic Pantelli and irritatingly conscientious Talbot—to investigate in this hilariously suspenseful adventure. Along with learning about endangered animals and fragile ecosystems, Dinah runs across clueless reporters and greedy developers, all the while continuing to belt out her favorite songs and satisfy her healthy appetite.

This is the fourth installment in the hilarious Dinah Galloway mystery series.
The Summer of the Spotted Owl is the fourth of four books in the Dinah Galloway Mystery series.
Book one is The Spy in the Alley.
Book two is The Man in the Moonstone.
Book three is The Mask on the Cruise Ship.
School Library Journal - July 1, 2008
"Dinah's smart-alecky self-deprecating personality will carry readers through to the satisfying conclusion."
Canadian Book Review Annual - July 16, 2006
"The book offers readers lively dialogue, a well-paced narrative, an action-packed plot, an appealing heroine...Highly recommended."
VOYA - April 1, 2006
"Difficult to resist such an irrepressible character."
KLIATT - March 1, 2006
"Young readers will like her quirkiness and the the twists and turns of this surprisingly unpredictable plot."
CM Magazine - January 1, 2006
Georgia Straight - December 1, 2005
"My nine-year-old has just inhaled all four. His message to Jackson: MORE!"

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