The Puppet Wrangler

  • Pages:224
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:puppets, television, sibling rivalry, sisters, adventure
  • Pub Date:04/01/2004
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Lexile:740L
  • ATOS:4.8
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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.
"An entertaining work of light, humourous fantasy."
– CM Magazine
"Kids who sometimes feel like adults are pulling their strings will relish the idea of a puppet pal with a mind of his own."
– Center for Children's Books
"A fresh and unpredictable modern fantasy." "A quirky and engaging adventure story."
– School Library Journal
"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."
"A very funny and gripping novel filled with bizarre characters that [Grant] manages to make credible."
– The Bookmark (BCTLA)
"A zany coming of age story."
– St. Catherine's Standard
"A cleverly crafted, believable peek into the fears of an over-looked child."
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CLA Book of the Year for Children nominee   | 2005  |  Short-listed
Hackmatack Children's Choice Award nominee   | 2006  |  Short-listed
Silver Birch nominee   | 2005  |  Short-listed
Resource Links "The Year's Best"   | 2004  |  Commended
VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers List   | 2004  |  Commended
CBC Young Canada Reads   | 2006  |  Winner