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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 224
Themes: puppets, television
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/04/2004
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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.

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."

Awards

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

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