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

CM Magazine
"An entertaining work of light, humourous fantasy."
Center for Children's Books
"Kids who sometimes feel like adults are pulling their strings will relish the idea of a puppet pal with a mind of his own."
School Library Journal
"A fresh and unpredictable modern fantasy." "A quirky and engaging adventure story."
"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)
"A very funny and gripping novel filled with bizarre characters that [Grant] manages to make credible."
St. Catherine's Standard
"A zany coming of age story."
Resource Links
"A cleverly crafted, believable peek into the fears of an over-looked child."


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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