Bestselling author Parker dips into the YA market with this charming mystery full of a boy's adventures in post-World War II Massachusetts. This is a great, wholesome read for boys.
obby Murphy has a lot on his plate as he enters eighth grade: There's the basketball team he and his friends have started that needs serious work, the new feelings for his friend Joanie he can't seem to sort out and a mysterious man who appears to be threatening his new teacher. He'll need the help of his teammates -- and Joanie -- to make sense of it all. (sleuth philomel, Apr., 224 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780399246562, 12 and Up, HC)