Do You Know the Monkey Man?

by Dori Hillestad Butler (Author)

Do You Know the Monkey Man?
Reading Level: 6th — 7th Grade
For thirteen-year-old Samantha, life consists of too many unanswered questions about her past.
Why has her father not tried to contact her all these years? How could he have allowed her twin sister to drown in Clearwater Quarry when they were only toddlers? And how can Samantha's mother expect her to accept some man she hardly knows as her new father? Samantha already has a father out there. Somewhere.
A fateful decision sets into motion a chain of events and confrontations that will change Samantha's and her family's lives forever. As she sets out to find her father and discover what really happened the day her sister was presumed drowned, she uncovers painful secrets that threaten to destroy her family all over again.
Dori Butler's dramatic, suspenseful, and sensitive story will draw readers into one family's crisis unwittingly brought on by an adolescent girl's search for the truth.
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School Library Journal

Gr 5-8 -Samantha was three when her twin sister drowned in the local Iowa quarry and her father left. Now 13, she is determined to investigate the past, because her mother refuses to talk about it. Best friend Angela, not all that happy with her own absentee father, can't see what the big deal is, but is willing to help her in her investigation. Despite the fact that Sam and Angela defy parental authority, cross state lines, navigate public transport, and convince more than one person that the impossible is possible, there's not much detecting going on. The clues fall into Sam's lap. Searching into the past is not an unusual plot in children's books. Still, Butler has a simplicity of narrative voice that makes the story easy to read while reflecting the often-complex emotions of children forced to deal with things that have long been buried. It is the way that the author conveys these emotions that provides the most lingering memories of this fast-paced suspense novel." -Carol A. Edwards, Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO" Copyright 2005 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Dori Hillestad Butler
Dori Hillestad Butler's books have appeared on children's choice award lists in 18 different states. Trading Places with Tank Talbott won the Maryland Children's Choice Award in 2007. And The Buddy Files: Case of the Lost Boy won the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery. Dori has also been a ghostwriter for the Sweet Valley Twins, Unicorn Club, and Boxcar Children series, and a children's book reviewer for several publications. She's published numerous short stories, plays, and educational materials, and has served as the Iowa Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators' Regional Advisor. She grew up in southern Minnesota and now lives in Coralville, Iowa, with her husband, son, dog, and cat. She visits schools and leads writing workshops all over the country.
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Guided Reading Level
Peachtree Publishers
Publication date
April 20, 2005
BISAC categories
JUV013000 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | General
JUV028000 - Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Library of Congress categories
Missing persons
Black-Eyed Susan Award
Nominee 2007 - 2008
Charlotte Award
Nominee 2008 - 2008
Iowa Children's Choice (ICCA) Award
Nominee 2008 - 2009

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