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Audacity Jones to the Rescue (Audacity Jones #1)
by Kirby Larson


Overview - Audacity Jones is an eleven-year-old orphan who aches for adventure, a challenge to break up the monotony of her life at Miss Maisie's School for Wayward Girls. Life as a wayward girl isn't so bad; Audie has the best of friends, a clever cat companion, and plenty of books to read.  Read more...

 
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More About Audacity Jones to the Rescue (Audacity Jones #1) by Kirby Larson
 
 
 
Overview
Audacity Jones is an eleven-year-old orphan who aches for adventure, a challenge to break up the monotony of her life at Miss Maisie's School for Wayward Girls. Life as a wayward girl isn't so bad; Audie has the best of friends, a clever cat companion, and plenty of books to read. Still, she longs for some excitement, like the characters in the novels she so loves encounter.
So when the mysterious Commodore Crutchfield visits the school and whisks Audie off to Washington, DC, she knows she's in for the journey of a lifetime. But soon, it becomes clear that the Commodore has unsavory plans for Audie -- plans that involve the president of the United States and a sinister kidnapping plot. Before she knows it, Audie winds up in the White House kitchens, where she's determined to stop the Commodore dead in his tracks. Can Audie save the day before it's too late?

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780545840569
  • ISBN-10: 0545840562
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • Publish Date: January 2016
  • Page Count: 224
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds

Series: Audacity Jones #1

Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - United States - 20th Century
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-10-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

Its 1910, and Audacity Jones is living in a struggling home for wayward girls in Swayzee, Ind., when a frequent donor, Commodore Crutchfield, arrives asking for a volunteer for a secret mission. Sharp-witted and well-read, Audie has her doubts about a man who seemed to have no idea that mainsails were never lashed together with ropes and that the rank of Commodore had last been used by the United States Navy eleven years prior, but she also has a taste for adventure. Before they leave, her favorite chocolate-striped cat, Miniver, slips into the Commodores car and becomes an integral part of this delightful historical mystery from Larson (Dash). Audie winds up in the nations capital where she makes several friends, including newsboy Juice and his grandfather, who works in the White House stable. Larsons entertaining narration shifts attention among multiple characters amid the unfolding mystery of what, exactly, the Commodore is planning. First in a series, Larsons thriller deftly mixes humor, heart-pounding moments, and a strongly evoked historical settingits truly a story with something for everyone. Ages 812. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Grinberg Literary Management. (Jan.)

 
BookPage Reviews

An important mission from President Taft

Miss Maisie’s School for Wayward Girls is a stable home for young orphan Audacity Jones. She has good friends and good times but wishes for something to shake up the routine. When the school’s wealthy benefactor asks for a volunteer to come on a top-secret mission, problem solved—or is it? 

Newbery Honor winner Kirby Larson plops Audie into an adventure that has real roots in history: a plot to kidnap President Taft’s niece. Audie still grieves for her lost parents but lives very much in the here and now, using intelligence and intuition to solve each new problem that comes along. She gets help not just from her chums back at school but from a paperboy, his stable-hand grandfather, some circus performers and a cat with a knack for detective work.

Avid and reluctant readers alike will appreciate the Punishment Room at Miss Maisie’s. Audie’s hesitation to go there conceals the fact that it’s an enormous library with snacks and a fireplace—and not a bad punishment after all.

With an afterword that breaks down the true and fictional aspects of the story, Audacity Jones to the Rescue is rich in history and vocabulary, but it’s also great fun.

 

This article was originally published in the February 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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