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Dead Frog on the Porch (Gumboot Books)

Kids can save the world – even if it is one frog at a time.When twin sisters Cyd and Jane are propelled into an international plot involving evil scientists and giant genetically stretched frogs, the girls are in a suspenseful and hilarious race to save the frog kingdom.

Feeling bad after she accidentally stepped on her sister’s frog, Cyd gets swept up in Jane’s search for an answer to the mystery of the giant frogs. But first the twins must out-maneuver disbelieving police and their scientist mom who sides with the geneticists. Cyd and Jane use the Internet, a serum antidote, and good old-fashioned sleuthing to expose harm to the frog kingdom. In the process they discover the link between frogs, the environment and humanity. But will they catch the culprits or will giant frogs take over their city?

“Shady scientists, fraudulent frogs, and two terrific twins adds up to a delightful mystery. Cynthia and Jane are fearless in their quest to end “crimes against amphibians.” This story is full of outsized characters, outrageous creatures and a sweet goofy humour that propels each page. Tons of fun!”

Teresa Toten
Author of The Game, Governor General Awards nominee 2001; and Me and the
Blonds, Governor General Awards finalist 2006.

“Readers who enjoy a good laugh and a good mystery will devour this uproarious, fast-paced story in which the feisty twin sisters Cyd and Jane take a megabyte out of crime! It is Nancy Drew for the iPod generation! Markley’s debut novel filled with suspense and zany humour and told with pizzazz ushers in a new voice in the mystery genre. A sure winner!”

Shenaaz Nanji
Author of Child of Dandelions
Governor General Award Finalist 2008.

 

Dead Bird through the Cat Door

Dead birds? Stolen cats? C’est what? When Cyd and Jane’s cat Yin gets kidnapped – that’s when it gets personal.

Once again, Cyd and her animal loving twin Jane are up to their bird beaks in intrigue cracking the latest Megabyte Mystery. The director of the bird sanctuary, Aviary Finch, is stealing cats to kill birds. But why? Their new sidekick Todd – who’s side is he on anyway?

The twins use the latest technology to crack this case but it’s Shakespeare’s Macbeth who helps solve the mystery. Methinks the culprits doth protest too much! Will Cyd and Jane save the sanctuary, free the birds, and return the cats to their natural habitat of their owners’ laps? It’s predator eats predator when evil meets crazy!

“Mystery-solving twins, a bird hater out of Macbeth, and lots of giggly wordplay – good fun!”

Richard Scrimger

“A zany and zippy follow up to Dead Frog on the Porch. Snoopy twins Cyd and Jane are on the hunt for a bird killer, but they expose an eco-conspiracy instead. Their over-the-top antics will have young readers laughing and clamouring for more. This delightful novel places author Jan Markley in the catbird seat among funny mystery writers.”

Marty Chan

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