Edgar Award Nominee for Best Middle Grade Mystery
All Charlie Tickler wants is for his parents to listen.
Charlie's parents have left him (again). This time they are off to South Africa to help giant golden moles. And Charlie? He's been dumped with his TV-obsessed grandparents. Lonely and curious, Charlie heads into the village of Castle-on-the-Hudson, where a frightened old woman gives him a desperate message-in sign language. When she suddenly disappears, Charlie is determined to find answers.
All Francine (aka Frog) Castle wants is to be the world's greatest detective.
Frog, who is Deaf, would rather be solving crimes than working at the Flying Hands Café. When Charlie Tickler walks into the café looking for help, Frog jumps at the chance to tackle a real-life case.
Together, Charlie and Frog set out to decipher a series of clues and uncover the truth behind the missing woman's mysterious message. Charlie needs to learn American Sign Language ( fast) to keep up with quick-witted Frog. And Frog needs to gather her detective know-how ( now) to break the case before it's too late.
Discover the surprising ways people listen in debut author Karen Kane's page-turning mystery filled with humor, intrigue, and heartwarming friendships.
About the Author
Karen Kane is currently at Gallaudet University in Washington DC, the world's only university for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, and has worked as an interpreter for the Deaf community for over 25 years. She graduated from Vermont College of Fine Arts in January 2016 with a MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and worked on Charlie and Frog with A.S. King, Tom Birdseye and award-winning Canadian author Tim Wynne. Karen lives in Washington DC with her husband and youngest daughter.