Twelve-year-old Sam Parsons tries to scheme his was out of a 500-mile journey to attend a funeral for his mom's reclusive but beloved Uncle Buster. After all, Sam has important business going on at home. He's close to being part of Joey Sabatini's elite posse, which places him just one degree of separation from his favorite football team. However, once he's forced to make the trip to Ashe County, North Carolina, Sam is sidetracked by suspicions about the circumstances surrounding Uncle Buster's demise. The surly, mysterious neighbor, the shadowy Meal on Wheels lady, the less-than-truthful sisters of the deceased, and the grunting hulk of a man dragging a backhoe across Uncle Buster's property are all suspects. Can Sam solve a mystery in the mountains while also scoring an NFL connection at home?
NOBODY KILLS UNCLE BUSTER AND GETS AWAY WITH IT
A contemporary middle-grade mystery by Susan Koehler
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Susan Koehler is an author, consultant, and veteran educator. Over the past 35 years, she has taught all grades from kindergarten to middle school and has served as a reading coach and an adjunct professor. She has traveled across the country providing professional development in the teaching of writing and is the author of four professional books and five nonfiction books for children. Susan was the 2004 Leon County Teacher of the Year and the 2005 recipient of the Mary Brogan Award for Excellence in Education. Currently, she teaches sixth and seventh grade language arts while developing middle grade fiction that speaks to the hearts of children. Dahlia in Bloom, her first novel for young readers, was released August 2019.
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