MG Contemporary Mystery
Eleven-year-old Avery’s life-long wish has been to meet her dad, but he died before she was born. That’s what she’s believed, until she typed his name into the library computers. Not only is there a record for his diaries, but it has no death date.
Faced with this mystery, Avery investigates the college campus where her dad taught while she’s attending summer camp there. When she discovers a passageway down into the archives, she digs into his ‘off-limits’ collection.
But the library has more mysteries than Avery expects. Yearbook photos and day planners reveal huge family secrets: her recently-deceased mom is not her mom and the FBI is on the case.
I bit into my lip as my knee hit the underside of the table with a whack. It was already hot in the computer lab, but my cheeks flushed up to a brighter shade of red. I checked around the room; everyone was too busy to have noticed. They wouldn’t have understood anyway. It’s not like they knew there was supposed to be a death date listed for him: my dad.
My stomach got weird, like it did on taco day at school. Maybe the librarians here didn’t know how to do things. Why else would the library record be wrong?
According to Wikipedia I was officially an orphan, since Mom was gone now too. Kids at school used to whisper about my “orphan-hood,” like I couldn’t hear them. Remembering back made my stomach weirder. It was wishful thinking, I know, but in this one moment I wondered about what if I didn’t have to be an orphan? Blinking hard, I looked back at dad’s information.
“Avery, did you find anything?” Claire whisper-blurted, bopping me with her elbow. It startled me and I ripped out this huge scream.
Some camp counselors shushed us and I frantically checked around again. It was the third day of Coyote Kids Camp and we were at the library playing “Research Olympics.”
“Oh, score. You got one,” Claire said looking at my screen. She tapped Shahad’s arm. For question eight we had to find a book with an author of the same last name as one of our group members.