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While Effie Starr Zook’s parents fly their solar airplane around the world, Effie spends the summer on her aunt and uncle’s a farm in Central Pennsylvania. With the grown-ups too busy to pay much attention, Effie rides her bike to town and helps out in a bookstore. Soon she realizes something strange is going on, something having to do with her own family history – in particular her late grandfather, a great man with a great beard, the inventor of the barf bag. With an ornery goat, a small-town museum, a crackpot political movement and whole lot of fireflies, Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question is a fast-paced, funny and over-the-top tale about one very curious sixth grader determined to find out who she really is.
"With skilled writing and a consistently paced plot, this is an accessible and exciting story for a wide range of readers. The mystery is enticing, but the larger focus is on the interconnectedness of people despite differences and the importance of the pursuit of truth. Freeman tackles issues of class, gender, race, and politics in a way that is appropriate for the intended audience and never feels heavy-handed. VERDICT This stellar blend of an appealing plot and relevant themes is an excellent addition to middle grade collections." School Library Journal (starred review)
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