Monday, March 28, 2011

MIMOSAS, MISCHIEF, AND MURDER


By Livvy Avery from Sara Rosett's MIMOSAS, MISCHIEF, AND MURDER

Hi. My name is Livvy Avery. I am eight years old. I’m doing this post-thingy to help my mom. She’s soaking in the bathtub and Dad says not to bother her. My mom’s job is helping people straighten out their messes. She’s been over at Aunt Abby’s house helping her organize her closets. Aunt Abby isn’t really my aunt, but she acts like an aunt. She polished my toenails bright red last time I stayed at her house and she has this fluffy white cat that I play with. Anyway, Aunt Abby’s closets must have been pretty bad because mom said she would be in the tub for a long time because Aunt Abby’s closets were just like Nathan’s room. He’s my little brother (he and Dad are playing basketball right now) and mom always says Nathan is chronically unorganized. I’m not sure what that means, but I don’t think it’s good.

We just got back from a trip to visit my grandparents in Alabama. It was kind of sad because Great Grandpa Franklin passed away (I learned that means someone died) and we stayed for the funeral, but mom said it was good that we were there because Nathan and I could help cheer everyone up. A bunch of weird stuff happened, too, like Grandpa Franklin’s casket going missing and there was a house fire, which Nathan thought was the coolest thing in the world because a real live fire truck came. It had its lights on and everything. I didn’t like it, though, because my new book was in the house. I couldn’t believe that my favorite author lived in Grammy’s town. She (the writer!) signed the book for me and everything and if it had burned up in the house that would have been the absolute worst thing in the whole world because then I couldn’t have taken it to show-and-tell. It all turned out to be okay, but the author lady, well, mom said she made some bad choices. I still like her books, though.

Okay, I guess that’s all. I have show-and-tell again tomorrow. I read in my Science for Kids book that if you put baking soda and vinegar together you get a chemical reaction. I’m going to check and see if it’s true. Then it will be time for me to get in bed and read. Mom wants me to read The Secret Garden, but I’m not too sure about it. The garden part sounds like one of mom’s books she keeps on the coffee table about plants and flowers and things. I don’t know…it does have “secret” in the title. Do you know any good kid’s books?

Sara’s sixth book, a mystery with a Southern flare, MIMOSAS, MISCHIEF, AND MURDER, is out this week. Visit www.SaraRosett.com for more info, or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads.

17 comments:

  1. Hi Livvy,

    I'm glad your book was saved. Looking forward to reading the adventures your mom gets involved in.

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  2. I second that... do read The Secret Garden... it has a very strong-willed little girl in it. I think you'll like it. Read The Little Princess, too.

    Ask your mom to find you a copy of Freddy the Detective by Walter Brooks. It's one book in a really fun series; Freddy, a smart little pig, has lots of adventures. He's the reason I write mystery stories today.

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  3. Livvy, I love your mom's adventures!

    Have you read any Nancy Drew? I have a feeling sleuthing is in your DNA.

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  4. Hey, Livvy--you can make a really cool volcano with that baking soda-vinegar combination. Just add some red food coloring, and tell the teacher at school to stand back!

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  5. Hi Livvy, You might enjoy the Capital Mysteries by Ron Roy. K.C. is a young girl about your age who's mother works in Washington, D.C. K.C. runs into all kinds of trouble. I think you'd enjoy the series.

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  6. The Secret Garden won't let you down, Livvy! Have a great time with those experiments. I predict excitement.

    Glad to have you drop in at Killer Characters. Say hi to your mother.

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  7. Since Livvy is in school, I thought I better take over here. Thanks for the great suggestions. Livvy may be reading them in the next book or two. Freddy sounds fun, Victoria. And I'm sure Livvy will want to read Nancy Drew soon, Heather. The Capital Mysteries are going on the list, too!

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  8. Livvy, I use baking soda and vinegar all the time to clean. Pour some baking soda in the sink. Then add some vinegar and see what happens!

    ~ Krista

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  9. After Secret Garden, I'd suggest you look for a very old series about Pippi Longstocking. The book are about a young girl with a definite nose for mischief and are written by Astrid Lindgren. Your library should have them, I hope.

    Good luck with the experiment!

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  10. Livvy.. My daughter and niece loves any of the Disney Tinkerbell fairy books.

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  11. Livvy,

    You are doing a great job helping your mom. Keep up the good work! And keep reading - it is great fun (and as a bonus it will also help you get better grades in school). My daughter always liked the Hardy Boys better than Nancy Drew... more exciting for her, I guess.

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  12. Livvy read The Secret Garden. And for mysteries when you are little older try the Enola Holmes series. It's about Sherlock Holmes' much younger sister who is a very good detective - maybe better than her brother. If you like Freddy, The Detective, Doreen Cronin has a new chapter book just out - The Trouble With Chickens: A J. J. Tully Mystery.

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  13. Livvy, don't miss "A Wrinkle in Time." It's sort of scary, but it's really cool. I read it ten times already.

    Claire, I'm almost and I'm a character in A Cheese Shop Mystery series. Maybe we could start a book club!

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  14. Livvy says a book club sounds fun! She's making a list now of all the books...

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  15. you are simply adorable, Livvy!!! how lucky for your Mom that you stepped in here for her, so she can relax & have a little bit of 'MeTime'!!!!

    have you read any of MichaelBuckley's TheSisterGrimms series???? they are VERY good!!!

    Cynthia
    cyn209@juno.com

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  16. "Another one that sounds good," says Livvy. "Good thing I posted for you Mom." Must get off the computer now so Livvy can request her books. Thanks so much!

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