The Jigsaw Jungle
DescriptionA mysterious treasure hunt helps to heal a broken family in critically acclaimed author Kristin Levine's first contemporary tale--perfect for fans of Wendy Mass and Jennifer L. Holm Claudia Dalton's father has disappeared. What began as a late night at work has spiraled into a missing persons case--one that's left twelve-year-old Claudia questioning everything she's ever known about her father and their family. But when she finally gets word from her dad, it turns out he isn't missing at all. He's just gone to "think things over" and visit an old friend, whatever that means. Feeling confused and helpless, Claudia starts to assemble a scrapbook, gathering emails, receipts, phone transcripts and more, all in a desperate attempt to figure out what's happening with her dad. Claudia's investigation deepens at her grandfather's house, where she receives an envelope containing a puzzle piece and a cryptic message. It's this curious first clue that sets Claudia on an unexpected treasure hunt that she hopes will bring her dad home and heal whatever's gone wrong with her family. Told through the pages of Claudia's scrapbook, The Jigsaw Jungle is a moving story of a family lost and then found, with a dash of mystery and loads of heart, from award-winning author and middle-grade master Kristin Levine.
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"Readers are treated to a fast-paced narrative filled with feeling and subtle family tensions. Levine's clever mixture of modes--including screenplay, transcripts, text threads, emails, receipts, and first-person narration from Claudia--illustrate beautifully the ways multiple perspectives on a subject can provide a nuanced, vibrant picture." -- School Library Journal "A gripping middle school adventure." -- The Advocate "The Jigsaw Jungle is a triumph of a book, portraying sensitive family dynamics in a loving, engaging way."--Bookpage
"Ingeniously plotted middle-grade novel by Kristin Levine...develops tween and adult characters with compassion and depth, as they evolve a better understanding of a family that can be 'both great and broken, all at the same time.'"-- The Washington Post"Through the story's patchwork format, Levine reveals characters' inner complexities while maintaining tension and uncertainty leading up to the story's moving revelation. This taut mystery is also a portrait of a family coming to terms with truth and identity." --Publishers Weekly