Charlie Fairmile’s got problems. He’s about to start a new year at schuyler Colfax Middle school, and his dad has been accused of bank robbery. Charlie knows that his dad is innocent, but the police insist that Mr. Fairmile must be the stocking bandit. so Charlie has no choice but to try to find the real culprit. but solving a mystery isn’t always easy—especially when you’re blind. with the help of his best friends, his braille computer, and a guardian angel, Charlie sets out to unravel a crime that even the police can’t seem to solve.
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Richard Scrimger lives in Ontario, Canada.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8–Life is pretty dark for Charlie. He is blind, and his dad has just been arrested for a crime he didn't commit. Now, with the help of his friends Bernadette and Lewis, Charlie is determined to find the real Stocking Bandit–a masked man who has been robbing banks up and down their metropolitan city. In addition to solving a crime that the police think is a wrap, the teenagers must deal with a bully in their seventh-grade class. Despite the serious subject matter, the book elicits plenty of laughs with main characters who are smart, funny, and likable. Fate also seems to take a liking to them, in the form of a classmate named Gideon who mysteriously shows up at just the right times to save the trio from certain doom. Aside from the occasional supernatural element, the scenes involving bullying and imperfect parents are refreshingly realistic and hold plenty for readers to relate to. Fascinating details that often go unnoticed by the ordinary observer are included throughout much of the story, since Charlie's point of view depends mostly on hearing and feeling. To assist in conveying his visual limitation, the text is punctuated with illustrations of what Charlie sees at critical moments–all black pages. With a fast-paced plot, witty dialogue, and compelling characters, this mystery is riveting all the way to its exciting and surprising conclusion.–Emily Rodriguez, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
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Book Description Puffin, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0142408182
Book Description Puffin Books, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0142408182