School is out and Jack has a summer full of fun and relaxation planned. Unfortunately, his mother has other plans for him, like helping their neighbor, Miss Volker, with typing obituaries. Once Jack gets grounded, he starts to look forward to his visits with Miss Volker. It gets him out of the house and he might get to drive her car.
As more and more of the original residents of Norvelt pass away, some start to suspect it might not just be old age killing them. Jack’s friendship with Miss Volker places him deep in the mystery of who is causing the town’s population to reduce by leaps and bounds.
Full of humor and history, this is a fun read.
The mystery didn’t flow as well as the rest of the story. It felt as if it was tacked on as an afterthought.
2012 Newbery Winner