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Amulet Keepers by Michael Northrop
Beneath by Roland Smith
Book of the Dead by Michael Northrop
The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente
The Cat at the Wall by Deborah Ellis
Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale
Crewel Yule by Monica Ferris
Death Cloud by Andy Lane
Delphine by Richard Sala
Doctor Who: A Big Hand For The Doctor by Eoin Colfer
Embroidered Truths by Monica Ferris
FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics, Vol. 4: The End Times by Simon Oliver
The Ghoul Next Door by Victoria Laurie
Icons of Popular Culture by Marshall Fishwick
Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass
Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Mischievous Meg by Astrid Lindgren
Missy Violet and Me by Barbara Hathaway
Mister Orange by Truus Matti
Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India by Gerald McDermott
The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage
Off Road by Sean Gordon Murphy
Old Magic by Marianne Curley
Open Road: A Celebration of the American Highway by Phil Patton
Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier
Orbiter by Warren Ellis
Out West: A Journey through Lewis and Clark's America by Dayton Duncan
Sins and Needles by Monica Ferris
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost
Under New York by Linda Oatman High

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Mister Orange: 03/08/16

Mister Orange by Truus Matti

Mister Orange by Truus Matti is the story of Linus Muller and his most interesting customer. Linus and his family run a small green grocers in Manhattan. It's 1945, Linus is now old enough to start making deliveries while is brother is over sees in the last days of the war, and after a bad day of mixing up Roma tomatoes and heritage tomatoes, he meets a man who always orders a crate of oranges.

As the man is old and frail, Linus agrees to take the crate all the way upstairs for him. There his senses are overwhelmed with bright colors painted on the surfaces of different colors, well beyond the standard white Linus is so used to.

The book despite the time period (WWII) and the main character, a boy in an economically challenged family struggling to keep their shop float during rationing, is a relatively quiet story. It's an expression of the human spirit — of old and new generations learning from each other.

The American cover gives away the identity of this strange old man well before the narrative does, which is a pity. Of course, tweens who haven't studied art history, won't get the visual spoiler but might still want to get to know more about Mondrian.

Four stars

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