It's a Mystery, Pig Face! by Wendy Mcleod MacknightIt's a Mystery, Pig Face! by Wendy Mcleod Macknight

It's a Mystery, Pig Face!

byWendy Mcleod Macknight

Hardcover | February 7, 2017

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When anyone in town could be the culprit in a crime, summer will be anything but boring.

Eleven-year-old Tracy Munroe and her family have just gotten back from their family vacation—why did no one realize that her little brother, Lester, a.k.a. Pig Face, was allergic to sand, salt air, and the ocean before they decided to go to the beach?—and now she has three big goals to accomplish before she goes back to school:

  1. Figure out a fantastic end of summer adventure with her best friend, Ralph, budding Michelin-star chef. (And no, Ralph, perfecting a soufflé does not count.)

  2. Make sure Pig Face does not tag along.

  3. Get the gorgeous new boy next door, Zach, to know she even exists.

But when Tracy and Ralph discover an envelope stuffed with money in the dugout at baseball field (and Lester forces them to let him help), they have a mystery on their hands. Did someone lose the cash? Or, did someone steal it? St. Stephens has always seemed like a quiet place to live, but soon the town is brimming with suspects.

Now they’re on a hunt to discover the truth, before the trio is accused of the crime themselves.

McLeod MacKnight’s debut middle grade novel is a funny, charming window into small-town life, with a focus on the importance of friendship and family and the struggle to figure out where you fit in, perfect for fans of Polly Horvath and Sarah Weeks.
Wendy McLeod MacKnight is the former Deputy Minister of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Education in New Brunswick. She grew up in Canada with her own Ralph and Pig Face. She now lives with her family in Hanwell, New Brunswick, Canada.
Title:It's a Mystery, Pig Face!Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.2 inPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:Sky PonyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1510706216

ISBN - 13:9781510706217


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and funny! I love a small town mystery - especially one that takes place in Canada! After Tracy and her best friend Ralph find a bag full of cash, they're determined to solve the mystery of who it belongs to and become local heroes. It's a great plan and one that will work if Tracy's little brother could just leave them alone. This is a fun mystery with lots of humour that takes a great look at friendship and family. Middle grade readers will have a blast getting to know this cast of characters and following Tracy on her summer adventure.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Five stars! Wendy McLeod MacKnight’s charming middle-grade debut had me chuckling nearly throughout the entire read. There are so many clever lines and witty descriptions. For instance: "[Lester] managed to right himself and started for the door, only to fall over again. He reminded me of the little dog, Max, in How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Lester is, by far, my favourite character in this book and his sibling rivalry with Tracy is perfectly and realistically portrayed! I also adored Tracy and Ralph’s friendship and the ups and downs it goes through as new friends (and enemies) enter the picture. Recommended for anyone who enjoys stories about friendship and family and hilarious childhood adventures.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's not a mystery that it's awesome! Awesome book that captivates your attention and makes you want to know the characters in real life.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read! "It's a Mystery, Pig Face" abounds with middle school angst and the drama caused by friends, enemies, and siblings. Enjoy!
Date published: 2017-02-22

Editorial Reviews

A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens 2017“A witty, warm-hearted, and wonderful book about kids solving the most important mystery of all: what it means to be a friend.” —Kristen Kittscher, author of The Wig in the Window"Tracy and Ralph join the tradition of literary friendships like Frog and Toad's, Charlotte and Wilbur's, Anne and Diana's—the friendships kids never forget. MacKnight's debut sparkles with the soul of middle grade and will leave readers everywhere longing for more." —Janet Sumner Johnson, author of The Last Great Adventure of the PB&J Society"McLeod MacKnight has created a lovable cast of characters—a girl fascinated with musicals and classic movies, a best friend who dreams of being a famous chef, and one very determined little brother. A humorous and touching story about true friendship, and being proud of who you are." —Dee Romito, author of The BFF Bucket List"A fun and fast-paced mystery filled with friendship troubles, an annoying younger brother, and a mysterious bag of cash." —Lee Gjertsen Malone, author of The Last Boy at St. Edith's"It’s a Mystery, Pig Face! has all the things I want in a book: humor, drama, secrets, adventure, and a kid called Pig Face. MacKnight has woven a sweet tale of friendship and family, first crushes and rivalries, all centered around a mystery full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing. Tracy, her younger brother Lester, and her best friend Ralph are wonderful, quirky, well-rounded characters with just enough misguided good intentions to get themselves into a heap of trouble and the heart and determination to find their way back out again. I also love that the adults in the story have real lives and feelings and play an important role in how everything unfolds. If you’re looking for a great middle grade mystery that will keep readers glued to the page, this is the book for you." —Wade Albert White, author of The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes