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The Secret of the Missing Footprint

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Explaining the disappearance of a valuable rock and making friends with a "golden" boy transforms the anticipated dull summer into a lively one for an eleven-year-old girl.
Paperback, 175 pages
Published December 3rd 1974 by Signet (first published 1969)
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Kristine Hansen
May 01, 2012 Kristine Hansen rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, young-adult
Phyllis A. Whitney was one of my favorite authors back when I was about 10 or 11. I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book by her yesterday and today.

Sadly it had lost some of the magic. Some tragic mingling of past and present tense threw me and I realized that she's not all the brilliant when it comes to the mechanics of a piece. I almost put it down within the first pages of the first chapter.

I'm very glad I didn't.

The mystery was engaging. Spooky. I got that creeped out feelin
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Jun 21, 2012 SusannaF rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
When I was 10 to 12 years old, I used to check this book out from the library every couple of months. I recently found a copy of it at a thrift store, and now I know why I loved it so much. For one thing, it really captures the emotional volitility, angst and frankly, sexual tension of puberty. It's not directly addressed in the story, it's clean and suitable for kids, but you can tell that Marnie is totally smitten with the mysterious golden boy Timothy Rainbow. It's actually hard to like her a ...more
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Phyllis Ayame Whitney (September 9, 1903 – February 8, 2008) was an American mystery writer. Rare for her genre, she wrote mysteries for both the juvenile and the adult markets, many of which feature exotic locations. A review in The New York Times once dubbed her "The Queen of the American Gothics".

She was born in Japan to American parents and spent her ear
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