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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  770 ratings  ·  155 reviews
She died today. One phone call changes Jason's summer vacation-and life -forever. When Jason's grandmother dies, he's sent down to her home in Florida to help his father clean out her things. At first he gripes about spending his summer miles away from his best friend, doing chores, and sweating in the Florida heat, but he soon discovers a mystery surrounding his grandmoth ...more
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Published April 1st 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Becky B
I picked this book up at a 70% off pile at a bookstore. Hadn't heard of it before and wasn't sure what to expect.

The story revolves around a teenager from Boston named Jason. His Grandmother in Florida has just died and his Mom packs Jason up to go help his Dad with the funeral and cleaning up Grandma's house for sale. Jason isn't very happy about this at all. Florida is hot in the summer. Strike number one. He never really knew his Grandma, in fact, she was a little crazy. Strike number two. An
Nick P
The book The Post card has 358 pages.I can relate to the character because Jason is a kid who went somewhere he did not want to go with someone.This book reminds me of saving Zasha because it's a suspensful book.I gave it five stars because It had a good ending and a lot of twists in the middle.The ending was one of the best ending of a book I have ever read because It is a peaceful and happy ending
I ended up liking this book much more than I thought I would. In fact, I loved it. What a great mystery within a mystery this was. I loved all the hidden clues on postcards that the two smart, highly adventurous, and resourceful kids figured out how to decipher and follow. The clues lead to them to landmarks all over the Tampa-St Petersburg, FL area. What started with a postcard found in a desk in the house of Jason's grandmother who had just passed away became a very real story as clues were un ...more
Thirteen-year-old Jason is in Florida helping his father clean out his grandmother's house following her death. Jason never knew his grandmother and is only recently learning about her from his dad. When he finds a story in a 1940s-era magazine, some of the details are eerily similar to things he has just heard about his grandmother. The story tells of love at first sight for Marnie and Nick, but Marnie's powerful father keeps them apart. Could the rich, beautiful Marnie in the story really be J ...more
I opened this book with good expectations. The guy who wrote Firegirl had to do a good job, and it was guaranteed to not be *shudder* chick lit. I was so right.
We begin with a young boy named Jason, who is going to Florida--in July!--with his father to help close up his now-dead Grandmother's house. There's some parental strain running a backbeat through his thinking. Then he finds the titular postcard, and an old pulp magazine, and a mystery ensues. I don't know how to go on without spoilers,
Shonna Froebel
This book is for 8-12 year-olds and I found it to have a unique story. Jason Huff is sent off to Florida after his grandmother's death to assist his father in packing up her belongings. His grandmother, Agnes Monroe Huff was the daughter of a wealthy man, who owned a hotel among other holdings. Jason receives a strange phone call that leads him to the discovery of a postcard among his grandmother's things. The postcard shows the Hotel DeSoto, the hotel owned by Jason's great-grandfather. He also ...more
Don Woodman
This book is the story of Jason, a young boy of about 13 who travels to Florida to help his father close up his grandmother's house after she passes away. The father is teetering on alcoholism and Jason's parents are on the verge of divorce. Pretty grim stuff, I know. But don't let this setting and back story dissuade you because the story is just getting going and ends up being a really satisfying and enjoyable tale. [return]Jason's father gets injured which conveniently leaves Jason alone. No ...more
Elizabeth K.
This was fun and something that I like a lot anyway -- kids investigate a mystery in Florida that involves crazy circus people, and also real estate scams and pulp fiction. It's a set-up that I always like, kids in the present day find the remnants of old clues that have been hidden for years so it's sort of like a double mystery, happening in the past and also now. This is one of those books, though, that has a mystery that is really disturbing if you look at it through adult eyes. For kids, I ...more
I loved the mystery in the mystery theme to this book. Also I like dhow it ended...bittersweet, but hopeful.
Tonelli Language Arts
The Postcard by Tony Abbott
This is a story for anyone who likes a good mystery. It is about a boy, Jason, who Is trying to figure out his grandmas past by reading stories written by an adventurous man named Emerson Beale. The author of this story develops believable characters when he tells about their surroundings. Parts of this story make you feel like you are standing right beside one of the characters, the way the author describes it. The plot and writing style of this story is very unique
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13 year old Jason goes to Florida to help his dad settle his grandmother's estate. Bored out of his mind,Jason finds an old magazine with a pulp-noir story that seem to be about his grandmother. A mysterious phone call and a series of old postcards lead Jason and his new friend, Dia, to various Florida landmarks to find subsequent chapters of the manuscript. The mystery is convoluted, and the ending is confusing and not very satisfying.
this book is a Christmas card to florida. a boston kid is sent off to florida to help his father close recently deceased grandma's affairs. there is a mystery, some badly written pulp fiction and a female lead i realized was peppermint patty as a twelve year old.
tony abbott should be writing the new peanuts comics. the lead character is a slightly smart mouthed charlie brown, protective of his father, going along w/things because he isn't really fitting into them. the adults are mostly off stag
Kaylee Boren
I loved all the suspense and thrill that Jason and Dia had to Overcome.
Part Hardy Boys, part Holes, this middle-grade book is sure to be a hit with both reluctant readers and bookworms alike!

Why would Jason want to spend a week in Florida helping his dad go through the funeral arrangements and selling of the house of a grandmother he never met? Against his will, Jason is sent to St. Petersburg, FL at the start of his summer vacation. On his first day there he receives a mysterious phone call and finds a postcard hidden in his grandmother's desk.
And so begins a sca
Catherine  Mustread
Dec 09, 2009 Catherine Mustread rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catherine by: Edgar Nominee '09 juvenile winner
The title alone was a hook for me since I love historical postcards. This slow starting mystery picks up speed after Jason's grandmother's funeral when he discovers there is an old mystery involving his grandmother and the clues are on the postcards. Jason and his new found friend/neighbor girl Dia turn into super-sleuths and solve this complex mystery involving circus people, historical sites, and pulp fiction in record time. Jason's transformation from a Florida hater to thinking it's a "cool" ...more
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Before I write too much about whether I enjoyed this book or not, (The answer is yes, by the way!)I need to preface it, by stating that I had a special affinity for it before even reading. I spent quite a few years on the west coast of Florida in St. Petersburg, as a kid, the same area covered in The Postcard. Many of the locations used sparked a wave of nostalgia for me. Just brought me right back to my childhood. So, that was an added benefit of course.

Putting that aside, the read itself was a
I picked this one up after seeing it in a bookstore and realizing that it was the only award winning children's novel there that I had never heard of (it won the Edgar award for best juvenile novel for 2009).

Jason finds himself cleaning out his Grandmother's house with his father when he stumbles on an old story in a magazine and an old postcard that sends him all over Florida searching for clues to his gradnmother's past.

This was a fast paced funny mystery in a sort of hard-boiled detective sty
The Postcard by Tony Abbot is about a boy whose life seems to be changing- and not in a good way. It all boils down to the spilt of his parent- or lack there of. But when his grandma unexpectedly dies, his father is forced to clean out her house. Jason comes along with his father to Florida, where the adventure really begins.
First, it’s the creepy Phone call. Then it’s the crazy assortment of funeral-goers. Then it’s the magazine, which seems to be a cover story for his grandmother’s real stor
Katie Boehmer
The Postcard is a great book about Jason and the mystery he solves in Florida. In the beginning of the story, Jason goes down to see his dad in Florida. His grandma had just recently died and Jason's dad asked him to come down and help him clean the house out. When Jason gets down to Florida, one of the first things he starts to clean out is a box of magazines. While doing this Jason finds out that his great grandpa used to own a hotel right down the street. Then, later that night, Jason gets a ...more
So, I'm randomly roaming my library's children section and this caught my eye. And I have to say, now that I've finished this, Tony Abbott is definitely an author I'm going to check out.

Sure, this wasn't the best thing I've ever read. It is a middle grade mystery with a 13-year-old narrator. I won't lie, had I been younger, I probably would have enjoyed this more. That being said, this book had a lot going for it.

First of all, hallelujah for a 13-year-old narrator who sounded and acted like a
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I enjoyed this story of Jason, a 13 year old boy who goes with his dad to clean out his recently passed Grandmother's house in Florida. Jason's parents are heading for a divorce and he is suffering normal teen angst.
While there in the sweltering heat, he finds a postcard that leads him on a quest, meets new friends, and the opportunity to learn about some interesting pieces of his family's past. The story toggles from the past to the present. A pleasant surprise!
Betsey Brannen
What a great read! After recently finishing Abbott's "Lunch Box Dream," I was given this book as a friend who received some extra copies for her school. What a great little (albeit not easy) read. I found the mystery very interesting, and at times, I really didn't know where the book was going to take me next.

Abbott does a great job of providing voice to his characters, as well as descriptions of setting that can almost make you taste what the characters are eating.

Aug 19, 2008 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school readers and adults
I had to go back and re-read parts of this book at times, mainly because I was just going too fast. It is a mystery within a mystery. The main plot takes place in modern-day Florida as Jason is helping his father clean out his grandmother's house. Jason discovers an old postcard hidden away among her things, and it leads to a 1940s detective-magazine mystery that ends up having his grandmother as the main character. I wasn't sure if this book would have appeal to kids at first, but the more I go ...more
A 2.5 from me, but a 4 from my kids. They liked all the action and adventure in the story.
I wasn't a huge fan of the "potboiler" stories that were in there.
Liked the shout out to Baraboo, though, since we visit Circus World there every summer.
It was a good book. It took people my age and put it into a fiction book. I It was a mystery book which I liked. He receives a postcard and a strange phone call. Then he needed to find a story.
I enjoyed this mystery about two kids in Florida trying to find hidden pages of a story. I would have given it a 4 rating, but I thought the ending was kind of confusing and strange.
Eileen Makoff
I'm still a little unclear on some of the plot elements, but I'm going with four stars because the setting is done so well. The book is like a love letter to the Florida of a bygone era.
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Tony Abbott (born 1952) is an American author of children's books. His most popular work is the book series The Secrets of Droon, which includes over 40 books. He has sold over 12 million copies of his books and they have been translated into several other languages, including Italian, Spanish, Korean, French, Japanese, Polish, Turkish, and Russian. He has also written the bestseller "Firegirl".
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