The Pickle King
With her eerie debut novel, screenwriter Rebecca Promitzer delivers a spicy mystery sure to keep listeners up at night. During one particularly boring summer in the boring town of Elbow, Bea and her friend Sam stumble upon a local celebrity, Herman the Pickle King, murdered and missing an eyeball. Now Bea and Sam are on a mission to find out who could have committed such a...more
Bea Klednik, 11 (almost 12), is one of a handful of kids who are stuck spending the summer in the town of Elbow, where it rains for three months straight every year and most sensible people leave for the entire season. The local middle school tries to force the summer kids to hang out together by sending out a list with everyone's name and phone number on it, but usually Bea and her best friend Sam have ignored this and just hung out with each other. This year, Sam takes Bea to see a dead body h...more
I was excited to start a good YA murder mystery, but I found the actual mystery to be kind of weak. It wasn't that the plot wasn't well thought out or that the writing was poor, but what first attracted me to the book didn't have that much to do with the story. I thought th ...more
Cadavre énucléé, meurtres, disparitions inquiétantes, mutilations, l'auteure ne lésine pas sur les détails sordides et effrayants mais c'est l'ambiance, lugubre à souhait, qui constitue véritablement le point fort de son roman.
"Elbow est une très vieille ville, pleine de vieilles histoires; pour comprendre, il faut remonter aux sources, là où tout ...more
"The town of Elbow is known for two things—unceasing summer rain and Herman's Pickles. Bea, 11, is a camera whiz, so when her friend Sam discovers a dead body in an abandoned house, he wants her to document the scene. She photographs the twisted, waterlo ...more
The kids stuck in Elbow for the summer call themselves the Raintown Convicts - they have no escape from the town, the boredom, or each other…until the morning Sam knocks on Bea’s doo ...more
Bea is riding her bike through the rainy city of Elbow with her friends also known as "The Rain Town Convicts." She falls into a muddy puddle and rolls away. She wakes up to the comfort of a warm and cozy house with a funky smell. The man comforts her and tells her where she is and what happened. She finds out she is in an garbage city. As the man prepares some garbage stew, she snoops around the house. The m ...more
The good points:
1. It is a mystery/horror story written for upper elementary kids.
2. The main character is a strong girl.
3. The author set up the setting very well (too well- it made me yawn!) Promitzer usually writes for film, so may be she is ...more
Star ratings are all over the map from fantastic 5 to 1
I saw that this title is recommended ...more
What can I say about the book that made my son enjoy reading? Ok, I confess I initially bought the book for myself, not for my son, but the cover was just so beautiful I had to have it! I can still remember the first time I saw it on the shelf.
My son was a not a reader, but he sat next to me in the train and we started reading it together. Before page ten he was already hooked! He asked me if he could read it first. He has read it twice, s ...more
Soon they are on the trail of the mystery, along with a few other kids from school who are al ...more
I get aroused when I read in Business Studies Lessons the characters sound smexy. Its a bit awkward though cause i usually only read it in these lessons, and I kind of get an erection in my panties. This one time i left my fly undone and it oped out infrount of my english teacher then the worst happend a white dart flew out and hit her in the face. Every time i read this book i happens and i dont know why