Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.

Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Tell the Publisher!
I'd like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Dead Frog on the Porch [Paperback]

Jan Markley
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Join Amazon Student in Canada


Book Description

October 2009
Kids can change the world – even if it is one frog at a time. Sisters Cyd and Jane are propelled into an international plot involving evil scientists and giant, genetically stretched frogs. Will the twins win this hilarious race to save the frog kingdom?

Written with charm and wit that will appeal to both young and old, Dead Frog on the Porch is a well-crafted mystery story that shares an important environmental message.

Special Features
This book includes a Book Club discussion guide.

Praise for Dead Frog on the Porch
“Shady scientists, fraudulent frogs, and two terrific twins add up to a delightful mystery. Cynthia and Jane are fearless in their quest to end ‘crimes against amphibians.’ This story is full of outsized characters, outrageous creatures and a sweet goofy humor that propels each page. Tons of fun!”
–Teresa Toten, Governor General Awards nominee 2001; Governor General Awards finalist 2006

“Readers who enjoy a good laugh and a good mystery will devour this uproarious, fast-paced story in which the feisty twin sisters Cyd and Jane take a megabyte out of crime! It is Nancy Drew for the iPod generation! Markley’s debut novel, filled with suspense and zany humour and told with pizzazz, ushers in a new voice in the mystery genre. A sure winner!”
–Shenaaz Nanji, Governor General Award Finalist 2008.


Product Details


Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

Customer Reviews

4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars
Most helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next book! Oct. 27 2009
Format:Paperback
My ten year-old son devoured Dead Frog on the Porch in a matter of a couple days; in fact, he loved it so much he's doing a book report on it for school (which is going to involve a diorama of one of the key scenes). I asked him what he liked about it and here's what he told me: he thought the characters were realistic, modern kids; he liked the humour; he thought the story moved along quickly and was exciting. Ten year-old boys are notoriously tough audiences when it comes to reading fiction, so I think that's pretty high praise!
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read! July 16 2010
By RC
Format:Paperback
There was never a dull moment in this side-splitting humorous mystery for 8-12 year olds. Cyd and Jane spend their summer sleuthing their way around suspicious scientists and the town's rapidly disappearing supply of frog. They break into labs and steal formulas, all in the name of saving frogs. It isn't until they think they've cracked the case, that they discover the problem is a much `bigger' issue than they'd first realized.

If you're looking for a fun, fast-paced read that will keep you laughing, this is the book for you!
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarinteresting Oct. 21 2009
Format:Paperback
My nine-year old daughter and I read this while we waited to get her arm x-rayed (playground fall). The time flew by as this book was both hilarious and interesting. Real characters, hilarinteresting words (nincompoop had us in stitches), and a fast-paced plot-- we loved it!
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read! July 16 2010
By RC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
There was never a dull moment in this side-splitting humorous mystery for 8-12 year olds. Cyd and Jane spend their summer sleuthing their way around suspicious scientists and the town's rapidly disappearing supply of frogs. They break into labs and steal formulas, all in the name of saving frogs. It isn't until they think they've cracked the case, that they discover the problem is a much `bigger' issue than they'd first realized.

If you're looking for a fun, fast-paced read that will keep you laughing, this is the book for you!
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome fun! June 3 2010
By Jade Timms - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The blurb on the back cover says that "It's Nancy Drew for the iPod generation" and I think that it's bang-smack on the money. It took me back to my Nancy Drew days but at the same time it's very much a book for the twenty-first century. Kids with blogs?! Back in my day...

I had so much fun reading this book and I giggled through out. I especially liked how Jan didn't 'talk down' in her writing, even though it's a kids book, and I've also decided that I'm going to steal the saying "You are crazy on a stick right side up." Gold! I know I shouldn't pick favourites but I loved Cyd--she rocked!

This book has a bit of everything: fun, mystery, danger, and intrigue. I'm looking forward to catching up with the twins in all their upcoming adventures.
5.0 out of 5 stars No frog in this throat! Nov. 15 2009
By Maureen McConaghy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This novel for middle grade readers aged 8-12 years, combines classical mystery story telling with attitude. The plot is refreshingly clever and engaging. Laughter, fun, and suspense ensue when twins Jane and Cyd stumble upon strange happenings in their home town during summer vacation. But the book also provides gems of information from the science of frogs to the mystique of haiku. The post novel discussion is thoughtful and challenging, and a useful tool for the classroom. A wonderful first novel from Jan Markley who is on her way to becoming a renowned children's writer. A great holiday read, can hardly wait for the next in the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Frogs are alive and kicking! Oct. 29 2009
By Jocosa Wade - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy boys, but I never remember them having as much fun as Cyd and Jane in Dead Frog on the Porch. Markley has created a page turning mystery that entertains from the first to the last word. Twins Cyd and Jane are fully developed characters with quirks and angst and tons of determination. Their wit and adventurous nature are magnetic enough to make adults wish they were kids again. It's more than a stocking stuffer for the holidays, it's a must have book for any kid who daydreams of being a hero.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced adventure with just enough gross-out humour Oct. 26 2009
By Bonnie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Jan Markley's debut novel will definitely make its way to the children in my life this gift-giving season. The writing is witty and smart, and avoids condescending to its readers with dumbed-down vocabulary or over explaining. Nancy Drew-loving twin sleuths Cyd and Jane are savvy, quirky and fun, and their mystery suspenseful and well plotted, with plenty of silly puns and squeal-worthy slime. There's even food for thought about ethical issues such as the use of animals in science and in our kitchens, references to the ubiquitous technologies that are so much a part of children's lives today, and a series of clues in haiku form. Well done.
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Look for similar items by category


Feedback