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Dead Frog on the Porch Paperback – Oct 1 2009


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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Gumboot Books (October 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926691067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926691060
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 21.3 x 13.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #875,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ktscarlett on 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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RC on July 16 2010
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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Nance on 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!
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
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!
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.
No frog in this throat! Nov. 15 2009
By Maureen McConaghy - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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.
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.

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