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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (478 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tony Abbott Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9780739363638
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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 grandmother's murky past.


An old, yellowed postcard...a creepy phone call with a raspy voice at the other end asking, "So how smart are you?"...an entourage of freakish funeral goers....a bizarre magazine story. All contain clues that will send him on a thrilling journey to uncover family secrets.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jason (paired nicely with a neighbor girl as sidekick) is a hero worth rooting for.”

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  • Winner of the 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 2/20/2014

    " This book was odd ... and the story within a story made no sense. However, it was still entertaining, and when it comes to audiobooks on the way to work, that is more important than plot cohesion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 2/15/2014

    " Fun filled mystery for all ages to enjoy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. Kennedy | 2/14/2014

    " For rades 5-8. Edgar Award. 2008. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joant | 2/6/2014

    " Hmmm. I read this because I liked the cover and need to read more YA mysteries. I might recommend this for middle schoolers, because it is a clever mystery book - full of clues found in postcards, old magazines. I couldn't get past the wooden characters, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jami | 2/4/2014

    " I read this at the recommendation of a friend of mine who works as a librarian at a middle school. I have to say, though, that I wasn't too impressed. It was a somewhat interesting story, but the writing style was immature and irritating. The "mystery" was long and drawn-out, especially since it was pretty obvious from the start what had happened. It definitely is for a younger crowd, but I don't think that means that the writing shouldn't be as good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tal | 2/2/2014

    " i keep going back and forth on the rating - 2? 3? i'm not really sure! the book had a good story to it - not an elementary school student story, so it probably won't go back into my book library - but it would drag. there was a story within the story. they both had very interesting parts, but the story within was not as captivating in the writing style. the ending kind of left you hanging through. i think that if the writing had been better and some of it had been cut out, this could easily have been a 4 book! it's an almost 3 book, because of those things though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. Tomczak | 2/1/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It is definitely for 5th graders, or advanced 4th graders. This book could easily be found in at the middle school, too. It is one mystery after another! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 1/20/2014

    " I thought that this book was awesome. It was exciting from beggining until the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shana | 1/16/2014

    " I didn't get into this one. Aborted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 1/13/2014

    " weird. I don't recommend it.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Redrusti1 | 1/7/2014

    " I recommend "The Postcard" by Tony Abbott for people who like mysteries within mysteries. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat with the postcard chapters. Follow Jason and Dia through a boatload of mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth O'Connell | 1/5/2014

    " I had a lot of fun reading this one. Good mystery, lots of twists & turns, & lots of Florida lore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 1/3/2014

    " It was a very good book, but i read it in the beginning of third grade it was sooooooooo good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 blmagm | 12/12/2013

    " Unfortunately, a couple of content issues makes this "mystery within a mystery" inappropriate for elementary, but it is a great YA pick for kids who like adventure and suspense and are able to handle the length. Here's a teaser: LOVE how Emerson Beale chooses the name Twin Palms for his novel! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annabel | 12/11/2013

    " It was really long, and the end was a rip- off. It was pretty good in the beginning and middle, but the end was really dumb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayanne | 10/23/2013

    " Slow start but I eventually got into it. Good Middle school mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia | 5/16/2013

    " I disliked the tone of the book (which accounts for most of the low score) but the story grew on me, so that the tone no longer irritated me by the last fourth of the story or I no longer noticed it. I had to read this to the conclusion to see how it ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 R | 3/27/2013

    " There were a lot of characters. Maybe too many. I had a hard time keeping track of the Oobarabs. I also had a hard time keeping track of Jason's inability to emote. Dia was funny, though, even if she seemed a bit tacked-on. Read for a lecture on MYSTERIES! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherry | 1/22/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, especiallly the illustrations, but some of it seemed to me to be rather mature for its intended audience. The hero is apparently just finishing either 7th or 8th grade and he has to deal with some fairly intense revelations about his grandmother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 =3 Emma =3 | 1/16/2013

    " i didnt really get it towrds the end...i dont do mysteries! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tena | 1/4/2013

    " Well, meh. I liked the idea of this book more than the actual execution. I'm not sure it's riveting enough to hold young readers' attentions. It felt a little like geocaching, which I did like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nida Akhtar | 9/23/2012

    " an amazing mystery, staring from a postcard that leads to the past of his dead grandmother and unknown grandfather. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paxton | 9/14/2012

    " I feel like I'm dumping this book because I just never read it anymore. I guess it just wasn't the book for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mb | 11/24/2011

    " This is a fun mystery to read. A young boy unwillingly goes to Fla. when his grandmother whom he barely knew dies only to get involved in a mystery that tells him who his grandmother was and why his father and she barely got along. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 4/4/2011

    " Subbing in the media center is great because I get to read books in my spare time! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 3/8/2011

    " Don't bother!! Very poorly written, lame story. It was a waste of time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 2/12/2011

    " I thought that this book was awesome. It was exciting from beggining until the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shana | 2/3/2011

    " I didn't get into this one. Aborted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 =3 Emma =3 | 10/14/2010

    " i didnt really get it towrds the end...i dont do mysteries! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 9/23/2010

    " This book was a really good mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 9/12/2010

    " Interesting so far. I love Tony Abbot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 7/12/2010

    " if you like funny mysteries you would like reading this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeannine | 6/9/2010

    " This nook is horrible and dumb don't ever read it it is the most boring book ever written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaylee | 4/2/2010

    " I loved all the suspense and thrill that Jason and Dia had to Overcome. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alana | 3/29/2010

    " i soo didnt lik dis book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Redrusti1 | 3/15/2010

    " I recommend "The Postcard" by Tony Abbott for people who like mysteries within mysteries. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat with the postcard chapters. Follow Jason and Dia through a boatload of mysteries. "

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About the Author
Author Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott is the author of more than thirty-five books for young readers, including the extremely popular Secrets of the Droon series. He has worked in bookstores and libraries and currently lives in Connecticut with his wife and children.

About the Narrator

Lincoln Hoppe is an accomplished actor of stage and screen with several films, plays, television shows, and numerous audiobooks to his credit. His audiobook narrations have earned him nine AudioFile Earphones Awards. His diverse voice characterizations can be heard on animated films, video games, and commercials across the globe. He is a member of the Lost Angeles Comedy Sportz Improv Company.