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Who Done It?: Investigation of Murder Most Foul (Hardcover)
The most hated book editor alive was just murdered and a sassy investigator has to unravel the truths and lies while talking to authors. Listen closely as these authors try to out-do each other's alibis because you have to help figure out what's fact or fiction. I loved that all the authors are real, and that their unique voices show through their alibis.— Amanda, TC Teen Advisory Board member
A star-studded anthology with a devilish hook, whose proceeds benefit 826nyc: the fabulous literacy non-profit founded by Dave Eggers.
Can you imagine the most cantankerous book editor alive? Part Voldemort, part Cruella de Vil (if she were a dude), and worse in appearance and odor than a gluttonous farm pig? A man who makes no secret of his love of cheese or his disdain of unworthy authors? That man is Herman Mildew.
The anthology opens with an invitation to a party, care of this insufferable monster, where more than 80 of the most talented, bestselling and recognizable names in YA and children's fiction learn that they are suspects in his murder. All must provide alibis in brief first-person entries. The problem is that all of them are liars, all of them are fabulists, and all have something to hide...
About the Author
Jon Scieszka, who runs point on the investigation, is one of the world's best-loved, bestselling, and well-known children's authors. The very first UN Ambassador of Children's Literature, Jon is also a Caldecott Honor recipient whose books have been translated into 14 languages and have sold millions around the world. Contributors include John Green, Sara Shepard, Lauren Oliver, Lauren Myracle, Adam Mansbach & Ricardo Cortes (authors of Go the F*ck to Sleep), Maureen Johnson, Libba Bray, Gayle Forman, Rebecca Stead, Daniel Handler (as Lemony Snickett), Mo Willems, Dave Eggers (not YA but still a suspect), and countless other bestselling and award-winning authors.
Praise for Who Done It?
"Go buy this book for your kids. Every kid on the planet needs this book. And the extra bonus is that proceeds from Who Done It? benefit 826nyc, the literacy non-profit founded by Dave Eggers!"
—NCBLA Executive Director Mary Brigid Barrett
"Well worth a read."
—The Guardian (UK)
"Wonderful and fun to read. Included in these pages is some fabulous description, lots and lots of creativity...[will] keep even the pickiest teen happy for hours."
—Tulsa Books Examiner
“Curl up and check out the laugh-out-loud alibis.”
"Who Done It? is essentially a who’s who of fabulous YA...And they’re all talking. But someone’s lying. The 'alibis' range from poetry to comics, and are hilarious."
“With a lively blend of self-incrimination and finger-pointing, Who Done It? will keep readers guessing to the end.”
"Filled with in-jokes and carried to ridiculous extremes by a mammoth stable of YA and children’s authors...clever."
"The finger-pointing and self-incrimination begin in every form imaginable...David Levithan offers his alibi in verse....Indeed, the pen is being used mightily to drum up support for creative writing; proceeds from sales will benefit Dave Eggers’ (another among the accused) 826 program in New York."
"How did you get my phone number? Stop calling me or I'm getting the police involved."
—Maureen Johnson, author of The Name of the Star and The Last Little Blue Envelope
—Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay and Where I Went
"Who are you? Why are you writing down everything I'm saying? What book? What are you talking about?"
—Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events and Who Could That Be at This Hour?
"Papery. And rectilinear."
—Barry Lyga, author of I Hunt Killers
"Of all the books I've ever read, this was definitely the most recent."
—Jennifer Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
"If you already know who done it, this is not the book for you."
—Mo Willems, author of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
—Jo Knowles, author of See You At Harry's
—Kiersten White, author of Paranormalcy
"My God. It's full of words."
—Kieran Scott, author of the He's So/She's So trilogy
"Not enough pictures."
—Ricardo Cortés, co-author of Go the F--k to Sleep
"Cures everything from sleeplessness to insomnia."
—Natalie Standiford, author of The Secret Tree
—Lisa Brown, How to Be
"Who is Jon Scieszka?"
—Casey Scieszka, co-author of To Timbuktu
"I'll get back to you with a blurb as soon as I have some time."
—Leslie Margolis, author of Everybody Bugs Out
"This book is full of slanders, falsehoods, and outrageous defamations of character. In other words, it was perfect!"
—Adam Gidwitz, author of A Tale Dark and Grimm
"Without a doubt, one of the top 10,000 books of the year."
—Robin Wasserman, author of The Book of Blood and Shadow
"Stays crunchy in milk."
—Gordon Korman, author of Swindle
"It makes an excellent step so I can reach all my shoes."
—Kate Brian, author of the Private series
"What an outrageous, hysterical, cheesy, fantastic, ingenious book!"
—Emily’s Crammed Bookshelf
"Funny, creative, and clever. Buy a copy for yourself and another for a young reader in your life."
—Beth Fish Reads