Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question
Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question
Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question
Martha Freeman
“An excellent addition to middle grade collections.” —School Library Journal (starred review) After being shipped off to stay with her aunt and uncle in Nowheresville, Pennsylvania, city girl Effie Starr Zook stumbles upon a mystery that leads her to an old family feud in this “accessible and exciting” (School Library Journal, starred review).A rich girl from New York City, Effie Starr Zook isn’t afraid of much. When her parents go on a dangerous round-the-world adventure in a solar airplane, she’s packed off to her aunt and uncle’s farm for the summer. Expecting boredom, she runs smack dab into a family secret. Why does the neighbor kid want to avoid her? What are her aunt and uncle so worried about? And what does “bad blood” mean, anyway? Effie’s got a brand-new bicycle, time on her hands, and an unlimited capacity for asking questions. With these, she sets out to uncover whatever it is the grownups are hiding. Along the way, she’ll contend with crackpot politics, serve coffee in a bookstore café, and learn more than she bargained for about her famous great-grandfather, the inventor of the barf bag. Fast-paced and funny, this is a story about having the courage to find out who you really are. Look out, world—when Effie Starr Zook has questions, she won’t take no for an answer!

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Fiction
  • Humor
  • Mystery

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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Effie Starr Zook is a rich girl from New York City, and she has lots of questions. When her parents tell her that she’s going to be spending her summer vacation with her aunt and uncle down on Zook Farms, she can’t imagine a more boring way to spend her vacation -- until she gets there, that is. The whole town knows who Effie is: great-granddaughter of the amazing Gus Zook, inventor of the barf bag! But there’s something no one is telling her, something about ‘bad blood’ and Zook family secrets.

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