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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

(2016)
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"Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door."
Rachel Joyce


Part coming-of-age novel, part mystery, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is a quirky and utterly charming debut about a community in need of absolution and two girls learning what it means to belong.

England, 1976. Mrs. Creasy is missing, and the Avenue is alive with whispers. The neighbors blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave, but 10-year-olds Grace and Tilly aren't convinced. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, the girls decide to take matters into their own hands. Inspired by the local vicar, they go looking for God - they believe that if they find him they might also find Mrs. Creasy and bring her home.

Spunky, spirited Grace and frail, nervous Tilly go door to door in search of clues. As the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives uncover much more than they could have imagined. Instead of finding their missing neighbor, they must try to make sense of what they've seen and heard, and a complicated history of deception begins to emerge. Everyone on the Avenue has something to hide, a reason for not fitting in. It's only in the suffocating heat of the summer that the ability to guard these differences becomes impossible.

Along with the parched lawns and the melting pavement, the lives of all the neighbors begin to deconstruct. What the girls don't realize is that the lies told to conceal what happened one fateful day about a decade ago are the same ones Mrs. Creasy was beginning to peel back just before she disappeared.

For fans of Jeannette Walls' The Silver Star, this "is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door" (Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry).

Genre: Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

July 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep: A Novel
Author(s): Joanna Cannon
ISBN: 1-5011-2189-8 / 978-1-5011-2189-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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January 2016 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Author(s): Joanna Cannon
ISBN: 0-00-813216-X / 978-0-00-813216-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Borough Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

June 2017 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep: A Novel
Author(s): Joanna Cannon
ISBN: 1-5011-2190-1 / 978-1-5011-2190-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

December 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Author(s): Joanna Cannon
ISBN: 0-00-813217-8 / 978-0-00-813217-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Borough Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Author(s): Joanna Cannon
ISBN: 0-00-813219-4 / 978-0-00-813219-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Borough Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

July 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep: A Novel
Author(s): Joanna Cannon
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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January 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Author(s): Joanna Cannon
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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January 2016 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Author(s): Joanna Cannon
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

July 2016 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep: A Novel
Author(s): Joanna Cannon
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   

January 2016 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Author(s): Joanna Cannon
Publisher: The Borough Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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