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The Mysterious Messenger

(2020)
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The Mysterious Messenger is a rich middle grade urban fantasy debut starring young psychic Maria de la Cruz, by the award-winning artist Gilbert Ford.

Eleven-year-old Maria de la Cruz is trapped under the thumb of Madame Destine, her pseudo-psychic mother. Destine is a bona fide con artist who will stop at nothing to swindle her customers into believing she can communicate with the dead. But Maria, unlike her mother, has a big secret—she really can communicate with the dead, most frequently with a ghost named Edward who has been her only friend since she was a child.

It’s not long before this clairvoyant young sleuth gets wrapped up in an epic journey that combines bookish mystery with the literary movement of the Beat poets and art and jazz history. Maria may have the power to unlock extraordinary secrets, but can she find the treasure Edward sends her clues about? More importantly, can she find true friendship?

This smart, big-hearted debut novel is perfect for fans of Book Scavenger, Winterhouse, and The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street.

Christy Ottaviano Books

Genre: Children's Fiction

Praise for this book

"The fun, sparkly supernatural mystery kept me turning pages, but Maria's bright heart anchored me to the story. Her deep friendships--and her unique way of seeing the world--are enchanting." - Natalie Lloyd

"Gilbert Ford has conjured up a winner with this spirited, tender-hearted page-turner. You can't help pulling for funny, spunky Maria as her lonely quest becomes a treasure hunt of the heart." - Sheila Turnage


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Used availability for Gilbert Ford's The Mysterious Messenger

Hardback Editions

July 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Mysterious Messenger
Author(s): Gilbert Ford
ISBN: 1-250-20567-0 / 978-1-250-20567-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

July 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Mysterious Messenger
Author(s): Gilbert Ford
ISBN: 1-250-61921-1 / 978-1-250-61921-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Young Listeners
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


July 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Mysterious Messenger
Author(s): Gilbert Ford
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

July 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Mysterious Messenger
Author(s): Gilbert Ford
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA