Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery Bank Street Best Childrenâ€™s Book of the Year
â€œLike its heroine, this contemporary mystery is compelling, offbeat, and fearless.â€ â€”The Horn Book
â€œA sensitive, suspenseful mystery that deftly navigates the uncertainty of mental illness.â€ â€”Kirkus Reviews
Footer Davis is on the case when two kids go missing after a fire in this humorously honest novel that is full of Southern style.
Here are some things that are true about Footer Davis: 1. She has a BB gun named Louise. 2. Walruses freak her out. 3. Her mom has bipolar disorder.
But she wants you to know that itâ€™s not that big a deal. Sheâ€™s just Mom, and usually sheâ€™s fine except sometimes when she doesnâ€™t take her pills. But right now whatâ€™s most important to Footer is what happened to those kids at the Abrams farm. See, there was a fire there a few nights ago, and those kids havenâ€™t been seen since. Pretty sure they got burned up. What Footer and Peavineâ€”thatâ€™s her best friendâ€”want to know is who started the fire?
This middle grade mystery is funny, honest, populated with interesting characters, and Southern to the core. Kirkus Reviews called it â€œa sensitive, suspenseful mystery that deftly navigates the uncertainty of mental illness.â€