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The P. K. Pinkerton Mysteries: The Case of the Deadly Desperados: Book 1 by [Lawrence, Caroline]
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." . . it''s clear P.K. has what today we would call Asperger''s syndrome or high-functioning autism. Brilliant, touch-averse and reclusive, he ''cannot express emotions easily. Nor read them neither.'' But he is endowed with ''keen observation skills'' and an excellent memory. The autism conceit also reveals Lawrence''s influences, most notably, Mark Haddon''s "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ". . . P.K.''s journey is very much a metaphor for an autistic experience. Lawrence powerfully conveys both the difficulties of living with autism and the autistic mind''s distinctive strengths. Any child who''s felt like a ''Misfit'' or ''Freak of Nature'' as P.K. does will identify with his despair and cheer him."--Priscilla Gilman

"A winning blend of Wild West and classic detective lore, this first book in the Western Mysteries series is a fast-paced, engrossing read, from beginning to end. P. K. is a wonderfully drawn, engaging protagonist--half Sioux, half white, and a self-proclaimed "misfit"--who has difficulty reading others and expressing emotion. But he also has gifts, like exceptional memory, keen observational powers, and resourcefulness. His vernacular, colloquial first-person account vividly brings characters to life ...Both settings and events--including exciting, occasionally gory, confrontations--are filled with droll touches and period details, and there's the occasional poignant moment."--Booklist, starred review

"This fast-paced and deadpan-funny Wild West adventure is Pinky's first-person account, scrawled out as "last words" on ledger sheets in a mine shaft while three desperados hunt him down ...Wonderfully dry humor, vivid sensory descriptions of the mountain town and a genuinely appealing protagonist make this a stand-out. A rich vein of wisdom runs through this highly entertaining, swashbuckling series debut."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Praise for "PK PINKERTON AND THE DEADLY DESPERADOS"
Amazon Best Book 2012
"Kirkus" Best Book 2012
Indie Next Pick
"Booklist" Top 10 Youth Crime Fiction
"Booklist" Top 10 Youth Western

FROM "THE NEW YORK TIMES"
"Curious, clever, and very funny...P.K.'s journey is very much a metaphor for an autistic experience. Lawrence powerfully conveys both the difficulties of living with autism and the autistic mind's distinctive strengths. Any child who's felt like a 'Misfit' or 'Freak of Nature' as P.K. does will identify with his despair and cheer him."

STARRED REVIEW FROM "BOOKLIST"
"A winning blend of Wild West and classic detective lore, this first book in the Western Mysteries series is a fast-paced, engrossing read, from beginning to end."

STARRED REVIEW FROM "KIRKUS REVIEWS"
"[F]ast-paced and deadpan-funny Wild West adventure ... A rich vein of wisdom runs through this highly entertaining, swashbuckling series debut."

FROM "PUBLISHERS WEEKLY"
"[E]nergetic, vividly written series opener... this agile story should keep readers' attention from first page to last."

FROM THE "BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS"
"Wild chases, wilder disguises, goofy humor, wordplay, a delightfully gruesome end for Whittlin' Walt, and a strong hint of episodes to come all provide a passel of good readin'."

FROM "HORN BOOK"
"[A] bang-up series starter, ...[this] strongly voiced account succeeds as a rousing adventure that promises more action in another installment just around the corner."

FROM "VOYA"
"[Q]uick paced and engaging, moving from one escapade to the next without ever slowing down."


." . . it's clear P.K. has what today we would call Asperger's syndrome or high-functioning autism. Brilliant, touch-averse and reclusive, he 'cannot express emotions easily. Nor read them neither.' But he is endowed with 'keen observation skills' and an excellent memory. The autism conceit also reveals Lawrence's influences, most notably, Mark Haddon's Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time . . .P.K.'s journey is very much a metaphor for an autistic experience. Lawrence powerfully conveys both the difficulties of living with autism and the autistic mind's distinctive strengths. Any child who's felt like a 'Misfit' or 'Freak of Nature' as P.K. does will identify with his despair and cheer him." The New York Times Book Review
This fast-paced and deadpan-funny Wild West adventure is Pinky s first-person account, scrawled out as last words on ledger sheets in a mine shaft while three desperados hunt him down Wonderfully dry humor, vivid sensory descriptions of the mountain town and a genuinely appealing protagonist make this a stand-out. A rich vein of wisdom runs through this highly entertaining, swashbuckling series debut. Kirkus Reviews, starred review
A winning blend of Wild West and classic detective lore, this first book in the Western Mysteries series is a fast-paced, engrossing read, from beginning to end. P. K. is a wonderfully drawn, engaging protagonist half Sioux, half white, and a self-proclaimed misfit who has difficulty reading others and expressing emotion. But he also has gifts, like exceptional memory, keen observational powers, and resourcefulness. His vernacular, colloquial first-person account vividly brings characters to life Both settings and events including exciting, occasionally gory, confrontations are filled with droll touches and period details, and there s the occasional poignant moment. Booklist, starred review
Praise for PK PINKERTON AND THE DEADLY DESPERADOS
Amazon Best Book 2012
Kirkus Best Book 2012
Indie Next Pick
Booklist Top 10 Youth Crime Fiction
Booklist Top 10 Youth Western

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES
Curious, clever, and very funny P.K.'s journey is very much a metaphor for an autistic experience. Lawrence powerfully conveys both the difficulties of living with autism and the autistic mind's distinctive strengths. Any child who's felt like a ''Misfit'' or ''Freak of Nature'' as P.K. does will identify with his despair and cheer him.

STARRED REVIEW FROM BOOKLIST
A winning blend of Wild West and classic detective lore, this first book in the Western Mysteries series is a fast-paced, engrossing read, from beginning to end.

STARRED REVIEW FROM KIRKUS REVIEWS
[F]ast-paced and deadpan-funny Wild West adventure A rich vein of wisdom runs through this highly entertaining, swashbuckling series debut.

FROM PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
[E]nergetic, vividly written series opener this agile story should keep readers attention from first page to last.

FROM THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN S BOOKS
Wild chases, wilder disguises, goofy humor, wordplay, a delightfully gruesome end for Whittlin Walt, and a strong hint of episodes to come all provide a passel of good readin .

FROM HORN BOOK
[A] bang-up series starter, [this] strongly voiced account succeeds as a rousing adventure that promises more action in another installment just around the corner.

FROM VOYA
[Q]uick paced and engaging, moving from one escapade to the next without ever slowing down. "

Book Description

From the author of the bestselling Roman Mysteries, a new series set in the Wild West, packed with danger and deadly desperados at every turn!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1789 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (2 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053YS776
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,207 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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