Do You Know the Monkey Man?
Do You Know the Monkey Man?
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Annotation: While searching for the father who left her and her mother ten years ago, thirteen-year-old Samantha begins to believe that the twin sister who supposedly died when they were three years old is still alive.
Catalog Number: #11059
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Copyright Date: 2005
Edition Date: 2005
Pages: 193 pages
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 1-561-45340-4 Perma-Bound: 0-605-10562-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-561-45340-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-10562-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2004024798
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
When Samantha was three years old, her twin, Sarah, drowned in a local quarry while canoeing with their father. The grief rocked her parents' already tenuous marriage. Her mother and father divorced, and Samantha, now 13, hasn't seen or heard from her dad in 10 years--with the exception of a postcard picturing a monkey from the San Diego Zoo. After trying various methods to find her father, Samantha and a friend visit a psychic, but Sam comes away confused by the psychic's revelation that her sister isn't dead. Sam's pursuit for the truth, which includes an Internet people search, leads her from her Clearwater, Iowa, home to Minnesota, where she finds her answers. The healing comes a little too easily in the end, but middle-graders looking for a simple mystery will be pleased, and the story may inspire them to think about the concepts of identity and family that are threaded through the story.
Horn Book
Unnerved by her mother's impending marriage, thirteen-year-old Sam begins to pry into old family tragedies. Why doesn't her father ever contact her? What really happened ten years ago when her twin sister died, and why was her body never found? Eerie coincidences and melodramatic revelations power this fast-paced, but often predictable, mystery about loss, discovery, and forgiveness.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Samantha was three when her twin sister drowned in the local Iowa quarry and her father left. Now 13, she is determined to investigate the past, because her mother refuses to talk about it. Best friend Angela, not all that happy with her own absentee father, can't see what the big deal is, but is willing to help her in her investigation. Despite the fact that Sam and Angela defy parental authority, cross state lines, navigate public transport, and convince more than one person that the impossible is possible, there's not much detecting going on. The clues fall into Sam's lap. Searching into the past is not an unusual plot in children's books. Still, Butler has a simplicity of narrative voice that makes the story easy to read while reflecting the often-complex emotions of children forced to deal with things that have long been buried. It is the way that the author conveys these emotions that provides the most lingering memories of this fast-paced suspense novel.-Carol A. Edwards, Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Voice of Youth Advocates
Samantha, fourteen, is a native of the small Iowa town where she lives with her no-nonsense mother and hangs out with her best and patient friend, Angela. Sam's mother is about to remarry, and although Sam has no real objection to her mother's choice of partners, the marriage itself awakens in her a latent curiosity about her father. The family history, as Sam knows it, is that he disappeared after the accidental drowning death of Sam's twin sister, Sarah, when the girls were three. When Angela's father-divorced and remarried-invites Angela to visit for a week, Sam goes along because she is pretty sure her own father is living close to Angela's. What Sam discovers is incredible: Not only has she successfully tracked down her father, but also he is living with the very much alive-but renamed-Sarah. There is more than coincidence and wish fulfillment in this quick read. The adults and their relationships with the various teens are nicely drawn, with far more realism than the twisting events. Sidekick Angela is a pillar of strength to flighty Sam. Sam herself comes to see how psychologically dangerous for others it can be to pursue one's own wish for satisfaction. There are some odd choices of words here, such as a reference to Sam's mother having gotten herself "knocked up" in a text that is otherwise G-rated. Although not great literature, this story will appeal to girls with a budding interest in how the individual influences family dynamics.-Francisca Goldsmith.
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Word Count: 47,752
Reading Level: 3.8
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.8 / points: 7.0 / quiz: 102988 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.5 / points:12.0 / quiz:Q38426
Lexile: 600L
Guided Reading Level: Y
Fountas & Pinnell: Y

For thirteen-year-old Samantha, life consists of too many unanswered questions about her past.
Why has her father not tried to contact her all these years? How could he have allowed her twin sister to drown in Clearwater Quarry when they were only toddlers? And how can Samanthas mother expect her to accept some man she hardly knows as her new father? Samantha already has a father out there. Somewhere.
A fateful decision sets into motion a chain of events and confrontations that will change Samanthas and her familys lives forever. As she sets out to find her father and discover what really happened the day her sister was presumed drowned, she uncovers painful secrets that threaten to destroy her family all over again.
Dori Butlers dramatic, suspenseful, and sensitive story will draw readers into one familys crisis unwittingly brought on by an adolescent girls search for the truth.

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