The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen, by M. T. Anderson (Harcourt, 2006)

It’s the return of Jasper Dash (Boy Technonaut), Katie Mulligan (Heroine of Horror Hollow) and utterly normal Lily Gefelty (all three last seen in Whales on Stilts!), as their vacation to the Moose Tongue Lodge throws them headfirst in a series of bizarre mysteries involving the assorted heroes of other children’s books. Twists abound as people go missing, identities get mistaken, and chaos reigns, all in a hilarious take on the children’s mystery series so many of us grew up reading. Anderson has a real talent for evoking that old spirit, even as he throws the characters into bizarre situations that border on the surreal.

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