marjorie weinman sharmat

I can’t overstate how bizarre it was to be thrifting and stumble upon “Mitchell Is Moving” by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat on the shelf.

Somehow I’d never heard, or asked, what the childrens’ book was at the beginning of Fevers and Mirrors. I only knew it was a recording of Conor reading with a Hispanic ESL student at his mom’s school (where he worked at the time).

So a few years ago, my daughter Claire and I are rummaging through kids’ books at the neighborhood thrift store, and I see this book and start flipping through it. Suddenly I recognize the opening of Fevers and get chills.

I didn’t have a good way to explain to my daughter why dad suddenly got choked up and had to buy a kids’ book that she didn’t care about…

If you liked NATE THE GREAT by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, illustrated by Marc Simont, try KATIE EYE PRIVATE EYE: THE MISSING FOX by Katherine Cox, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton because both feature young sleuths whose considerable intelligence can crack the toughest case!