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Middle Grade
Paperback, 6″ x 9″
201 pages with illustrations
ISBN 978-1-63381-250-5

written by Rae Chalmers
illustrated by Jamie Hogan

Sequel to Bear and the Oxbow Island Gang

Bear returns to his grandmother’s home on Oxbow Island for Halloween, eager to build the biggest pumpkin pyramid EVER and to make costumes with his island friend, Olivia. When Honey the Wonder Dog digs up a lobster claw as big as her head, they know they have to find the person responsible for this environmental crime.

The second book in an environmental mystery series for readers ages 8-11.

…Chalmers conjures up the warmth, charm, and eccentricity of Oxbow Island’s widely diverse but close-knit residents. It’s heartening to see how they creatively rally round each other again and again for problem-solving and protection. Chalmers also makes math and science attractive…
An equally wholesome and amusing tale that celebrates friendship, nature, and curious inquiry.

Kirkus Reviews

What’s not to love about a book that starts with a map of an island in Maine? A book peppered with lobster pots, science projects, and intrigue? A book featuring, possibly, the world’s largest pumpkin pyramid? In this sequel to Bear and the Oxbow Island Gang, Bear returns to his grandmother’s home on Oxbow Island to solve another environmental mystery with his best friend Olivia. Illustrations by the award-winning Jamie Hogan add to the well-drawn, heartfelt sense of place.

—Charlotte Agell, author of The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister and Welcome Home or Someplace Like It


 Rae Chalmers began her teaching career in a two-room schoolhouse on Great Cranberry Island. Since then she has had the good fortune to live, work, and explore on many Maine islands with her family and dogs.

For more information, visit the author’s website.

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