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The Ragamuffin Sisters: The Mysterious Mr. Whistler Audiobook

The Ragamuffin Sisters: The Mysterious Mr. Whistler

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Publisher's Summary

What happens when four creative, slightly brilliant, misfit girls team up against a gang of bullies?

That's right. Danger, chaos, and more adventure than any middle school girl should be faced with in a lifetime!

When Jane, Elle, Dakota and Sketti band together to face The Thickheads, they land themselves in the midst of a murder-mystery that none of them is prepared to deal with. And when The Thickheads get involved, lines are drawn and accusations are flung.

But when the two opposing groups join forces, they learn that together, they can mend fences and face the giants.

This laugh-out-loud, coming-of-age mystery is a must-hear for anyone who's ever felt like a misfit, anyone who's ever been bullied, or anyone who's ever felt like they were on the outside looking in.

©2016 Armonia Publishing (P)2017 Armonia Publishing

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    Norma Miles 11/01/2018
    Norma Miles 11/01/2018
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    "Whenever, whenever there are clouds in the sky..."

    Two groups of lonely, misfit children, four boys, four girls, each banded together against the other and who constantly try to find ways to damage the other team, are caught up in the mystery of who or what killed Mr.Whistler, the popular town bookseller found dead in the ravine?

    Mostly told from the viewpoint of the individual four girls, the feelings of the boys are not overlooked.
    The detection story itself is a simple mystery but acts as a perfect foil to see inside the minds and emotions of the young people, all of whom, though very different, come to rely upon each other to make life bearable.
    Narrator, Michelle Babb, does an excellent job recounting the story with good intonation and pace as well as voicing the individual characters.

    At the conclusion is a short 'Who are you most like?' quiz which this reader found unnecessary but might well appeal to younger girls.
    A good 'Secret Seven' type story which helps children to understand differences in others and invite an empathy with others, to look beyond the face value attitudes.
    Also, though simple, quite enjoyable for adults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Layla 22/12/2017
    Layla 22/12/2017
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    "OK"
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    This is more for younger kids. This is something that they might actually like especially boys.
    The narrator did a great job of voicing the characters.
    I would recommend this book to a younger audiance but adults might like it as well, it is just not for me.

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  • MEDY
    12/12/17
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    "For the middle schoolers"

    This is a fun read, that also touches on some tough issues. Middle-schoolers will enjoy the mystery the kids get tangled up in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lomeraniel
    Spain
    11/01/18
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    "Nice cozy mystery for pre-teens"

    The Ragamuffin sisters are four friends, outcasts, that are in an eternal war with a group of boys whom they call the Thick Heads. Among the pranks to each other, one of the town inhabitants dies at the ravine where there seems to be a toxic substance of unknown origin. This seems to be a case for the Ragamuffing sisters!

    Despite the fact that this book seems to be written for pre-teens, I throughly enjoyed it. The four girls are richly described and each one has a distinctive personality. It was easy to connect to them, share their fears and be glad at their successes.

    I really like cozy mysteries, but something that bothers me sometimes is the fact that they need to include romance. This is not the case, since the characters are much too young for that, and I have to say that I found it quite refreshing.

    The mystery part takes some time to start, but I don’t think we can say the book starts slow, as the authors take the needed time to present each character and the group dynamics. The war between the girls and the boys was quite funny, even though the pranks were the typical ones seen in other books or movies.

    My main reason to have listened to this book is that it is narrated by the wonderful Michelle Babb, and I am glad I did, since otherwise I would have missed a great story. Michelle has a unique talent to narrate books. When I’m listening to her I have the feeling that she is telling me a story, instead of reading it, and she brings the characters to life with different inflections and styles for each one. Her way of narrating traps you in such a way that any book narrated by her automatically becomes a “page turner”. Babb is my top 1 female narrator.

    I hope we can enjoy future adventures with the Ragamuffin Sisters and the Thick Heads. This book left me wanting for more.

    I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lori Thuenemann
    11/01/18
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    "Fun easy listening"
    Where does The Ragamuffin Sisters: The Mysterious Mr. Whistler rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is a fun and easy listening book! I like listening to books when doing chores that don't take a lot of thought, like dusting, vacuuming, laundry or weeding the landscaped areas around the house. It makes it seem like the chores go by faster! This is a book for a younger audience, but still fun for me!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mischief of the kids and the mystery that they help solve!


    Which character – as performed by Michelle Babb – was your favorite?

    She did great with all the different kids!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have if time allowed.


    Any additional comments?

    It was fun to listen to and I would listen to more books from this author and narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashley Hedden
    09/01/18
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    "Great Read"

    The Ragamuffin Sisters: The Mysterious Mr. Whistler by Anita Higman and Hillary McMullan was a great read. A group of four girls decide to team up against bullies. But find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nickie
    Louisville,Kentucky
    28/12/17
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    "Entertaining Story And Performance..."

    I Enjoyed This Story... Although Its Considered A Short Story By My Terms Because It Only Lasted Alittle Over 3 Hours...It Was Quite Enjoyable... The Characters Made Quite A Plot And Story And Michelle Babb Is An Excellent Narrator... This Book Could Easily Become A Series By Making It Longer....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laura Collins
    SC, United States
    22/12/17
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    "Great Book!"

    This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. The story flowed very well and was very enjoyable. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. The narrator did a wonderful job with this book. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end. If you are looking for a great book with well-developed characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa Harris
    USA
    18/12/17
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    "A great kids book"

    This is a book that I wouldn’t mind volunteering to read to kids. It’s got a lot of mischief and mystery. Ms. Babb is one of my favorite narrators and she really brought this book to life for me. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer Mulder
    15/12/17
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    "it was ok"

    There were parts in it that the idea was great, but was told in the best way in my opinion. Things were kind of just thrown out there, almost like little side notes, and yes, they were good to know, but it felt like it was a puzzle not quite put fully together. Where was the ending? it just felt incomplete. If this is a series to continue, i hope the author wraps up the next stories a bit better, leaving sooo much open ended lines out there is not my cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • musiqmom (K Templeton)
    14/12/17
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    "Fun for Middle School Kids and Adults"
    Any additional comments?

    Four friends are brought together by the need to protect themselves from the middle school bullies. This group of misfits (Jane, Elle, Dakota, and Sketti) call themselves the Ragamuffin Sisters. The Ragamuffins find themselves in a prank war with a group of boys, they call The Thickheads. During their prank war, the two groups land themselves right in the middle of a murder investigation and mystery of a mysterious goo. The Ragamuffins and The Thickheads call a truce deciding to work together to find out where the mysterious goo that was found near the dead man is coming from. The goo seems to be have killed some of the wildlife near the girl's clubhouse as well as made one of the boy's dogs sick. Does the murder have anything to do with the goo? Can the two groups solve the mystery and finally put an end to their prank war?

    This book has a well-developed storyline that deals with some serious topics such as bullying, domestic abuse, industrial pollution, and murder. The authors Anita Higman and Hillary McMullen add the right amount of humor to keep the story from being too heavy but at the same time not making a joke out of the issues. Throughout the book, you get to see how these young girls and boys evolve in their friendships, as individuals, and in life.

    Narrator Michelle Babb is an excellent storyteller. She keeps a great pace to the story, has great accents and diction, and does a wonderful job with the comic relief.

    I would recommend this book to middle school age children and up. Although it is geared for a younger audience adults will enjoy the story too.

    I was given a copy of this book in hopes that I would give an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terri C.
    12/12/17
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    "A great book that is exciting and funny!"

    This is a book that is appropriate for middle school aged children (and up!). The story involves a group of four misfit girls and a group of misfit boys. It was hard for me to keep the characters straight at first, but as the story progressed it got easier and easier. The girls and the guys in the story are feuding with each other, but in the end they must learn to work together to solve a murder that the adults in power have ruled accidental. Along the journey there are lessons in bullying, abuse and even environmental protection! This book is entertaining, but imparts life lessons well worth our kids learning!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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