Lesley Kagen, a best-selling and award-winning writer with a unique style and a huge fan-base, is back with a breath-taking new book that talks about the most amazing experiences of growing-up, the sweet, immortal bonds of family, the importance of having love in our hearts and the heartbreak of not getting what we dream of. Tessie, the main character of this hearty novel, is an 11-year-old girl with a massive to-do list.
However, when she hears a scream and witnesses a strange dude carry a corpse in the scary cemetery behind her family's house, she instantly adds investigating and solving a real-world murder to that already-impressive list. So, the girlie single-handedly administers MAS - the Mutual Admiration Society and makes herself the president of the organization.
Recently, her dad passed away, and this is her way of coping with the unbearable pain. Her little sis, Birdie, is a bit weird, but Tessa still loves her to death and takes care of her. She recruits Birdie and Cue Ball and officially starts the investigation. The detectives have an assignment: to dodge Gert, the grumpy neighbor who wants nothing more but to lock the sisters up somewhere in juvie.
However, that's not their biggest concern: the team has to figure out what's really going on in the hood and bring the murderer to justice. Along the way, the kids will have to go through numerous struggles and unravel the biggest mystery of all - the mystery of life itself. The Mutual Admiration Society is a charming, touching and funny story. Lesley Kagen knows how to tell unforgettable stories, and this one is both heart-breaking and heart-warming.