The cover, which almost kept me from picking it up.
The Little-Known Facts at the beginning of each chapter, which then lead to corny statements from Maebelle about her life as it relates to the little-known fact.
Things I do like about the book:
Great characters, great story, great historical background
The writing is a little clunky, and a little too folksy for my taste, but it’s definitely worth reading. Maebelle gets to travel to Tweedle, GA (if the cutsey name puts you off, this book is not for you) to spend the summer with her beloved grandparents, newly retired from the country music circuit, while her parents go on a tour to promote their new book. What she didn’t know is that she has to share them with her newly adopted cousin Isaac. She takes things out on him a bit (including throwing a dirty, stinky diarrhea diaper into his clothes hamper in the middle of the night), but of course teams up with him to solve the mystery of the locked wing of the family home, which may hide secrets from the slave era. Review by Stacy Church