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A is for author.... Dink writes to his favorite author, mystery writer Wallis Wallace, and invites him to visit Green Lawn. To Dink's amazement, Wallace says he'll come! But when the big day arrives, Wallace is nowhere to be found. The police think he just missed his plane, but Dink suspects foul play. It's up to Dink and his two best friends, Josh and Ruth Rose, to find th A is for author.... Dink writes to his favorite author, mystery writer Wallis Wallace, and invites him to visit Green Lawn. To Dink's amazement, Wallace says he'll come! But when the big day arrives, Wallace is nowhere to be found. The police think he just missed his plane, but Dink suspects foul play. It's up to Dink and his two best friends, Josh and Ruth Rose, to find the famous writer--before it's too late!


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A is for author.... Dink writes to his favorite author, mystery writer Wallis Wallace, and invites him to visit Green Lawn. To Dink's amazement, Wallace says he'll come! But when the big day arrives, Wallace is nowhere to be found. The police think he just missed his plane, but Dink suspects foul play. It's up to Dink and his two best friends, Josh and Ruth Rose, to find th A is for author.... Dink writes to his favorite author, mystery writer Wallis Wallace, and invites him to visit Green Lawn. To Dink's amazement, Wallace says he'll come! But when the big day arrives, Wallace is nowhere to be found. The police think he just missed his plane, but Dink suspects foul play. It's up to Dink and his two best friends, Josh and Ruth Rose, to find the famous writer--before it's too late!

30 review for The Absent Author

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stella Chen

    Holy mother load of childhood memories. These books, along side Cam Jansen, became my childhood. I was known as The Girl Who Loves Mystery Books at my school library. Yep. I was that cool. (Still am). I am only going to review the first in this series because you guys probably wouldn't want 26 "OMG I LOVED THESE BOOKS" reviews. And, "A" stands for Awesome so how fitting. Calling children everywhere. If you want to be like Stella Chen one day, start reading these books because you will not regret it Holy mother load of childhood memories. These books, along side Cam Jansen, became my childhood. I was known as The Girl Who Loves Mystery Books at my school library. Yep. I was that cool. (Still am). I am only going to review the first in this series because you guys probably wouldn't want 26 "OMG I LOVED THESE BOOKS" reviews. And, "A" stands for Awesome so how fitting. Calling children everywhere. If you want to be like Stella Chen one day, start reading these books because you will not regret it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    These are so fun! My 9 year old and I are listening to this as audio books in the car every day. We are constantly running around together on errands or to Girl Scout events. These are a great easy way to give us something to listen to besides me trying to skip past the most recent Kesha song (ugh!) or completely inappropriate DJ banter. I think so far this one has been my favorite. I love mysteries, so as a adult it's easy to spot "who done it" but for my 9 year old, this one completely surprised These are so fun! My 9 year old and I are listening to this as audio books in the car every day. We are constantly running around together on errands or to Girl Scout events. These are a great easy way to give us something to listen to besides me trying to skip past the most recent Kesha song (ugh!) or completely inappropriate DJ banter. I think so far this one has been my favorite. I love mysteries, so as a adult it's easy to spot "who done it" but for my 9 year old, this one completely surprised her. And has really started her love for this series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pooja Banga

    Good read !!!Can be recommended to everyone..It is a courageous adventurous tale .. A is for author.... Dink writes to his favorite author, mystery writer Wallis Wallace, and invites him to visit Green Lawn. To Dink's amazement, Wallace says he'll come! But when the big day arrives, Wallace is nowhere to be found. The police think he just missed his plane, but Dink suspects foul play. It's up to Dink and his two best friends, Josh and Ruth Rose, to find the famous writer--before it's too late!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Miller

    I read “The Absent Author” by Ron Roy. It is a cute kids book about an Author who gets kidnapped. The story takes place in a town called Green Lawn during the summer. The whole story happens within two days. The main characters of the book are Dink, Ruth Rose, Josh, and Mavis Green. Dink, Ruth Rose, and Josh are all kids. Ruth Rose loves the color purple and she is dressed in it from head to toe. Josh is more of a quiet kid who tags along and does whatever Dink and Ruth do. Dink is the leader o I read “The Absent Author” by Ron Roy. It is a cute kids book about an Author who gets kidnapped. The story takes place in a town called Green Lawn during the summer. The whole story happens within two days. The main characters of the book are Dink, Ruth Rose, Josh, and Mavis Green. Dink, Ruth Rose, and Josh are all kids. Ruth Rose loves the color purple and she is dressed in it from head to toe. Josh is more of a quiet kid who tags along and does whatever Dink and Ruth do. Dink is the leader of the group. He plans everything and tells everyone to what to do. Dink arranged for his favorite author “Wallace Wallice” to come and do a book signing at his towns library, but Wallace Wallice never showed up. The kids immediately thought that he was kidnapped. The kids met a woman named Mavis Green and she agreed to help the kids find their favorite author. They started gathering clues to help them find him. They found out that the last place he was seen was at his hotel. They checked with the hotel manager and he told them that Wallace Wallice checked in but never slept in his room. The kids found a man in the room next door who claimed to be wallace Wallice. The kids found out that Mavis Green was the real Wallace Wallice and her brother was the man in the room. Mavis Green faked her kidnapping because she is writing a new book from the perspective of a kid. She wanted to know how they would figure out a kidnapping and what they would do. This book is at a young reading level and I would probably recommend this book to fifth graders who like to read chapter books that are at their reading level. This book kept me interested in what I was reading, even though it was an easier reading level. I had fun reading this book and would rate it a 3 out of 5 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Description from inside book flap: "A is for author.... Dink writes to his favorite author, mystery writer Wallis Wallace, and invites him to visit Green Lawn. To Dink's amazement, Wallace says he'll come! But when the big day arrives, Wallace is nowhere to be found. The police think he just missed his plane, but Dink suspects foul play. It's up to Dink and his two best friends, Josh and Ruth Rose, to find the famous writer--before it's too late! " This book, from the A-Z Mystery series is a great Description from inside book flap: "A is for author.... Dink writes to his favorite author, mystery writer Wallis Wallace, and invites him to visit Green Lawn. To Dink's amazement, Wallace says he'll come! But when the big day arrives, Wallace is nowhere to be found. The police think he just missed his plane, but Dink suspects foul play. It's up to Dink and his two best friends, Josh and Ruth Rose, to find the famous writer--before it's too late! " This book, from the A-Z Mystery series is a great starter chapter book for high 1st grade-3 grade readers. The main characters, Dink, Ruth Rose and Josh work to figure out a mystery. I liked how the kids were the problem-solvers and also the strength of the female lead. The characters are not fully developed, and I got frustrated with the names of characters (Ruth Rose, Wallis Wallace), however I think this is a book that students would really enjoy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Pierce

    4th Grader at LPCA This book is The Absent Author, part of the A to Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy. If you want to find it you will find it in the Mystery section. In the story the main characters are Dink, who is sort of the main character in the A to Z Mysteries. Then there is Ruth Rose who always has to have matching outfits and she is the only girl in the group of jr. detectives. Then there is Josh who is the funny and the imaginative one . The story takes place in Green Lawn where they all l 4th Grader at LPCA This book is The Absent Author, part of the A to Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy. If you want to find it you will find it in the Mystery section. In the story the main characters are Dink, who is sort of the main character in the A to Z Mysteries. Then there is Ruth Rose who always has to have matching outfits and she is the only girl in the group of jr. detectives. Then there is Josh who is the funny and the imaginative one . The story takes place in Green Lawn where they all live and all the mysteries happen. One day an author ( Willis Wallace) was invited by Dink to come to Green Lawn and never shows up. Some think that he/she was kidnapped , but who has kidnapped him/her. Are they going to find the author before it is to late? If you want to read this book I would recommend this book to kids who like mysteries . My favorite part of this book is probably when the author does not show up. I think that is when the mystery happens in the Absent Author. Then the other part of the book I enjoyed was when they find out that he/she was kidnapped. Throughout the book I thought that the author used a lot of dialogue, which I think is good because you can know what the character is saying. He also used really good adjectives. What I learned from reading this book is that mystery books are really interesting . I also learned that that the mysteries they solve we can solve them ,too.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Blue

    Clearly the author himself inserted parts of himself into the book - but it all turned out cute enough that I will not hold that against it. I like the way the author managed to give enough clues to keep one's mind searching for the possibilies, but somehow managed to not really give enough to figure it out - which given that it is written for children and I have too much experience to be one would have make the story rather boring. Some books do this and are just super frustrating; actually crim Clearly the author himself inserted parts of himself into the book - but it all turned out cute enough that I will not hold that against it. I like the way the author managed to give enough clues to keep one's mind searching for the possibilies, but somehow managed to not really give enough to figure it out - which given that it is written for children and I have too much experience to be one would have make the story rather boring. Some books do this and are just super frustrating; actually crime shows I stopped watching kept doing this and when I did better at guessing who did it based on who was shown in the first five minutes and not important until the last 2 (or worse, a totally unseen/unmentioned character did it). This book was really great at the balance between the extremes.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Summer

    I listened to the audiobook of this when I couldn't sleep, thinking I wouldn't have to think much about the plot and just drift off. Unfortunately, it had the opposite effect. I listened to the whole thing, and it was actually prettt fun for a kids' mystery novel, even if I did solve it before Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose. I would definitely listen to another.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maria Allison

    I solved the "mystery" very quickly, but I am an adult, so I wonder if children really take until the end of the book to figure it out? If children find these books suspenseful and interesting, then that's great and I recommend they keep reading the series. However, this book is much too easy for adults and young adults. I suggest that students from second to fourth grade read this series if they enjoy mystery.

  10. 4 out of 5

    James

    [ALL SPOILERS AHEAD] I liked it because Wallis Wallace turned out to be a girl and she fakes her kidnapping to test how the kids investigated their favorite author being missing, so she can write about it. I liked making predictions about the book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    AlphaMom

    It was terrible. Don't expect it to be good. The plot was absent, just like the author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Basham

    Read this aloud to Matthew.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dan Prillwitz

    “The Absent Author” is a book written about three kids; Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose. Dink writes a letter to the famous author Wallis Wallace and is asking him to come to Green Lawn, the town Dink lives in. Wallis Wallace writes back to Dink and tells him that he will come. But when the day comes where Wallis Wallace is supposed to arrive he does not. Dink and his friends are worried. Dink remembers that Wallis said something about possibly getting kidnapped, so this makes Dink and the crew get to “The Absent Author” is a book written about three kids; Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose. Dink writes a letter to the famous author Wallis Wallace and is asking him to come to Green Lawn, the town Dink lives in. Wallis Wallace writes back to Dink and tells him that he will come. But when the day comes where Wallis Wallace is supposed to arrive he does not. Dink and his friends are worried. Dink remembers that Wallis said something about possibly getting kidnapped, so this makes Dink and the crew get together to find him. Dink, Josh, Ruth, and Wallis Wallace are all main characters in the “The Absent Author”. There are many other characters talked about in the book Dink’s mom, Officer Fallon, Mr. Paskey, Mr. Linkletter and others. Most of the book is taken place at the library, located in Green Lawn. The story takes place in modern times, you can this tell because of the stuff found around the town while they are looking for Wallis Wallace. Friendship is one of the major themes that I saw in the book. We see this when Dink, Josh, and Ruth all come together to help find Wallis Wallace. They put their minds to it and did not give up until they found Wallis Wallace. Overall I thought that “The Absent Author” was a very good book to read. The book always kept me interested and never got boring because I never knew what was going to happen next. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes a mystery kind of book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Schroeder

    One day Dink decides to write to his favorite author, Wallis Wallace, and invites him to come to the local library to visit with him. Surprisingly, Wallace says he will come. Wallace never shows up on the day he says he will come, and Dink and his friends decide to go out and find him. They must use the clues left behind to try to save Wallace before it is to late. The main characters in the story are Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose. Wallis Wallace also plays an important role as the kids are trying to One day Dink decides to write to his favorite author, Wallis Wallace, and invites him to come to the local library to visit with him. Surprisingly, Wallace says he will come. Wallace never shows up on the day he says he will come, and Dink and his friends decide to go out and find him. They must use the clues left behind to try to save Wallace before it is to late. The main characters in the story are Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose. Wallis Wallace also plays an important role as the kids are trying to save him. Officer Fallon is important because he gives the kids a big hand as they try to save the author. The setting of the story takes place in Green Lawn. There are a couple of places within Green Lawn that the kids visit. I would say the story probably occurs during modern times because of some the things the kids and the officer use during the investigation. I think hard work and friendship are the two most important themes from this story. Dink and his friends never give up and try their hardest to find Wallace. They must also stick together as a team and use their knowledge to find the missing author. This book really wasn't that exciting at times. But, I will have to admit that it did keep me guessing at what will happen next. I recommend this book to kids in middle school and older because it is a fun and understandable book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ch_beverlyatwood

    Title: The Absent Author (part of the A to Z Mysteries) Author: Ron Roy Illustrator: John Steven Gurney Publisher: Random House Year originally published: 1997 Translator (if applicable): Approximate Interest Level/Reading Level: Ages 5-8 Format (picture book, audio book, book read online, chapter book/novel, graphic novel): Chapter Book Rating system: **** Brief summary: Dink Duncan and his two friends investigate the apparent kidnapping of famous mystery author Wallis Wallace. Dink e-mails author Walla Title: The Absent Author (part of the A to Z Mysteries) Author: Ron Roy Illustrator: John Steven Gurney Publisher: Random House Year originally published: 1997 Translator (if applicable): Approximate Interest Level/Reading Level: Ages 5-8 Format (picture book, audio book, book read online, chapter book/novel, graphic novel): Chapter Book Rating system: **** Brief summary: Dink Duncan and his two friends investigate the apparent kidnapping of famous mystery author Wallis Wallace. Dink e-mails author Wallace and to his delight the author is to come to the local bookstore for a personal appearance. Wallace never shows and the three youngsters put together clues to try to solve the mystery. Great mystery line and concrete clues abound. Young detectives will love this story and it will get them reading plenty more in this series, in my opinion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    (NS)Jordyn

    This book series is perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade. The storyline is simple enough for readers that are still focusing some of the time on decoding. The main character, Dink, and his friends Josh and Ruth Rose aren't the most developed characters, but they could grow after a few books. I think one of the reasons this book series is so popular is because it empowers the child-characters and has them work with the adults on an almost equal playing field to solve the mystery. I'm actually interested This book series is perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade. The storyline is simple enough for readers that are still focusing some of the time on decoding. The main character, Dink, and his friends Josh and Ruth Rose aren't the most developed characters, but they could grow after a few books. I think one of the reasons this book series is so popular is because it empowers the child-characters and has them work with the adults on an almost equal playing field to solve the mystery. I'm actually interested in introducing these to a few of my students to see if they would like to read them independently.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    This is the first book in a series of mysteries all beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. Some are definitely more mysterious than others, but my boys (ages 6 and almost 4) just eat them up. Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are three friends living in the small town of Green Lawn who seem to find adventure after adventure. The mysteries are simple enough that even young readers can pick up clues and begin to put the pieces together themselves. I think this will be a series that we will ret This is the first book in a series of mysteries all beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. Some are definitely more mysterious than others, but my boys (ages 6 and almost 4) just eat them up. Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are three friends living in the small town of Green Lawn who seem to find adventure after adventure. The mysteries are simple enough that even young readers can pick up clues and begin to put the pieces together themselves. I think this will be a series that we will return to often and I imagine that when the boys can read on their own they will re-read this series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Corbin Billington

    This was really a page turner for the fact that every page made you want Dink and his friends to solve the mystery of the Absent Author. Ron Roy does a great job of explaining the situation and showing the hardships of mystery solving. The kids solving the mystery had trouble finding the next clue even when they were on a roll. This is what made it such an enjoyable book to read. I would recommend this book to anyone below the age of 15. The younger readers would especially enjoy this book becau This was really a page turner for the fact that every page made you want Dink and his friends to solve the mystery of the Absent Author. Ron Roy does a great job of explaining the situation and showing the hardships of mystery solving. The kids solving the mystery had trouble finding the next clue even when they were on a roll. This is what made it such an enjoyable book to read. I would recommend this book to anyone below the age of 15. The younger readers would especially enjoy this book because of the age relevance of the kids in the book and the reader. Older readers may have a slight clue to what happened next, but even so they would still enjoy the book just as I did.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kori Looker

    I really enjoyed this book. A boy, Dink, writes a letter of invitation to his favorite author Wallis Wallace. Wallis Wallace wrote back saying, “I’ll be there no matter what, unless I’m kidnapped.” When Wallis Wallace doesn’t show, Dink thinks his favorite author is kidnapped. He is determined to solve the mystery of the absent author. Turns out the author tricked Dink about the kidnapping! Wallis Wallace was with him the entire time disguised as Mavis Green. Wallis watched as his number one fan I really enjoyed this book. A boy, Dink, writes a letter of invitation to his favorite author Wallis Wallace. Wallis Wallace wrote back saying, “I’ll be there no matter what, unless I’m kidnapped.” When Wallis Wallace doesn’t show, Dink thinks his favorite author is kidnapped. He is determined to solve the mystery of the absent author. Turns out the author tricked Dink about the kidnapping! Wallis Wallace was with him the entire time disguised as Mavis Green. Wallis watched as his number one fan, Dink, solved the mystery that his next book will be about. I recommend this book to everyone. It’s an all around good book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Becka dittmann

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I thought the book was okay. It was a mystery that was taking place mostly at a book signing. An author was supposed to come to a book signing but never showed up. The kids got worried and tried to find him. The author was named Wallis Wallace and the kids followed the places where the author was. In the end they found out that the author was really a woman and she was playing a trick on all the kids. I would recommend this book to the younger boy generation because it is a mystery and some girl I thought the book was okay. It was a mystery that was taking place mostly at a book signing. An author was supposed to come to a book signing but never showed up. The kids got worried and tried to find him. The author was named Wallis Wallace and the kids followed the places where the author was. In the end they found out that the author was really a woman and she was playing a trick on all the kids. I would recommend this book to the younger boy generation because it is a mystery and some girls are not into mysteries.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aaron_ebert

    "The Absent Author" was a mystery book for children based on the story of Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose. When Josh contacts his favorite author, Wallice Wallis,she says she will come to Green Lawn for a book signing. When she fails to show up at the book signing, Josh and his friends go on a hunt to find her. They retrace her steps and you must read the book to find out what happens. I thought the book was fairly decent. It's definitely written for children in the 8-12 age category.If you're interest "The Absent Author" was a mystery book for children based on the story of Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose. When Josh contacts his favorite author, Wallice Wallis,she says she will come to Green Lawn for a book signing. When she fails to show up at the book signing, Josh and his friends go on a hunt to find her. They retrace her steps and you must read the book to find out what happens. I thought the book was fairly decent. It's definitely written for children in the 8-12 age category.If you're interested, there's an entire series of A-Z Mysteries written by Ron Roy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I received five of the books in this series as a "prize" during a conference I attended a year or so ago. I began reading them with my son this summer, and today he asked me to take him to the library to see if they had any of the others in the series. Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are fun characters who have amazing adventures together. In this first novel, their favorite author is missing in action. They follow clues to figure out the mystery. It's sort of a "modern day" Boxcar Children or Nancy D I received five of the books in this series as a "prize" during a conference I attended a year or so ago. I began reading them with my son this summer, and today he asked me to take him to the library to see if they had any of the others in the series. Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are fun characters who have amazing adventures together. In this first novel, their favorite author is missing in action. They follow clues to figure out the mystery. It's sort of a "modern day" Boxcar Children or Nancy Drew that's written for lower elementary students. The stories are fun and entertaining.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Samson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I thought this book was really cute. I was surprised with how the story ended. I thought that Wallis Wallace got kidnapped by the hotel person during the whole story. I never suspected that Mavis Green was Wallace all along. I assumed that Wallis Wallace was a boy’s name. I would recommend this book to children or young adults, because it's an easy and fun read. I feel this book would be too easy or not interesting for adults.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Inoli

    Two ratings for early chapter books, I think. Around a three for me; and these, I think, are a definite four for what they are and who their audience is. I really did some smiling through these and I was pretty impressed with several things (read the first three and will copy this to the others). They seemed to me like they would be really challenging and I liked the addition of the map of the neighborhood in the front.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    Although we've read a few of these books, we wanted to read the first in the A to Z Mysteries series and try to read the rest in order, if we can find them all at the library. It's interesting to see how these kids get their start as detectives, solving mysteries. It's not my favorite of the books so far, but it's got our girls hooked.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Szneco

    I've first read a book from this series and I feel amazed there're many useful expressions in it. If you are English learner as a second language, this kinds of books for children would be helpful. You could understand the context where sentences are used. That is hard to know by learning with textbook.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Blaine

    Emily loves these books, and I picked this one up to see why she found them so entertaining. It was a fun read. I highly recommend reading what your kids like. It gives a different look into their personalities.

  28. 4 out of 5

    kristen

    This was my first chapter book read-a-loud this school year. We finished on a library day. When my students returned from the library, half of them had checked out A to Z mysteries. Needless to say, it was a raving hit! Class voted and we will be reading The Bald Bandit next.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chantel

    My kids loved it. I found it basic and simple. But then again, that works for the level my kids are at as far as read alouds go.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    Super fun, easy mystery for kids being introduced to the genre. Excellent for teaching characteristics of the genre and even character traits.

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