“The 'loosening' of a corset sets the tone for another hilarious story by the author of the bestseller The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. At Smugwick Manor life is very nice if you are a Luggertuck, but very not nice if you are a lowly kitchen servant like Horton Halfpott. As M'Lady's corset loosens, so do the rules at the manor, allowing for a series of thefts that get Horton arrested just as the love of his life, Celia, is about to be kidnapped. A clever entertainment with important life lessons for all ages.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
Tom Angleberger's farcical middle-grade mystery begins when M'Lady Luggertuck loosens her corset (it has never been loosened before ), thereby setting off a chain of events in which all the strict rules of Smugwick Manor are abandoned. When, as a result of "the Loosening," the precious family heirloom, the Luggertuck Lump (quite literally a lump), goes missing, the Luggertucks look for someone to blame. Is it Horton Halfpott, the good-natured but lowly kitchen boy who can't tell a lie? Or one of the many colorful cast members in this romp of a mystery that combines supreme silliness with a tale of a young hero with heart.
About the Author
Tom Angleberger is the bestselling author of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, which won the 2010 E. B. White Read Aloud Award for middle readers, Darth Paper Strikes Back, and Horton Halfpott, which Kirkus dubbed "a romp from start to finish." He lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, with his wife, author and illustrator Cece Bell.