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The Many Mysteries of the Finkel Family

Fans of the Penderwicks and the Vanderbeekers, meet the Finkel family in this middle grade novel about two autistic sisters, their detective agency, and life's most consequential mysteries.

When twelve-year-old Lara Finkel starts her very own detective agency, FIASCCO (Finkel Investigation Agency Solving Consequential Crimes Only), she does not want her sister, Caroline, involved. She and Caroline don't have to do everything together. But Caroline won't give up, and when she brings Lara the firm's first mystery, Lara relents, and the questions start piling up.
But Lara and Caroline’s truce doesn’t last for long. Caroline normally uses her tablet to talk, but now she's busily texting a new friend. Lara can't figure out what the two of them are up to, but it can't be good. And Caroline doesn't like Lara's snooping—she's supposed to be solving other people's crimes, not spying on Caroline! As FIASCCO and the Finkel family mysteries spin out of control, can Caroline and Lara find a way to be friends again?

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What People are Saying

“A sensitive and frequently funny read and middle-school story with two distinctive, memorable heroines.” —The Horn Book

“Disabilities are an everyday part of the protagonists’ lives and secondary to the issues they are dealing with here, making this a book that will appeal to readers of Cynthia Lord’s Rules.” —School Library Journal

“[Kapit] emphasizes a diversity of experiences—of autism, Jewish traditions (Ashkenazi and Sephardic), and family and school life—showing that there’s no single iteration of any identity while highlighting a close-knit family that prioritizes making amends and learning to recover.”—Publishers Weekly

"The Finkels are heartwarmingly and universally relatable, for autistic readers, assistive tech users, and non-disabled readers alike. I adored tagging along after Lara and Caroline on their path through family foibles and middle-school mishaps, and I know you will t

—Sally J. Pla, award-winning author of The Someday Birds and Stanley Will Probably Be Fine

"Sarah Kapit has many spectacular, nuanced stories to tell. This book is expertly crafted from the inside out, and some readers may see their lives mirrored for the very first time. A wonderful book." —Ann Clare LeZotte, award-winning author of Show Me a Sign

"Lara and Caroline Finkel are real, complex, and wholly embraceable characters, and it's no mystery how readers will feel about this book; they'll be captivated." —Mike Jung, author of The Boys in the Back Row and Unidentified Suburban Object

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