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Dorothy Hoobler

Author of The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn

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About the Author

Dorothy Hoobler is a historian and author of over sixty books, both fiction and nonfiction, mostly for young readers. Her and her husband are the authors of the well-loved American Family Album series, including The Japanese American Family Album, which was named a Carter G. Woodson Honor Book in show more 1997. The Hooblers won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Novel in 2005 with In Darkness, Death. In addition, the Society for School Librarians International chose their book Showa: The Era of Hirohito for a best book award in 1991, and they have been cited for excellence by the Library of Congress, the Parents' Choice Foundation, Bank Street College, the International Reading Association, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the New York Public Library. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Dorothy Hoobler

The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn (1999) 799 copies
Where Are the Great Pyramids? (2015) — Author — 337 copies
The Demon in the Teahouse (2001) 203 copies
Where Is the Taj Mahal? (2017) 175 copies
In Darkness, Death (2004) 143 copies
A Samurai Never Fears Death (1800) 78 copies
Seven Paths to Death (1800) 44 copies
Stálin (1985) 19 copies
The Voyages of Captain Cook (1983) 12 copies
An Album of World War I (1976) 11 copies
House Plants (1975) 11 copies
An Album of World War II (1977) 10 copies
Pruning (1975) 8 copies
An Album of the Seventies (1981) 5 copies
The Year in Bloom (1977) 5 copies
The Red-Headed Demon (2014) 5 copies
Nelson and Winnie Mandela (1987) 4 copies
Friends in America (2003) 3 copies
A New School Experience (2003) 2 copies
French portraits (1994) 2 copies
Chu En-Lai 2 copies


18th century (30) adventure (16) American history (31) Ancient Egypt (15) art (16) Asia (22) biography (76) chapter book (15) children's (13) crime (25) Egypt (21) fiction (116) France (23) Frankenstein (20) genealogy (18) geography (19) ghosts (21) grade 5 (18) historical (24) historical fiction (160) history (178) immigration (34) Japan (156) juvenile (22) juvenile fiction (17) literature (13) Mary Shelley (16) middle grade (15) mystery (220) non-fiction (149) Paris (29) samurai (85) series (27) Sonlight (15) to-read (77) true crime (24) unread (16) USA (19) YA (28) young adult (48)

Common Knowledge



Found: YA Trail of Tears in Name that Book (August 2021)


They use the Mona Lisa story as a hook, it is a very small portion of the narrative, It doesn't matter, though, because the catalogue of other crimes on order is full and a mini-history of French forensics is provided. Enjoyable read
cspiwak | 16 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |
The pacing was strange. The long introduction was a bit of a slog, and spacing the Mona Lisa mystery out as the author did was vaguely frustrating, especially because there wasn't quite enough content to it to justify its prominence in the book. There were lots of interesting anecdotes (like Picasso's involvement in the Mona Lisa affair), the history of the detective novel was pretty interesting, and so was the stuff on the history of criminal identification (from pre-Bertillonage to fingerprints). I'm sure it was tough to get all this to hang together, and the author mostly succeeded. But it was still a choppy read sometimes.… (more)
caedocyon | 16 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |
I just couldn't get into this one. The writing style bothered me and kept drawing me out of the story.
nagshead2112 | 13 other reviews | Apr 27, 2021 |
I just couldn't get into this one. The writing style bothered me and kept drawing me out of the story.
nagshead2112 | 13 other reviews | Apr 27, 2021 |



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