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The Weird Sisters: A Note, a Goat, and a Casserole

Weird Sisters Detective Agency

By Mark David Smith and Kari Rust

From 6 to 9 | 72 pages

The first book in a mystery series features three sleuthing sisters

One spring evening, three strange visitors arrive in the town of Covenly. Sisters Hildegurp, Yuckmina, and Glubbifer are hoping to start fresh with a new business: a pet store! Their first customer is nine-year-old Jessica Nibley, who has lost her pet goat and hopes the sisters can help track it down. But when the sisters discover a mangled note with missing pieces that suggests they aren’t welcome in town, they suddenly have two mysteries to solve.

Jessica and the sisters jump on a broomstick and fly off to investigate. As they collect clues and get closer to solving the cases, Covenly residents start to look beyond the sisters’ unusual appearances and welcome them to the community as they are. 

The first volume in this whimsical chapter book mystery series is filled with hilarious misunderstandings, clever wordplay, and dynamic illustrations. The sleuthing sisters, who are inspired by the three witches from Macbeth (there’s even a recipe for a witch’s stew!), invite Covenly residents and readers to look past appearances and embrace people for who they are, weirdness and all.

Mark David Smith, Kari Rust
"A satisfying sleuthing adventure for young readers." - Foreword Reviews

"A series of comical miscommunications and clever wordplay, with overarching themes of tolerance, acceptance, and open-mindedness that will have readers laughing out loud as they race to uncover the mysteries."

- School Library Journal

"With the feel of a classic in the making, The Weird Sisters: A Note, a Goat, and a Casserole is an exciting start to a series that young readers will love."

- Open Book

"This early chapter-book mystery is light on complexity and heavy on wordplay and illustrations, an ideal combination for youngsters firming up their reading skills. Couched within the story’s antics is gentle messaging against judging others, especially before you know them."

- Booklist

"A well-written novel about witchcraft, friendship, and community ... Readers will definitely look forward to the next chapter in the story of the Weird Sisters!

- Canadian Review of Materials

"This book will tickle the funny bone. Young readers will enjoy this hilarious, light story."

- Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database
An Indigo Staff Pick, 2022
TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Read, 2023
Joan Betty Stuchner Oy Vey! Funniest Children’s Book Award, 2023
Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2022
Cybils Awards, 2022

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