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Frederik Sandwich and the earthquake that couldn't possibly be / Kevin Scott.
Title Variants:
Frederik Sandwich and the earthquake that could not possibly be
Publication Information:
Naperville, Illionos : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, [2019]

Physical Description:
322 pages : map ; 21 cm
A completely implausible earthquake sets Frederik Sandwich and Pernille, a mysterious stranger, on an adventure through secret and forbidden places in their small town.
Audience/Reading Level:
Interest age level: 8 & up.


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SCO Paperback Junior Mystery Fiction
SCO Paperback Junior Mystery Fiction

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An earthquake? No. It couldn't possibly be. There absolutely shouldn't, wouldn't, and couldn't be an earthquake on Frederik's Hill.

That's what Frederik Sandwich thinks when he's woken by shaking with no explanation on one otherwise ordinary night.

But something has caused it and he's determined to find out what. The problem is no one will talk about it. The entire town claims the earthquake didn't happen. Except, that is, for Pernille, an odd new companion, who has announced, annoyingly, that she won't leave his side until the mystery is solved.

And this mystery is so much more than they bargained for. It will lead the two outsiders through abandoned train tunnels, into hidden library rooms, and to shadowy Municipal Hall in the dead of night, as they strive to figure out what caused the rumblings under their town.

Author Notes

Kevin John Scott grew up in England and has lived in other peculiar places. His book is about one of them. Today he lives near Seattle with his hilarious wife, their whirlwind son, some trees, and an occasional bobcat. Visit him at

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Eleven-year-old Frederik Sandwich has lived in Frederik's Hill his entire life, but he and his parents are still thought of as newcomers. He does everything he can to fit in, masking any trace of his family's peculiar accent, but his peers and the rest of the town believe that all foreigners are trouble. After being awakened by an earthquake one night, Frederik is shocked-how can there be an earthquake without a fault line? He reluctantly teams up with a fellow outsider, Pernille Yasemin Jensen, to investigate. And with the entire town refusing to acknowledge the earthquake, acting on the mayor's orders, he can use all the help he can get. After discovering a vast cover-up that goes back decades, the duo must be brave enough to resist and think for themselves. Outrageous twists and timely truths abound in British author Scott's debut novel, first in a planned series. Frederik confronts his own assumptions and finds the courage to challenge the status quo in this quirky and jokey mystery. Ages 8-12. Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.