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After Mattie Waters loses her mother, she goes to live with her aunt, the owner of a roadside donut shop in Big Sur, California. When an owl taps on Mattie's window one night, Mattie looks out to see something suspicious taking place nearby. With help from her friends--and from Alfred, a stuffy but good-hearted owl--she'll set out to find the culprits, facing fears that ha After Mattie Waters loses her mother, she goes to live with her aunt, the owner of a roadside donut shop in Big Sur, California. When an owl taps on Mattie's window one night, Mattie looks out to see something suspicious taking place nearby. With help from her friends--and from Alfred, a stuffy but good-hearted owl--she'll set out to find the culprits, facing fears that have followed her since her mother's death.


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After Mattie Waters loses her mother, she goes to live with her aunt, the owner of a roadside donut shop in Big Sur, California. When an owl taps on Mattie's window one night, Mattie looks out to see something suspicious taking place nearby. With help from her friends--and from Alfred, a stuffy but good-hearted owl--she'll set out to find the culprits, facing fears that ha After Mattie Waters loses her mother, she goes to live with her aunt, the owner of a roadside donut shop in Big Sur, California. When an owl taps on Mattie's window one night, Mattie looks out to see something suspicious taking place nearby. With help from her friends--and from Alfred, a stuffy but good-hearted owl--she'll set out to find the culprits, facing fears that have followed her since her mother's death.

30 review for Owl's Outstanding Donuts

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Reeg

    Robin Yardi's new middle grade novel is a delicious bite of fun, friendship, and courage. The story, featuring a 5th-grade girl lead, is sprinkled with a touch of loss, but it is the enduring power of family and love that prevails in this engaging read. Alfred the owl steals the show (and a few donuts) when he's on stage. This mix of magical realism with a side of environmental awareness is sure to please elementary school readers everywhere. Verdict: A Truly Sweet Read!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    Initial Reaction: Loved it, exactly what I wanted. Owls Outstanding Donuts by Robin Yardi is about a young soon to be fifth grader named Mattie who is doing her best to cope with the death of her mother, but then one night an owl taps on her window. Mattie then finds herself straying away from the normal last days of summer celebrations to solve the mystery that her new owl friend dropped into her lap. So far all she knows is that there is a white truck that's dumping "gloop" into the Initial Reaction: Loved it, exactly what I wanted. Owls Outstanding Donuts by Robin Yardi is about a young soon to be fifth grader named Mattie who is doing her best to cope with the death of her mother, but then one night an owl taps on her window. Mattie then finds herself straying away from the normal last days of summer celebrations to solve the mystery that her new owl friend dropped into her lap. So far all she knows is that there is a white truck that's dumping "gloop" into the river of Big Sur. This is her new home, and Aunt Molly's place of business; she doesn't want some gloopers to contaminate the water and ruin her families business. With the help of her friends: Sasha and Beanie, Mattie is determined to find out who these flippers are and put a stop to them. It's a fun and heartfelt mystery that can be enjoyed at any age! I was looking for a quick mystery to break my pattern of reading fantasy and contemporary, and I'm happy I came across Owls Outstanding Donuts. I was first attracted to it because of the owl on the cover they're just amazing creatures and one of my favourite animals; apparently if you want me to read a book just put an owl on the cover. Then I saw that this was a middle grade book, I've been wanting to look into that age group because honestly their books can be a lot of fun ( Percy Jackson for instance) and I also want to get ahead start on a reading list filled with Middle Grade suggestions for Melody. I want to be ready! I know she'll find her own thing but just in case she wants a suggestion 😜 So what did I like about this book? It was your classic Scooby Doo mystery. It featured a fun loving group of accidental detectives: Mattie, Sasha and Beanie. " When the visitor signed the paper and handed it back, Mr. Little ripped off the top sheet and passed it to Sasha, who added it to her clipboard. Then he gave another little pink parking pass to Mattie and a high five to Beanie just because she was so cute.” -Yardi Mattie and Sasha are both going into the 5th grade while Beanie is going into the 2nd. Mattie is an only child who is now living with her Aunt Molly, who owns Owls Outstanding Donuts shop. Her mother just passed away after a hit and run on the highway. Now Mattie is grieving for her mother, and has developed a fear of cars and the highway. Despite these circumstances Mattie is brave and with the help from her friends she grows stronger with ever page! Sasha is the older sister to Beanie and now as an older sister myself I can understand where all of Sasha's sass comes from. Sasha has a need to be in control because she doesn't want to get into trouble or endanger her sister. As the eldest you have an unspoken duty to take care of your siblings, which is why-i think- Sasha is so resistant to believing Mattie when she tells them about the Owl mystery. She wants to be a good friend as well as a good big sister. Sasha is also the devil's advocate as she makes Mattie really think about what she's claiming: an owl came to her window to tell her about a truck that's dump mysterious gloop and now the owl is giving her clues to help find out who's behind it, really? If they were to try and get the police involved they would need to present a believable case. Beanie is the adorable little sister who thinks the mystery is a game but she's happy to help in anyway she can. I loved her as she was truly the bridge between the girls and the comic relief at times. " Beanie huffed up the back stairs and charged into the kitchen. Somehow she got two boxes of cereal, a carton of milk, and three bowls and spoons to fit within her tiny arms. She was like an octopus. " -Yardi Now I can't forget Alfred, he's the Scooby Doo to Matties gang! He's the Owl that sets everything in motion and I really enjoyed how the author personified the animal. He didn't talk, but he did communicate with Mattie. Also the times that he was present were filled with some of the greatest description. Yardi is subtle as she introduces the owl and it's eivdent how much thought she put into his scenes. She considered his eyes, wings and beak etc to create a vivid picture of a golden eyes owl that could easily be picked up by the young and old. This was what really drew me in because she didn't just tell me there was an owl up in a tree she painted the scene for me word for word! Aside from the characters I enjoyed the themes that were presented along with the mystery. Dealing with the loss of a loved one is not easy. I appreciated how the author didn't just use it as a trope, but sincerely used it to develop her main character. Yardi took her time and wrote what was going through Matties mind as she works toward being okay. By the end of the book she is okay, not great, but she's okay. Sometimes that all that matters. I honestly teared up when Matrie reflected about her mother. This might be a topic you don't want your child to read about just yet, but I thought it was presented throughout the story in a smart and sweet manner. So I've gushed a lot about this book and it's characters, it really is no easy feat to get me rambling. However I did feel that the ending might've been rushed, I liked it and thought it was great just wish the details weren't rushed. We discover who the culprits are, but it wasn't as satisfying as I would've hoped. As a whole Owls Outstanding Donuts was a 4.5 on the Princess Scale. I really loved how heartfelt and funny, while at the same time it was a serious puzzle; I sincerely didn't know who the culprits were until the very end! Thank you to Net Galley and Lerner Publishing for the opportunity to read this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Bishop

    Fans of Sheila Turnage and C.M. Surrisi's mysteries will delight in Robin Yardi's sophomore effort, set in the wilds of Big Sur, California. Mattie hasn't left town since her mother's surprise death, but she's managed to carve out a new life for herself with her Aunt Molly, owner of a beloved donut shop, and her Big Sur BFF Sasha. But when an owl draws her attention to an environmental disaster waiting to happen -- gloop being poured into the drain near the shop -- Mattie springs into action. Sh Fans of Sheila Turnage and C.M. Surrisi's mysteries will delight in Robin Yardi's sophomore effort, set in the wilds of Big Sur, California. Mattie hasn't left town since her mother's surprise death, but she's managed to carve out a new life for herself with her Aunt Molly, owner of a beloved donut shop, and her Big Sur BFF Sasha. But when an owl draws her attention to an environmental disaster waiting to happen -- gloop being poured into the drain near the shop -- Mattie springs into action. She'll do whatever it takes to solve the mystery and help save the shop. Even if it requires . . . gulp . . .leaving town. Yardi's love of nature infuses this book: her sumptuous description of the California coastline and Mattie's unlikely partnership with Alfred the owl. But what I loved perhaps most about this book was the undercurrent of love, pain, and grief Mattie feels for her mother, evoked most strongly in a scene set in the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It's one of the most moving chapters I've read all year in a middle grade novel, and one I won't soon forget. And don't get me started, do nut even get me started, on the donuts described at the beginning of every chapter. My goodness, did this book leave me hankering for a donut!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin A. Kort

    Received a free copy of this book to review via NetGalley. This book was great. Robin Yardi has crafted a charming eco-mystery about friendship, loss, and overcoming fears. The setting (Big Sur) was woven into the story and made for a refreshing read. The characters were interesting and believable, and I was rooting for them to succeed. The book knew how and when to be funny, thoughtful, exciting, and poignant. Highly recommended. I’ll be buying it for our library.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Casey Lyall

    This was a delightful read! I loved Alfred the owl from page one and I really enjoyed the interplay between him and Mattie. I really enjoyed the mystery and how Mattie's emotional arc was threaded through it. Sasha and Beanie were great sidekicks - I loved their sister dynamic too. All in all, an awesome read that I devoured in one gulp (much like how I want to eat ALL of the donuts mentioned! So yummy!) :D

  6. 5 out of 5

    Blaine DeSantis

    Thanks to the folks at NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. First of all I loved the cover of the book and I find this a really cute middle-grade read. The plot is pretty simple, a young girl lives with her Aunt who has a donut shop in Big Sur, California. Someone has been pouring "gloop" across the street from the shop. Alfred the Owl comes to alert our young heroine, Mattie of the problem. From there we have a mystery as to who is dumping thi Thanks to the folks at NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. First of all I loved the cover of the book and I find this a really cute middle-grade read. The plot is pretty simple, a young girl lives with her Aunt who has a donut shop in Big Sur, California. Someone has been pouring "gloop" across the street from the shop. Alfred the Owl comes to alert our young heroine, Mattie of the problem. From there we have a mystery as to who is dumping this in the middle of the night and how can Mattie and her 2 friends solve and prove the mystery. I really enjoyed the book - a nice break after a lot of heavy non-fiction books I read. Every chapter begins with a drawing of a different donut and an explanation of the donut. A little too veggie friendly in that nobody even mentions non-veggie food until the last page, but that is no big deal. A big thumbs up for this book, and definitely a book that middle-graders should enjoy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Blaine DeSantis

    Thanks to the folks at NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. First of all I loved the cover of the book and I find this a really cute middle-grade read. The plot is pretty simple, a young girl lives with her Aunt who has a donut shop in Big Sur, California. Someone has been pouring "gloop" across the street from the shop. Alfred the Owl comes to alert our young heroine, Mattie of the problem. From there we have a mystery as to who is dumping thi Thanks to the folks at NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. First of all I loved the cover of the book and I find this a really cute middle-grade read. The plot is pretty simple, a young girl lives with her Aunt who has a donut shop in Big Sur, California. Someone has been pouring "gloop" across the street from the shop. Alfred the Owl comes to alert our young heroine, Mattie of the problem. From there we have a mystery as to who is dumping this in the middle of the night and how can Mattie and her 2 friends solve and prove the mystery. I really enjoyed the book - a nice break after a lot of heavy non-fiction books I read. Every chapter begins with a drawing of a different donut and an explanation of the donut. A little too veggie friendly in that nobody even mentions non-veggie food until the last page, but that is no big deal. A big thumbs up for this book, and definitely a book that middle-graders should enjoy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hattrup

    Loved this sweet, introspective MG mystery about a girl working through her grief while trying to save the little slice of earth she calls home. Beautifully set in Big Sur with a charming owl & absurdly delicious-sounding donuts. Very real, charming, lovable characters. Clever twists and very emotionally rewarding.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Lehrer

    This middle grade mystery was a hoot. The story flies along following a very wise owl with a penchant for strawberry donuts, a motherless girl, and a sticky situation involving evil gloopers who must be stopped. But how do you perform cross-species communication? And how do you save a river plus get yourself out of sticky situations when your heart hurts? Complete with owl knock knock jokes and a sweet ending. I received an advance review copy of this book. So glad I did!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    One night, Mattie Waters is woken up by an owl. The owl is warning her about the the mysterious gloopers who are dumping gloop across the street from her aunt's donut shop. Trouble is, no one will believe her. Not her aunt. Not the police. And worst of all, not her best friend. Mattie is dealing with her own issues, having recently lost her mother, and she must find a way to face her own fears as she struggles to solve the mystery of the gloopers and in the end, save her aunt's donut shop. The a One night, Mattie Waters is woken up by an owl. The owl is warning her about the the mysterious gloopers who are dumping gloop across the street from her aunt's donut shop. Trouble is, no one will believe her. Not her aunt. Not the police. And worst of all, not her best friend. Mattie is dealing with her own issues, having recently lost her mother, and she must find a way to face her own fears as she struggles to solve the mystery of the gloopers and in the end, save her aunt's donut shop. The author did a great job of weaving in the difficult struggles without letting them overwhelm the story. I was rooting for Mattie from the very beginning, and felt all her frustrations when no one would believe her. She has also created a whole cast of rich and interesting characters. They felt real, and I wish I could jump in the book and get to know them all. One of the fun parts of the story is the donut shop and all the amazing donuts. I was totally craving a donut every time I read! I think kids will not only enjoy this story, but Mattie's tenacity will inspire them to never stop believing in the people they love . . . even when they aren't listening. I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book, but that in no way influenced my opinion of the book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wendi Lee

    Mattie's living in Big Sur with her aunt, who runs a wonderful donut shop. Mattie is mourning the death of her mother, and apprehensive about starting school in a new place, plus using the bus by herself to get there and back. Alfred is an owl who witnesses people dumping "gloop" into the river. He decides to do something about it by tapping on Mattie's window, and encouraging her and her new friends to solve the mystery of who these polluters are. I liked Mattie's relationship with h Mattie's living in Big Sur with her aunt, who runs a wonderful donut shop. Mattie is mourning the death of her mother, and apprehensive about starting school in a new place, plus using the bus by herself to get there and back. Alfred is an owl who witnesses people dumping "gloop" into the river. He decides to do something about it by tapping on Mattie's window, and encouraging her and her new friends to solve the mystery of who these polluters are. I liked Mattie's relationship with her aunt, and her friends. They felt like real people, and Mattie's struggles to adjust to life in Big Sur also felt like something a lot of kids could relate to. The mystery of the gloopers was interesting and involving as well, with real consequences for both Mattie and her aunt. What I wasn't quite sure about was Alfred. His chapters took me out of the book a bit, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief when he and Mattie communicate by head nods, shakes, and feather movement. I'm all for magic realism, but it didn't work for me here. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Barrera

    Mattie's awoken one night by a donut loving owl named Alfred tapping at her window. In her wake, she sees a white truck and two figures dumping gloop nearby from her aunt's donut shop. When she tries to tell about the owl, no one believes her, especially her best friend. But, she is determined to get to the bottom of things. Mattie sets out to prove to her friends she's telling the truth, by finding the owl and catching whoever has been dumping the gloop, but it may not be so easy and Mattie's awoken one night by a donut loving owl named Alfred tapping at her window. In her wake, she sees a white truck and two figures dumping gloop nearby from her aunt's donut shop. When she tries to tell about the owl, no one believes her, especially her best friend. But, she is determined to get to the bottom of things. Mattie sets out to prove to her friends she's telling the truth, by finding the owl and catching whoever has been dumping the gloop, but it may not be so easy and if the gloopers aren't caught, her aunt may just lose her donut shop. This was a great read. I enjoyed the plot and the characters. I enjoyed getting Alfred the owl's POV as well. Not only was Mattie out to find the gloopers, she also had to face her own fears and dealing with the loss of her mother. It was heartfelt and adventurous and I really enjoyed it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    While still a mystery, this book is aimed a bit younger than me. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Mattie, her friends, and Alfred the owl, hunting down the culprits who were dumping "gloop" into the nearby creek. I thought the writing style and level of detail were appropriate and could even see this book being chapter-read to someone younger. All this and it still kept my interest, made me crave donuts, and be surprised at who the bad guys were. While I would have preferred that Matti While still a mystery, this book is aimed a bit younger than me. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Mattie, her friends, and Alfred the owl, hunting down the culprits who were dumping "gloop" into the nearby creek. I thought the writing style and level of detail were appropriate and could even see this book being chapter-read to someone younger. All this and it still kept my interest, made me crave donuts, and be surprised at who the bad guys were. While I would have preferred that Mattie and her friends had not made some of their more dangerous choices, I don't feel like they did anything that would spur a young reader to endanger themselves. It is just the worried mom in me! Are there more ecological mysteries for Mattie and Alfred to solve? I hope so! Thanks to NetGalley and Lerner Publishing Group for a copy of the book. This review is my own opinion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hayes

    A sweet, charming mystery - a 5th grade girl has to figure out who is dumping on her aunt's property or the family donut shop may be shut down for good! Add in a realistic friendship, overcoming personal trauma, and a very helpful owl named Alfred, and you have a winner! My only complaint is that the younger sister of the friend pair - Beanie - read as much younger than 7. What 7 year old doesn't know their birthday? At times she read as a 3 year old, and then at other times she's helping belay A sweet, charming mystery - a 5th grade girl has to figure out who is dumping on her aunt's property or the family donut shop may be shut down for good! Add in a realistic friendship, overcoming personal trauma, and a very helpful owl named Alfred, and you have a winner! My only complaint is that the younger sister of the friend pair - Beanie - read as much younger than 7. What 7 year old doesn't know their birthday? At times she read as a 3 year old, and then at other times she's helping belay Mattie as she climbs a Redwood.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Lucianovic

    A delightful confection of a story with a delicious, cream-filled mystery baked right in. Loved the setting in Big Sur and Monterey as well as the main character and her helpful owl friend. Middle grade readers will love this.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ren HappilyBuriedInBooks

    Owl’s Outstanding Donuts written by Robin Yardi is an enjoyable and sweet middle grade read. Mattie is an amiable and sympathetic protagonist who lives in Big Sur with her donut-making aunt following the death of her mother. After being awoken by an owl trying to alert her to the presence of a white truck, Mattie becomes determined to figure out what the mysterious vehicle’s occupants are dumping into an adjacent creek bed. While she’s pretty sure no one believes that an owl is communicating wit Owl’s Outstanding Donuts written by Robin Yardi is an enjoyable and sweet middle grade read. Mattie is an amiable and sympathetic protagonist who lives in Big Sur with her donut-making aunt following the death of her mother. After being awoken by an owl trying to alert her to the presence of a white truck, Mattie becomes determined to figure out what the mysterious vehicle’s occupants are dumping into an adjacent creek bed. While she’s pretty sure no one believes that an owl is communicating with her, it’s impossible for them to ignore the presence of the gloop. Her perseverance and the help of her two best friends will be worthwhile, right? The good: The style reminded me (in a good way) of Scooby-Doo, due to the memorable and fitting character names, the diverse traits of the mystery-solving main characters, and the ways in which they run into trouble. The not-so-good: I found myself craving Scooby-Snacks... Oops, I mean donuts, more and more as I read, but I didn’t have any. Thanks to Lerner Publishing Group and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. My review is honest and unbiased. #NetGalley #OwlsOutstandingDonuts

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pop Bop

    The Right Ingredients, Properly Combined There were lots of ways that this could have gone off the tracks, but the author avoided every potential pitfall and brought home an entertaining and engaging tale. Mattie's Mom has recently passed away, so Mattie's living with her Aunt across from the Aunt's Big Sur donut shop. Something strange is being dumped across the highway, the Aunt is being framed for the dumping, and a mysterious owl turns up to help Mattie solve the myster The Right Ingredients, Properly Combined There were lots of ways that this could have gone off the tracks, but the author avoided every potential pitfall and brought home an entertaining and engaging tale. Mattie's Mom has recently passed away, so Mattie's living with her Aunt across from the Aunt's Big Sur donut shop. Something strange is being dumped across the highway, the Aunt is being framed for the dumping, and a mysterious owl turns up to help Mattie solve the mystery and break the frame-up. Mattie could have been a sulker, but she's made of sterner stuff. The Aunt's donut shop might have gone too sweetzy/cutesy, but the Aunt is a tougher old bird than that and this isn't a kiddie-cozy. The owl angle could have been twee or a little too magiky, but darned if old Alfred isn't an engaging and surprisingly believable character. The villains are pretty obvious, but there are a few red herrings to keep the mystery going, and this trended more to a Hardy Boys actioner, (lurking, skulking, spying, photographing, hiding, escaping), than a clue based mystery anyway. Even the adults' dismissing of Mattie's suspicions wasn't too heavy-handed. So, what you get is an appealing heroine, with two equally feisty buddy cohorts, righting wrongs and saving the day. Along the way you get a mellow bit of family and friendship bonding, some thrills, a few edgy little throwaway lines, a bunch of competent and reliable adults, and a hopeful and upbeat resolution to the various story threads. You even get some nice Big Sur vibes. I'm not sure what else you could ask for in a middle grade mystery. (Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    A "sweet" mystery of a book! This is an excellent book for children past the stage of "chapter books". My granddaughter and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book together. She loved trying to solve "the mystery". The author wrote the book in language that was easy for a child to read. Very entertaining!!.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lee Malone

    Charming and fun, with great characters and lots of quirky details (as well as a fantastic donut-loving owl). Sure to be a big hit with middle grade readers.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Netgalley.com Mattie has moved to Big Sur to live with her aunt following the death of her mother. Her aunt runs a small doughnut shop, and the two live in a trailer behind the shop. It's been a difficult transition, but Mattie has made two friends, Sasha and her younger sister, Beanie, whose family run a small campground and general store. A short while before school is to start, an owl taps of Mattie's window in the middle of the night. Going outside to E ARC provided by Netgalley.com Mattie has moved to Big Sur to live with her aunt following the death of her mother. Her aunt runs a small doughnut shop, and the two live in a trailer behind the shop. It's been a difficult transition, but Mattie has made two friends, Sasha and her younger sister, Beanie, whose family run a small campground and general store. A short while before school is to start, an owl taps of Mattie's window in the middle of the night. Going outside to investigate, Mattie sees two figures with a white van dumping something into a river. She lets her friends know, and they start an investigation. When Mattie points out that Sasha's father's van is very similar, Beanie enthusiastically puts him on the lists of subjects, but Sasha is angry and won't talk to Mattie. When the owl drops some sludge right in front of Mattie, she searches and finds more of the "gloop", and knows something is very wrong. With Sasha angry at her, Mattie tries to get more help from the owl to figure out what is going on. Strengths: I am a big fan of stories that involve environmental issues, and the Big Sur setting adds a lot of color to this one. Any book involving doughnut, pie, or ice cream shops is good as well. The friend drama between Mattie and Sasha is very realistic. It's nice to see that Mattie has the support of a beloved aunt when dealing with the death of her mother. The investigation of the dumping moves the story along quickly, although I have to say that my favorite part was the description of the doughnuts at the beginning of each chapter! Weaknesses: I wasn't thrilled with the chapters narrated by Alfred, the owl, but when Mattie climbs up to his nest and communicates with him by asking questions and having him blink, this really made it seem less realistic. I think younger children might enjoy this more. What I really think: There were a lot of things I liked about this one, but I don't think my students want this sort of mystery. They are quite a bloodthirsty lot, and want more murder mysteries!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Valerie McEnroe

    ARC from Netgalley Mattie has been living with her Aunt Molly in her airstream trailer ever since her mother died in a car accident. Her aunt runs a popular donut shop. One night Mattie is awakened by an owl and she witnesses two guys in a white truck dumping something in the ditch beside the highway. The next morning she investigates with her two friends, Sasha and Beanie, and they find a stinky, gloopy substance running into the drainpipe. She is sure the owl intentionally woke her ARC from Netgalley Mattie has been living with her Aunt Molly in her airstream trailer ever since her mother died in a car accident. Her aunt runs a popular donut shop. One night Mattie is awakened by an owl and she witnesses two guys in a white truck dumping something in the ditch beside the highway. The next morning she investigates with her two friends, Sasha and Beanie, and they find a stinky, gloopy substance running into the drainpipe. She is sure the owl intentionally woke her up. Sasha thinks she's crazy. Beanie helps her look for a white truck and possible suspects. Before it's all over, she will have to face her fear about riding buses. This is a short, sweet book about friendship, family, donuts, owls and letting go of sadness. I love Alfred the owl. He lives in an abandoned eagle's nest beside the donut shop and lives for the donuts thrown out each night. His character is personified and some of the chapters are from his perspective. I love the setting. A summer campground beside a busy highway with a donut shop right next door. My only criticism is the ending. Every part of the story is unique and fun until the ending. The reason for the crime ends up being ordinary, dull, and completely unoriginal. A big letdown after such a cute story. I had to remove a star for that. I need more middle grade mysteries, so I'll consider purchasing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Mattie Waters just lost her mother and is shuttled off to live with her Aunt Molly in Big Sur, California. Mattie's aunt runs a roadside coffee and doughnut shop. Every night Aunt Molly throws out the day old doughnuts in the dumpster, and Alfred, the local owl digs through the goods. One night while eating a pink doughnut, Alfred witnesses a crime and needs help solving it. So lightly tapping on Mattie's window he gets her attention and leads her to the scene. Nobody believes what Mattie has se Mattie Waters just lost her mother and is shuttled off to live with her Aunt Molly in Big Sur, California. Mattie's aunt runs a roadside coffee and doughnut shop. Every night Aunt Molly throws out the day old doughnuts in the dumpster, and Alfred, the local owl digs through the goods. One night while eating a pink doughnut, Alfred witnesses a crime and needs help solving it. So lightly tapping on Mattie's window he gets her attention and leads her to the scene. Nobody believes what Mattie has seen, neither the crime nor the owl, however, with a little help from her friends, and Alfred, they solve the mystery. This was a cute young adult novel. I was in the mood to read something a little less serious and I do love doughnuts... I like the uniqueness of it, if I was in middle school I would have scooped this up. I like the mystery of it, and the way the owl helps solves these girl's mysteries. I would definitely read another book by this author and would say it's a great read for kids!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Joy

    I received an Advanced Reviewer Copy of Owl's Outstanding Donuts by Robin Yardi from the publisher Lerner Publisher Group through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. What It’s About: Matty is a young girl who recently lost her mother and is living with her aunt, a donut shop owner. Her summer changes overnight when an owl lets her know that someone is polluting the well water. What I Loved: This story is just so cute, it is a great book to get kids into reading and teach about pollution, I received an Advanced Reviewer Copy of Owl's Outstanding Donuts by Robin Yardi from the publisher Lerner Publisher Group through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. What It’s About: Matty is a young girl who recently lost her mother and is living with her aunt, a donut shop owner. Her summer changes overnight when an owl lets her know that someone is polluting the well water. What I Loved: This story is just so cute, it is a great book to get kids into reading and teach about pollution, it also approaches grief in an interesting way and I really liked that. Plus, you'll want to eat donuts. What I didn’t like so much: Sometimes the characters were a bit too bratty for me but this is sometimes what happens with kid lit. Who Should Read It: People looking for a fun chapter book to share with a young reader. People who want environmental elements in their mysteries. People who like children chapter books. General Summary: A story for elementary/middle schools kids with an environmental mystery at the center

  24. 5 out of 5

    Savannah

    *Book received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* After Mattie Waters loses her mother, she goes to live with her aunt, the owner of a roadside donut shop in Big Sur, California. When an owl taps on Mattie's window one night, Mattie looks out to see something suspicious taking place nearby. With help from her friends--and from Alfred, a stuffy but good-hearted owl--she'll set out to find the culprits, facing fears that have followed her since her mother's death.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Trouble is brewing in the little town of Big Sur, and not just the coffee-and-donuts kind. No one wants to believe that Mattie was visited by a great-horned owl at her bedroom window, alerting her to a mysterious truck dumping dubious gloop outside her aunt's donut shop. With the help of her friends (and an owl named Alfred) she's determined to find out who's behind the environmental crime-- while also trying to overcome her fear of riding in vehicles, developed after her mother's passing. An ex Trouble is brewing in the little town of Big Sur, and not just the coffee-and-donuts kind. No one wants to believe that Mattie was visited by a great-horned owl at her bedroom window, alerting her to a mysterious truck dumping dubious gloop outside her aunt's donut shop. With the help of her friends (and an owl named Alfred) she's determined to find out who's behind the environmental crime-- while also trying to overcome her fear of riding in vehicles, developed after her mother's passing. An exciting, fun jaunt of a mystery.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    Kids 5th grade up who enjoy a good mystery story will love this book! Mattie has a rough start to summer, She loses her mom to a hit and run driver, goes to live with her aunt in a new town, so much to deal with. But someones dumping stuff in the river, which, of course, draws Mattie into the mystery of who's dumping what. New friendships develop over the course of solving the mystery . And I love that an owl starts the whole story! Can't go wrong with an owl and a donut shop. Fun story!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    A super thanks to Ms. Yardi for this giveaway and those little yummy smelling donuts my son has stolen and now keeps by his bed saying the sweet smells helps his sleep :-)) I really enjoyed this mystery. The cover is one of my favorites and Alfred (the most amazing owl) and Mattie, Sasha and Beanie are characters you can't help but fall in love with.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kimberley

    This delightful tale is for all ages. The reader follows a young girl who has moved in with her aunt , the baker and owner of a donut shop in a summer resort town. As the story unfolds , the reader meets the best character of all , an owl. The impact of wrongful dumping is discussed and its long term affects make the reader stop and think.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy

    The perfect balance of sweet, zany, and sad. I’ll be thinking of this one for a long time. The scene at the Monterey Aquarium was so beautiful. My 8yo kept cackling aloud at this hilarious book, but by the end I was crying!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I got an ARC of this book as a prize, and really enjoyed it. I love the character of Alfred, but won't say more about him (because spoilers), and now I really, really, really want of couple of the donuts described in the book.

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