The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester


Four friends.
A frog.
One fantastic secret.
And a summer they'll never forget.

An amazing secret has tumbled off a freight train into Carter, Georgia, and Owen Jester is the only person who knows about it. If he can simply manage to evade his grandfather’s snappish housekeeper, organize his two best friends, and keep his nosy neighbor, Viola, at bay, he just might be in for a summer of a lifetime.

With her trademark wit and easy charm, Barbara O’Connor spins a fantastic fable of friends, enemies, and a superbly slimy bullfrog.

Awards and Distinctions
Capitol Choices 2011
Junior Library Guild Selection
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year 2010 
Kirkus Best Books of the Year 2010

State Awards
Georgia Book Award Nominee 2012 
Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee 2012 
Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award Nominee 2013 
Maine Student Book Award Nominee 2012
Massachusetts Must-Reads 2011
Nebraska Golden Sower Award Nominee 2013 
New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award Nominee 2012 
New York Public Library 100 Books for Reading and Sharing 2010
Oklahoma Sequoyah Children's Book Award Nominee 2013
South Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee 2013 
Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Nominee 2013 
Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Nominee 2012
Virginia Young Readers Award 2013 
West Virginia Children's Choice Book Award Nominee 2012

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Video Book Trailer
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The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
FS&G, 2010
ISBN 978-0-037-436850-0
Ages 9-12
Teaching Guide
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