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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep


Part coming-of-age story, part mystery, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is a quirky and utterly charming debut about a community in need of absolution and two girls learning what it means to belong.

England, 1976. Mrs. Creasy is missing and the Avenue is alive with whispers. The neighbors blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave, but ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly aren’t convinced. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, the girls decide to take matters into their own hands. Inspired by the local vicar, they go looking for God—they believe that if they find Him they might also find Mrs. Creasy and bring her home.

Spunky, spirited Grace and quiet, thoughtful Tilly go door to door in search of clues. The cul-de-sac starts to give up its secrets, and the amateur detectives uncover much more than ever imagined. As they try to make sense of what they’ve seen and heard, a complicated history of deception begins to emerge. Everyone on the Avenue has something to hide, a reason for not fitting in.

In the suffocating heat of the summer, the ability to guard these differences becomes impossible. Along with the parched lawns and the melting pavement, the lives of all the neighbors begin to unravel. What the girls don’t realize is that the lies told to conceal what happened one fateful day about a decade ago are the same ones Mrs. Creasy was beginning to peel back just before she disappeared.

Title:The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages
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    The Trouble with Goats and Sheep Reviews

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    May 17, 2016

    I felt very British in the reading of this book. Yes, I am an idiot. If it has taken this long to figure that out you might can sit next to me.Anyways it's England in 1976. It's hot. Very hot. Did me...

  • Karen
    Jun 15, 2017

    I really enjoyed this book! So many laughs!This was a coming of age story along with a whodunit story line. This story takes us behind closed doors into the various homes and lives of the residents on...

  • Angela M
    Jan 22, 2016

    There's something that appeals to me in a story told from a child's perspective. Maybe it's the innocent perceptions that are full of wisdom that the adults around them just don't always have or maybe...

  • Diane S ?
    May 05, 2016

    4+ When Mrs. Creasey disappears, 10 year old Grace and her slightly younger friend Tilly decide to investigate. After learning from the vicar that God is everywhere they decide that while they are loo...

  • Margitte
    Nov 12, 2016

    Mrs Creasy disappeared on a Monday. I know it was a Monday, because it was the day the dustbin men came, and the avenue was filled with a smell of scraped plates. "Why do people disappear?"The pastor...

  • Esil
    Jun 29, 2016

    The Trouble With Goats and Sheep was lots of fun -- a good light read with some tangible emotions thrown in. It is really the story of a stretch of road in a town in England -- a few neighbours and th...

  • Iris P
    Feb 10, 2017

    The Trouble with Goats and Sheep★★★ ★ 4 charming stars!"A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer"Author Unknown***********************************************Grace and Tilly, th...

  • Emma
    Feb 03, 2016

    Beautifully written, with real humour, and exquisite characterisation.This book is hugely enjoyable and genuinely different from most whodunnits. The very English period details and aphorisms were so ...

  • Noeleen
    Mar 22, 2016

    Set during the heatwave of 1976 in the east of England, ten year old pals Grace and Tilly decide to look for Mrs Creasy, a neighbour, who has gone missing. However, Mrs Creasy is not the only person t...

  • PattyMacDotComma
    Feb 16, 2016

    4★A wonderful debut novel.Inventive descriptions abound in this apparently simple story of a lady who goes missing in a small English village neighbourhood. Unfortunately, the publisher has requeste...