The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea: The Story of Annaliese Easterling & Throckmorton, Her Simply Remarkable Sock Monkey by Eileen Beha

Throckmorton S. Monkey, a great listener and narrator, tells the story about nine-year-old, Annaliese Easterling, whose mother ran away when she was only a baby. Her father is busy, and they are very wealthy, so she is cared for by a nanny. There is a secret about why Annaliese Easterling’s mother left, and Annaliese is determined to find out what it is. As the story begins, the sock monkey’s of the children and grandchildren of Grandmother Easterling receive a formal invitation inviting them and their owner to her 90th birthday party. Grandmother had made and named each of them a sock monkey when they were born. Talk begins throughout the family that if they do not have their sock monkey they might get excluded from Grandmother’s will. Annaliese and her eleven-year-old twin brothers, ┬átake to the attic to find their castaway sock monkeys and discover a suitcase filled with clothes that once belonged to their mother. Annaliese takes the clothes and begins wearing them in her room as she thinks about her mother.

The monkeys observe the humans and although they can not talk, they are always great listeners who love them.  This story is like The Velveteen Rabbit, The Westingame, and Mary Poppins all rolled into one with a mystery and a surprise ending. I highly recommend it to readers of all ages who love a wholesome mystery with a happy ending.

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