Groundwood Books

Thumb and the Bad Guys

Written by Ken Roberts • Illustrated by Leanne Franson

For kids 7 - 10 years old | Published August 01, 2009 | ISBN 9781554981649
JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories

Cover of Thumb and the Bad Guys

Regular price $9.95 CAD

120 pages
Digital Format

About this book

Thumb and the Bad Guys

Ken Roberts • Leanne Franson

Thumb and his best friend, Susan, love movie nights, when the entire community of New Auckland gathers in the school gym to eat popcorn and watch videos. Mostly they are movies about bad guys being tracked down by cool detectives. It's the villains, Thumb realizes, that make life interesting. If only he could track down a bad guy.

But New Auckland is a remote fishing village. There are only 143 people in the entire community. How could there possibly be bad guys around? Thumb is determined, and so he and Susan conduct a stakeout. Their suspicions soon focus on Kirk McKenna, a toothless, bald fisherman. They track Kirk to a hidden shed in the woods, where they hear the muffled but chilling sounds of wailing. Meanwhile, their teacher sends the kids off to solve a different kind of mystery -- an archeological one that leads them to the possible site of an early European gun placement. Suddenly mysteries abound for Thumb and his friends.

About the Creators

Ken Roberts

Ken Roberts is the author of several popular books for young readers. He is chief librarian of the Hamilton Public Library and lives with his family near Brantford, Ontario.

Leanne Franson

Leanne Franson is a children's book illustrator who was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and who lives now in Montreal. Visit Leanne Franson's website:

Awards and Praise
With its blend of creepiness, mystery, and humor, this story will be eagerly welcomed by fans of Thumb and Susan, but it stands alone... Franson's black-and-white graphic style illustrations enhance the suspense.
  • Commended USBBY Outstanding International, 2010