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Yours Truly is a Middle School Mystery Novel by Heather Vogel Frederick, and the second book in the "Pumpkin Falls Mystery" series after Absolutely Truly.

Truly Lovejoy has spend a few months in Pumpkin Falls, and the town's starting to grow on her. Plus, her birthday is coming up. She's looking forward to a birthday with a breakfast of sourdough waffles with butter and syrup, a whole bunch of presents, and the presence of her BFF cousin, Mackenzie, who will be spending the week with her. What she gets instead is the announcement that she would be spending the day helping her family with their volunteer work at the Freeman Farm, and her birthday celebrations delayed until the next day. She is bummed right away.

Some time later, though, the Freemans notice that their sap harvest isn't quite as bountiful as it usually is. Worse, the Freeman's neighbours, the Maynards, are experiencing similar problems, and are accusing the Freeman's of sabotage. So, Truly decides to reassemble the "Pumpkin Falls Private Eyes" to look into this matter before it can lead to something disastrous.

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Meanwhile, while Truly and Mackenzie are hanging out in Truly's room, they discover a secret compartment in Truly's closet under a loose floorboard. Inside, they find an ancient diary belonging to the original Truly Lovejoy.

The book was released on January 31st, 2017.


Yours Truly contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear: Near the end of the book, the Lovejoy family discovers that Lauren went off somewhere and didn't say where, and then they discover she isn't in the house. She's eventually found in Frankie Freeman's tomb.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Truly finds Lauren is starting to become this after Lauren starts to stick her nose in her business.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Truly was looking forward to a birthday breakfast of sourdough pancakes with butter and syrup, followed by the opening of her gifts. All that gets bumped to the day after due to the family volunteering to help with the Freeman Family's sap harvest.
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  • December–December Romance: Truly notices one seems to be blooming between Belinda Winchester and Augustus Wilde, the town's local romance novelist.
  • Diary: Truly and Mackenzie find one belonging to their ancestor from the 1800s.
  • Family Business: The Freeman Family has been running Freeman Farms since one of Mr. Freeman's ancestors built it after The American Civil War.
  • Mind Your Step: One of the steps on the stairway at the Lovejoy house squeaks whenever it's stepped on. Near the beginning of the book, when Mackenzie steps on it, Truly's mother calls to her father to fix it.
  • Secret Room: The Lovejoys find one under their stairs. The original Truly Lovejoy used it to hide runaway slaves in the days of the Underground Railroad.
  • Secret Underground Passage: The Lovejoys find one in the Secret Room underneath the stairs. Truly used it in her Underground Railroad efforts, until there was a cave-in in 1826.
  • Underground Railroad: As it turns out, the original Truly Lovejoy was part of the Underground Railroad in the Civil War, and helped the Freeman Family's ancestor, Frankie, escape to Canada.

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