After Mattie Waters loses her mother, she goes to live with her aunt, the owner of a roadside donut shop in Big Sur, California. When an owl taps on Mattie's window one night, Mattie looks out to see something suspicious taking place nearby. With help from her friends-and from Alfred, a stuffy but good-hearted owl-she'll set out to find the culprits, facing fears that have followed her since her mother's death. -- from Amazon.
"Mateo, a Mexican-American fourth grader from California, spots two skunks stealing his sister's trike. He launches a crusade to retrieve the trike and soon learns that the skunks are not only thieves--they can talk, too!"--