The Murderer’s Ape
Jakob Wegelius, translated from the Swedish by Peter Graves
(Pushkin Children’s Books)
Sally Jones considers that if she and the Chief had taken the tram to the police station, things may have turned out differently. When Alphonse Morro offers them a job with an overly generous payment, Sally and Chief are excited, yet skeptical. Sally details that night, and the story of how she and Chief met and worked and lived. She continues to explain what happens once Chief is framed for murder. Sally is the only witness to the whole fiasco. She holds the key to the truth. Yet Sally Jones, ship’s engineer, accordion maker, flight mechanic, chess maestra is a gorilla.
August Prize for Best Children’s Book and the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize; Mildred L.Batchelder Award