Tuesday, March 17, 2015


A magic camera leads a young photographer into mysteries only she can solve using the unexpected images that develop on her pictures.

Mary Nose—“Nosy Mary”—is a talented but gawky 14-year-old girl with a large nose who inherits a magic camera whose photos hold clues to mysteries. As yearbook editor, Mary photographs all school activities—she learns things about her classmates, she sees an ominous glow around the school janitor’s image, and she notices things disappearing from the yearbook “office,” a small closet. Mary’s special knowledge, observant eye, and intuition help her solve mysteries and help others—especially with a photography show to benefit the school janitor, who it turned out was homeless and had taken the yearbook because he liked it so much. 

Talented but gawky 14-year-old Mary Nose inherits her photojournalist grandmother’s magic camera and sets up a secret darkroom. Mary loves feeling special but is troubled by the extra people and things that magically appear in her photographs. Eighth grade teacher Mr. Rockwell knows Mary takes wonderful pictures and believes it’s time for her to shine. He appoints Mary as yearbook editor—with a deadline.

When Mary forgets the school camera at home, she takes pictures with Grandma Louise’s magic camera. She snaps a shot of Hank the janitor; when she develops the pictures, she notices a strange ominous glow around Hank. She follows him and takes more pictures, until he demands that she give him the photos. Mary covers all the school events but some students don’t want their picture taken. Things go missing from the yearbook closet, including the yearbook itself the day before the deadline. Distraught, Mary searches through the entire school, taking pictures with Grandma Louise’s camera and looking for clues as to the whereabouts of the yearbook. Each of the photos shows a mop and a bucket. 

These photos plus her detective work all lead back to Hank the janitor. Mary tries to talk to him but Hank locks her in the yearbook closet overnight. When Mr. Rockwell finally finds Mary the next morning, she calls the police, who arrest Hank. He sadly admits he’s been homeless for months and had to sleep in the yearbook closet. He says he liked the yearbook so much that he took it with him. He apologizes for any problems and returns the yearbook. Mary forgives him and decides to raise money for the homeless at a special photography exhibit. Mr. Rockwell declares that Mary is the best yearbook editor ever.

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