This Australian import is narrated by 12-year-old Henni Octon. The residents of her street are a unique mix of people who have developed a strong sense of community. They are upset about the arrival of new neighbors who don’t fit in with this eclectic, warm group.
“Frank’s mum, Donna, loves gardening. She plants something in every piece of junk that can hold even so much as an egg cup of soil. Petunias bloom from the back of a merry-go-round swan, sweet peas climb up from a rocket.”
“Once upon a time (this is true though) Rob knocked on Old Auntie Lillie’s door and she didn’t answer so he went inside and there she was lying on the kitchen floor with her hands clasped like Snow White’s and her sweet half-smile on her face.”
Soon, it also becomes clear that they are up to no good. After much spying and some consulting of the library shelves, Henni and her friends prove that the Phonies, as they are now called, are money launderers.