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Caroline B. Cooney

Caroline B. Cooney | Mysteries7thgrade | Scoop.it

"The Face on the Milk Carton"

"Whatever Happeneed to Janie?"

"What Janie Found"

All great books by Caroline Cooney - have a look at some summaries of the books and learn more about this author by visiting her website.

 

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Book Review of The Mystery of the Third Lucretia

Book Review of The Mystery of the Third Lucretia | Mysteries7thgrade | Scoop.it

Reviewed by Andrea Sisco

 

"If you’ve read every Nancy Drew ever written and longed for more excitement in solving mysteries by a young person, you HAVE to read Susan Runholt’s The Mystery of the Third Lucretia.  I want to call her book the Nancy Drew of the twenty-first century, but somehow that doesn’t seem to do Runholt’s novel justice.  It’s in a league all of its own because it’s not just a mystery.  It’s an exciting travel lesson and an art class–and the heroines have VALUES that surface regularly but do not slap you in the face with them.

 

Kari Sundgren and Lucas Stickney are fourteen.  They are from St. Paul, Minnesota, love art and are best friends.  Kari’s mother’s job takes her all over the world and Kari and Lucas get to accompany her occasionally.  The girls love to travel so it’s a perfect set up.  Kari needs a guardian while her mother is gone and Lucas escapes her dysfunctional family.

 

Kari and Lucas spend a day at the Minneapolis Institute of Art where they encounter a crabby man painting in the room where the famous painting of Lucretia is hung.  Indelibly embedded in their minds is his secretiveness and anger as he snarls “Go Away” when they try to see his work.  A year later, they see the same man in London.  He looks different, but his voice and the words, “Go Away” are the same.

 

The girls put together some clues, and with their intelligence, artistic talent and gutsy determination, they decide to solve the mystery of the Gallery Guy using a few things like disguises, fake accents and the little ‘ole snake they use for diversion.  What begins as an exciting ‘game’ while traveling becomes a dangerous mission.  It could be deadly if the adults in charge don’t believe two ‘kids.’ "

 

Also take a look at the author's website ~ http://susanrunholt.com/books.html

 

 

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The London Eye Mystery - click on the black box to see a brief book trailer

The London Eye Mystery - click on the black box to see a brief book trailer | Mysteries7thgrade | Scoop.it

"Before you open this book, do you know what The London Eye is?   It is a 443 foot tall ferris wheel in London, England. When it was built in 1999, it was the tallest ferris wheel in the world!

 

It is still the world's tallest cantilevered wheel, which means it is supported by a frame on only one side, unlike most ferris wheels you might have seen. Take a look at some pictures from the London Eye's official website. http://www.londoneye.com/Experience/ And check out this panoramic view from inside one of the London Eye capsules.  

 

It's a pretty amazing structure, and it's one of the most frequently-visited tourist destinations in London, which is a city FULL of tourist destinations! It can carry 800 people in each revolution, split up among its 32 capsules. And a ride around the wheel takes about 30 minutes.  

 

All of these facts become important to Ted and his sister Kat as they try to understand how their cousin, Salim, could have entered one of the London Eye's capsules, and then disappeared into thin air. The police think he may have run away, while his mother (Ted and Kat's Aunt Gloria) is sure he's been kidnapped.

 

Ted's theory is that Salim may have spontaneously combusted...but then Ted is usually thinking along lines that the rest of the family find hard to understand. In the end, the family will come to rely on Ted's different way of thinking, and his ability to see and remember things that others miss, in order to solve the mystery.  

 

This is an outstanding mystery! The setting, the nuances of British English, and Ted's unique perspective make this a great mystery for kids who enjoy a bit of a challenge in their reading."  

 

Written review by https://sites.google.com/site/larrabeelibrary/Home/fiction-reviews-1/thelondoneyemystery

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The Doll in the Garden by Mary Downing Hahn | Scholastic.com

The Doll in the Garden by Mary Downing Hahn | Scholastic.com | Mysteries7thgrade | Scoop.it

"After Ashley and Kristi find an antique doll buried in old Miss Cooper's garden, they discover that they can enter a ghostly turn-of-the-century world by going through a hole in the hedge and into a twilight past where she meets Louise, an ailing child whose beloved doll has mysteriously disappeared."

 

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Artemis Fowl - Read the first chapter at artemisfowl.com

"This rip-roaring, 21st-century romp of the highest order is a combination of folklore, fantasy, and a fistful of high-tech. These two crime caper fantasies feature anti-hero Artemis Fowl, a twelve-year-old boy-genius and the last of a clan of international underworld figures and con artists. Rough 'n' tumble storytelling with plenty of attitude.

 

From a strikingly original new voice comes the story of Artemis Fowl, a very unusual hero. Artemis is a genius, a criminal mastermind, and a millionaire...and he is only twelve years old! A combination of Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and Attila the Hun, even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy — because these fairies are armed and dangerous, and don't play by any rules!"

 

Review by http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/artemis-fowl

 

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Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator | Official Site | Mystery for Young Readers

Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator | Official Site | Mystery for Young Readers | Mysteries7thgrade | Scoop.it

Gilda Joyce has her own website. Check it out, and read about her various adventures!

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The Last Treasure by Janet S. Anderson | Scholastic.com

The Last Treasure by Janet S. Anderson | Scholastic.com | Mysteries7thgrade | Scoop.it

"For thirteen-year-old Ellsworth, family has always been just him and his dad. That's all Ellsworth thought he wanted. But then the dreams start. Dreams of houses surrounding a beautiful green square. Suddenly a letter arrives, inviting Ellsworth to a home he doesn?t remember: the Square in Smith Mills, New York. A home with a hidden treasure only a child can uncover?the last treasure of John Matthew Smith, the family's eccentric patriarch. But there are other things hidden in the Square. Can Ellsworth set these ghosts to rest and uncover the family's last treasure?or will the secrets of the past haunt him forever? "

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Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn | Scholastic.com

Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn | Scholastic.com | Mysteries7thgrade | Scoop.it

Book reviews for all of Mary Downing Hahn's books can be found at http://www.hmhbooks.com/features/mdh/

 

"When thirteen-year-old Logan finds out that he and his family have moved into a house where the previous owner was murdered, he and his new neighbor Arthur go on a quest to solve the mystery surrounding the closure of an old amusement park and the.

the murder in Logan's house."

 

A Junior Library Guild selection.

 

Praise for Closed for the Season

 

"Astute readers may solve the mystery for themselves as they read. Hahn has woven family abuse, social class and ethical issues into this engaging and quick read." — Children's Literature

 

"Readers will enjoy trying to solve the murder mystery while identifying with the social misfortunes of being unpopular, entering middle school, and moving into a new town. It is a worthy addition to any popular fiction collection." — VOYA

 

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Booktalk for Chasing Vermeer

Booktalk for Chasing Vermeer | Mysteries7thgrade | Scoop.it

Click on the black box to see a video booktalk

 

"Scholastic Video Booktalk: Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra and Calder together, strange things start to happen."

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