Archive for July, 2010

The Case of the Christmas Snowman – 24

Monday, July 12th, 2010

The Case of the Christmas Snowman – By James Preller – This boy in second grade is great at solving mysteries with his friend Mila. Everyone calls the boy Jigsaw Jones. He has a classmate that comes to him and tells him she let someone hold her father’s rare nickel and they lost it. Jigsaw immediately suspects the boy stole it because he is Bigs Maloney. Jigsaw and Mila go over to Bigs house and while Mila distracts Bigs Jigsaw searches his room. Jigsaw figures out the mystery for Lucy, so she doesn’t get in trouble with her dad.

The Journey – 23

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

The Journey – By Kathryn Lasky – This book is about four owls whoare trying to reach the Great Ga’Hoole Tree. Once they are there they learn more about nature and practice skills that they are gifted with. They all work together to take care of the tree and care of owlets when they are rescued.

The Calder Game – 22

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

The Calder Game – By Blue Balliet – I really enjoy this author’s books. It had the same characters as Chasing Vermeer that I have read. There is a new art show that is by the artist Calder is named for, Alexander Calder. Calder goes on a field trip with his class to see his mobile exhibit. Their new teacher is a bore, and the kids are not liking their new teachers. Calder is going on a trip with his father to England. Petra and Tommy, Calder’s friends, wish they could go with him, but they have to stay at school. Once father and son arrive in England, they are surprised to find a sculpture by Alexander Calder right in the little community they are staying in. Calder is very interested in this sculpture, and he meets another man that is also interested in the sculpture. Calder goes missing, and everyone is upset. Calder’s father calls his wife, but in trying to get ready to come over she trips and falls and hurts her back. So Calder’s father calls Petra and Tommy to come help find Calder. The children’s friend Mrs. Sharpe comes as the chaperone for the two children. Once the friends are in England they all start looking for Calder. They first find another unidentified man who leads them to find Calder.

The Message in the Hollow Oak – 21

Monday, July 5th, 2010

The Message in the Hollow Oak – By Carolyn Keene – Another great Nancy Drew book. Nancy gets invited by her aunt to come visit New York with a case in mind. Once there a friend of the aunt’s invites Nancy to solve a case that he and his friends have not been able to solve. Nancy goes to Cairo, Illinois to work with a group that is digging up skeletons of Indians. She works some with the group that is digging and also on her case. She meets an older man that loves in the area that will take her to different trees looking for certain oak tress with plagues. Nancy finds a few tress with the plagues, but one of the guys from the digging camp gets kidnapped, so she stops sleuthing for a while. In the end Nancy finds two kidnapped people and the treasure in the tree.