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The Mysterious Caravan – 68

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

The Mysterious Caravan – By Franklin W. Dixon – This book was great. The boys found a mask buried in the sand while on vacation. After cleaning the mask they discovered that it was probably a death mask from long ago. It had a secret map on the back of it. The boys brought home the mask and a bunch of bad guys with them. The boys had to travel the world and make new friends in different countries. The boys solved their case and helped their father solve his all in one.

Extra Credit – 67

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Extra Credit – By Andrew Clements – To look at the cover this book appears that it is going to be different than Clements’ other books. This fifth grader is getting ready to go to middle school and is failing. Her teacher gives her some extra credit work to do that will help her pass. Abby is to write several letters to a penpal. The penpal is from Afghanistan. The teacher in Afghanistan wants his best student to write the letter, but that happens to be a boy. The elders do no think it appropriate for a boy to be writing to a girl, so they ask his younger sister to write the letter under her brother’s supervision. The two start to exchange letters when both sides have opposition. In Afghanistan a rough man man handles the boy because of the letter. In America a parent feels uncomfortable with the Afghanistan flag in the room. So the letters must stop for the safety of all. The two children learned a lot about other country. It was a good book.

The Mark on the Door – 66

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

The Mark on the Door – By Franklin W. Dixon – I have just really enjoyed reading the Hardy Boy books this year. This one finds Joe and Frank traveling to Mexico with their father and friend, Chet. The boys are searching for anyone who knows something about a mysterious submarine or a certain mark that is placed on some doorways. The boys and their father save several lives and connect all the dots to solve the mystery.

The Clue of the Tapping Heels – 65

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

The Clue of the Tapping Heels – By Carolyn Keene – This was yet another great Nancy Drew book. Nancy is asked by her housekeeper Hannah Gruen to check on her friend that is a live in nurse. The friend is staying with a lady that s strange taping noises in her house. Nancy and her friends, George and Bess, decide to go check things out. The injured lady sells Persian cats for a living. The cats are treated very well and have free range in the garage. The first night there Nancy hears the taping noises in the house. Then there is someone who tries to steal some of the cats. George ad Bess scare off the intruder and finally get to sleep. The next morning Nancy and her friends search through all floors of the house and find nothing. Nancy has to go back home for practice of a dance number she is to appear in. Ned, Nancy’s boyfriend, goes along with her to make sure there is no trouble, but as you know where Nancy goes trouble is soon to follow her. Nancy does solve the mystery that involves a weird couple that lives next door to the lady and a gentlemen that has lost his parents.

Chasing Vermeer – 64

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Chasing Vermeer – By Blue Balliett – This book was great. I found out that it has hidden things in the pictures that you have to look very carefully for. There are pentominoes and frogs in the pictures you have to find. Anyway this book is about two kids that live in the same neighborhood that become friends. They are both different. A thief has stolen one of Vermeer’s painting, A Lady Writing. Petra and Calder discover clues about the life of Vermeer, a famous painter. They think they can find out who the thief is and where he has hidden the picture. It is a great book. I look forward to reading the next book Calder’s Game.

The Haunted Bridge – 63

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

The Haunted Bridge – By Carolyn Keene – This book has Nancy helping her father on a case. Nancy is at a golf resort with her father. She is playing golf and discovers a bridge that appears to be haunted. The caddy tells her that there is a ghost over on the other side of the bridge. Nancy later goes in investigate the ghost and finds that it is a scarecrow. Nancy falls in when the bridge collapses and finds a treasure chest of jewelry. Nancy ends up helping an engaged couple get back together, winning the golf championship, and capturing some jewel thieves.

The Whispering Statue – 62

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

The Whispering Statue – By Carolyn Keene – This book was about Nancy was out to visit a harbor city that has a missing statue. Nancy quickly makes acquaintance with the local book shop owner/statue seller. He hires her to work as a sales woman in his shop not knowing who she really is. Nancy accidentally finds the missing statue, but there is something wrong with it now. It doesn’t whisper anymore. She believes the statue is not he original, but that it is a fake. Nancy has to sort through several people who are involved in the mystery.

The Mystery of the Ivory Charm – 61

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The Mystery of the Ivory Charm – By Carolyn Keene – This book starts with Nancy at a carnival watching the elephant act. Nancy gets involved with an abused Indian boy who has run away from the elephant trainer, Rai. He comes to live with Nancy for a while. Then a strange woman comes to see Mr. Drew. Mrs. Allison is trying to sell her house with a weird house. Nancy, Bess, George, and Rishi find the care taker Mr. Batt unconscious. All these people are tied together, but they don’t know it. Nancy puts all the pieces together and finds that Rishi is actually a royal prince.

The Clue of the Broken Locket – 60

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

The Clue of the Broken Locket – By Carolyn Keene – This mystery starts with Nancy going out to open up a summer cottage for someone to spend the fall in. Cecily is there to try and find her families missing treasure. Nancy along with Bess and George find that they are in for more trouble than they wanted. The Driscoll brothers are also at a stone house on the cliff trying to find the treasure. There is a “twin” of Cecily’s running around. The other red head turns out to be Susan Wayne who is Cecliy’s cousin. Susan was there is search of her kidnapped children. The Driscoll’s had kidnapped them and were holding them for ransom. Also Cecily’s finance is involved because the Driscoll brothers are also making pirate copies of his last hit single. Of course Nancy saves the day and all is made right.

Double Identity – 59

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Double Identity – By Margaret Peterson Haddix – This book begins with a twelve year old girl being driven across country by her parents. Her father leaves her at her Aunt Myrlie’s for a few days. The weird thing is everyone starts calling her Elizabeth instead of Bethany. Bethany learns from her cousin Joss that Elizabeth was her sister. She died in a car accident with her uncle. Bethany is more confused when she recieves a package from her dad with $10,000 and four birth certificates all with the same birthday. Bethany learns that her father used to be a doctor that worked with Dalton Van Dyne that wanted to clone people. Bethany begins to think she is a colon of Elizabeth, and that her parents wanted another Elizabeth not her. All the people met at a fall festival and everything comes out in the open. Bethany gets to have her thirteenth birthday and try to return to a normal life.