Archive for the ‘Summer Reading 10’ Category

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.

The Unwilling Umpire – 20

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The Unwilling Umpire – By Ron Roy – Some men and women are playing a softball game for charity with all kinds of people in the bleachers. There are some autographed baseballs on display. The umpire goes to get his allergy medicine, but he never comes back. Someone discovers that the case is shattered that had the baseballs in it. The Umpire then admits to stealing the baseballs. The police officer arrests the umpire, but he won’t talk to anyone about what is going on. The three friends go to the umpire’s trailer and find that someone is living there. It is the umpire’s little brother. Josh, Dink, and Ruth Rose talk the brother into going to the jail and talk to his big brother. Pete, the umpire, thought his little brother had stolen the baseballs, but he finds out he did not. The three kids decide to try and find the real thief. They post an email to someone selling an autographed baseball and ask for an address to send the check to. The person replies with a local address. The police go and arrests the real thief.

The Absent Author – 19

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The Absent Author – By Ron Roy – Dink, Josh , and Ruth Rose are expecting an author, Wallis Wallace, at the local book store. On the morning the author is to sign books, the book store is crowded, but the author doesn’t show up. The bookstore owner tells the crowd that will have to leave since the author didn’t show. Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose come to the conclusion that the author had been kidnapped. The bookstore owner gives the kids the itinerary from the author. The kids are meet by a woman who claims that she is to meet the author later, so can she come along to help find out what is going on. The kids call the airport and confirm that the author was on the right flight and it did land the previous night. The taxi service company confirms that they picked up the author and dropped him off at the hotel. The hotel manager shows the register where the author signed in. According to the cleaning lady no one slept in that room, and the next room had a Do Not Disturb sign on the door. The kids convince the hotel manager to go take a look in both rooms. They discover one room is empty, and the other is occupied by a man tied up to a chair. When all is revealed the woman who has been with the kids all this time is actually the author. Her brother helped her to see how young kids would really solve the mystery for her newest book.

The Deadly Dungeon – 18

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The Deadly Dungeon – By Ron Roy – Dink. Josh, and Ruth Rose are on their way to visit a writer friend. She lives in a castle. Her brother, Walker, is a lobster fisherman, and he comes to pick them up from the bus. They are meet at the castle by Wallis the writer. She sows them to their rooms and tells them to watch out for the ghost. They all hear a noise, and the writer says it is the ghost. After an early morning trip out on the sea with Walker they have some free time to explore the castle. The three children discover a secret passage between the cave down at sea level and the playhouse on the cliff. They discover some endangered birds in the cave.

Nancy’s Mysterious Letter – 17

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Nancy’s Mysterious Letter – By Carolyn Keene – In this story Nancy is to receive a letter from London, but is gets stolen. The mail delivery man, Ira, feels terrible about the letters getting stolen. Nancy learns that it might be the Ira’s half brother who stole the letters. Nancy does hear from the people that sent the letter because they are trying to locate Miss Nancy Smith Drew, so Nancy wants to find this lady and tel her of her inheritance she is to receive. Nancy’s father also had a piece of mail stolen that had a large amount of cash in it. Things are beginning to stack up against Ira’s brother. In the end Nancy finds the other Nancy and the mail thief.

The Clue in the Diary – 16

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

The Clue in the Diary – By Carolyn Keene – Another great book. Nancy and friends, Bess and George, are on their way back from a carnival and come across a house fire. As the girls walk around the fire Nancy spots someone running away from the fire. Nancy finds a diary and meets an interesting young man. This young man is Ned and is taken with Nancy. He finds a ring and just has to bring it to her at her house the next day. Nancy tries to read the diary, but it is in Swedish. Nancy is now trying to find someone who can translate the diary for her. Nancy is trying to find Joe Swenson who is involved in more and more ways in the mystery. As it ends it finds Nancy finding the missing home owner, releasing someone from jail, and getting better acquainted with Ned.

The Flickering Torch Mystery – 15

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The Flickering Torch Mystery – By Franklin W. Dixon – This one has Chet making wings with wanting to build an airplane. Joe and Frank fly him to a local scrapyard for airplanes to buy some fuselage. As soon as Chet gets the fuselage back home it is stolen. The Hardy Boys find a tail post from a plane that is radioactive. This leads Joe and Frank to get s gig for their band and make some new friends. Mr. Hardy gets involved. People are captured. Men are arrested. Many of the Hardy’s friends are there for back up. Great Read.