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Advanced Skill Test: The Mystery of the Hidden Mine

Advanced Skill Test: The Mystery of the Hidden Mine

hidden-mineIn this mystery, four scientists take a field trip to a national park to do some treasure hunting. At the visitor’s center, Butch, a park ranger, tells the team about a local legend. In 1864 a prospector, Rutherford Raleigh, had supposedly discovered a legendary gold vein. But soon after his discovery, Rutherford disappeared, along with his gold. Butch jokes it’s probably all just a tall tale…but is it? With your help, maybe this forensics team will be able to crack the case and find the missing gold.

The Team:

  • Emily Mitchell – Lab Assistant
  • Michael Corey – Graduate Student
  • Peter Mancuso – Professor & Ex Forensic Detective
  • Susan Chang – Dean of Foresnics Dept. & Forensic Pathologist
  • You!

The Mystery of the Hidden Mine

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Operation Redwood

Operation Redwood

Operation Redwood

12 year-old Julian is stuck at his Aunt and Uncle’s house for the summer while his mom is working in China. What’s worse, they are planning to send him to math camp…not regular summer camp or boy scout camp…math camp. Julian hates math. Julian gets the distinct impression that the purpose of math camp is to get him out of the house and somebody else’s problem.

When Julian meets an internet pen pal who is trying to keep his Uncle Sibley from cutting down a grove of redwood trees, Julian secretly heads to the redwoods instead of boarding the bus to math camp.  Julian and his new friend  Robin hatch a daring plan to save the redwoods from Julian’s Uncle’s company. If Julian thought he and his Uncle didn’t get along much before, just wait until they square off in the woods over some very, very valuable trees!

This one is a great kids against the establishment adventure. Julian and his friends find the right ways to fight against something they believe is wrong. How great that part of the fight is staying in a treehouse 30 feet off the ground and only accessible by ropes and pulleys! Author: S. Terrell French

After I read Operation Redwood I liked reading Redwoods by Jason Chin, a book that tells all about coastal redwoods. They are really unbelievable, mammoth trees that grow from a teeny, tiny seed. Some redwoods are over 2,000 years old. That means their seeds sprouted during the Roman Empire! If you like reading about kids making an effort to help the environment, try Scat and Flush – both very funny too. Judy Moody is a little bit younger kid trying to do the same thing.
Redwoods Scat Flush Judy Moody Saves the World
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The Mystery of Martello Tower

The Mystery of Martello Tower

The Mystery of Martello Tower

Hazel and Ned live in an apartment in the city with their dad, an art dealer. They have just finished school and are looking forward to sleeping in and hanging out with nothing important to do. Then, their dad mysteriously leaves the country without saying goodbye and their apartment is burglarized. The thieves take everything from their father’s office and nothing else. Weird.

The kids decide their only choice is to contact their dad’s brother to see if they can stay with him for awhile, but when they arrive, they find that he too is out of town…but his house isn’t empty, it’s full of cousins Hazel and Ned didn’t even know existed!

The questions just keep piling up as the cousins reveal to Hazel and Ned things about their family they never knew. Then some creepy guys show up that Hazel and Ned are sure have ties to their father and the reason he left town so fast. It’s up to all the cousins to use their heads and unravel each mystery, even those mysteries that have been hidden within their family for years. There’s a castle and secret passages and cryptic messages – all the pieces for a fun and exciting mystery.

  • Look Inside The Mystery of the Martello Tower
  • Jennifer Lanthier Official Website
  • Wikipedia: Martello Towers (These are a type of lookout tower or fort used in previous centuries, mostly in Europe, for defense.)

This is the first book in a series from Canada called A Hazel Frump Adventure. The next two are called The Legend of the Lost Jewels and The Secret of the Standing Stones.

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The Daring Adventures of Penhaligon Brush

The Daring Adventures of Penhaligon Brush

The Daring Adventures of Penhaligon Brush Penhaligon Brush is quiet, trustworthy and loved by the people in his town, Ramble-on-the-Water. He’s the town apothecary – he mixes herbal remedies for his neighbors. Penhaligon is also a fox, well, part fox anyway.

When Penhaligon receives a strange message from his brother he sets out for his brother’s home in a neighboring village only to find that the whole village is desserted and dark. Then he is attacked and finds himself thrown in the dungeon by a smelly ferret army led by the evil wildcat Derek. The quiet, mild mannered fox turns out to be tough, smart, and good with a sword! He rallies together the good guys and they hatch a clever plan to save each other, their Princess and their villages. Author: S. Jones Rogan

Penhaligon’s adventures continue in book #2, The Curse of the Romany Wolves. If you like reading about warrior animals, try one of the next three. Each one is the first in a series, so if you like one of them there are more to follow.
The Curse of the Romany Wolves Redwall Into the Wild The Capture
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