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The London Eye Mystery

The London Eye Mystery

The London Eye Mystery

Good detectives can manage a lot of information coming into their brain. They choose which pieces of information to concentrate on. In, The London Eye,Ted doesn’t know it, but he is naturally wired with good detective skills. He is able to easily choose one type of information to concentrate on which helps him use his logic skills to solve the mystery.

Ted and Kat’s cousin Salim comes to their home in London for a visit and they take him to the popular tourist attraction the London Eye, an enormous ferris wheel. At 443 feet high, riders on the Eye can see 25 miles in all directions. The thing is so large, 800 passengers can ride at once! (The Eye is really real, you can go to London to ride on it.) While the kids are standing in line, a stranger appoaches and offers them a free ticket. Salim uses the free ticket to enter the ride and his cousins watch as the car he enters moves up and over the wheel and back to the ground, where all of the riders get off…except…Salim…who has disappeared into thin air. How can a kid enter a ride and never get off again? And who was the stranger that gave Salim the ticket?

The police are stumped and the adults are emotionally overcome, barely able to function themselves let alone think through any kind of investigation. Ted and Kat, the last two to see Salim alive, shelve their sibling rivalry and pool their brain power to uncover clues and follow leads all over London. Kat uses her customary impatience to keep the momentum of their sleuthing moving forward. Ted uses his encyclopedic brain, his literal view of the world, and his detachment from emotion to concentrate on the known facts, and just the facts, to track the clues. A page turning, suspenseful ride with the best kind of hero – a guy whose unusual way of thinking finally gets the respect it deserves. Author: Siobhan Dowd

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Kiki Strike Inside the Shadow City

Kiki Strike Inside the Shadow City

Kiki StrikeYou can pick up some dead on detective/spy tips from Kiki Strike, her book jacket says it all, “Five delinquent Girl Scouts, a million hungry rats, one secret city beneath Manhattan, and a butt-kicking girl superspy- welcome to the world of Kiki Strike”. I love it.

Kiki Strike is the story of the Irregulars, a group of girls brought together by the mysterious, the skilled, the top secret Kiki Strike. She’s fluent in a dozen languages. Breaking and entering? No problem. Kiki has recruited a group of gifted former Girl Scouts for a top secret mission - exploring and protecting underground tunnels that make up a secret city below Manhattan. If the secret city gets into the wrong hands, we’re ALL doomed! As the author says, “Some girls are more spice than sugar.” That’s Kiki Strike. That’s the Irregulars.

Each chapter ends with a guide to “essential skills” like”How to Be a Master of Disguise”, “How to Foil a Kidnapping” and “How to take Advantage of Being a Girl.” When you want answers, get them from a pro. Author: Kirsten Miller

Kiki Strike Inside the Shadow City Web Comic Used With Permission:

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Half Moon Investigations

Half Moon Investigations

Half Moon InvestigationsYou want to be a detective? Uncover clues? Follow leads? Solve mysteries? I don’t blame you, being a detective can be really exciting. It can also be dangerous. Are you up for dangerous?

This summer you can learn everything you need to know to go from Rookie to Ace Detective. Visit this blog everyday to learn and practice a new detective skill. Then test those skills solving mysteries. Each day the blog will tell you about a new good book to read too!

If you are curious, like to ask why, are a good listener, pay attention to details, and can keep your cool…make yourself a Rookie ID and and come back everyday to build your skills. If you’re good, you just might become an Ace.

Get started at What’s My Detective Name? Then make yourself a Rookie ID and stashit  in one of these homemade wallets:

You could be like Fletcher Moon in Half Moon Investigations. Fletcher is a twelve-year-old private eye.  He’s not just your average wannabe…he has actually graduated from an internet detective course. Fletcher regularly takes on cases from his friends at school. When April Devereux, class pretty girl and “head of an entire tribe of Barbies” hires Fletcher to find out who took her lock of pop star’s hair that she bought on eBay, the case seems pretty easy. The clues lead Fletcher to the Sharkeys, a family of kid trouble -makers that are well known for their bad boy behavior.

As Fletcher continues his investigation, though, things begin looking fishy. In fact, Fletcher starts to suspect a conspiracy…April is not looking like the innocent victim. But before Fletcher can crack the case, he’s framed for a pretty serious crime himself. His only ally, one of the Sharkeys. Fletcher and Red Sharkey team up to clear their names and find the real guilty party. Will anybody listen to Fletcher and Red or are they presumed guilty despite the evidence? Author: Eoin (Pronounced “Owen”) Colfer

You too can get detective tips from Fletcher’s Internet School, the Bernstein Academy. “As a PI, you’ll need to keep your wits about you and stay out of trouble. In this job, you put your life on the line every day. Take it from me; if you want to survive you’d better learn a few tricks. ”

Talk the Talk Word of the Day: ACE – A person who is really skilled at what they do. An ace detective is a really good detective.

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The Kids Guide to Paper Airplanes

The Kids Guide to Paper Airplanes

The Kids' Guide to Paper AirplanesIf you love airplanes, ask a grownup to take you to the Indianapolis Air Show at the Mt. Comfort Airport this weekend, June 5-7, 2009. On the website you can see all the different kinds of planes and activities that will be going on there. You can see the Blue Angels, historic airplanes and a lot more.

If you can’t go to the airshow and just love airplanes, try out some of the paper creations in this book. The directions are really clear with color photographs to help you make the folds correctly. The planes start out easy and get harder and harder as you move through the book. The last plane requires 18 folds! The author even includes some tips for getting these planes to fly far.

Another book you might like: Super Simple Paper Airplanes

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The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had

The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had

The Best Bad Luck I Ever HadDit Sims lives in tiny Moundville, Alabama in 1917. He’s got nine brothers and sisters and his Dad routinely forgets his name. It’s summer, it’s hot and Dit’s best friend is away for the summer. When he finds out that a new postmaster is coming to town, Dit hopes the new postmaster, Mr. Walker, has a son close to his age that will want to go fishing and play baseball.

The postmaster comes, and Dit is disappointed to learn that he doesn’t bring a son, he brings prissy, brainiac Emma who always has her nose in a book and doesn’t know one thing about baseball. Dit’s town is disappointed to learn that the Walkers are African-American.

Dit’s family welcomes the Walkers and the two families slowly build a relationaship sharing chores and helping out when family members are sick. Dit and Emma start building a friendship too. Dit teaches Emma how to throw and hit a baseball. Emma helps Dit with math and introduces him to exciting adventure books like Treasure Island. Slowly, over the summer, the two kids become best friends.

Some people in Dit’s town don’t welcome the Walkers, especially the town sheriff. Some people object to Dit and Emma’s friendship, even object to the Walkers living in Moundville at all. When the two kids witness a racially motivated shooting and realize their friend, the town’s black barber, is unjustly blamed and sentenced to hang, they secretly come up with a daring plan to save him.

This story brings the injustice and horrors of racial bigotry to life. It’s a story about friendship between people and how that friendship is stronger than the forces around it that try to tear it apart. Two thumbs up historical fiction. Author: Kristin Levine

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