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By author: Michele Martin Bossley
Selling Points: "Winter sports, mystery"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2007
Lexile Level: HL580L
Fry Reading Level: 3.4
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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"Here they come!" Courtney learned eagerly against the railing. A blur of orange streaked past before I had a chance to see it clearly. The sled went into the turn. I watched it careering back and forth on the smooth curved ice of the track as it rocketed through the Kreisel.
    "Aren't they supposed to keep the sled steady, Trevor?" asked Robyn.
    "I think so," I answered. Courtney's attention was riveted to the orange sled that was fishtailing out of control.
    "What's wrong?" Robyn said, just as a screech of tearing metal filled the air. Something silver had wernched loose and was lying on the ice. The sled flipped.
    "Josh!" Courney screeched. The bobsled landed on its side and skidded toward the final turn, where it slowed to a grinding stop.

Trevor, Nick and Robyn are ready to solve another mystery. When bobsledder Josh Gantz is accused of deliberately injuring a fellow competitor, he runs the risk of being thrown out of the sport—right before the World Cup. Courtney Gantz asks Trevor, Nick and Robyn to help clear her brother's name. Can they find out who framed Josh? What is the meaning of the strange coded messages they keep finding around Olympic Park? Who eats orange bananas, anyway? The kids must unearth the clues in a race against time, before Josh's championship dreams end up on ice.

Resource Links - June 1, 2007
"Will grab the attention of reluctant readers and will be able to sustain their interest to achieve the satisfying goal of finishing a book."
CM Magazine - May 11, 2007
"Another whodunit thriller...keeps the reader engaged. Recommended."


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