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  • An African Alphabet
  • Wolf Island

By author: Michele Martin Bossley
Selling Points: "Mystery, literacy"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2006
Lexile Level: HL620L
Fry Reading Level: 3.0
Pages: 136
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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"Do you want Mrs. Pringle gone forever, her reputation tarnished? She'd never get another job if she's charged with theft. She'll end up with no money, no house, stuffing old newspapers into her boots to keep her feet warm in the winter!" Robyn's voice rose. She sniffed.

I rolled my eyes. "Robyn, get a grip! No one's talking about a crime, here."

"How did you know? Maybe someone took that book and tried to sell it," Robyn retorted.

"And how would a person sell something like that, Robyn? A garage sale?" I shook my head.

Would-be detectives Trevor, Nick and Robyn are hot on the trail of a sandwich thief when they learn that more than food has been going missing at school. A valuable hockey book has been stolen from the library, and the kids worry that the librarian might lose her job if it isn't found. Who would steal a hockey book? Could it be Robyn's arch-nemesis and hockey enthusiast Cray? Or could it be Ms. Thorson, the Oiler fan teacher? The kids are determined to solve these mysteries even though their sleuthing efforts land them into trouble at every turn.
VOYA - April 1, 2007
"A great read for anyone but certain to catch the eye and interest of reluctant readers."
CM Magazine - November 24, 2006
"Fast-paced, well-written book, written in a simple style for young readers. Recommended."


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