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The Big Dip
By author: Melanie Jackson
Selling Points: "Mystery, amusement parks"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2009
Lexile Level: HL530L
Fry Reading Level: 3.9
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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"There's a shooter around here," Skip said in my ear. His voice was choked. It was the first time I'd ever heard Skip sound so frightened. Usually he was so confident, so sunny. Nothing fazed him.

"Let's get outta here," he urged.

Joe and his friend Skip are enjoying the thrill of the Big Dip, a famous rollercoaster, until they learn the old man in front of them has been shot. The old man mutters with his dying breath something about getting a Margaret Rose to the police. Joe leaves the crime scene to get on with his life. But someone is desperate for the Margaret Rose and thinks Joe has it. When his sister is kidnapped, Joe is in a race against time to solve the puzzle.
Library Media Connection - May 1, 2010
"This book fills a need in many library collections."
Booklist - February 1, 2010
"Jackson's mystery has an impressive amount of twists, especially near the end…[She] delivers the goods: a propulsive mystery that will hook the most reluctant of readers."
School Library Journal - November 1, 2009
"The suspense is intense… This compact story is sure to appeal to reluctant readers, and the ending is a surprise."
Resource Links - October 1, 2009
"Another fast-paced, realistic story from a reliable publisher sure to engage the most reluctant reader."
CM Magazine - September 4, 2009
"A roller coaster of a story that is action-packed and full of mystery and suspense. It is a quick read, and the action takes place against the backdrop of an amusement park, a fun and familiar setting for many pre-teens and teens...Highly Recommended."


Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2009
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2011


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