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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Themes: Mystery, amusement parks
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Oct/2009
Lexile Level: HL530L
Fry Reading Level: 3.9
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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.

CM Magazine
"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."
School Library Journal
"The suspense is intense… This compact story is sure to appeal to reluctant readers, and the ending is a surprise."
Resource Links
"Another fast-paced, realistic story from a reliable publisher sure to engage the most reluctant reader."
"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."
Library Media Connection
"This book fills a need in many library collections."


Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2009 | Commended
CCBC Best Books  | 2011 | Commended


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