Capture the Flag

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Three kids get caught up in an adventure of historic proportions!

Anna, Jos?, and Henry are complete strangers with more in common than they realize. Snowed in together at a chaotic Washington D.C. airport, they encounter a mysterious tattooed man, a flamboyant politician, and a rambunctious poodle named for an ancient king. Even stranger, news stations everywhere have announced that the famous flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner" has been stolen! Anna, certain that ...

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Overview


Three kids get caught up in an adventure of historic proportions!

Anna, José, and Henry are complete strangers with more in common than they realize. Snowed in together at a chaotic Washington D.C. airport, they encounter a mysterious tattooed man, a flamboyant politician, and a rambunctious poodle named for an ancient king. Even stranger, news stations everywhere have announced that the famous flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner" has been stolen! Anna, certain that the culprits must be snowed in too, recruits Henry and José to help catch the thieves and bring them to justice.

But when accusations start flying, they soon realize there's more than justice at stake. As the snow starts clearing, Anna, José, and Henry find themselves in a race against time (and the weather!) to prevent the loss of an American treasure.

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Praise for CAPTURE THE FLAG

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"A fast-paced mystery . . . a sparkling start for a promising new series." --KIRKUS REVIEWS

"A novel as cinematic in execution as it is patriotic in theme." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Publishers Weekly
Messner (Eye of the Storm) opens a mystery series with a novel as cinematic in execution as it is patriotic in theme—at one point, a character compares this adventure to the Jerry Bruckheimer–produced film National Treasure, and that’s not a bad call (though this story is free of explosions). After the flag that inspired “The Star-Spangled Banner” is stolen during a gala at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., three seventh-graders, stranded at the airport during a freak snowstorm, investigate its disappearance, guessing that the storm might mean that the flag is at the airport, too. Not only were all three children—Anna, José, and Henry—at the Smithsonian event, it turns out they all have family members in the secret Silver Jaguar Society, whose members “made a promise to protect the world’s artifacts, and passed that promise down through generations.” Readers with even a few mystery novels under their belts will have no trouble picking up the clues Messner drops throughout this entertaining if conventional escapade. Ages 8–12. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (July)
Children's Literature - Sharon M. Himsl
The opening chapter sets the stage and suspense when a mysterious theft takes place at the Smithsonian's American History Museum in Washington D.C. during a private social gathering. The famous American flag that inspired The Star-Spangled Banner has been stolen! Added to the security chaos that follows, no one can leave Washington, D.C. due to a huge blizzard. Anna, Henry, and Jose, three seventh graders who were at the social gathering with their parents, are now stuck at the airport waiting for their flights. It is only a matter of time before the three meet. Anna, being an aspiring journalist, is the first of the three to figure out that if everyone is stuck at the airport, so is the thief who stole the flag. A lot of discussion and speculation over a suspicious man they decide to call "Snake-Arm" follows that almost drags the story to a crashing halt. Another character, Senator Snickerbottom, wants Anna to interview him and sidetracks their investigation. But eventually they meet eight-year-old Sinan and his dog, Hammurabi. The story then picks up when Sinan and his dog disappear. Anna, Henry, and Jose offer to look for him but it is just the opportunity they need to find out who "Snake-Arm" really is. They are certain he knows something about the flag. But they are not prepared for the shocking discovery they soon uncover, and suddenly, their lives are in danger. From there the story is a rousing, fun ride through the airport on motorized carts and a luggage conveyer belt that takes them through an octopus of connecting belts and tunnels. They even get separated, leaving Anna with some important decisions to make. Reviewer: Sharon M. Himsl
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Three preteens are in Washington, DC, to view the flag that inspired the "Star Spangled Banner," which had recently been restored. Anna Revere-Hobbs, a budding reporter and daughter of one of Vermont's senators, is looking for a scoop. She hopes to land an interview with presidential hopeful Senator Robert Snickerbottom, but he isn't interested. Henry Thorn doesn't want to be in DC at all, but he's stuck visiting his Aunt Lucinda while his newly married father honeymoons. José McGilligan's scientist mother has been away for three weeks working on the restoration project. He has missed her terribly and he's hoping his life will return to normal now. Unfortunately, the flag is stolen during the night, and his mother has been detained since she was one of the last to view it. The three meet at the airport as they jockey for available outlets to recharge their electrical devices. A fierce snowstorm is about to strand everyone. As news dribbles in, Anna begins to suspect that the flag is somewhere in the airport and convinces the two boys to help her sniff out some clues. As they do, they learn that each of them has historical pedigree and a parent who is a member of a secret organization called the Silver Jaguar Society. Think of a "39 Clues"/National Treasure mash-up. There's plenty of action, suspense, and red herrings to keep eager mystery fans turning pages despite a rather buffoonish presidential candidate and huge holes in security at our nation's capital no less. As usual, Messner creates believable characters, nails the dialogue, and deftly weaves history and humor into the mix.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
When the Star-Spangled Banner is taken from its super-secure Smithsonian vault, three kids connected by their Vermont background and family membership in a secret artifact-protection society combine with a visiting fourth to find the irreplaceable national treasure. Messner launches her projected three-book Silver Jaguar Society series with a fast-paced mystery. It finds a diverse group of young people snowed in at an airport with an aspiring presidential candidate; they must engage in an improbable but gripping hide-and-seek game through the belts and tunnels of the baggage-handling system to find the flag and avoid the perpetrators. There's a character for every reader: Anna, an aspiring journalist; African-American Henry, facing big family changes; José, who loves books; and 8-year-old Sinan, Pakistani son of two traveling musicians. The frenetic action comes right out of Henry's beloved video games or José's well-thumbed Harry Potter volumes, but there are political overtones, too. The xenophobia behind some proposals for immigration reform is addressed directly when José suggests that Anna's family might be Malfoys, and again as candidate Snickerbottom accuses "artsy all-over-the-world orchestra types" of the theft. While the way the cast moves in and out of secure areas of the airport is improbable, readers caught up in the chase won't care. Just in time for the Fourth of July, a sparkling start for a promising new series. (Mystery. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545419741
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 20,325
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Messner

Kate Messner is the author of THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z., winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers; SUGAR AND ICE; EYE OF THE STORM; CAPTURE THE FLAG; SEA MONSTER'S FIRST DAY; OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW; and the Marty McGuire chapter book series. A former middle-school English teacher, Kate lives on Lake Champlain with her family and loves reading, walking in the woods, and traveling. Visit her online at www.katemessner.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Love it!!!

    My teacher told me about a website that had a book of the day and this book was the book of the day. I read the two first chapters or so and LOVED it so far! Then i found it on here and wanted it instanly. I asked my dad to tell me if he saw it anywhere else ( because it was a littte pricy ) and he said maybe. We looked every else and couldn't find one. So the same day we got it i read the whole book ( with another whole book ) and LOVED it!!! I felt like it was very suspenceful and showed the charater's feeling wonderfuly. I was shaking when it was scary and beaming when it turned out good at the end. (i did not tell you the ending because yoy know that eveey book or movie ends out good). As i said, a little bit pricy but it is AMAZING!!! A MUST BUY!!!

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    Posted May 14, 2013

    Love it

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    Posted December 13, 2012

    Luv it!!!!!!!!

    It's the best book iv'e ever read,including the candy shop war

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    THIS IS AN AWESOME BOOK READ IT! LITERALLY THE BEST BOOK OF ALL TIME! IF I HAD TO READ ANY OTHER BOOK FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE IT WOULD BE THIS ONE! I COULDN'T STOP ONCE I STARTED BECAUSE IT WAS SO GOOD! I CAN'T WAIT UNIL FOR THE REST OF THE SEIRIES!

    Really good. So is the second book. Can not wait for the third. The author did a really good job writing it and really developed the characters. They sound like real people. I also like how the awesome drawings are weaved into the text, so it makes the book more interesting. If I had to reread only one book for the rest of my life it would be this one. IT IS REALLY GOOD! READ IT! YOU WILL THANK ME LATER! IT REALLY IS JUST AS ASWESOME AS I SAY IT IS! REALLY! READ IT! READ IT! READ IT! READ IT! :)

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    Posted October 12, 2014

    So Cool

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    Posted October 11, 2014

    its a sequayah so

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    Madison

    I love this book it is so cool it is funny happy and love abel

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    Red start

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    Lucas

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    Cool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Magik (( blue))

    Godly parent/s Persephone Hades. Powers. Magic, hellfire control, part demon. Weapons. A soulsword. Poison tipped daggers. ((Im a girl not a guy))

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    Posted March 9, 2014

    Hood blue

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    JAKE FROM THE HALF GOD CAMP

    Team blue wepons twin hunting knifes celesial dimond sword ( celestial bronze sword mixed with dimond dust godly perent hades ( ZOMBIE ARMY!!!! )

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    Posted March 9, 2014

    Allyson

    Red team. Godly Parent: (adopted father) Apollo. Weapons: Bow and Arrow, throwing knifes, and throwing axes. (Powers: control over sunlight, fire, and siren song).

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    Posted March 9, 2014

    Jose (red team)

    Mars. Imperial gold spear and gladius with sheild. Control over boars.

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    Chloe { red }

    Team red . Parents are hades and athena . Powers are fire and wepon gold sword

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    Creon

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    Posted April 9, 2013

    AWESOME!!!!!!

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    Posted September 23, 2012

    Awesome

    At school my teacher reads me the book and i love it .im ten

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