The Clue Of The Left-Handed Envelope (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Todd, with the help of his third-grade classmates, helps solve many mysteries.

With the help of their third-grade teacher and classmates, Noelle and Todd discover who sent an anonymous letter to Amber Lee.

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Overview

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Todd, with the help of his third-grade classmates, helps solve many mysteries.

With the help of their third-grade teacher and classmates, Noelle and Todd discover who sent an anonymous letter to Amber Lee.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Mr. Merlin's third grade class is trying to solve a mystery in this chapter book. Who sent class member Amber Lee an anonymous note through the mail? Fellow classmates Todd and Noelle want to best their classmates in solving this mystery. Mr. Merlin, a former spy, helps his students by teaching them secret codes to figure out pertinent clues. He asks his former colleague, Dr. Smiley, a police scientist, to teach the class how the police use science to solve crimes. The text in this chapter book is easy to read. Ten slim chapters move the plot quickly toward conclusion. The plot is interesting enough to keep young readers engaged; the illustrations, however, are bland. The last page of the book provides some code breaking puzzles. This title is one in the publisher's "Ready for Chapters Third Grade Detectives" series. 2000, Aladdin Paperbacks/Simon & Schuster, $3.99. Ages 6 to 9. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-On the first day of school, Noelle and Todd meet their new teacher, Mr. Merlin, a self-professed ex-spy. Someone has sent Amber Lee a secret-admirer letter and the students get involved in unmasking the writer. Mr. Merlin hones the third graders' logic skills with two code-breaking exercises and introduces an acquaintance who is a police lab scientist who can corroborate the clues found. While the 10 chapters move along quickly, the characters lack development. Though this series may appeal to those who have exhausted David Adler's "Cam Jansen" books (Viking), readers might be better served by other chapter-book series, including Stephen Krensky's "Arthur" books (Little, Brown). A pleasant, nonthreatening read.-Kay Bowes, Concord Pike Library, Wilmington, DE Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613310789
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Series: Third-Grade Detectives Series , #1
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 62
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years

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