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Clue of the Left-Handed Envelope
     

Clue of the Left-Handed Envelope

by Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator), George E. Stanley
 

WHO SENT AMBER LEE AN ANONYMOUS LETTER?
Everyone loves the new teacher, Mr. Merlin. Mr. Merlin used to be a spy, and he knows all about secret codes and the strange and gross ways the police solve mysteries.
Now there's a mystery in their very own class — someone sent Amber Lee Johnson an anonymous letter. Noelle and Todd want to solve the mystery

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WHO SENT AMBER LEE AN ANONYMOUS LETTER?
Everyone loves the new teacher, Mr. Merlin. Mr. Merlin used to be a spy, and he knows all about secret codes and the strange and gross ways the police solve mysteries.
Now there's a mystery in their very own class — someone sent Amber Lee Johnson an anonymous letter. Noelle and Todd want to solve the mystery before anyone else. But first they have to figure out Mr. Merlin's clues. How can a bunch of envelopes tell them who sent the letter?

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689821943
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
10/01/2000
Series:
Third-Grade Detectives Series , #1
Edition description:
Repackage
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
462,506
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
370L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

George Stanley was a Professor of African and Middle-Eastern Languages and Linguistics at Cameron University. In between prepping class lectures and grading papers, he found the time to write for children. He was also the author of Night Fires and the Third-Grade Detectives series.

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