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Children's LiteratureConor, Brad, and Scott are in the park kicking a can around in boredom when they notice an old briefcase on a park bench. Inside they find a ball of string, a map, a postcard, and a key. The only thing on the postcard is a bunch of numbers that look like a cell phone number. They call it, and this leads them to another clue. They keep following the clues, which take them from the park to a helicopter landing pad to the library to a dark cave along the beach. Like all caves, this one is full of twisting, winding tunnels. When they try to retrace their steps to get out of the cave, they become hopelessly lost. Will they find the clues they need to make their way out? Or will someone, someday many years down the road, find three skeletons? Amateur detectives will love following the clues and solving the mystery of the abandoned briefcase along with Brad, Conor, and Scott. Following the story are discussion questions and writing prompts that can be used in a classroom environment, as well as a glossary and suggested Internet site for learning more about caving and other subjects in the book. With its large font size, wide letter and line spacing, short chapters, and high interest level, this is a great book for reluctant readers. 2006 (orig. 2004), Stone Arch Books, Ages 9 to 12.