The Deadly Dungeon (A to Z Mysteries Series #4)

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L is for Lucky. . . .

And that's just how Lucky O'Leary feels when the lottery ticket his grandfather sends him for Christmas turns out to be a million-dollar winner! But before Lucky can cash it in, someone sneaks into his house and steals it. Now it's up to Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose to track down the thief and return the ticket . . . before Lucky loses out!

While visiting Wallis's castle, Dink ...

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Overview

L is for Lucky. . . .

And that's just how Lucky O'Leary feels when the lottery ticket his grandfather sends him for Christmas turns out to be a million-dollar winner! But before Lucky can cash it in, someone sneaks into his house and steals it. Now it's up to Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose to track down the thief and return the ticket . . . before Lucky loses out!

While visiting Wallis's castle, Dink and his friends investigate strange noises that lead them to a dangerous secret.

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Editorial Reviews

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A missing school skeleton isn't far away when the kids at Green Lawn Elementary are on the case! After "Mr. Bones" goes missing, Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose set out to find out who could have taken him. With a little detective footwork and some cooperation from the school's teachers, the three soon uncover the hidden skeleton -- and the mystery thief's hilarious motive. Another fun-loving and unpredictable entry in Ron Roy's A to Z Mysteries series -- no bones about it.
Children's Literature
Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose are very excited about their older friend Jud coming to visit. Even better is the surprise he brings with him—a full-size mechancial T-Rex. Jud and his friends have been exhibiting the T-Rex as advertisement for their Dinosaur museum, and the fee they charge for their show is going to fund the museum's future opening. But when the money collected goes missing, the thief must be found with the help of the trio and the police. The story is cleverly pieced together, but the reader has to be on the lookout for clues to solve the mystery. Overall an excellent book, but geared toward younger readers of the 6 to 10 age group. One in the "A to Z Mysteries" series. 2003, Random House Inc, Ages 6 to 10.
— Jennifer-Lynn Draper
Children's Literature - Carol Collins
G is for gold in the seventh book of the alphabet series. This easy-to-read, fast-paced mystery follows Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose to Key West over their winter school break. There, they save Ruth Rose's grandmother and her senior center friends from being pirated out of their savings by two con artists. Dink spearheads the effort to get to the bottom of the scam in which Spike and Chip promise to share the next sunken treasure they find with the elderly investors. The kids' unchaperoned investigation leads them to a museum, to book research, and finally to exploration of the crooks' Golden Goose boat. It is there that they have to hide out in a dark, smelly hold and then escape from the ship before it sinks. The children's ingenuity and the grandmother's non-stereotypical lifestyle (she's into sports) give the story pizzazz, while the basic plot is rooted in a genuine fear for senior citizens. The straightforward black and white illustrations are on target, and the color cover glows with three wide-eyed youngsters looking into a treasure chest. The book's plot and price should appeal to the early reader.
Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
Like the adult author Sue Grafton, Roy fashions a mystery story for each letter of the alphabet. In this case, the three sleuths (two boys and a girl) uncover a plot to force an elderly couple to sell their valuable hotel because it is haunted and no guests will remain where there are ghosts. The plot unfolds pleasantly and with no scary parts, the ghosts turn out to be actors who think they are trying out for a movie, and the bad guys are three greedy realtors. Frequent illustrations, plenty of white space on the page, a continuing cast of characters, and small humorous touches make this entry in the series readable if not especially memorable. "A to Z Mysteries" series.
Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Part of the publisher's "A to Z Mysteries" series, this little story is designed for the early chapter book reader. Other titles in the series include The Absent Author and The Canary Caper. The intrepid hero here is Donald David Duncan, known to those who count as Dink. The problem he faces is tracking down a red-haired witness to a bank robbery. An engaging cast of characters variously assist and hinder him in this enterprise. With humor and zest, the story moves along, until a clever twist makes the team draw on every last resource at their disposal. Ruth Rose, Dink's neighbor and comrade-in-disguise, is a joy to the ear!
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
The illustrations in this volume are colorful and eye-catching, but the book is slightly less successful simply due to the subject matter. The jungle is fascinating due to its complexity, and this cannot be conveyed by presenting each plant or animal singly. Despite this caveat, the text amply covers the survival mechanisms employed in the jungle, as well as the differences between the world's many tropical rainforest regions. Indigenous people and their use of jungle resources are discussed, as well as the effects of the encroachment of civilization.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Josh, Ruth Rose, and Dink use their brains, observation powers, and a little courage to work together to solve four very different mysteries by Ron Roy. In Deadly Dungeon, the trio is visiting their favorite writer at her castle in Maine when they stumble upon mysterious green feathers and hear screams. Discovering a trap door which leads to a cave is only the beginning of unraveling the mystery. In Empty Envelope, Dink accidentally receives letters addressed to someone else and they soon realize that something is not right about the envelopes or the lady who comes looking for them. The trio must do some quick research and also set a trap with the police to catch the criminals. Josh discovers a nest of falcons, but when he brings Dink and Ruth Rose to the nest the birds are gone in Falcon's Feather. They find a falcon with clipped feathers and have to work fast to solve the mystery and save the birds. In Goose's Gold, the group is in Florida visiting Ruth Rose's grandmother when they stumble upon a scam involving sunken treasure and cheating senior citizens out of their money. The stories are clearly read by actor David Pittu with slightly different voices for each character. Background music transitions the beginning and end of each story. Young readers will enjoy this popular series with believable characters who have incredible opportunities to solve mysteries on their own with adults who help when needed but don't interfere in their adventures.-Teresa Wittmann, Westgate Elementary School, Edmonds, WA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4Third graders Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are getting ready for Halloween when they are approached by a man claiming to be a private detective. He enlists their help in recovering the videotape of a bank robbery. The bandit is described as a tall, red-haired high school boy. The three friends search for information as they go trick-or-treating and locate Lucky O'Leary, who fits the profile, but claims to be innocent. In fact, the robber on the video bears a striking resemblance to the supposed detective. Second in the series, this short, snappy Halloween story is full of funny incidents. The black-and-white drawings add to the fun. A good early chapter book that will be equally useful with remedial readers.Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679887553
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: A to Z Mysteries Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 86
  • Sales rank: 94,101
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.59 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

RON ROY has been writing books for children since 1974. He is the author of dozens of books, including the popular A to Z Mysteries, Capital Mysteries, and Calendar Mysteries. When not working on a new book in his Connecticut home, Ron likes to teach tricks to his dog Pal, play poker with friends, travel, and read thrilling mystery books. Visit him online at RonRoy.com.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Drew

    I like this book A+

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Clan deputy.

    I am Feralfire. I am willing to become the deputy. Reply at warrior cats into the wild.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    very cool

    very mystererious story. You should buy it!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    book rocks

    this book is totally awesome you should buy it

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Bjajjjjjkkj

    Auesome books

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    I love to reading it

    2012

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Poop

    Hate it dont buy it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Darkpaw

    Yeah.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Cool

    I liked this book it is more of a 8-10 aged book it is sort of childish! If you are in that age range then go for it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Ok

    I recomend for grades 3-5 other wise it is fine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    :(?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    :o

    :)+this book=:(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Good

    Not too much drama like all the other mystery series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Featherkit

    Lays down with her neck bleeding...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Coralfur

    Hved herself up and winced at the pain a walked back. And mummered thanks again

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Nightpaw and Twilightpaw

    Hello. We need you to tell some cats at cliff res 3. Blacksky(our mother changed her name). She will kill anyone who dosen't who where we are. Please don't rat us out. Please attack her or bring her to lightningclan prison and report to Sparklestar. We will inform her. Lightning clan is found at Quick and easy cat care res1. She already attacked Bearstar of Hurricane clan. We help you with anything you wish if you bring her in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    Secretheart

    Catches a squirrel she was running after.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Cool

    Cool

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    Really

    How is a dungeon in a playhouse deadly. The kids are sissys and have no life and the author just wants dumb kids(and sissys) to buy this horrible.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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