Deep Doo-Doo and the Mysterious E-mails

Deep Doo-Doo and the Mysterious E-mails

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by Michael C. Delaney
     
 

Bennet and Pete are back. They've named their Deep Doo-Doo Web site after their escapades during the last governor's election. Now all they need is some great news to post on it. Their wish comes true when, one morning, a pumpkin appears on top of the courthouse flagpole. The town is buzzing with questions: Who put it there? And why? Things really heat up when… See more details below

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Bennet and Pete are back. They've named their Deep Doo-Doo Web site after their escapades during the last governor's election. Now all they need is some great news to post on it. Their wish comes true when, one morning, a pumpkin appears on top of the courthouse flagpole. The town is buzzing with questions: Who put it there? And why? Things really heat up when the local newspaper offers a five-hundred-dollar reward for solving the mystery. The cybersleuths are determined to find out, and they have some clues. Someone keeps sending them weird e-mails. And the boys figure the prank has something to do with the upcoming mayoral election. It smells like a cover-up to them.

Michael Delaney's raucous humor is just right for middle-grade readers as he pokes fun at political chicanery and dirty tricks in the computer age. Another zippy read for election time or anytime.

Editorial Reviews

Sixth-grade inventor Pete, and his writer friend eleven-year-old gadget guru Bennett return in this follow-up to the adventures of Deep Doo-Doo. A pumpkin is discovered on top of the flagpole in front of the town hall, and the boys post this late-breaking news story on their Web site. The questions remain, though: Who put it there, and why? The young detectives Pete and Bennett investigate, thinking they have their culprit, but are scooped by Elizabeth, the editor of the school newspaper. Meanwhile, Bennett receives mysterious bad poetry in his e-mail. Eventually, the boys learn that all these strange comings and goings are linked to a hotly contested mayoral race, and find themselves in the midst of a storm of political chicanery. This is an enjoyable, but mostly predictable, easy reader mystery. Young adolescents will enjoy the fast-paced cyber-sleuthing plot. This is a good story, particularly for reluctant readers, but teachers should be cautioned � the young age of the protagonists Pete and Bennett, will probably limit the audience to middle school youngsters. 2001, Dutton, 148 pp.,
— Ed Sullivan
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Sixth-graders Bennet and Pete post late-breaking news on their Web site, Deep Doo-Doo. This time the news is a pumpkin on top of the flagpole in front of town hall. Who put it there and how? The two friends think they have the scoop but in fact are scooped by pretty classmate Elizabeth, editor of the school paper. Meanwhile, Bennet is receiving bizarre bad poetry in his e-mail. Factor in a mayoral race and the discovery of a past indiscretion on the part of one of the candidates, and Pete and Bennet find themselves in a whirlwind of political chicanery. Delaney's breezy colloquial style brings a couple of potentially nerdy boys to life and the political subject matter, while simplistically presented, is a rarity in juvenile fiction and is fun to follow. A good title for reluctant readers.-Ann Cook, formerly at Winter Park Public Library, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The enterprising young muckrakers who barely made their way out of Deep Doo-Doo (1996) once again find themselves ankle deep in local politics. When a pumpkin appears atop City Hall's flagpole, stuttering electronics wiz Bennet and his glib sidekick, Pete, rush to post the story on their Deep Doo-Doo Web site—only to find that they've been scooped by journalistic arch-rival Elizabeth, editor of the school paper, The Purple Patch. When the town paper offers $500 for the prankster's identity, the three start digging—separately at first, then, with utmost reluctance, together. The plot thickens with the arrival of coded e-mail from someone offering to trade clues for a Dracula mask that figured prominently in the first episode (and which later turns up on E-bay). Even better, there's the discovery of an old college-yearbook photo of mayoral candidate Robert Abbott (who is running a character-based campaign) streaking. As it turns out, Abbott, e-mailer, and pumpkin are all connected—not in particularly believable ways, but the young sleuths supply enough competition (becoming cooperation, and even friendship, by the end), reckless pursuit of the story, and clever deduction to keep the ball rolling. They win the reward too, forcing Abbott into a public confession that actually helps his campaign by convincing voters that he's not such a stick in the, er, mud. A contrived but entertaining whodunit. (Fiction. 9-11)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525465300
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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