The Kidnapped King (A to Z Mysteries Series #11)

The Kidnapped King (A to Z Mysteries Series #11)

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by Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney
     
 

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Help Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose solve mysteries from A to Z!
 
Kids love collecting the entire alphabet and super editions! With over 8 million copies in print, the A to Z Mysteries® have been hooking chapter book readers on mysteries and reading for years. Now this classic kid favorite is back with a bright new look!

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Help Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose solve mysteries from A to Z!
 
Kids love collecting the entire alphabet and super editions! With over 8 million copies in print, the A to Z Mysteries® have been hooking chapter book readers on mysteries and reading for years. Now this classic kid favorite is back with a bright new look!
 
K is for Kidnapped . . . The king and queen of Costra have been kidnapped. For his own safety, Prince Sammi comes to Green Lawn to hide out at Dink’s house. But then Sammi is captured, too! Who kidnapped the king and his family? It’s a royal mystery for Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose.

Editorial Reviews

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 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:
9780679894599
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Series:
A to Z Mysteries Series, #11
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
91,333
Product dimensions:
7.68(w) x 5.96(h) x 0.31(d)
Lexile:
410L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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®, Calendar Mysteries, and Capital Mysteries. When not working on a new book, Ron likes to teach tricks to his dog Pal, play poker with friends, travel, and read thrilling mystery books.
 
STEPHEN GILPIN is the award-winning illustrator of dozens of children’s books, including the popular and very funny Pirate Mom. He brings his fresh, kid-friendly style to all the covers of the A to Z Mysteries® series.

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Kidnapped King (A to Z Mysteries Series #11) 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 38 reviews.
MaryAnne Riccobono More than 1 year ago
this book was the best book ever i hope you read it it is a good book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is great for kids who like to solve mysteries. Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose use clues to solve the problem. Ron Roy uses wonderful words for his descriptions of chacter's actions. In this story, Sammi comes to hide at Dink's house in Green Lawn after his parents, the king and queen of Costa, are kidnapped. The problem happens when Sammi is kidnapped from Dink's house. Dink, Ruth Rose, Josh, and Pal look for clues to find out who stole Sammi. Read to find out who the kidnapper is...
yodaNM More than 1 year ago
Of all the A to Z mysteries books, this one is the most mysterious. THey have to meet someone, find someone and help someone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a to z book i have all of them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME!GOOD!You have to read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book
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Could of been better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book the cover judt made me go whabamm to my freinds and they were all jelouss but the point is good good good good good good good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NOT A WASTE OF MONEY. YOU ARE JUST JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son loves this series...makes reading interesting and fun, especially, when he finds some books boring.
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This is my favorite a to z mysterry books.
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Not my favoirte i love HOTEL HAUNTED and AUTHOR ABSENT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dear Mom, Can I pleeeaaase buy it? Love Jillian
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