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It's Titus, Timothy, and Sarah-Jane from the Three Cousins Detective Club! The three ten-year-olds are ready to learn about the Fruits of the Spirit while solving more exciting, adventure-filled mysteries!

In The Mystery of the Hobo's Message, Titus McKay notices some mysterious markings carved in an old tree while rescuing a cat. Grandpa Gordon explains they are a hobo code. The cousins' new friends, Matthew...

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Overview

It's Titus, Timothy, and Sarah-Jane from the Three Cousins Detective Club! The three ten-year-olds are ready to learn about the Fruits of the Spirit while solving more exciting, adventure-filled mysteries!

In The Mystery of the Hobo's Message, Titus McKay notices some mysterious markings carved in an old tree while rescuing a cat. Grandpa Gordon explains they are a hobo code. The cousins' new friends, Matthew and Amanda, seem especially excited about the message, but they won't say why. What are they trying to hide? Can the three cousins find out before it's too late?

Theme: Kindness

When the three cousins find some strange symbols carved in an old tree, they start learning about hobo code and in the process learn about the importance of kindness as well.

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Gr 3-5-Cousins Timothy, Titus, and Sarah-Jane have formed a detective club. In Hobo, they stumble upon a secret message carved in a tree trunk. Their grandfather, Pastor Gordon, tells them that it was a message left by a hobo during the Depression. He explains that hobos were honest, wandering workers, and that his own father was one during his teen years. This is why he knows their code. Later, the children use the code to save their grandfather from being swindled by phony real-estate agents. This is a slight mystery cloaked in a message about the spiritual theme of kindness. However, the characters and theme are better defined here than in others of this series. It's a good addition for collections looking for Christian fiction. In Magi, the cousins have been selected to dress up as the Magi and hand out flyers to the crowd during their resort town's ``Christmas in July'' Arts Fair. After a stranger hands them three beautifully made boxes to carry as gifts, they learn that these objects have been stolen from the fair and catch the thief. Here, the theme is goodness, the idea being that even someone who seems bad can do something good. It's a rather confusing presentation. Also, it takes the children a whole chapter to realize that they are holding the stolen art in their hands. Characterization is weak; the cousins blend together and seem like one person. For wholesome, better written mysteries, stick with David Adler's ``Cam Jansen'' books or ``Fourth Floor Twins'' mysteries (both Viking).-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556614095
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Series: Three Cousins Detective Club Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.52 (h) x 0.21 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2004

    THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST ONES IN THIS AMAZING SERIES!

    It is very funny--and very moving.

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