The Panda Puzzle (A to Z Mysteries Series #16) [NOOK Book]

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Don’t miss A to Z Mysteries—alphabetic adventures that are full of thrills, chills, and cases to crack!

P is for Panda...
 
In the sixteenth book of the A to Z Mysteries—an early chapter book mystery series featuring strong boy and girl characters—there's pandemonium in Green Lawn! The town is building a new park for a panda and her baby. But as soon as ...

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The Panda Puzzle (A to Z Mysteries Series #16)

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Overview

Don’t miss A to Z Mysteries—alphabetic adventures that are full of thrills, chills, and cases to crack!

P is for Panda...
 
In the sixteenth book of the A to Z Mysteries—an early chapter book mystery series featuring strong boy and girl characters—there's pandemonium in Green Lawn! The town is building a new park for a panda and her baby. But as soon as the pandas arrive, the baby is stolen! All the panda-nappers want in return is a million dollars... Can Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose collar the culprits before Green Lawn has to cough up the cash?
 
Each book includes a map and a letter from the author. Parents, teachers, and librarians agree that these highly collectible chapter books are perfect for emerging readers and any kid who love mysteries!
 

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose investigate the kidnapping of the new baby panda at the petting zoo.

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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 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
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-The first three of Ron Roy's fun easy-reader mysteries The Absent Author, The Bald Bandit (both Random, 1997), and The Canary Caper (Random, 1998) are included in this first audiobook version of the series. Thoughtful Dink, ever-hungry Josh, and loud-voiced Ruth Rose are off for high adventure as they deal with a possible author-kidnapping, a devious bank robber, and a pet-snatching conspiracy. The stories are just right for transitional readers who are not quite ready for the Boxcar Children mysteries. There are clues to follow, a few red herrings, and friendly supporting adults. The inclusion of a helpful police officer is a nice touch. Attentive listeners should be able to solve the mysteries along with the young detectives. There's enough danger here to give children a delightful shiver, but things never really get out of hand. David Pittu reads the books with energy, individualizing each character and bringing the stories to life. This is a delightful way to introduce young readers to a popular series, and would also make a good listening center in primary grade classrooms.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307540294
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: A to Z Mysteries Series , #16
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 123,813
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • File size: 5 MB

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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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    great read for kids

    My kids absolutely love all the A-Z mysteries. It is a great series and this book is no exception. When I asked my kids how they liked this book, they said "Loved it". I love these books because they are mysteries that aren't obvious and they are a great easy read for the kids. The recommndations are what my kids suggested.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2011

    Selena G***z

    its one of the best books that i think all kids should read

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Asome it was great

    Asome It was great

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    I like pandas

    I like pandas

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Panda

    *Eats bamboo.* o.O

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    PANDA LOVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVED THE A TO Z MYSTERIES.MY FAV IS THE PANDA PUZZLE. IT IS A GOOD BOOK. WHAT IS YOUR FAV ANAMOL?
    MY FAV BOOK IS THE SECERET ZOO.IN MY BOOK CLUB WE
    READ THE A TO Z MYSTERIES AND WE ARE ONLY IN FIRST
    GRADE!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Great book

    This book rocks

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    N

    Best book ever

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Fun

    Sweat book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Great

    Great book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Anonamouys

    Stinks

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Wait wait

    Instead i want to join your clan instead. Anyway it seems you need another cat

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    A kit

    A kit walks in and has bad scraches on her side she passes out just as dhes in camp

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Fallenclaw

    Would u like to be my mate amberpelt?

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Cateater

    Came in and amberpelt

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Amberpelt

    Minipandastar willowkits been looking for you like crazy

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Can i join the games

    Im Darkshadow, a dark brown tom with amber eyes.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Raintail

    Honestly, rp has kinda left.... idk where anyones gone....

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    May i join the Warrior Games

    My name is Foxface (lol) and im a reddish she cat with green eyes.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Willowkit to Amberpelt

    Is this even a clan anymore

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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