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Parachuting Hamsters and Andy Russell

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Andy and Tamika can’t wait for a weekend of fun in the big city, but Tamika’s aunt Mandy has planned trips to boring museums and fancy restaurants. Even worse, someone is dropping hamsters off the top of Aunt Mandy’s building, causing trouble everywhere . . . and getting Andy blamed. It’s a big-city mystery that only Andy Russell can solve!

When Andy and his friend Tamika spend the weekend in the city with Tamika's aunt and uncle,...

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Overview

Andy and Tamika can’t wait for a weekend of fun in the big city, but Tamika’s aunt Mandy has planned trips to boring museums and fancy restaurants. Even worse, someone is dropping hamsters off the top of Aunt Mandy’s building, causing trouble everywhere . . . and getting Andy blamed. It’s a big-city mystery that only Andy Russell can solve!

When Andy and his friend Tamika spend the weekend in the city with Tamika's aunt and uncle, he tries hard to follow all the rules of etiquette during outings to a French restaurant, an art museum, and the ballet, while using his detective skills to solve a mystery involving "parachuting" hamsters.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Easy enough for beginning chapter-book readers, but with a thoroughly engaging plot, this fourth entry in the series is great fare for individual or group reading.”—School Library Journal
“The chapter book crowd will discover that this lively “mystery” is an entertaining addition to the series.”—Booklist
Children's Literature
Andy Russell is not looking forward to spending a weekend with his friend Tamika's Aunt Mandy. Knowing that Aunt Mandy does not have animals, does not eat pizza, and expects proper etiquette, Andy is ready for his father to just turn the car around. But when he discovers hamsters parachuting from the top of Mandy's high rise apartment building, Andy decides there is enough adventure and mystery there to keep him occupied. With visits to museums, dinners at fancy restaurants and some detective work on the side, Andy not only discovers the hamster-hating culprit, but also finds that he actually enjoys life in the city with Aunt Mandy. This easy-to-read chapter book has just the right amount of suspense and adventure to capture the imagination of young readers. Short chapters and realistic dialogue make this an excellent book for readers who are making the transition from picture books to young reader's novels. 2000, Gulliver Books, $14.00. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Andy and his friend Tamika are spending the weekend at the girl's aunt's luxurious apartment building in the city. They arrive just in time to catch some hamsters dropping through the air in silk-handkerchief parachutes from an upper-story apartment, and Andy is determined to find out who has mistreated the animals. When Aunt Mandy includes a younger neighbor in their outings to a museum, a ballet, and a restaurant, he does his best to get Andy into trouble of all sorts, and he deduces that Jason is responsible for the hamster incident. Readers will identify with Andy's fears about unfamiliar situations and adults who expect more decorum than the child's parents, but they will also recognize childless Aunt Mandy's growing awareness of her young guests' needs and behavior. Easy enough for beginning chapter-book readers, but with a thoroughly engaging plot, this fourth entry in the series is great fare for individual or group reading.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152164140
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Series: Andy Russell Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,402,557
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

WILL HILLENBRAND has written and illustrated many award-winning picture books, including The House That Drac Built by Judy Sierra and his own Down by the Station. He lives in Terrace Park, Ohio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2007

    read this book

    Read this book it is really interisting . Something misterious is happening like some body threw some hansters with hankerchips. Who could do that?Also someone put butter on the elevator button ? Really weird things are happening? Find out who did all this misterious stuff by reading this book !!!

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