Puzzle of the Pretty Pink Handkerchief: Ready-for-Chapters (Third-Grade Detectives #2)

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WHO'S BEEN HANGING OUT IN TODD'S TREE HOUSE?
Todd's ears are so clogged up he can't hear, but he doesn't want to miss school. His teacher, the ex-spy Mr. Merlin, is sure to have secret codes for the class to figure out and a new mystery for them to solve.
But the mystery turns out to be in Todd's own backyard. Someone's been in his tree house and left a pretty yucky clue. It's another case for Mr. Merlin's ...

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Overview

WHO'S BEEN HANGING OUT IN TODD'S TREE HOUSE?
Todd's ears are so clogged up he can't hear, but he doesn't want to miss school. His teacher, the ex-spy Mr. Merlin, is sure to have secret codes for the class to figure out and a new mystery for them to solve.
But the mystery turns out to be in Todd's own backyard. Someone's been in his tree house and left a pretty yucky clue. It's another case for Mr. Merlin's police scientist friend, Dr. Smiley!

Todd uses clues from earwax and a pink handkerchief in order to discover which of his schoolmates has been in his treehouse.

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Children's Literature
The students in Mr. Merlin's class are known as the Third Grade Detectives. Mr. Merlin, a former spy, is teaching the children how to solve mysteries. His friend, Dr. Smiley, is teaching them about police science. Classmates Todd and Noelle have already used their teacher's secret codes to solve one mystery. This is their second adventure in the publisher's "Ready for Chapters Third Grade Detectives" series. Someone has been using Todd's tree house without permission. When Todd and Noelle find a dirty pink handkerchief in the tree house, they bring it to Mr. Merlin. He gives the class a secret code to help them find clues. The detectives soon discover that the student whose initials are on the handkerchief is not the person who has been using the tree house. The mystery revolves around ear wax and cleaning clogged ears, things sure to amuse the intended age group. The text is age appropriate and the ten chapters are nicely paced. The book's last page provides an experiment for reader detectives to do at home or school. It uses police science to compare bite marks on apples. 2000, Aladdin Paperbacks/Simon & Schuster, $3.99. Ages 6 to 9. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689822322
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Series: Third-Grade Detectives Series , #2
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 213,661
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2006

    great mystery book

    Do you like mysteries? If you do you will like Third-Grade Detectives #2 (and all the other series too). Todd finds a pink handkerchief in his tree house. Mr. Merlin (the teacher) used to be a detective so he gives the class codes. Find out if they figure out who¿s been in Todd¿s tree house. My favorite part was when they were at Dr. Smiley¿s house and Amber Lee said she was president, vise president, secretary, and treasurer because it was so funny. I recommend this to 2nd graders and up because it¿s funny, has codes, and more!!!

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