Sly the Sleuth and the Sports Mysteries

Sly the Sleuth and the Sports Mysteries

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by Donna Jo Napoli, Robert Furrow, Heather Maione

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Sly (a.k.a. Sylvia) has newly set up shop as a neighborhood detective, and the advice from Kirkus Reviews is plain and simple: "Clear some shelf space" for this funny, engaging series.With each zany mystery brought to her by friends and parents—this time involving soccer, ballet, swimming, and basketball—Sly uses her keen observation and reasoning


Sly (a.k.a. Sylvia) has newly set up shop as a neighborhood detective, and the advice from Kirkus Reviews is plain and simple: "Clear some shelf space" for this funny, engaging series.With each zany mystery brought to her by friends and parents—this time involving soccer, ballet, swimming, and basketball—Sly uses her keen observation and reasoning skills to solve the case, while young readers will get a kick out of guessing the solutions alongside her.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Foucart
As Sly (actually Sylvia) explains in the second "Sly the Sleuth" book, she is a sleuth because she likes solving things, but she will only take a case if she thinks it is fun and if her cat Taxi would approve. While cute in premise, the title is slightly misleading. Rather than being mysteries about sports, only one seems to actually deal with playing a sport. In the first story, a flock of birds insists on hanging around on a soccer field and Sly needs to figure out why. Yet the second story is more about disappearing and reappearing sports equipment, and the last is about Sly's young neighbor Brian acting strangely after the girls practice cheerleading for basketball games. Also, a lot of the words used are common in an adult's or older child's vocabulary, but for the intended audience, they are a bit out of place, especially when they are not sufficiently defined in context. Some words, like "policy" are easy to figure out based on what is being discussed, while others, like "complex," are not as easy to pick up and could be confusing, especially for a child just beginning to read on their own. Sly and her friends are, in general, likable and the stories are light, but there is little to hook the reader into all three stories.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-While Sly is a curious girl and does show an interest in looking for misplaced sports items, her sleuthing is minimal-and boring. The book consists almost entirely of action dialogue, so there is little character development. Sly's two best friends are Melody and Brian, a nursery school child whose vocabulary often seems too advanced for his age. The book is separated into three sections and then further divided by word headings to indicate a change of topic. The topics do not fit together and, overall, the story is disjointed. The pencil sketches are not particularly engaging. Children interested in mystery stories would do better to look elsewhere.-Diane Eddington, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sly runs a detective agency called "Sleuth for Hire," but she only takes cases that her cat, Taxi, would care about. She is smart and serious and is kept in business by her friends. In Case #1, she is hired by her pal Jack, known for his sudden appearances, to figure out why there's always a flock of birds hanging out on the soccer field. After collecting a few clues, Sly discovers a custodial mishap. Case #2 deals with her friend's missing ballet slippers, disappearing swim fins and appearing baseball cleats. Sly is given to moments of self-doubt, jealousy and grumpiness, but ultimately her gumshoe skills pay off. In Case #3, the question is why Brian, her lively four-year-old neighbor, suddenly wants to be rolled by a rolling-pin, dangle from trees and take long soaks in the tub. In this trio of trifles there is not a nail-biting moment to be found, but Sly and her friends do deliver a pleasant read and some clues to the mysteries of friendship. (Fiction. 7-9)

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Sly the Sleuth
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2 MB
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Donna Jo Napoli was introduced to Dutton by fellow Philadelphia area resident Lloyd Alexander. Dutton promptly published her first middle grade novel, Soccer Shock, in 1991 to critical and popular acclaim.

In 1993, Napoli's versatility became evident with the publication of The Prince of the Pond (1992) which won the New Jersey Reading Association's M. Jerry Weiss Book Award in 1997 and
The Magic Circle (1993). The former, a light fantasy that revisits the frog prince motif, highlights her
talent for humor. The latter, a young adult novel, also revisits a fairy tale ("Hansel and Gretel," in this case), but there the similarities to her humorous books end. In this dark tale told from the point of view of the witch, Napoli tells a tale of outward corruption and inner purity, filled with
spellbinding imagery. School Library Journal said, "The strength of Napoli's writing and the clarity of her vision make this story fresh and absorbing. A brilliantly executed novel that is sure to be appreciated by thoughtful readers."

Perhaps Napoli's versatility can be explained in part by her background in linguistics and poetry. She is currently a professor of linguistics and chair of the linguistics program at Swarthmore College, where she also teaches courses in writing fiction for children. In addition to writing for
children, she is a published poet and coeditor of four poetry volumes.

Donna Jo Napoli is the author of many books, including Soccer Schock(1991), The Prince of the Pond
(1992), The Magic Circle (1993), When Water Closes Over My Head
(1994), Shark Shock (1994), Jimmy, The Pickpocket of the Palace -- the highspirited sequel to The Prince of the Pond, The Bravest Thing (1997), On Guard (1997), Changing Tunes (1998), and also the award-winning novel Zel (1996), a Bulletin Blue Ribbon, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly Choice of the Years Best books.
Donna Jo Napoli's Stones in Water(1997),is the wrenching novel of a boy caught in a war he hates. It won the Golden Kite Award in 1997.

Donna Jo Napoli lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, with her husband Barry and their five children. She has received three degrees from Harvard University: a B.A. in Mathematics, an
M.A. in Italian Literature, and a Ph.D. in General and Romance Linguistics. She has taught on the university level since 1970, is widely published in scholarly journals and has received numerous grants and fellowships in the area of linguistics.

Heather Maione loved dolls when she was a child, though not quite as much as she loved to draw. The illustrator of numerous children’s books, she lives on Long Island with her husband and two children.

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