Spy in the Attic

Spy in the Attic

by Ursel Scheffler, Christa Unzner
     
 

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"This fast-paced, suspenseful detective story subtly deals with the fear of the outsider.... The text is as fluid as the delightfully detailed wash-and-line pictures. The story ends on a satisfying note."

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"Readers will identify with Martin. The illustrations by Christa Unzner are effective in creating a suspenseful tone.... This book is a good

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"This fast-paced, suspenseful detective story subtly deals with the fear of the outsider.... The text is as fluid as the delightfully detailed wash-and-line pictures. The story ends on a satisfying note."

Booklist

"Readers will identify with Martin. The illustrations by Christa Unzner are effective in creating a suspenseful tone.... This book is a good transition from easy readers to longer novels." Library Talk

"The story is entertaining and well-written, a step above the usual easy reading fare. Unzner provides endearing illustrations on every page of this amiable book."

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Children's Literature - Pat Metz
The illustration on the cover of a young bespectacled boy peering out from behind an open door invites one to open the book and being reading. This is a cleverly written and wonderfully illustrated story in which children's active imaginations lead them to the wrong conclusions about Mr. Leon, the new renter in their apartment building.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5Awake late at night, Martin sees mysterious-looking packages being delivered to his new upstairs neighbor. Convinced that the odd-looking man is a spy, Martin and his friend Pauline investigate. Suspense builds nicely until the anticlimactic ending when the two young detectives discover that the mysterious Mr. Leon is a musician recovering from an auto accident. The "coffin" delivered to the house in the opening scene turns out to be a piano. The message of not judging by appearances is delivered without subtlety. The large-print type and plentiful full-color artwork add interest and are well integrated into the text. Too bad the solution to this beginning chapter-book mystery is such a letdown.Lisa Smith, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
The Spy In The Attic (64 pp.; PLB Apr. 1, 1997; 1-55858-727-6; PLB 1-55858-728-4): When Mr. Leon, a new upstairs neighbor, receives some deliveries late at night that appear to be a coffin and a cannon, Martin is suspicious. He meets Mr. Leon and finds out that he wears a wig, sunglasses, and gloves, and becomes certain that their apartment building is harboring a spy. Then Mr. Leon asks Martin to walk his dog, providing the perfect opportunity for some spying of his own. Despite a too-neat ending—all mysterious behavior is explained away—the story is entertaining and well-written, a step above the usual easy reading fare. Unzner provides endearing color illustrations on every page of this amiable book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558589919
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/1998
Edition description:
1 PBK ED
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.65(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.27(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Scheffler has written over 80 books for children in her native Germany.

As a child, Christa Unzner filled mountains of paper with her drawings. After an apprenticeship to a window decorator, she went on to study design. She has illustrated many children's books, including young people's retelling of William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet. She lives with her husband in Nicaragua.

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