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When giant bees attack the TV Academy playground, the school's mysterious newspaper editor, Carly, wants her three best reporters to investigate. Soon, the third-grade trio, known as the Angels, find themselves in a sticky situation. The school's science club has been dumping a gooey mess of chemicals into a nearby pond. Will the Angels stop this eco-threat? Or will the female force find themselves in a monster mess?
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Overview

When giant bees attack the TV Academy playground, the school's mysterious newspaper editor, Carly, wants her three best reporters to investigate. Soon, the third-grade trio, known as the Angels, find themselves in a sticky situation. The school's science club has been dumping a gooey mess of chemicals into a nearby pond. Will the Angels stop this eco-threat? Or will the female force find themselves in a monster mess?
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—With a nod to the 1970s television show Charlie's Angels, Hoena features three girls, known collectively as Carly's Angels, who interview, write, and take photos for their school newspaper. The mysterious Carly, who is only seen in silhouette but is really the editor-in-chief, gives them news scoops. In this story, the three investigate the sudden arrival of super-sized bees and discover that the science club has dumped their failed toxic slushie formula into the school pond. Profiles of Carly, the three girls, the author, and the illustrator, as well as discussion questions, writing prompts, and a glossary, are appended. Carly's Angels reads like a television script with cartoon-style illustrations. While the environmental theme is commendable, the story is not memorable.—Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Bees are attacking children at school. They seem bigger than usual and whoever is stung gets a blue tongue (or do they?).The Carly's Angels are the stars on the school newspaper and a mysterious phone call gives them a big tip for a front-page story. They put their heads together and plan out their agenda. The first thing they do is to go to Wally's Pond where several students have been stung. There, they see blue stuff in the water and when Gillian put a small amount in her mouth, she says it taste like bad slushie, and her tongue turns blue. The girls talk at lunch and realize that whoever is doing this, is polluting the water and making the bees 100 time their normal size. They also realize what a huge effect this could have on the environment. Their search includes spying on the school's science club. Further investigation solves the mystery, and the story hits the front page of the newspaper. This is a delightful book for both boys and girls. The author does a great job of introducing the characters and by the end of the book, makes the whole situation plausible. The author includes a mini-biography on each of the Carly's Angels, the author, and illustrator. There are also discussion questions, writing prompts, and a glossary. This is a fun book to read! Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434230652
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: Graphic Sparks Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: GN350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Blake A. Hoena grew up in central Wisconsin, where, in his youth, he wrote stories about robots conquering the Moon and trolls lumbering around in the woods behind his parent’s house — and the fact that the trolls were hunting for little boys had nothing to do with Blake’s pesky younger brothers. Later, he moved to Minnesota to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Since graduating, Blake has written more than forty books for children, including retellings of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and the Perseus and Medusa myth. Most recently, he’s working on graphic novels for Sports Illustrated Kids and writing stories about superheroes.
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