The Bomb in the Bessledorf Bus Depot

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Someone set off a bomb in the Bessledorf Bus Depot — and all fingers are pointing at Bernie's sister Delores. And the next suspect in line is Joseph, their brother! It's up to Bernie and his friends Georgene and Weasel to help solve the case — and save the Magruder name.

After several bombs go off around town, eleven-year-old Bernie Magruder becomes suspicious of various members of his family, causing confusion in Officer Feeney's ...

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Someone set off a bomb in the Bessledorf Bus Depot — and all fingers are pointing at Bernie's sister Delores. And the next suspect in line is Joseph, their brother! It's up to Bernie and his friends Georgene and Weasel to help solve the case — and save the Magruder name.

After several bombs go off around town, eleven-year-old Bernie Magruder becomes suspicious of various members of his family, causing confusion in Officer Feeney's investigation and around the hotel that his parents run.

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Gr 3-6-A lightweight mystery revolving around 11-year-old Bernie Magruder, son of the manager of the Bessledorf Hotel, and his two sleuthing buddies, Weasel and Georgene. Bomb is the fifth book in the series and is unfortunately untimely. Unlike the real world, in Naylor's cartoon creation nobody ever gets hurt as bombs go off in the bus depot, in the hotel entrance, and in the public swimming pool. Circumstantial evidence leads Bernie to proffer his 20-year-old sister as the perpetrator to Officer Feeney. Delores has just been jilted for a "Fort Wayne floozy" and openly expresses her death wish for her former beau, who just happens to have miraculously escaped each blast. The mystery is pretty weak and the young detective's insight, which saves the day (and, of course, Delores), is uninspired. Side stories revolve around (other) mistaken suspicions and the farcical assumption that Officer Feeney is after Delores's hand rather than her wrist. Many librarians will get their hackles raised by the blond librarian with the bright red lipstick who readily surrenders Bernie's siblings' circulation records to him. The family sitcom isn't very funny, and the various stereotypes just bumble along. Young readers won't mind breezing through these 25 chapters, but they'll hardly be challenged or enlightened.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
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  • ISBN-13: 9780689805998
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Series: Bernie Magruder Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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