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The Bomb in the Bessledorf Bus Depot
     

The Bomb in the Bessledorf Bus Depot

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, James Bernardin (Illustrator)
 

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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.

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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.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689805998
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
05/28/1997
Series:
Bernie Magruder Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written more than 135 books, including the Newbery Award Medal winner Shiloh and the Alice book series. Naylor grew up in during the Great Depression and began writing when she was a teenager. Her first children's book, The Galloping Goat and Other Stories, was published in 1965, and she has written an average of two books a year for children since then. Shiloh was made into a family movie in 1996. In addition to sequels to Shiloh, there are now 25 books in the Alice book series, the most recent being Now I'll Tell You Everything.

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