The Case of the Piggy Bank Thief (First Kids Mystery Series #4)

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Although a stolen piggy bank is normally no big deal, this particular bank belongs to 7-year-old Tessa, the younger daughter of the president of the United States. When her 11-year-old sister Cammie finds out that the piggy also held an old coin their dog Hooligan dug up from the White House lawn, the case really gets complicated—and delicate. The coin in question, they realize, is probably the one archeologists have been trying to uncover and worth millions! The girls have got to find the culprit and the coin ...

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Overview

Although a stolen piggy bank is normally no big deal, this particular bank belongs to 7-year-old Tessa, the younger daughter of the president of the United States. When her 11-year-old sister Cammie finds out that the piggy also held an old coin their dog Hooligan dug up from the White House lawn, the case really gets complicated—and delicate. The coin in question, they realize, is probably the one archeologists have been trying to uncover and worth millions! The girls have got to find the culprit and the coin and turn it in or their mother will have a major scandal on her hands.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Caitlyn Payne
Cammie and Tessa, the creative and energetic daughters of the President, are experts at tracking and retrieving their errant pets from around the White House. They know all the back routes to track and recover missing items—or dog, or canary. But when Tessa's piggy bank disappears the day after she finds a gold coin during an archeology dig and secrets the coin in her piggy bank, the girls have a real mystery on their hands! Who knew how to find Tessa's piggy bank? And how did the thief know she had an invaluable gold coin hidden in it? This installation of the "First Kids' Mysteries" series is entertaining and the plot moves at a good clip, but the sub plots and stories about the characters are just as much fun to read as the mystery. The stories about Tessa and Cammie dealing with escaping pets, their friend sneaking the dog jelly beans, and the girls' frustrations about having to complete their regular chores when they would just rather be solving a mystery on Saturday is what makes it a great read: showing the girls of the President as regular kids, trying to grow up and have fun and learn, just as they would if they were not the children of a world leader. Readers will enjoy the energetic story of piggy bank crime and shenanigans in the world of the "first kids." Reviewer: Caitlyn Payne
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Cammie (aka Fussbudget) and Tessa (aka Fireball) are the daughters of the first female president of the United States. In this installment in the series, Tessa's piggy bank is stolen and treasure is missing from the White House lawn. It appears that the girls have two mysteries to solve at once-or are the thefts somehow related? The writing style is smart and witty, and has an upbeat feel. The author depicts kids in a realistic and respectful way. The book's pacing, short chapters, and plot twists will engage reluctant readers, and the inclusion of boy characters and their fun banter with the girls creates wide appeal.—Cass Mabbott, Seattle Public Library, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823425174
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Series: First Kids Mystery Series , #4
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 958,944
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha Freeman writes fiction for children and young adults. Kirkus Reviews praised First Kids Mystery #1, The Case of the Rock 'n' Roll Dog, for its "snappy narrative," while Booklist admired its "unexpected twists" and "lively story." She lives in State College, Pennsylvania.

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