The Startling Story of the Stolen Statue (Goofballs #2)

Overview

Fans of Dav Pilkey's The Adventures of Ook and Glook and Patricia Reilly Giff's ZigZag Kids will flock to this chapter-book mystery series full of slapstick humor and silly situations by the wildly popular Tony Abbott, author of the Secrets of Droon series.

The Goofballs Jeff, Brian, Mara and Kelly, haven't had a mystery to solve in a while, so they help decorate for the 100th Anniversary of Badger Point school celebration.

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Overview

Fans of Dav Pilkey's The Adventures of Ook and Glook and Patricia Reilly Giff's ZigZag Kids will flock to this chapter-book mystery series full of slapstick humor and silly situations by the wildly popular Tony Abbott, author of the Secrets of Droon series.

The Goofballs Jeff, Brian, Mara and Kelly, haven't had a mystery to solve in a while, so they help decorate for the 100th Anniversary of Badger Point school celebration.

The new statue of the first principal is being unveiled at the party but the statue has disappeared. With clues like a skateboard in a piano, a broken pencil, a scrap of paper that smells like chlorine, and a climbing rope hung differently than the others, the Goofballs solve their goofiest mystery yet. 

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Light on mystery but strong on characters, this story is about four students and their Goofdog, Sparky, a corgi. The detectives seem to be in fourth or fifth grade, while the story is a transitional reader, with short chapters, big print, and lots of fun black-and-white cartoon illustrations. Badger Point School is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and a statue of the school's first principal, Simon Plunkett, has disappeared hours before the celebration. The kids have a scrap of wet paper, a broken pencil, and a skateboard as clues. The mystery takes place in the school and mostly in the Cafeteri-Audi-Nasium. A custodian doubles or triples as art teacher, coach, bus driver, cook, and show director. There are a few silly spots: one of the boys keeps losing his pants and a chance encounter in a darkened closet causes a flood, but the mystery is not easily solved and many readers will be surprised and pleased when the statue is found. The story moves quickly, and those looking for a humorous read will enjoy it. Although it is part of a series, it can stand alone and could encourage young readers ready for chapter books.—Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606843413
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Series: Goofballs Series , #2
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 455,269
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Abbott
Tony Abbott was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and lived in a small house on top of a hill. There were tons of books in every room (because both of his parents were teachers) and he would say that these books were his first introduction to the world of literature.

He has been a bookseller, a publisher, and a library clerk, but it was only when he began reading bedtime stories to his daughters that the spark of writing finally turned to children's books. Since then, Tony has authored over 85 books for younger readers. He is currently a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Creative Writing MFA faculty at Lesley University. He presents writing workshops and seminars to children and adults nationwide. He lives in Trumbull, Connecticut with his wife, two daughters, and a pretty good dog. You can visit him online at www.tonyabbottbooks.com.

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