Who Stole Grandma's Million-Dollar Pumpkin Pie?

Who Stole Grandma's Million-Dollar Pumpkin Pie?

by Martha Freeman
     
 

Eleven-year-old sleuths Alex Parakeet and his best friend, Yasmeen, are on a new case--a yummy one. The only copy of a valuable recipe has disappeared from the Parakeet kitchen days before Alex's father is scheduled to appear on a TV cooking show. Since word has gotten out that a celebrity chef will be filming a "tailgate" special from the college's parking lot before…  See more details below

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Eleven-year-old sleuths Alex Parakeet and his best friend, Yasmeen, are on a new case--a yummy one. The only copy of a valuable recipe has disappeared from the Parakeet kitchen days before Alex's father is scheduled to appear on a TV cooking show. Since word has gotten out that a celebrity chef will be filming a "tailgate" special from the college's parking lot before the big Thanksgiving weekend game, plenty of locals are plotting to get on TV. Could a neighbor or even a friend have gone so far as to steal the recipe, hoping to get Mr. Parakeet's spot?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Gr 3-6–Alex Parakeet and Yasmeen Popp, both 11, are back in another holiday mystery. This time, they become entangled in a case involving a valuable family recipe with a secret ingredient. Alex and his dad are hosting a birthday party for Mrs. Parakeet. Special guest Zooey Bonjour is attending the event along with relatives and neighbors. She is a TV star with her own cooking show on which Alex’s dad will be appearing to demonstrate his famous “million dollar” pumpkin pie and reveal the secret ingredient. When Alex’s cat causes a huge commotion by falling into a large pot of spaghetti sauce, the recipe disappears. Readers are led through many red herrings as the two friends are determined to find it. When the kids identify the culprit, they also discover that the Parakeet family, which has been struggling financially since Mr. Parakeet’s Internet company folded, has been swindled. Engaging text with a lot of humor, especially from the cat, keeps the story moving quickly. Readers follow Alex and Yasmeen from recycling bins to a hotel suite to a tailgate party to solve the mystery. Children who like fast-paced whodunits with a touch of humor will enjoy the story.–Nancy Baumann, Indian Paintbrush Elementary, Laramie, WY

Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
"The Chickadee Court Mysteries" continue with this fourth book in the series and follows: Who is Stealing the 12 Days of Christmas?; Who Stole Halloween?; and Who Stole Uncle Sam? How many eleven-year-olds have a stay-at-home dad who is a superb chef, a workaholic mother, a grandmother with TV-celebrity-cooking-show connections, and a cat whose wise insight gives additional meaning to the story? Even the family name, Parakeet, gives the reader pause for thought The actions of all of these characters are woven into a superb plot as the Chickadee Court Detective Agency springs into action to find who stole the recipe for Grandma's one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. The recipe contains a special secret ingredient. Alex Parakeet and his best friend, Yasmeen, embark on solving the crime using their detective guidelines of who had means, motive, and opportunity to steal the priceless document. A host of somewhat eccentric relatives, neighbors and friends are added to the list of suspects. Did someone steal the recipe before Alex's father could show the pie on a TV food show with Grandma's TV celebrity friend, and hope to present the pie as their own recipe? It is a hilarious mystery romp as the intrepid detectives discover who the culprit really is. The identity of the thief is a surprise to everyone. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Alex Parakeet and Yasmeen Popp, both 11, are back in another holiday mystery. This time, they become entangled in a case involving a valuable family recipe with a secret ingredient. Alex and his dad are hosting a birthday party for Mrs. Parakeet. Special guest Zooey Bonjour is attending the event along with relatives and neighbors. She is a TV star with her own cooking show on which Alex's dad will be appearing to demonstrate his famous "million dollar" pumpkin pie and reveal the secret ingredient. When Alex's cat causes a huge commotion by falling into a large pot of spaghetti sauce, the recipe disappears. Readers are led through many red herrings as the two friends are determined to find it. When the kids identify the culprit, they also discover that the Parakeet family, which has been struggling financially since Mr. Parakeet's Internet company folded, has been swindled. Engaging text with a lot of humor, especially from the cat, keeps the story moving quickly. Readers follow Alex and Yasmeen from recycling bins to a hotel suite to a tailgate party to solve the mystery. Children who like fast-paced whodunits with a touch of humor will enjoy the story.—Nancy Baumann, Indian Paintbrush Elementary, Laramie, WY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823422159
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,171,286
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Martha Freeman is known for her humorous novels for children and young adults, including "The Trouble with Cats", "The Trouble with Babies", "Fourth Grade Weirdo", and "The Year My Parents Ruined My Life", about which Publishers Weekly said, "[Freeman's] personable characters, dry sense of humor and understanding of the adolescent mind are sure to draw a tidal wave of fans." She lives in State College, Pennsylvania, with her family. www.marthafreeman.com.

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