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Who Stole Uncle Sam?
     

Who Stole Uncle Sam?

by Martha Freeman
 
Two eleven-year-old sleuths crack a case about the disappearance of a baseball coach in this humourous and offbeat middle-grade mystery, third in Martha Freeman's popular series.

After their last success, Alex and Yasmeen made a pact to stop solving mysteries. However, when Alex's baseball coach, a patriotic war veteran nicknamed Uncle Sam, goes missing, it's hard

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Two eleven-year-old sleuths crack a case about the disappearance of a baseball coach in this humourous and offbeat middle-grade mystery, third in Martha Freeman's popular series.

After their last success, Alex and Yasmeen made a pact to stop solving mysteries. However, when Alex's baseball coach, a patriotic war veteran nicknamed Uncle Sam, goes missing, it's hard for the young detectives to resist. Soon the two are tracking down clues involving porta-potties, lawn care chemicals, and secret baseball scouts. Will Alex and Yasmeen get to the bottom of the mystery before the summer is over?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This latest installment in the "Chickadee Court" series puts Alex and Yasmeen in the middle of a mystery surrounding the disappearance of one of their baseball coaches. Ironically, the opportunity to solve the mystery comes over summer vacation, shortly after the two young sleuths decide not to solve any more mysteries. When they keep running into clues, Alex and Yasmeen can't help but to start putting two and two together. And they don't feel very comfortable with their answers, especially when it starts to look like several people they like might actually be suspects in the case. To add to the trouble, Sofie—who would not be their first choice of friends—decides that she's interested in helping them solve the mystery. Working their way through month-old garbage, Alex, Yasmeen and Sofie realize that they are close to solving the puzzle. But can they solve it before the final baseball game of the season? And can they do so without getting themselves into big trouble with the kidnapper and Alex's police officer mom? This is a solid children's mystery with great humor throughout. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

Best friends Alex and Yasmeen once again use their detective skills to unmask a criminal. This time, the book centers around Memorial Day, and the misdeed in question is the kidnapping of an Uncle Sam impersonator who is also Alex's baseball coach and co-owner of a lawn-care business that uses a possibly dangerous chemical. The plot depends mostly on humorous misunderstandings to draw readers into the story, but its most winning feature is Alex's narration, which always sums things up in a funny, kid-friendly way. This fast-paced read packs in quick treatments of deeper topics like environmental terrorism, the Vietnam War, and civil disobedience. An appealing choice for mystery fans.-Emily R. Brown, Providence Public Library, RI

Kirkus Reviews
Although they agreed never to try to solve mysteries again, Alex and Yasmeen can't resist when Sam Banner, Alex's baseball coach, disappears into a porta potty and reappears only after the game, the team's first win of the season. It seems to have been a kidnapping; the kid sleuths received a ransom note. But the victim has returned and the police, including Alex's detective mother, have moved on to other cases. This third in the Chickadee Court series of holiday mysteries takes place in small-town Pennsylvania between Memorial Day, marked by the accidental explosion of the town fireworks shed, and the real fireworks of the Fourth of July. Wound into the well-paced narrative are questions about professionalism in youth baseball, references to the protests of the 1960s and the harm lawn chemicals may be doing to the Chesapeake Bay today-and plenty of false leads. Readers starting the series here will certainly want to celebrate other holidays with Alex, his neighbor Yasmeen, his detective cat Luau and their friends. Fine fare for summer reading. (Mystery. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823420919
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2009
Series:
Chickadee Court Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Martha Freeman has written nine books for children and young adults, including "The Trouble with Cats", and the "Chickadee Court" mysteries. Kirkus Reviews praised her First Kids Mystery #1, The Case of the Rock 'n' Roll Dog, for its "Snappy narrative" and called her First Kids Mystery#2, The Case of the Diamond Dog Collar, a "gem." A native of Southern California, she lives in State College, Pennsylvania. Learn more on her website, www.marthafreeman.com.

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