Wild Willie & King Kyle, Detectives

Wild Willie & King Kyle, Detectives

by Barbara M. Joosse, Sue Truesdell
     
 
Willie and Kyle are neighbors and best friends until the summer Kyle moves to Cleveland, Ohio. The friendship continues, however, as Willie begins to spy on his new neighbor and writes to Kyle for help in uncovering some of the secrets about Lucy. "The sprightly text has some gently poignant moments, making this short chapter book a fine choice for independent readers

Overview

Willie and Kyle are neighbors and best friends until the summer Kyle moves to Cleveland, Ohio. The friendship continues, however, as Willie begins to spy on his new neighbor and writes to Kyle for help in uncovering some of the secrets about Lucy. "The sprightly text has some gently poignant moments, making this short chapter book a fine choice for independent readers." -- School Library Journal

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Children's Literature - Rae Valabek
Wild Willie and King Kyle are best friends, live next door to each other, and have just completed second grade. A wonderful summer stretches before them until Kyle's family sells their house and moves away. Willie is left alone and, to make matters worse, a girl moves into Kyle's house! The boys set up a detective agency. Willie spies on his new neighbor and corresponds by mail with Kyle. In the end the tables are turned, and Willie makes a new friend. Told in the first person by Willie, this beginning chapter book addresses the feelings that surface when a best friend moves away.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- This book takes the hoary theme of a best friend moving away and turns it into a humorous, sometimes touching, story of transitions and connections. Willie and Kyle have big plans for their summer before third grade, until Kyle's father is transferred to ``stupid-Cleveland-stupid-Ohio.'' Before the boys part, they plot to spy on the new neighbors, including the girl who moves into Kyle's old room, and to conduct their investigation by mail. Joosse keeps the absent boy in the picture through letters and phone calls, and eventually unites all three children in a long-distance friendship, and detective agency. Truesdell's fluid, loose-limbed, black-and-white cartoons punctuate and accentuate the action. The sprightly text has some gently poignant moments, making this short chapter book a fine choice for independent readers. --Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440411079
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.67(h) x 0.23(d)
Lexile:
420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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