Crime Through Time #1: Swindled!: The 1906 Journal of Fitz Morgan

Crime Through Time #1: Swindled!: The 1906 Journal of Fitz Morgan

by Bill Doyle


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Each book in the Crime Through Time series is hosted by a different child member of the famous Fitzmorgan detective family. While the young sleuth unravels a fictional mystery, readers learn about the real historical setting and actual crime-solving methods from the different eras. In sidebar activities, readers take on the role of assistant, helping to crack the case. Breathtakingly suspenseful but never violent and always age-appropriate, the books read like private investigative journals, with photos, maps, news clippings and crime scene sketches.

In Swindled!, Fitz is aboard one of those new Continental Express trains, bound from New York for San Francisco. As more and more people take sick from cyanide poisoning, Fitz and a new friend, Justine "the Judge" Pinkerton (of the famous crime-solving Pinkerton family) begin to unravel a wickedly ingenious plot involving a ring of money counterfeiters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316057363
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Series: Crime Through Time Series , #1
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Bill Doyle has worked as a freelance editor and writer at The Discovery Channel, Comedy Central, the American Museum of Natural History, Time For Kids, LeapFrog and Scholastic, among others.

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Crime Through Time #1: Swindled!: The 1906 Journal of Fitz Morgan 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
dmckenna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story begins with a train trip from New York to San Francisco in 2906. There was Fitz and Teddy the Bulldog going on a trip and met a girl named Justine Pinkerton. During the course of their journey a man and a little girl had been poisoned for some unknown reason. Then it was discovered that there was some counterfeit money discovered. Now there were questions and a mystery to solve. This type of story would be quite engaging for the Middle School student where the book is set up with the clues and diary style format. It is rather like a graphic novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought both Swindled and Nabbed for my nieces and nephews, but before turning them over to the kids, read them myself! The books each provide an engaging mystery set in a different time period, and give kids the opportunity to learn about events going on at that time. One particularly nice thing about the books is that they will appeal to a wide variety of children -- some will be taken with the story alone, others will really enjoy the historical angle and learning about the history of forensics and detective skills.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book parents and children will enjoy. We enjoyed reading this as a family and talking about the history included in the book. The only downside was the book ended! We are moving on to Nabbed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was looking for good reading selections as gifts for my nieces and nephews and I found this and Doyle's other book, Nabbed. What I got was a great reading selection! These books really captured kids' imaginations and left them waiting for the next book in the series. I am glad I picked it up.