Ripley's Believe it Or Not: Scaly Tale


Zia, Jack (14), and Max are a multinational team of teen investigators. Unlike most of the students at Ripley High these three (and a few of other friends) know that the Ripley Bureau of Investigation lies under their school. Their mission is to find out if there really is a "lizard man" in the Florida Everglades. They have some general information, but they need to get to the truth. It's not going to be easy, because everywhere they turn it seems there are alligators, snakes, or the agents of the Department of Unbelievable Lies. With all this mystery and distraction will they get to the truth or get lost in the mangroves forever?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kid sleuths, cool gadgets, and typical Ripley facts combine well in this fast-paced mystery for transitoinal readers. The illustrations and short sentences make this an excellent choice for dormant readers, too.

Content Awareness Factors:

I wish the book's quality was a little better. As paperbacks go, this one doesn't seem built to last.

Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter loved this book. Each night we sat down to read she always asked for one more chapter, particularly if what we finished left something "hanging."

Big Kid Reaction

This is a fun series. I like the use of the sidebar graphics and how they pull out elements from the story to offer facts that might interest kids. This is fast-paced, and each chapter has just enough suspense to keep you wanting to read it all in one sitting.

Type of Book:
This is a mystery adventure series for readers moving toward full-length novels.
Educational Themes:

This is largely a book for recreational reading, though there are interesting and unusual facts peppered throughout the book. They could be the basis for other research and reading. With a little stretch, you could talk about friendship, problem solving, and responsibility.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
7 and Up
Age of child:
Read with and by an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, unless you're thinking about collecting the series. This is a fun, fast-paced read that is great any time of year but could come in handy when you need some summer reading.

Title RBI: Scaly Tale

Ripley's Belive it or Not, Book 1

Author Ripley's Believe It Or Not
Publisher Ripley Publishing © 2010
Illustrators Ripley's Believe It Or Not®
ISBN 9781893951525
Material Hard Cover
Cost $4.99
Genres Adventure, Mystery
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