Who Stole Halloween (Chickadee Court Mysteries)

Summary:

Alex was having a fine day until Luau (his cat) went into the cemetery and sat on a grave. There, Alex and Yasmeen picked up a flyer: Kyle Richmond's cat Halloween was missing. Yasmeen was all excited about the chance to solve another myster, but not Alex. Alex was more concerned about what was going on at the old Harvey House. Mention the word "ghost" and the power would go out. When Alex's Mom (a police officer) told him that there was a rash of cat-nappings, Alex decided he didn't have a choice. He and Yasmeen would be detectives - and they'd use Luau as bait. What could possibly go wrong?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Short chapters, plenty of action, and one smart cat engage readers from the outset of this book for transitional readers.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Young Reader Reaction

The cover caught my attention on this one. The black cat has a great expression on his face. I found myself staying up later and later trying to finish this book. Each chapter has just enough of a cliff hanger that you want to turn the page to see what happens next. The story is fun, the characters are eclectic, and the relationships between adults and kids is respectful. A nice treat!

Type of Book:
This is a wholesome mystery series with two 12-year-old detectives solving cases.
Educational Themes:

This is meant to be a story to read just for fun. You can stop at various points to ask your reader to predict the next events(s) or ask "what will [character] name do?" There are themes of superstitions and "old wives tales," friendship, and creative problem solving. Alex and Yasmeen read old newspapers to learn more about their town. You might do the same thing in yours.

Reading Level:
4.2
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a fun read and could be something to share for several Halloweens. Because the pace is fast and the language is so descriptive, it is a good selection for mixed age audiences.

Title Who Stole Halloween?
About

Chickadee Court Mysteries, Book 2

Author Martha Freeman
Publisher Holiday House © 2012
Illustrators Eric Brace
ISBN 9780823419623
Material Hard Cover
Cost $7.95
Genres Adventure, Friendship, Mystery
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