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The Case of the Backyard Treasure (Hello Math Reader, Level 4) (Hello Reader! Math Level 4) Paperback – May 1, 1998

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Gr. 1^-2. Liz the Whiz & Company (Liz, her brother Henry, and their dog) receive a message challenging them to find a treasure. They follow a series of clues left by Henry's friend Sam and discover a stash of cookies and Sam's new address. The first-person narration, particularly the line "I, Liz the Whiz, stay calm," has a tendency to make the book sound derivative of (or perhaps a tribute to) the Nate the Great series. Although the story is slight, Rocklin will please young mystery fans with popular genre elements such as clues, secret messages, and hidden treasure. Appealing line-and-watercolor artwork illustrates the tale. The appended math activities include retelling the story, doing mental math, and identifying geometric shapes. These ideas vary greatly in their relevance to the story and their child appeal, but the section is addressed to parents, who can pick and choose. For larger collections. Carolyn Phelan

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 250L (What's this?)
  • Series: Hello Reader! Math Level 4
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books (May 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590308726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590308724
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

JOANNE ROCKLIN's latest middle grade novel is FLEABRAIN LOVES FRANNY. "Not to be missed!" (VOYA)

THE FIVE LIVES OF OUR CAT ZOOK won the 2013 Golden Kite Award for Fiction given by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. It is also published as an audiobook. "The only imperfection in this novel is that it ends." BOOKLIST, starred. It is a Parents' Choice Gold Award winner.

She is also the critically acclaimed author of several other books, including ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING MORNING ON ORANGE STREET, which won the California Library Association's Beatty Award, the FOCAL Award of the Los Angeles Public Library, and the California Book Award Gold Medal from the Commonwealth Club. It was also voted best middle grade by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association. STRUDEL STORIES was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an American Library Association Notable Book, and FOR YOUR EYES ONLY!, was a School Library Journal Best Book and a Bank Street Best Book. Her early readers THREE SMART PALS and THIS BOOK IS HAUNTED will soon be e-books, the latter also to be released as an App.

She has a doctorate in psychology and is a former elementary school teacher, presently writing children's books full-time. For several years she taught a popular class in writing children's books at UCLA Extension. She gives presentations in schools, libraries and bookstores and has been a speaker for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the California Reading Association, and other organizations.

Originally from Montreal, Canada, Joanne lived in Los Angeles for many decades. She now lives in Oakland, California.

Her website is www.joannerocklin.com and she welcomes comments.

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