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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545395399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545395397
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews



A Junior Library Guild Selection

"A fast-paced mystery . . . a sparkling start for a promising new series." --KIRKUS REVIEWS

"A novel as cinematic in execution as it is patriotic in theme." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Kate Messner is the author of THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z., winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers; SUGAR AND ICE; EYE OF THE STORM; CAPTURE THE FLAG; SEA MONSTER'S FIRST DAY; OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW; and the Marty McGuire chapter book series. A former middle-school English teacher, Kate lives on Lake Champlain with her family and loves reading, walking in the woods, and traveling. Visit her online at

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Kate Messner is the award-winning author of more than a dozen current and forthcoming books for young readers. Her first novel, The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z., won the 2010 E.B. White Read-Aloud Medal for Older Readers, while its follow-up, Sugar and Ice (Walker/Bloomsbury, 2010), was a Junior Library Guild selection. Kate is also the author of the popular Marty McGuire chapter book series and Silver Jaguar Society mysteries with Scholastic. Her pictures books with Chronicle Books include SeaMonster's First Day and Over and Under the Snow, an E.B. White Read Aloud Honor Book and NY Times and ALSC Notable book. Kate is a former middle school English teacher who also wrote REAL REVISION: AUTHORS' STRATEGIES TO SHARE WITH STUDENT WRITERS, a book about the revision process for teachers and writers (Stenhouse, 2011) Kate lives on Lake Champlain with her family, where she enjoys spending time outside biking, hiking, swimming in the summer, skiing and skating in the winter. Of course, she also loves curling up with a good book any day of the year. Follow her on Twitter @KateMessner and learn more at her website:

Customer Reviews

Definitely would recommend to any reader, young or old.
Elizabeth L. Stabler
I know there's a sequel, but I hope there will be more than just one more book in this series.
Mrs. Heise
It was good book and it was funny at times and slow at times but it was a good book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Heise on July 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely adore Kate Messner's writing. I really enjoyed EYE OF THE STORM and CAPTURE THE FLAG was no disappointment either. One of the things I like most about Kate Messner's books is that she writes smart, honest, real characters. In this book they read, they write, one is a genius at video games, but they all have many layers to their characters without getting overly emotionally involved as would happen in more young adult books. Her cast of characters is also multicultural allowing more kids to relate to the teens they're reading about in the books. I also appreciate that although there is a main female character, there are two male characters in prominent roles also, so there is gender-neutral appeal to this book.

Another great thing about her books is the cross-curricular connections she makes. Especially in CAPTURE THE FLAG where there are many social studies/history ties to be made. In this book she has written a multilayered story with an intriguing mystery. I figured it out early on, but it is written for 3rd-7th graders, and I think it will appeal to them-especially if they're fans of heist stories. It's a fun story as the group is stuck overnight in an airport and as the kids band together to try to find the stolen flag, scene after scene builds up tension and humor as they find their way into all sorts of hidden places within the airport. It also has an exciting secret society aspect to it. I could see this turning into a great series. I know there's a sequel, but I hope there will be more than just one more book in this series. These could be characters who could solve these National Treasure (the movie) type mysteries in all different kinds of situations and meet other members of the society.

Kate Messner just has great writing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Library-Centers on September 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What do I like so much about Capture the Flag? I personally find history fascinating, but I have a hard time selling "historical fiction" to most of our elementary school students. It seems dry and distant to them, and they have a hard time connecting to events in our past. Capture the Flag is a fast-paced mystery/adventure, set in contemporary time, but it includes historical details. These details will tie in with what students are studying in the classroom, and stir their interest in American history.

The characters are believable middle school students (not sugary sweet, not juvenile delinquents) who find themselves in the midst of an intriguing crime. Someone has stolen the original Star Spangled Banner flag from the Smithsonian, and the three students are snowed in at a Washington, D.C. airport with the criminals and other interesting travelers. It's like the National Treasure movies, but with kids instead of adults solving the puzzle. I found that it was written at the right level for students to figure out the mystery at the same pace that the characters do, and to feel clever as they make those inferences.

Fourth and fifth grade teachers at our school have been reading this book aloud to our students and thoroughly enjoying it. If you are a teacher or librarian, consider buying Capture the Flag to encourage your students' interest in history!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ajswrite on July 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Kate Messner has done it again! She has written a brilliant, high-interest, middle grade mystery that will have middle schoolers turning the pages. Unlike Eye of the Storm, Sugar and Ice, and The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z., this novel is a mystery with tidbits of interesting American history sprinkled throughout from start to finish. Like the others, this novel will keep the young reader's attention until the final pages.

Three believable youngsters, named Anna, Henry, and Jose, meet up at the Washington, DC airport after attending a gala at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. After becoming acquaintances, the kids learn that the original American flag (inspired The Star Spangled Banner) was stolen during the gala. With some persuading, Anna talks Henry and Jose into an adventure to uncover the truth about the heist of this American gem of an artifact. Along the way, the kids begin to learn about each other and form a friendship that will lead them to protect each other at any and all costs.

The young reader will be thrilled to find out that Messner's resolution leaves the possibility for another adventure, a sequel, which will surely be another page-turner. As a middle school teacher, this is one book that I can't wait to put into the hands of a sixth and seventh grader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dad of Divas TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have never read and of the books written by this author in the past, but if they were as well written as this one I am looking forward to reading more. This book was a great intriguing mystery that ties history and fiction together and provides the reader with a thrill ride from beginning to end. I know that I'm reading this with my daughter her attention was complete and she did not want me to stop once we started. I was impressed with the characters as well as the detailed plot that the author provides her readers as it draws you into the story and doesn't let go. The book was highly enjoyable and the energy and adventure shared within the book are contagious. I came to really enjoy the characters within this book and my daughter even asked if there were other books with the same characters and it. I for one hope that in the future these characters may make a return.

*I received a copy of this book in return for a honest review, however this did not effect what you have read above*
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