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Deep Doo-Doo and the Mysterious E-mails Hardcover – March 1, 2001

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Gr 4-6-Sixth-graders Bennet and Pete post late-breaking news on their Web site, Deep Doo-Doo. This time the news is a pumpkin on top of the flagpole in front of town hall. Who put it there and how? The two friends think they have the scoop but in fact are scooped by pretty classmate Elizabeth, editor of the school paper. Meanwhile, Bennet is receiving bizarre bad poetry in his e-mail. Factor in a mayoral race and the discovery of a past indiscretion on the part of one of the candidates, and Pete and Bennet find themselves in a whirlwind of political chicanery. Delaney's breezy colloquial style brings a couple of potentially nerdy boys to life and the political subject matter, while simplistically presented, is a rarity in juvenile fiction and is fun to follow. A good title for reluctant readers.-Ann Cook, formerly at Winter Park Public Library, FL

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 4-6. Bennett and Pete, a grade-school inventor and a writer, respectively, are back in a follow-up adventure to Deep Doo-Doo (1996). As their town prepares for a mayoral election, a pumpkin suddenly appears atop the town hall flagpole. With the help of rival budding journalist Elizabeth and word-puzzle e-mail from a Mad Poet with an incriminating secret, the boys try to figure out what's going on and scoop the story for their Deep Doo-Doo Web site. As in the first book, the answer may be rooted in the 1970s (streaking is involved this time). Some readers may question the ethics--ample opportunity for blackmail enters the picture--and Delaney makes some unexplained references to the earlier book and omits comment about Bennett's stutter, which kids may wonder about. But there's still potential here, especially for technologically savvy middle-graders who happen to like mysteries as well as Web works. Just be prepared for queries about one of the 1970s most embarrassing fads. Catherine Andronik
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1st edition (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525465308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525465300
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,717,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was very fun to read because I like mystery books. The way that Pete, Bennet, and Elizabeth found out the mysterious e-mail was very interesting. They should also make this book into a kid's movie. I think it will be fun to watch how Pete, Bennet, and Elizabeth solve the mystery instead of just reading about it.
I think this is a good book for kids my age who are 8-12 years old. It is easy to read and very easy to understand. I wish that there were pictures in the book so that I could see some of the scenes from the story. I want to see the scene where Pete types a message in the car window. I also thought it was really cool how Elizabeth knew what the mysterious e-mails meant. Go and read this book!
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A Kid's Review on July 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Sixth grade is turning out to be the trickiest year ever for Bennet, Pete, and Elizabeth. Bennet and Pete are best friends, Bennet and Elizabeth hate each other, and Pete has a huge crush on Elizabeth. Got that? Things are even more complicated because the kids have similar interests that put them in competition with each other, whether they like it or not. Bennet and Pete run their own news website called Deep Doo-Doo, and Elizabeth is the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, The Purple Patch.

So when somebody climbs up the flagpole in front of the Town Hall and sticks a pumpkin on top of it, Bennet and Pete post the story on Deep Doo-Doo immediately --- but Elizabeth scoops them with a news flash from The Purple Patch. When Bennet cleverly scoops Elizabeth's scoop, he makes her seriously furious. They fight a war of whispers in social studies class, which gets some unwelcome attention from their teacher. He decides that a fitting punishment is to make them partners on their Civil War project. He says they have to work together to solve the Great Pumpkin Caper. What's that got to do with the Civil War? When Bennet and Elizabeth try to work together on anything, it's a civil war!

Well, with their teacher cracking the whip, plus a $500 reward offered by the town's newspaper to anybody who can find out who planted that pumpkin, Bennet, Pete, and Elizabeth start solving the mystery as a team. Pete, of course, is in seventh heaven around Elizabeth. Bennet has to grudgingly admire her detective skills. And she's a terrific reporter.

As they begin to gather all the facts and come up with some suspects, they get a little help from some mysterious e-mails sent to Deep Doo-Doo. At first the e-mails just seem like bad poetry, and they don't even make any sense.
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Format: Hardcover
Election politics and cyber sleuthing make this a timely and entertaining read.
Pete and Bennet are best friends and run the Deep Doo-Doo website. They live to be the first to break a story. Someone stuck a big pumpkin on top of the Town Hall flag pole. How did it get up there? Who did it? Are the mysterious coded emails coming in to the website a clue? Mysteries abound in the context of the town's mayoral election. Good fun.
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My son enjoyed reading another book in this series. It arrived in wonderful condition.
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