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A to Z Mysteries Super Edition 1: Detective Camp (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) [Kindle Edition]

Ron Roy , John Steven Gurney
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Don’t miss A to Z Mysteries—alphabetic adventures that are full of thrills, chills, and cases to crack!
 
Super Edition #1: Detective Camp
 
In the twenty-seventh book of the A to Z Mysteries—an early chapter book mystery series featuring strong boy and girl characters—Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are off to summer camp! And this isn't just any camp... it's a camp for detectives. The kids can't wait to spend a whole week following clues and learning about the science of crime solving. Soon the counselors have all the campers working on a mystery. But while Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are figuring out their part of the puzzle, they stumble on something suspicious. Could a real crime be happening at a detective camp?
 
Each book includes a map in the front. Parents, teachers, and librarians agree that these highly collectible chapter books are perfect for emerging readers and any kid who love mysteries!
 
Bonus: Look for a hidden message inside this book!




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About the Author

RON ROY has been writing books for children since 1974. He is the author of dozens of books, including the popular A to Z Mysteries, Capital Mysteries, and Calendar Mysteries. When not working on a new book in his Connecticut home, Ron likes to teach tricks to his dog Pal, play poker with friends, travel, and read thrilling mystery books. Visit him online at RonRoy.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 7071 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 23, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002PYFVRG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,845 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detective Camp with a twist June 19, 2010
Format:Paperback
Dink, Ruth Rose and Josh go to a camp to learn more about being detectives. What they didn't know is that they were about to be involved in a real life mystery. The camp was formed to help children learn more about how to identify a fraud signature, how to lift and identify a finger print and more. What the kids discovered was that one of the employees was not exactly who they claimed to be. The children shared their hunch with a detective that was working at the camp and soon he too was on the case.

The A to Z Mystery series is a wonderful group of books. Both of my children have read them and enjoy trying to figure out the clues as they are reveiled. I would recommend this series of books for any early reader in your life.

By Kerri J. Busteed
Author of Will's First Hunt Will's First Hunt
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detective Camp June 23, 2006
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Format:Paperback
Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are back! The 27th book in the A to Z is about when they go to Detective Camp. But Dink's and Josh's counsler (Buzzy Steele) starts acting strangly. Then things start disappearing. Who is the theif? Can Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose catch her (or him) before it's too late? And can they find out why Buzzy is acting like he is? A great book!:)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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It is ok for little kids but the series tends to be pretty much the same. I would not buy all of them but one or two is ok.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Adventure January 5, 2011
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My 7.5 years old son loved this book. I have trouble encouraging him to read, but this story kept his interest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 10, 2014
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Really nice, we like it
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5.0 out of 5 stars great series for young readers June 4, 2014
By JA
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This is a great chapter book series and the content is suitable for the young early readers (5 year old and up).
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5.0 out of 5 stars :) June 2, 2014
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my daughter loves these books. i cant say much about them as I have not read them. She seems happy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! April 20, 2014
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This was a great book. It was exciting, and makes me want to go to a real detective camp with my friends.
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More About the Author

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"I'm totally convinced that I am a writer today because I loved books as a kid."--Ron Roy

Ron Roy is the author of the popular A to Z Mysteries series, as well as the Capital Mysteries series, and several picture books. He lives in Connecticut.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

"When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?" I have been asked that question many times since my first book, A Thousand Pails of Water, was published in 1978. Now that I've had so many years to think of an answer, I guess I have to say that at age nine I had an inkling that words were going to be a big part of my life.

When I turned nine, I received for my birthday a wonderful gift--a book. It was about King Arthur and his knights. Even though I vividly remember the shiny blue and red cover and the smell of the new paper, I don't remember the author. But I thank her or him every day of my writing life. That writer stirred up something in me that has been bubbling ever since: a love for reading, and the urgent need to put words down on paper.

In spite of my love for reading, writing as a profession never occurred to me until I became an adult. I worked at an odd variety of jobs before I realized that writing was what I really wanted to do for the rest of my life. Over the years, I waited tables, sold hot dogs, and drove a "Tooth" van from which I taught kids how to brush their teeth and floss. One year I traveled across the world to Hong Kong and taught English to Vietnamese adults. I wrote feature stories for a newspaper and designed letterhead for a printer. One happy summer I worked as a camp counselor.

After two years in the navy and more travel, I landed in the freshman class at the University of Connecticut. Naturally, I majored in English literature. More doors opened for me as I read poetry, novels, essays, and did my share of writing. Still, I did not see myself as a writer. I knew that I enjoyed being around kids, so I became a schoolteacher.

And then, finally, in a fourth-grade classroom, the light bulb in my head flickered on and shone brightly. Its message was, I WANT TO WRITE! In my classroom, I was surrounded by kids and their books. I read those books and fell in love with the characters, the authors, the messages. I was hooked, but I never fought. I allowed myself to be reeled in.

My writing life began one evening after reading parts of Charlotte's Web to my class. Home from teaching, I walked into my apartment, dropped my bookbag, and headed for the typewriter (this was before word processing came along!). I wrote my first story that night and sent it to a book publisher the next day. Four weeks later I received my first rejection slip. But by then, I had written more stories, and they, too, were in the mail, soon to appear on editors' desks around the country.

The rejection slips came in, often flooding my mailbox. But I wrote, and I sent my best work along to a long list of publishing houses. Although more rejection slips arrived with each mail, I never felt rejected. My routine was set, and it didn't change: I taught by day and wrote by night. Each evening found me hunched over the typewriter creating characters, settings, and plots. Most weekends I walked on the beach with a dream in my head and a notebook in my back pocket. From those dreams and notes I wrote story after story.

Four years passed. Dozens of book manuscripts had been written, sent, and rejected. Then the day came when one of those "rejection" envelopes turned out to contain not a rejection but an acceptance. "Dear Mr. Roy . . . We are happy to tell you that we would love to publish your book. . ." Those seventeen words changed my life. I was no longer a schoolteacher who tried to write. I was going to be a published author!

Today, with more than 50 children's books behind me, I can think of no other occupation that would make me as happy. As a writer, I get to do all the things I love most: speak to kids, invent stories, travel, and of course, read. My A to Z Mysteries series sends me to classrooms where I listen to and learn so much from the students. I receive letters from young readers across the globe, and I answer every letter. Many of the letters contain suggestions for new plots, titles, characters. One girl asked if I would use her dog in one of my mysteries. What a great idea, I thought, and invented a canine character for an upcoming book.

Children ask about my writing, but they also want to know about my personal life. "Where do you live?" "Do you have any pets?" "What's your favorite food, color, author, TV show?" I'm happy to tell kids about my life as a writer as well as my life as a person. I live in an old farmhouse in Connecticut. My property consists of three acres of large trees, a barn, and a wonderful chicken coop. Recently, I brought a few chickens to live there, and they have become pets. Like E. B. White (my favorite author!) I love the sound and smell and warmth of animals. But since I travel a lot, I can't fill my barn with critters.

"Where do you get your ideas?" is a question that teachers ask often. "Everywhere," I respond, then I give specifics. Ideas come from reading newspapers and books. Ideas come from TV shows and movies and the news on the radio. I bring ideas back from trips, from church, from the grocery store. The letters I receive from kids are often filled with ideas.

The idea for my first published book evolved from a stroll on the beach. While walking, I came upon an overturned horseshoe crab. With legs frantically waving, the crab tried unsuccessfully to flip over onto its stomach. I uprighted the crab, then watched it scurry into the water and swim away. From that little episode came A Thousand Pails of Water, my picture book about a boy and a beached whale. Not really much of a leap--I saved a crab, the boy in my book saved a whale.

I smile when kids ask me if I write every hour of every day. Some writers do, I suppose, but I find that I need a balance. I spend a goodly number of hours each week actually writing but leave plenty of time for playing with friends, going to the movies and on vacations, and taking naps with my cat. I also work on my house, which seems to require a lot of attention.

In many ways, however, I am "writing" even when doing chores. As I paint my barn, I am thinking of story plots. As I weed my garden, I daydream about new characters. When I nap, I dream about the next mystery in my series . . . and the next.

It's a cycle, really. As a child, I loved to read. Reading led me to writing as a career. I share my books--and thus my love for reading and writing--with children. From them I receive warm feelings and some great ideas.

Now when I write my books, one of my hopes is that I can give back at least a part of the joy I have received.

Happy reading!


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