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Room One: A Mystery or Two Paperback – May 20, 2008
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Ted loves to read mysteries and the town librarian Mrs. Coughlin has introduced him to interlibrary loan. He reads 2-3 mysteries a week and excels at solving them before the last chapter.
One morning while delivering newspapers he think he sees a face in the window of an abandoned farmhouse on his route. Using the detective skills he has learned, Ted sets out to solve the mystery. While assembling clues, he discovers a family camping in the old house. Alexa a girl about his age asks him to keep her family's presence in the house a secret. He reluctantly agrees then devotes himself to their welfare by bringing them food.
Clements always writes with amazing candor and feeling about the adults in children's lives. He is clear eyed about the sometimes edgy relationship between teachers and their students. Ted confides in his teacher, Mrs. Mitchell about the family which puts her into an ethical dilemma. She does not want to break a promise to a student but she knows she must report the family.
This low key 162 page story is rounded out by an epilogue that tells "the rest of the story" in a conclusion that is very satisfying for the family and Ted's town.
There is much about Andrew Clements that impresses me. His website quotes him, "It is a privilege to write for children."
There's a boy named Ted and he delivers the newspaper to people. While he was delivering the papers he sees this girl in a window in a house that's been abandoned for about two years. So he goes to investigate the next day and he doesn't see any movement until he gets outside where the girl is waiting for him. What happens next? Read the book to find out.
I recommend this book to anyone because it's an outstanding book. I think anyone who likes Andrew Clements should read this book at least once.
Clements' books are simple and readable and according to most of my fifth graders, cool. Frindle, The Landry News, and Lunch Money are not filled with elementary student clichés. The characters aren't cheesy and my students don't find themselves saying "Come on, we're not like that" as is the case with many other books written for them. Clements' characters act and talk like real elementary students and are usually faced with real problems and this is an important part of his appeal. Room One is no exception.
One day while sixth grader Ted Hammond is delivering papers, he notices a mysterious face in an upstairs window of an old home, the Anderson's home. What spikes Ted's curiosity is that no one has lived in the Anderson house for two years. The house has sat empty and the windows have been boarded up. With nothing else going on in his small rural Nebraska town of Plattsford, Ted sets out to investigate.
I liked this book. I really did. It doesn't matter that I picked it up half-wanting, half-expecting a good mystery and didn't get one. Clements made me care about Ted, and April, and her family, and Mrs.Read more ›
"Room One: A Mystery or Two" has some important things to say about current issues. It's also a nice story of kindness and caring.
At the end of the book, there's a note from Andrew Clements revealing some of the real-life sources from which he drew this book. The real-life connection helps to lend an authenticity to this story.
For me, "Room One: A Mystery or Two" was a good story, but perhaps not as great as some of Clements past stories. It's about a boy who doesn't really have any close friends, whereas in many of Clements' past books, the characters have had strong ties of friendship. I also enjoyed some of the humor in some of the past books, but there wasn't a great amount of it in this book. Still, this is another reasonably decent Andrew Clements story.
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I really like how Ted thought like it was a mystery.
It was really sad to seeing the family that needed help and everything.
I really liked how it ended.
This book is amazing and a good example of a strong friendship!!!
I so recommend it!!!!!!!
I love it a lot!!!!
Review from a 9 year old boy:
In this story we find Ted Hammond trying to figure out who could be in an abandoned farmhouse. Great book all-round. Enjoy.
There was only a couple twists and turns and very boring at the end
But I would say it was an ok book