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Spider Kane and the Mystery at Jumbo Nightcrawler's (Spider Kane Mysteries) Turtleback – June 1, 1999

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Product Details

  • Series: Spider Kane Mysteries
  • Turtleback
  • Publisher: Demco Media (June 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 060619083X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679808565
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,677,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-- Spider Kane is an insect detective extraordinaire. He has gathered a crew of followers under the "Order of the MOTH" (Mission: Only To Help). His lieutenants have been sent a letter summoning them to a secret meeting at the Jumbo Nightcrawler's jazz club on the waterfront. Events unfold rapidly. The golden treasure of the ants disappears, and Mimi Butterfly and La Mere Leafwing are kidnapped. Walter Dogtick and Leon Leafwing are frantic. At last, Spider Kane, intrepid veteran of the Mosquito Wars, appears to lead the remaining MOTH crew in a dangerous venture back to the waterfront. Villainous Saratoga D'Bee summons her henchmen, the sinister hornets, but in the end they prove no match for the keen wits of Spider Kane. Puns, quips, and imaginative language enliven this chapter book; clues to the mystery abound. This title follows Spider Kane and the Mystery under the May-Apple (Knopf, 1993), but it can stand alone .
-Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

A sequel to Spider Kane and the Mystery Under the May-Apple (1992), set in the same cottage garden. Butterfly Leon Leafwing is a new lieutenant in the Order of the MOTH, a secret crime-fighting band led by Spider Kane--renowned detective, jazz musician, and master of disguise. Leon's mother, his girlfriend, and several veteran members of the Order have disappeared after being lured to the shadowy nightclub district on the banks of the garden creek. Meanwhile, a shipment of gold is missing and someone has been forging Kane's secret signature. Like Sherlock Holmes, Kane handily solves these related mysteries by using his powers of observation, ratiocination, and recall in a tightly plotted tale, well sprinkled with clues if without the sense of menace and the personal odyssey that distinguished the first adventure. Chess's usual wit and whimsy will be at work to illustrate Osborne's perfectly imagined insect world. (Fiction. 6-10) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Widely regarded among parents, teachers, and librarians for its power to instill a passion for reading, Mary Pope Osborne's award-winning Magic Tree House series is an international phenomenon and has sold more than 120 million books worldwide since its debut in 1992, and has been translated into 32 different languages in over 30 international markets. There are currently 51 Magic Tree House books and 28 Fact Trackers, the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles. All Magic Tree House books are available in print, as ebooks and Listening Library audio books, which are all narrated by Mary Pope Osborne. Visit for more information about the series, activities, and more.

The Magic Tree House Classroom Adventures Program is a free, comprehensive set of online educational resources for teachers developed by Mary Pope Osborne as gift to teachers, to thank them for their enthusiastic support of the series. Complete with lesson plans, curriculum guides, and creative activities, the Classroom Adventures Program incorporates every book in the series, including the nonfiction Fact Tracker titles, enabling teachers to build upon students' interest in Jack and Annie's adventures, while simultaneously meeting core curriculum standards across a multitude of subjects. Educators can learn more at

MARY POPE OSBORNE is an ardent advocate and supporter of children's literacy, and the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including novels, retellings of mythology and folklore, picture books, biographies, and mysteries. From 1993-1997, Ms. Osborne served as president of the Authors Guild, the country's leading organization for published authors. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, visiting schools and speaking on issues related to children's literacy. She recently spoke at the UN regarding the importance of worldwide literacy and was profiled on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams for her continued efforts. Mary has donated over 250,000 books to children in need through her Gift of Books program. She resides in Connecticut. The creator of the Magic Tree House series, Ms. Osborne is also the coauthor of the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers series with her husband, WILL OSBORNE, and her sister, NATALIE POPE BOYCE.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was very good. It was very interesting. There was always a question in the beginning or middle of the book, but at the end all the questions are answered. My mom got it for me because I liked the Magic Treehouse books so much. I didn't think I was interested till my mother bought it for me but when I started reading it was great. The whole book is about bugs! Everyone in the book is a bug, except Spider Kane, who you can guess is a spider.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
I thought this was going to be just another book that my mom and I would read for school but this turned out to be the best book I ever read sending me on a quest for any other spider Kane books. Spider Kane and his band of the MOTH are the coolest bugs ever tracking missing gold and going under cover to help other bugs. I loved the mystry! I loved the suspence I just loved this book. Spider Kane can do anything he is awesome. I wish there were more books to read about him. I couldn't put this book down we read it in 5 days then I lent it out to my friends. Then I read Under the May Apple Tree and I need more, my mom says Mary Pope Osborn is a genius because this is my summer vacation and I'm begging to read this series.
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My 8 year old grandchild has gotten into reading the past year. It has really helped her in all phases of education. She has read all of the Magic Tree House series and loves them. She says the Spider Kane Mysteries may be the best ever.
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