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The Mystery in Chocolate Town: Hershey, Pennsylvania (Real Kids! Real Places!) (Real Kids! Real Places! (Hardcover)) Library Binding – May 1, 2007

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Christina, Grant, Mimi and Papa fly the Mystery Girl to Hershey, Pennsylvania just in time for the 100th anniversary of the famous candy company. Their plans are to tour the chocolate-scented town (with the Hershey Kisses streetlights!) and eat chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. But when silver dollars go missing, the mystery family goes into action to save the day! Well, hopefully! Christina is excited about the research, Grant has a tummy ache (wonder why?) And, Mimi won't go near a scale! Join the fun-it's a real treat of a mystery!
LOOK what's in this mystery - people, places, history, and more! Hershey, PA, the Sweetest Place on Earth Hotel Hershey Hershey Museum Hershey Community Archives Hershey's Chocolate World Milton Hershey - Orphanage - Philanthropy - Birth - Hardships and path to success - Kitty Hershey and the Milton Hershey School Hershey Museum - artifact collections Trolleys and San Francisco streetcars The town of Hershey with its chocolate smell, Kisses streetlights, and sweet street names Hershey factory Greenies Working conditions Job fairness for women and men Labor unions Longitude Department Hershey in the Great Depression Harrisburg, PA. This mystery incorporates history, geography, culture and cliffhanger chapters that keep kids begging for more! This mystery includes SAT words, educational facts, fun and humor, built-in book club and activities. This Carole Marsh Mystery also has an Accelerated Reader quiz, a Lexile Level, a Fountas & Pinnell guided reading level, and a Developmental Reading Assessment.

About the Author

Carole Marsh is the Founder and CEO of Gallopade International, an award-winning, woman-owned family business founded in 1979 that publishes books and other materials intended to guide, inspire and inform children of all ages. Marsh is best known for her children s mystery series called Real Kids! Real Places! America's National Mystery Book Series. Popular among children ages 7-14, this series follows four characters (Mimi, Papa, Christina, and Grant) along educational adventures to more than 48 locations across the U.S. Learning Magazine has awarded the series with the Teacher s Choice Award for the Family, and Midwest Book Review called her mysteries for children as true gems of education and entertainment for young readers.

With over 30 years as a children s author, Marsh has been honored with several recognitions including Georgia Author of the Year and Communicator of the Year. She has also received the iParenting Award for Greatest Products, the Excellence in Education award, and been honored for Best Family Books by Learning Magazine. She is also the author of Mary America, First Girl President of the United States, winner of the 2012 Teacher s Choice Award for the Family from Learning Magazine.

Over the years, Marsh has been the creative force for more than 15,000 supplemental educational materials that Gallopade currently publishes. Other popular series include all 9 Carole Marsh Mystery series (Real Kids! Real Places!, Around the World in 80 Mysteries, Pretty Darn Scary Mysteries, Awesome Mysteries, Fantasy Field Trips, Postcard Mysteries, Masters of Disasters, The Three Amigos, and Criss Cross Applesauce), The Students Civil War graphic novels for kids, State Stuff series which is available for all 50 States, American Milestones reproducible resource books, and many more!
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 670 (What's this?)
  • Series: Real Kids! Real Places! (Hardcover) (Book 18)
  • Library Binding: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Gallopade International (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0635070251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0635070258
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Carole Marsh started her writing career in 1979, when she self-published her first mystery for kids, the Missing Head Mystery, which starred her own children, Michael and Michele, as characters. Over the past 30-plus years, Marsh has been the creative force behind a multitude of children's books and educational materials, including the award-winning educational mystery series, Real Kids! Real Places!, and her most recent series, Wildlife Mysteries.

Carole Marsh's books have garnered many awards over the years, including recognition from Learning® Magazine, Creative Child Magazine, Academics' Choice™, iParenting Media, ForeWord Reviews, and more. Working through her publishing company, Carole continues to produce need-fulfilling educational materials and children's books for all academic areas. Her special love social studies has been the driving force behind her most well-known and widely-used products, including several comprehensive social studies curriculum programs used across the nation.

The company she founded, Gallopade International, has published more than 10,000 books and materials for teachers and children. Gallopade remains a family-owned business that is committed to staying on the cutting edge of educational technology.

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As all books written by Carole Marsh, this is another good book to read. It's enjoyable and it is worth 3 points if your child is participating in the Accelerated Reading Program. The reading level was 5.1 (5th grade 1 month). It was interesting enough and simple enough for my 4th grader and at the same time, it did introduce a couple new vocabulary words (which is always good). I recommend all books by Carol Marsh, due to the realistic fiction, both educational and enjoyable.
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Christina Yother, age ten, and her brother Grant, age seven, go with their grandparents, Papa and Mimi, to Hershey, PA, so that Mimi, a children's mystery writer (who is actually author Carole Marsh), can do some research for a new book. While there, the siblings make friends with a couple of other kids who are also visiting Hershey, ten-year-old Sean Andrews and nine-year-old Annabelle Fortune. During their activities together, they learn that 900 silver dollars have recently been stolen from a local man who was planning to donate them to the Milton Hershey School.

The youngsters come across some clues which lead them to think that they might be able to solve the mystery, but they also feel sorry for the victim and change some of their money to silver dollars to give him. Then they are accused of the theft. What will happen to them? Who really stole the coins? And will they ever find out who did it? I read my first Carole Marsh Mystery back in 2008. It was The Mystery at the Kentucky Derby (#15) which I purchased when we were visiting at a state park in Kentucky. I picked up The Mystery in Chocolate Town (#18) when we were visiting the Hershey Museum in Hershey, PA, a couple of years ago and have just now gotten around to reading it. A few euphemisms (ohmygosh, darn, heck) occur, and there is a reference to dancing.

However, Marsh weaves a lot of interesting historical and geographical information about Milton and Kitty Hershey, the Hershey Chocolate Company, and the town of Hershey into her story. We really enjoyed our visit to Hershey, but even if we hadn't been there, reading the book makes it sound as if it is a fun place to go and see.
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My daughter loves this series. She read them the first time at age 6 and is rereading them again at age 9. The mysteries are based upon real locations that children can relate to. These can sometimes be hard to find at the local libraries so I would highly recommend adding this series to your personal library.
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My daughter loves this book series. She can't wait for our family to now visit Hershey PA. Excellent series for the young readers that likes adventures across the United States.
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We purchased a few of these books for our nephew. Within one week we received a call that he was having a great time reading them and wanted to visit Hershey as soon as possible.
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This was a gift for a 7 year old who is familiar with the Hershey area. He was very interested in the book and it is appropriate for his age.
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