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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (June 26, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037580269X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375802690
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

N is for Nugget...

Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are spending a week at a dude ranch. Everything is normal in a cowboy kind of way?until Josh finds a huge gold nugget! Just as they are deciding what to do with their newfound riches, the nugget disappears. Will the kids be able to track down the thief before it?s time to mosey on home?

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.

Customer Reviews

Mysteries books are so much fun to read.
Camrey
All 26 books in this series have been enjoyed by our granddaughters and will continue to be enjoyed as they share with their friends.
Dee
I will not tell you what it is, but it is near the end of the book.
Andrea

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 7, 2002
Format: Library Binding
The book was sometimes exciting but not most of the time. It had all the main things That a mystery book needs. It has a bad guy, the detectives, and the suspects. It is a good book for mystery book lovers.
The book was sometimes exciting but not most of the time. It had all the main things That a mystery book needs. It has a bad guy, the detectives, and the suspects. It is a good book for mystery book lovers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa M. Sneed on July 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
My brother likeS Mary Clarke books and he said he would find a mystery for me since I 'm to young to read his books.. I read it and it was the coolest book ever!!!!!!
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By Norway Mom on August 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
We were new to the A to Z Mysteries series, but excited when we got this book as a gift, since it involves panning for gold in Montana (which we did on vacation a couple years ago). I read the book aloud for my boys (age 8-1/2 and 12), and all three of us were bored with it for the first half of the book.

The gold nugget wasn't mentioned until chapter 4 and didn't disappear until chapter 7. Therefore only chapters 8 to 11 (the final chapter) actually involved solving the mystery. The rest was just filler about dude ranch activities and hanging out with friends. We're used to Scooby and other children's mystery books where the mystery is established much earlier in the book.

On the positive side, the book has an illustration in almost every chapter and a manageable amount of text per page/chapter, which is definitely a plus for kids who are just starting to read chapter books on their own.
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By David Salisbury on May 30, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I like the Ninth Nugget it has a really good mystery and it will make you think a lot. This book is really good
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By Camrey on May 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love A to Z Mysteries they are always so excited to read. Mysteries books are so much fun to read.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I love it love it love it best book ever read read more of them and u Will become addicted like I did
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By wendy winburn on January 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
It was a very entertaining and cool and fun book to read and I want yolu to name your next story the broken glass you are a good writer I love your stories. I have almost all your books but the empty envelope and the jaguar"s Jewell.

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By DMC on November 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I love the series it is great! This Book was also great! Get this book you won't regret it a must read
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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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