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The Yellow Yacht (A to Z Mysteries) Paperback – March 22, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (March 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780375824821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375824821
  • ASIN: 0375824820
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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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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The story is so exciting.
Gavin
Since then we have bought The Absent Author and The Bald Bandit and they were both read in record time by my son.
A So. CAL Mom
This book was the last of the mystery series for my 8 year old grandson and he loved all of them.
Penny Young

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A So. CAL Mom on May 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am the mother of a 7 year old boy who has a lot of difficulty with reading. We received this book from a book give away at our school's birthday party for Dr. Seuss. It was a life saver. It had a good enough story and mystery to keep my son interested even when he had trouble with words. It was the first chapter book that he finished the whole thing. Since then we have bought The Absent Author and The Bald Bandit and they were both read in record time by my son. His birthday is coming up and we are hoping to receive more of the series. If you are looking to find a series of books that will capture a child attention look no further.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea VINE VOICE on March 26, 2013
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Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose visit their friend Sammi on the fictitious island of Costra. Sammi's parents are king and queen of Costra. The kids have lots of fun and adventures while in Costra. They were well entertained by the Royal family. There was lots to do and sights to be seen.

Meanwhile, Sammi's dad is having an aquarium built, and he is funding it with his own money (gold). Someone breaks into the bank . . .

Will the banker be accused and charged with robbery? Will the king find the right person(s) to be jailed for this crime?

Leave it up to those kids to find the real robber . . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Yeager on October 5, 2011
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My son has the entire series and loves them all. I would definitely recommend these for kids that enjoy mysteries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 22, 2006
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Are you a person that likes mysteries? If you are, I definitely think this is a just right book for you! Once you put your eyes in it you can never take them off. As three kids enter a different country some some gold from the king is stolen. Join Ruth, Dink and Josh in there fantastic journey to find the kings gold and see who was behind all this. The person was...................WAIT! I don't suppose you thought I was going to tell you. If you want to know, read the book! This book is recommended for ages 8 and up. It's a great book!

By Haley
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By Kayla Nathan on October 30, 2013
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Dink,Josh and Ruth Rose first fly in to visit their friend Sammi.( the Prince). But then all the gold from the bank is stolen. Will Sammi, Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose find who stole the gold?Find out if you read this great book.
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By Katelyn Call on October 6, 2013
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The best four words to describe it are..a very good book! The A to Z Mysteries are wonderful! Read them!
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By Gavin on September 8, 2013
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Cause there are so many mysteries and its fun. I will share this story with my friends.The story is so exciting.
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By Penny Young on June 11, 2013
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This book was the last of the mystery series for my 8 year old grandson and he loved all of them.
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