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The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit (Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Octavia Spencer , Vivienne To
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Meet Randi Rhodes, the world’s first ninja detective! Mystery abounds in this “assured, entertaining whodunit” (Publishers Weekly), a 2014 IndieNext pick and the first in a new middle grade series from Academy Award–winning actress Octavia Spencer.

Deer Creek is a small town whose only hope for survival is the success of their Founder’s Day Festival. But the festival’s main attraction, a time capsule that many people believe hold the town’s treasure, has gone missing.

Twelve-year-old Randi Rhodes and her best friend, D.C., are Bruce Lee–inspired ninjas and local detectives determined to solve the case. Even if it means investigating a haunted cabin and facing mean old Angus McCarthy, prime suspect.

They have three days to find the treasure…the future of their whole town is at stake! Will these kids be able to save the day?

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  • Editorial Reviews

    From Booklist

    Life’s been hard for 12-year-old Randi Rhodes since her mom died a year ago. But Randi—aspiring detective and tae kwon do black belt—finds distraction and satisfaction by anonymously solving crimes in her Brooklyn neighborhood, despite the fact her famed mystery writer dad has retreated into himself and stopped writing. When they relocate to Deer Creek, Tennessee, Randi worries she is done with detective work, but she spies opportunity when a 200-year-old time capsule, possibly containing treasure that would prevent the town’s bankruptcy, disappears during the Founder’s Day Festival. She partners with and befriends D.C. and Pudge, two other newcomers, to find the capsule and save the town. Oscar winner Spencer’s debut features some familiar characters and plot conventions—haunted cabins, secret tunnels, corrupt politicians—but overall, is an entertaining, suspenseful read. Randi’s grief over her mother, and desire for her father’s attention, add a layer of vulnerability to her appealing character. An appendix includes activities from taking footprint casts to recipes for referenced foods. Grades 4-6. --Shelle Rosenfeld

    About the Author

    A veteran character actress and one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents, Octavia Spencer has become a familiar fixture on both television and silver screen. Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny in the DreamWorks feature film The Help won her a 2012 Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award, and a Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award, among countless other honors. Octavia is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University. She lives in Los Angeles. Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit was her first novel.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 11978 KB
    • Print Length: 225 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00BNF69L0
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 15, 2013)
    • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00BAWE7PG
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,934 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fast read, fun, exciting, diversified January 5, 2014
    By Mitz888
    Format:Hardcover
    I bought this book for my nine-year-old son because he loves Ninjas, detective stories, mysteries, etc. I read it first and thought it was great ... and I can't wait until the next one comes out! It's a great mystery that includes lessons on friendship and dealing with the feelings of being an outsider in a new place. Our son thought it was "cool" and didn't want to stop reading at bedtime. He even got up early the next morning so he could read more before school. I think Octavia Spencer did a great job with this first book and look forward to more in the series.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Hardcover
    Randi Rhodes doesn’t want to leave Brooklyn — the neighborhood needs her! Operating anonymously under the name Glenn Street (the fictional heroine of her father’s popular mystery series), she’s been solving crimes considered too petty for the police. As the book opens, we witness Randi on stakeout waiting to catch a garden thief in the act with a tulip-planted trap.

    Randi’s mother has recently died. Life hasn’t been the same for her and her father who are both still clearly in mourning. Her dad’s stopped writing and has decided to replant the family in the small Tennessee town of Deer Creek. Trading the big city for a stick in the mud town leaves Randi feeling like her life is over. She soon learns, though, that this town also needs her investigative skills!

    Octavia Spencer has created a spunky heroine in fiery redhead Randi, and assembled an agreeable cast of characters around her. This is another title for the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. Two of the supporting cast are Latino and African-American — Dario Cruz, who goes simply by “D.C.”, and the ironically named “Pudge” Taylor. The small-town setting is well conveyed with all the expected players present — the town gossip, the town sheriff (who happens to be female), and the town eccentric, Angus McCarthy. The novel is well paced, and the mystery unfolds naturally, with clues left for readers to follow and unravel alongside the fictional friends. Though I figured out a large chunk of the mystery, it’s sophisticated enough that kids aren’t likely to solve it prematurely.

    As kids read along, they are encouraged to stop at certain places (or do it afterward) and flip to one of the eight appendices at the back to complete different “Ninja tasks”.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Relating December 6, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I can relate to this book I am almost a black belt in teakwondo and I am trying to get my red belt tomorrow plus I am a detective also so this book is basically my life
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    I LOVE this book and so do my two boys (ages 5 and 8). "The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit (Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective)" has also been chosen as the next book read by my 8 year-old son's reading group at school...and he's thrilled! We love the characters and the interactive nature of the book! It also reminds me of favorite detective stories I read as a young girl. I LOVE Randi's character and find her having qualities that kids can relate too. I love the idyllic setting of Deer Creek too!
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The ninja detective you want your children to meet! November 10, 2013
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    A delightful book for youngsters with well-developed characters, entertaining plot twists, and end-of-chapter ninja activities for the adventurous. Cannot wait for the next adventure although I am well beyond the "youngster" definition!
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    3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Randi Rhodes – A new heroine to be admired November 28, 2013
    Format:Hardcover
    As a longtime fan, I was delighted to hear about Octavia Spencer’s new venture into children’s literature and wanted to read it before giving it to my 8-year-old granddaughter. And even more delighted to discover I could jump into Randi’s world so effortlessly. Ms. Spencer has so charmingly given us access and insights into how even children as young as Randi and her ninja buddies can explore the true depth of their hearts and souls, who really start to think and act like adults but from a viewpoint wholly undamaged by “growing up”. And … sometimes we all need to remind ourselves it’s okay to be 12 at any point in any given day.
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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!! November 14, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    My 10 year old daughter LOVES this book! She's reading it for the second time. She can't wait for the next book.
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    By Katie J
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    Gave this book to two little girls ages (13 & 10) and they both loved this book.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
    What a gross and nasty human being this author is.
    Published 27 days ago by Stephen
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great First Book
    I loved this book and am looking forward to the second in the series! It had very fun and interesting characters and an exciting story!
    Published 27 days ago by Thomas G. Spiriti
    1.0 out of 5 stars after acting like she is so much better than anyone there
    Really treated all fans very poorly at the Grove book signing. Returned the book and left, after acting like she is so much better than anyone there. Read more
    Published 29 days ago by twinky
    1.0 out of 5 stars Why a white female heroine and not a black female heroine like...
    I'm disappointed that she made the heroine in her book a white female instead of a black female like herself. Read more
    Published 29 days ago by Green121212
    5.0 out of 5 stars Kids kick it!
    This book was a great adventure. My son and I both enjoyed it. It is a nice twist to a traditional detective story. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Tara E. Harper
    5.0 out of 5 stars About the book
    I love this book very much.
    It was also a mysterious book
    and had kids that believed in
    them selves
    Published 12 months ago by Keith D Howard
    5.0 out of 5 stars My 9 year old daughter loved it!
    She loved the characters, spying tips and adventure and will be very disappointed when I tell her the next one isn't due out for another year.
    Published 14 months ago by Helen F. Oconnor
    5.0 out of 5 stars a good childrens series.
    I got this to give as a gift.

    it seems to be appreciated, and in the realm of children's books, the test is f it is read many times. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Mike In San Diego
    4.0 out of 5 stars Ninja Detective
    I heard Octavia Spencer speak at BEA and since then I've wanted to read this book. I really liked it. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Jennifer Rummel - YABookNerd
    4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun for middle grade readers.
    Randi reluctantly moves to Deer Creek from New York with her father a year after her mother's death. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Heidi Grange
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