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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pinata Books (May 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558855467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558855465
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,437,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 5-7–Seventh-grader Joshua Ramírez has been friends with Artie Mendoza since kindergarten and knows that he is always telling lies. When Artie starts insisting that Mrs. Foley killed her husband, Joshua is hesitant to believe him. One day, however, they overhear a conversation between the woman and one of her friends about poison, Mr. Foley, and someone being dead, dead, and gone. Could she have killed her husband or is Artie just a big, fat liar? Although the book is moderately paced and the characters seem a little one-dimensional at first, this is still an intriguing tale that will capture readers' imaginations. They will also like the lighthearted humor and wrestling antics that have been integrated into the story. The sprinkling of Spanish words reflects Joshua's Hispanic neighborhood in Texas.–Kira Moody, Hunter Public Library, West Valley City, UT
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Seventh grader Joshua Ramirez knows he shouldn t believe Artie Mendoza's story: Mrs. Foley surely didn't murder her husband and bury him in her flower garden. Still, there is that mound of dirt that looks like a grave. And what heroes they and their buddy Wolf Man would be to uncover such a scandal. What risks could there be in digging up the garden to find out? It's a thin premise for a novel, but it turns out that the mystery of who's buried in the garden is just a device to pull readers into a story that s really about friendship and making the right choices in life. Joshua learns who his real friends are and ultimately tells Artie, &ldquo Largate de aqui, burro!&rdquo (&ldquo Get lost, jackass &rdquo ). Though the story turns didactic to drive home the message, it s a solid glimpse at seventh-grade life from a writer who understands the age biography reports, friendships made and lost, crushes, misbehavior and, sometimes, quiet heroism. This story of three Latino boys with Stephen King-ish imaginations ought to find a wide audience. (Fiction. 8-12) --Kirkus Reviews

Seventh-grader Joshua Ramírez has been friends with Artie Mendoza since kindergarten and knows that he is always telling lies. When Artie starts insisting that Mrs. Foley killed her husband, Joshua is hesitant to believe him. One day, however, they overhear a conversation between the woman and one of her friends about poison, Mr. Foley, and someone being dead, dead, and gone. Could she have killed her husband or is Artie just a big, fat liar? Although the book is moderately paced and the characters seem a little one-dimensional at first, this is still an intriguing tale that will capture readers imaginations. They will also like the lighthearted humor and wrestling antics that have been integrated into the story. The sprinkling of Spanish words reflects Joshua s Hispanic neighborhood in Texas.
Kira Moody, Hunter Public Library, West Valley City, UT --Library Journal

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This is an exciting story of the adventures of Joshua Ramirez and his two friends Artie and Wolf Man as they try to solve the answer to this question. What would make Mrs. Foley poison her husband and then bury him in her flower garden? Middle school boys (and even girls) will enjoy finding out the answer to this question and will easily turn the pages as they avidly read to the book's exciting conclusion. Along the way, Mr. Villareal teaches some important lessons about what it means to be a leader, and most importantly, what it means to be a friend. Additionally, there is excellent use of local color, and the Spanish language is scattered throughout the text. This is a well-written book by an up-and-coming Hispanic author and educator--someone who clearly should keep writing more fast-paced novels to engage students in this computer-driven world.
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I wasn't sure what to make of this mystery geared to middle school Hispanic boys, although I did think it looked interesting.
So I got some help from a precocious fifth grader, who happens to be female, which may account for some of her comments:
"Firstly, it would definitely appeal to middle school boys because it's full of dumb boy humor.
"I did indeed like it because it was a mystery. The character's actions were suspicious, so I could see why the boys were concerned.
"I think it also had to do with friendship and believing people.
"It was a really good book. It could appeal to young high-schoolers as well as fifth graders. Tomboy-type girls would like it too."
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