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The Absent Author (A to Z Mysteries) Paperback – Illustrated, September 23, 1997
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- Lexile Measure : 510L
- Grade Level : 1 - 4
- Item Weight : 2.4 ounces
- Paperback : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0679881689
- ISBN-13 : 978-0679881681
- Publisher : Random House Books for Young Readers; Illustrated Edition (September 23, 1997)
- Product Dimensions : 5.19 x 0.26 x 7.56 inches
- Reading level : 6 - 9 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We wanted to give our daughter books that are not very big but characters and stories that would keep her engaged. She loves the characters and can easily relate to them. She even dressed like Ruth Rose when there was character day in her school. We have most of these books and she is eager to get the ones that she doesn’t and complete the set.
Moral of each book: good guys win, bad guys lose.
In any case, trying to find a book series he will like, that are age appropriate, and he won't ignore because I'm too happy about it can be a challenge. No "hey look honey at the wonderful book isn't it great!!!". More the "eh, a book, I'll just leave it here and maybe you'll like it".
Now, oddly enough, my older son declined reading the A to Z books--I can't remember if they were offered to him too early/too late, or he just didn't like them. I decided to give this one a try and my youngest absolutely adored it and finished it in one sitting. Amazing!!
So, I give this one the "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED" label, with the caveat that all children are different and have different tastes. This one defintely has appeal and is worthwhile, but if your kiddo doesn't like it, well keep trying!
Not sure why children are expected to be Columbo. Nine of the children I tutor picked up on any clues. I did. Does that count? Perhaps so, otherwise, why Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden? Still, easy to read. Builds confidence. Illustrations keep it from overwhelming young readers.