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Capture the Flag Hardcover – July 1, 2012
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"A fast-paced mystery . . . a sparkling start for a promising new series." --KIRKUS REVIEWS
"A novel as cinematic in execution as it is patriotic in theme." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
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Another great thing about her books is the cross-curricular connections she makes. Especially in CAPTURE THE FLAG where there are many social studies/history ties to be made. In this book she has written a multilayered story with an intriguing mystery. I figured it out early on, but it is written for 3rd-7th graders, and I think it will appeal to them-especially if they're fans of heist stories. It's a fun story as the group is stuck overnight in an airport and as the kids band together to try to find the stolen flag, scene after scene builds up tension and humor as they find their way into all sorts of hidden places within the airport. It also has an exciting secret society aspect to it. I could see this turning into a great series. I know there's a sequel, but I hope there will be more than just one more book in this series. These could be characters who could solve these National Treasure (the movie) type mysteries in all different kinds of situations and meet other members of the society.
Kate Messner just has great writing.Read more ›
The characters are believable middle school students (not sugary sweet, not juvenile delinquents) who find themselves in the midst of an intriguing crime. Someone has stolen the original Star Spangled Banner flag from the Smithsonian, and the three students are snowed in at a Washington, D.C. airport with the criminals and other interesting travelers. It's like the National Treasure movies, but with kids instead of adults solving the puzzle. I found that it was written at the right level for students to figure out the mystery at the same pace that the characters do, and to feel clever as they make those inferences.
Fourth and fifth grade teachers at our school have been reading this book aloud to our students and thoroughly enjoying it. If you are a teacher or librarian, consider buying Capture the Flag to encourage your students' interest in history!
Three believable youngsters, named Anna, Henry, and Jose, meet up at the Washington, DC airport after attending a gala at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. After becoming acquaintances, the kids learn that the original American flag (inspired The Star Spangled Banner) was stolen during the gala. With some persuading, Anna talks Henry and Jose into an adventure to uncover the truth about the heist of this American gem of an artifact. Along the way, the kids begin to learn about each other and form a friendship that will lead them to protect each other at any and all costs.
The young reader will be thrilled to find out that Messner's resolution leaves the possibility for another adventure, a sequel, which will surely be another page-turner. As a middle school teacher, this is one book that I can't wait to put into the hands of a sixth and seventh grader.
Anna tries to get an interview with Senator Snickerbottom, who is also in the airport. He's leading up to a campaign for president. Then there's Snake Eye, a man with an odd tattoo who acts suspiciously. Throw in a couple of thugs while you're at it. Pretty soon Anna and her friends are sliding and hiding in the luggage area, where a lot of chase scenes in the book take place. Later we find out about a secret society.
The four kids are likable, each with his or her quirks. For example, as he learns English, Sinan keeps a notebook in which he draws pictures to help him remember expressions like "full of beans" and "killing time." These pictures are included in the book. Anna is intrepid, José is sweet but sturdy, and Henry is sucked into things against his will but proves helpful in the end.Read more ›
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Good book about friendship and perseverance, if a little slow in the beginning. I read books like this very often, and made a prediction on page 53 that turned out to be... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
this book is my favorite by her.i can't wait to read the rest of the series .this is the best book.i bet her other books are as good as this book.Published 3 months ago by vetmom
Capture the Flag is the first book in the very fun Silver Jaguar Society Mysteries.
From the perspective of a teacher... Read more