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Gr 3-6-Chase Manning is hoping to make the Sixth Grade Honors Orchestra next year and tryouts are today. The only problem is that there might not be an Honors Orchestra if the school can't raise enough money by auctioning off an expensive cello at the annual fundraising dinner. When the instrument goes missing, the principal turns to Chase to find the guilty party. Who would want to sabotage the music program? The fact that the story takes place in the course of one day gives a sense of urgency to each chapter as Chase follows the clues to the culprit. The characters and situations are not wholly believable, and the supporting characters lack depth, but kids who have graduated from Scooby-Doo will like Chase's perseverance. A fun mystery with a likable main character and a lot of red herrings.-Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Edgy, suspenseful, and fun. --Brad Turner, Producer and director, 24

Mystery, action . . . Chase Manning has it all. Fans of Encyclopedia Brown are sure to love this series. --Lee Edward Fodi, Author of The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar
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Product Details

  • Series: Chase Manning Mystery (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612540317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612540313
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Greulach on June 20, 2015
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My 10 year old son has explored different chapter book series, from Harry Potter to Magic Treehouse and many in between, and not one has impacted him the way in which Steve Reifman’s Chase series has. He immediately connected with the main character and the school setting, and to my delight, I found him reading on his own without being prompted for the very first time since I started reading to him as a baby. He even brought his Chase book to his brother’s soccer game rather than bringing a ball (another first!), and I was, of course, happily surprised. We are so grateful that Steve Reifman and his writings have touched our child in this unique way!
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I found the book to be entertaining. The young detective made some good deductions, and good interviews with suspects. The book is easy reading. The pace in the book is at best a fast walk. It is suitable for young students.
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Chase Against Time is a great introduction to the series. The author is a terrific storyteller who balances character with plot to craft a page-turning mystery that speaks to young readers. Chase is given a personal, moral dilemma to work through while at the same time solving the mystery. This book recalls the Henry Wiggen baseball novels by Mark Harris that I read and loved as a high school student. Kudos to Reifman!
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I really LOVED this book!!! It is such an awesome mystery.It will have you on the edge of your seat,badly wanting to skip to the end to find out what happens!!! I relate to Chase a little bit because when I grow up I want to be a spy. The title is also a brilliant choice because the boy Chase is trying to find the cello in time, so it's literally a"chase against time", but Chase is also the boy's name, and he's trying to find a stolen cello in a short amount of time so it's kinda like Chase vs Time. A brilliant play on words!!! -SophiaL.
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I enjoyed the story and its twists to lead you away from, then towards the culprit. I can see students finishing this novel and wanting more. -Looking forward to the second in the series. - Will share this with my fifth graders this school year!
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We bought this book because the author had visited my son's school and he got excited about it. Then he read the book and LOVED it. He is actually reading it again now. I hope the author writes more similar books. Thank you!
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Many of my students have had Mr.Reifman as their teacher. I look forward to having his students because they are so well prepared. They are enthusiastic readers. They always choose to read the newest book he has written. They love the fact that they know the author but most importantly they love the mysteries. They are well written and appeal to younger students. The same care Mr. Reifman uses in his class instruction is the care he gives to his books.
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My 9 year old daughter has read this book and Chase for Home. She says, "These books are great for kids who need a little suspense in their lives. I don't know how people could ever find a better mystery book for their kids. I am so excited to read the 3rd book. I (heart) the Chase Manning series!"
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