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The Clue of the Left-Handed Envelope/The Puzzle of the Pretty Pink Handkerchief: Third-Grade Detectives #1-2 Paperback – June 1, 2004

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Gr 2-3-On the first day of school, Noelle and Todd meet their new teacher, Mr. Merlin, a self-professed ex-spy. Someone has sent Amber Lee a secret-admirer letter and the students get involved in unmasking the writer. Mr. Merlin hones the third graders' logic skills with two code-breaking exercises and introduces an acquaintance who is a police lab scientist who can corroborate the clues found. While the 10 chapters move along quickly, the characters lack development. Though this series may appeal to those who have exhausted David Adler's "Cam Jansen" books (Viking), readers might be better served by other chapter-book series, including Stephen Krensky's "Arthur" books (Little, Brown). A pleasant, nonthreatening read.-Kay Bowes, Concord Pike Library, Wilmington, DE

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--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

George Stanley was a Professor of African and Middle-Eastern Languages and Linguistics at Cameron University. In between prepping class lectures and grading papers, he found the time to write for children. He was also the author of Night Fires and the Third-Grade Detectives series.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 370 (What's this?)
  • Series: Third-Grade Detectives (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689871066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689871061
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I gave this to my grandson in early June as school was closing in the hope it would keep him reading over the summer. I went over to visit and walked in the door to find him reading it diligently with a piece of paper in his hand. He kept writing letters down and them jumped up and said "I solved it" and showed me the solution. My daughter told me he has been going though the chapters and really enjoying it. She read him the first chapter and then "was too busy to read the next,so suggested he could do it himself". He could and did - reading level is fine for a boy who is just an average 2nd grade reader.
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I bought this book hoping to end the "electronic gameitis" my son was displaying. I was not disappointed, first the book introduces a third grade classroom which my son relates to because he's in the third grade. Then it show how to write and decode a secret message. I'm still decoding secret messages sent TOP SECRET. Because it involves a mystery that is simple and somewhat common, it keeps the kids thinking "hey, this could happen to me!" This book is the solution to show kids that they have an imagination, no need to rely on t.v, etc... My only complaint is that's its too short.
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got this for my daughter, who is in the 3rd grade and was anxious about chapter
books. This has been a great help!
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The second grader in this house loved these stories! She has to read each night for school and this book made it pleasurable. She was anxious to keep reading to find solution to the mystery. Highly recommend.
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Perfect for any boy or girl in third grade who is just learning to read paragraph books. These books are not to long and not to short. I say books because this is part of a series. This particular one flips over, so it is two books in one jacket. Great for learning and fun reading for the kids.
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My 2nd grader loves these books. I read a few chapters every night and have caught him sneaking out of bed to read this book after lights out time. I can't get too mad because he's very excited about reading! Great price for 2 books as well.
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I'm a 10 year girl and I love this book. It is very mysterious. What I like the most is when they solve the mystery. I felt amazed by this book. It is really funny, and you never know what is going to happen next. If you like exciting mysteries, you should read this book! I've read four of these books and hope to get the rest.
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I purchased this for the books in this series for my little cousin, not knowing about them beforehand. She immediately started reading them, writing down clues, and excited to see if she got it right in the end! I always looked forward to her excitement and happy to see that she was enjoying reading!
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