From School Library Journal
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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