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A to Z Mysteries (26 Book Set) Paperback – 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Scholastic Book Clubs (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439867789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439867788
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.1 x 3.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cannon on February 17, 2010
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What a rewarding series of books! We have the entire series, and several of the other series by the same author, and we've found that the A to Z Mysteries thoroughly engage our first grade daughter.

The books are quite readable for young readers. Our first grader reads and understands what is taking place. There's not a lot of difficult language or concepts, and the author quite often takes the time to describe or define a term that might not be all that familar to a youngster. Our daughter as learned a bit of patience in this regard. She's eager to ask if there's a work she doesn't understand, but she now trusts the author to explain things in the very next sentence.

The mysteries are usually well crafted and interesting. They challenge readers to try to figure out "who did it" and often offer a twist or surprise in the end. The author never cheats - the clues are all there. And when kids figure out who did it before the end, the books remain engaging and fun as an explanation is offered as to why the deed was done.

A word of caution for parents - the children in these books are sometimes in precarious predicaments, but they always end up safe and sound. Nevertheless, if you're looking for a conversation starter, you'll find some within the pages of these books. Do the young detectives (there are three, two boys and a girl) always make the wisest choices while investigating an event? No, they do not. But there are consequences for those choices. The young detectives are never left in harms way for very long, but the author does make use of the "cliffhanger" at chapters' ends. These young detectives are quite self aware, and they are open and honest.
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I have a grandchild who just turned 8 yrs old. She pours over these books. I couldn't get them quick enough to satisfy her reading so I bought the set. My 8 yr old grandson who doesn't like to read also loves these stories. I highly recommend these books.
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My son had been reading a few of these books in his class at school. I decided to surprise him and buy the entire series. He absolutely loves these books. His is constantly reading a different one everyday!
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I bought the set for my 8 year old. He does not like to read so we read the books together. We try to guess who the bad guy is once we have read all the clues. Reading with him is making reading fun for him. He is showing great interest in reading now.
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By Karen on January 16, 2010
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My youngest is disabled so finding books that appeal to him-have action and story, but maintain clarity in the story is hard to do--but in this series--it's done well. Thanks!
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My 1st grader absolutely LOVED this series. I found the first one at a local second hand store, and then he was hooked. I went ahead & got the entire series, and he read through it in a week or two. I didn't read them myself, but according to my 7 year old, these are great. He even went so far as to recommend them to some friends of his, and even gave them some to take home and read. That's high praise, I think!
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This set was purchased for our granddaughter who is age 6 and is in 1st grade. She is starting to read chapter books and was having a hard time finding the right books to interest her. She read the first 2 books in 3 days and says she loves them! The next time I visit I am going to read them with her!
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For whatever reason my son LOVES these A to Z mysteries book. I basically told him that anything educational or related he can always get, and this set was that particular case. He hasn't read them all just yet, as certain subject matter interests him more, but whatever it takes to get him motivated to read!
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