Capture the Flag (Capture the Flag, #1)
Anna, José, and Henry are complete strangers with more in common than they realize. Snowed in together at a chaotic Washington D.C. airport, they encounter a mysterious tattooed man, a flamboyant politician, and a rambunctious poodle named for an ancient king. Even stranger, news stations everywhere have anno
I absolutely adore Kate Messner's writing. I really enjoyed EYE OF THE STORM and CAPTURE THE FLAG was no disappointment either. One of the things I like most about Kate Messner's books is that she writes smart, honest, real characters. In this book they read, they write, one is a genius at video games, but they all have many layers to their characters without getting overly emotionally involved as would happen in more young adult books. Her...more
The book I read was Capture the Flag by Kate Messner. It is a superb book about 4 kids who meet each other at a museum and at the airport. It starts when there aren't enough electrical outlets and there is a snowstorm which backs up all the flights. The American flag has been stolen and Anna is determined to figure out the mystery of who stole it. While Anna, Henry, Jose, and Sinan look for the thief, their personality changes and they figure out that they actually have a lot in common.
Anna, who dreams of being a journalist, is keen to solve the mystery. She is convinced that the flag is somewhere in the airport. When events around them begin to support her theory, Jose and Henry...more
Anna, José and Henry are three of the hundreds of people stuck at a Washington, DC airport during a snowstorm when the world finds out that an extremely old and historic flag...more
Anna Revere-Hobbs, the ringleader, wants to be a reporter like her mother. Henry Thorn wants to play his video games and not go home since his dad is remarryin...more
Kate Messner said that part of her research for this book involved calling a museum to see exactly how one would go about stealing something from an exhibit. I would have really liked to have seen the person who answere...more
The environment plays a big role in the developing story, not much character development. There is however, more to the story...the kids and their families are a part of some sort of secret group that has been prote...more
He did it again with the Kane Chronicles series, which ties in the myths of ancient Egypt, and o...more
Capture the Flag is up there with National Treasure and Heist Society in heist stories- it adds a nice element to middle grade fiction.
I loved the different personalities of the kids in this book and I love that they are all realistic. Henry loves his video games, Jose loves to read especially Harry Potter and Anna wants to be a journalist just like her mother. Analogies are made throughout the book between video games & books and the adventure that they are on (I specifically like...more
Characters: Anna, the daughter of a Senator and an aspiring journalists. She is a strong female protagonist. Jose is a calm, cool and collected kind of fellow. His mom is the person who restored the flag. His dad is a meteorologist who keeps us up to date on all the weather happenings that occur in the book. Jose is a center for all of his cast mates. Henry is dealing wit...more
Anna, Henry and Jose had never met until the gala at the Smithsonian Museum of American History during their February break. They meet again shortly after at the airpor...more
Three curious children, who are not related, but are related by historical families, attend a special presentation of the repaired American flag (The Stars and Stripes). All three end up sitting on a bench observing the festivities.
They discover, when a giant snowstorm grounds them at the airport, tha...more
While trapped at the airport, they learn on the news that the U.S. flag that inspired “The Star Spangled Banner” has been stolen from a secure Smithsonian vault. The three kids believe that the culprits must be snowed in and that the flag might be trapped at the airport. Howeve...more
The story follows Anna, Jose and Henry as they meet up and end up getting tangled in the mystery of who stole the flag from the museum. Just like Jose and Henry, I was skeptical of Anna finding anything useful in the airport to point towards who the real suspects of the crime were. She pr...more
Of course, trying to catch thieves in a very crowded airport? Not so easy. Between a sandwich stealing poodle, trying to interview an evasive Presidential candidate, advent...more
I really like Kate Messner, but one thing I repeatedly have issues with is that she throws politics into kids books. Friend, even if I agree with you, by putting politics into kids books, you make this book 50-75% less recommendable for me.
The writing for Capture the Flag fell a little flat and I found myself skimming. I think kids will like it though. Kate does a great job of writin...more
Overall Rating: 3.5 stars
What are four kids stuck together in a snowbound airport waiting for their canceled flights to do? Solve a mystery, of course! Capture the Flag is an adventure from the very first page. I enjoyed the story's fast pace and memorable characters, and found the book easy to read and tough to put down. I did feel in the end like the mystery was a little too easily solved, and many of the characters felt a little underdeveloped. However, overa...more
I loved the premise for Capture the Flag and I really like the “National Treasure” feel of it. The airport setting was an interesting creative choice, and the airport had a life of its own—a character in its own right. I especially liked the main character Anna...more
This is a classic kids heist mystery. They're stuck at the airport in DC waiting for their flight home, a Presidential candidate is there waiting to get back to Vermont, and it turns out that the actual Star Spangled Banner has been stolen from the Smithsonian and is en route to Vermont as well. The kids team up to try and solve the mystery before it's too late.
This is not my favorite Messner book, but it has a lot going for it. It's a fast-paced read, works well for a m...more