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The Nina, the Pinta, and the Vanishing Treasure (Alec Flint #1)

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Join Alec Flint for his first case as he becomes the most undercover detective in Laurel Hollows!

Alec Flint is practicing to be a super sleuth. He's even got a pair of super sleuth pants with lots of pockets to hide his detective tools and a sidekick, Gina, who's a bit bossy, but a really great sleuth and friend. When his dad, a local police officer, tells Alec the Christo
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Orchard Books
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Aug 09, 2008 Tara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 3rd & 4th Graders
Alec Flint is a 4th grade super-sleuth. When the Christoper Columbus exhibit is stolen from the local museum, Alec's Dad, a police detective is called in to investigate. Alec, picking up on several clues, decides it is a great mystery to test his skills! At school, impressed by a fellow classmate, Gina, an expert at math who can also write in a supersecret code - he decides to partner up to solve his mystery. Gina, not only teaches him the nifty code but proves incredibly useful to his investiga ...more
Jun 11, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Alec Flint knows what he wants to be when he grows up - a super-sleuth! Right now though, he's just a fourth-grade super-sleuth in training. Luckily he's found the perfect partner in Gina Rossi, a new girl who already knows a secret code. Even better they've already found two mysteries - the missing Columbus museum display and the missing art teacher. Could these two mysteries even be connected?

This is a strong opening to a new mystery series which will be great for readers who have finished th
Mar 25, 2010 Charlyn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Gr. 3 and up
Alec Flint visits the Christopher Columbus exhibit at the museum with his father, Officer Flint. When all the artifacts from the exhibit disappear overnight, Officer Flint is assigned to investigate. Alec conducts his own investigation, inviting classmate Gina Rossi to work with him. Gina has her own agenda: Ms. Blume, the art teacher, seems to be missing and Gina wants to find her. The two young sleuths complement one another, enabling them to solve both mysteries.

The only distractions in this
Jun 08, 2008 Beth rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, youth
Cute little book - around 4th grade level, which is the same grade the main character Alec Flint is in. The book has actual facts about Christopher Columbus rather than the stuff I learned about as a child - plus Alec doesn't even like Columbus because of the whole issue of Native American treatment. But that point nor Columbus is over emphasized - mainly it is a mystery for a young reader. Alec also learns a secret code which was kind of cool!
Kristie Wallace
First in a series! Alec Flint dreams of being a super sleuth. After all, his dad is a police officer. What better way to practice his sleuthing skills than when the entire Christopher Columbus exhibit has been stolen and there aren't many clues. Alec and Gina partner together to solve this mystery that seems to have the grown ups stumped. If you enjoy this story, try Ransom Note Blues - the second book in the series.
Judi Paradis
Jun 05, 2010 Judi Paradis rated it liked it
A good mystery about kids who join forces to find a missing Christopher Columbus exhibit apparently stolen from a local history museum. Alec, the son of a local police detective, and his bossy friend Gina are great kid sleuths. There are plenty of clues sprinkled through the texts and just enough suspects with plausible motives to keep everyone guessing. First book in a series that promises to please kids who love mysteries.
Nov 30, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Megan by: Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee
4th grader Alec Flint and his sidekick, Gina, investigate two mysteries: a missing Columbus exhibit at the museum, and a missing art teacher at their school. This is a smartly written mystery--accessible to young readers but not condescending--and should open the doors to more entries in the series.
Mar 14, 2015 Tanja rated it liked it
Shelves: chn-mystery
A mystery around the disappearance of a valuable Christopher Columbus exhibition which two friends try to solve. Young readers will especially be intrigued by the secret code Alec and Gina use, and the reader is invited to decipher as well. I appreciated the author's note and references in the text which make the reader aware of the controversy surrounding the famous explorer.
Luanne Hatcher
Apr 06, 2011 Luanne Hatcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this Alex Flint mystery book and want to read another one. Its 4.8 reading level makes it a good read for my second,third, and fourth graders. It includes nonfiction information as super sleuth Alex and his partner, Gina, help Alec's dad, Officer Flynt, in solving the mystery of the missing Columbus artifacts.
Alexis Munk
Oct 18, 2016 Alexis Munk rated it it was ok
This is a good mystery book for older elementary schoolers. I did not much care for this book but the students I work with loved it. They couldn't wait to find out who stole the Christopher Columbus exhibit.
Aug 30, 2010 Tiffany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This was a fun book in the vein of Chet Gecko but I liked it better than those. The kids are in 4th grade so it would be good for that age group. What I didn't like though was how the kids snooped through other peoples stuff and took some things as evidence. Not a great example.
Feb 16, 2010 Julie rated it it was amazing
Who says a fourth-grader can't find Christopher Columbus's stolen treasure? Alec Flint, Super Sleuth saves the day with a little help from his friends (the likely and the unlikely). Grades 2-5, I would say, will love this accessible and lively mystery.
Jenn H
Jun 12, 2012 Jenn H rated it really liked it
I read this book to my sons. They loved it! It was a great mystery for kids.
Ellen Brandt
A new series. Target audience ~ grades 3 to 4? I appreciate the message regarding the importance of 'fact checking' and careful research- but the writing itself feels formulaic.
Nov 30, 2010 Kathy rated it liked it
Encyclopedia Brown revisited. Easier to read but more up to date. Will find an audience with those good illustrations.
Sep 15, 2009 meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a great series, with a super likable protagonist, for third-grade graduates of cam jansen and a-z mysteries looking for something a bit more challenging.
Sep 09, 2008 Angela rated it liked it
A decent little mystery in what appears to be a developing series. A step up from transitional readers and series books like Magic Tree House in terms of length, vocab, etc.
Mar 03, 2009 Dru rated it did not like it
Shelves: j-mystery
Kim Nielsen
May 19, 2009 Kim Nielsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My fourth-grader proclaimed that this is the best book she's ever read; and insisted that I say so here!
Kellie Araki
Feb 24, 2016 Kellie Araki rated it did not like it
Shelves: unread
Had to have Bill finish with Jessie.
Andrew P
Aug 04, 2014 Andrew P rated it it was amazing
Amy Brown
Jun 30, 2008 Amy Brown rated it liked it
The mystery was okay, not very probable, but I liked the main character and think 3rd/4th graders will like it.
Josh Newhouse
Dec 12, 2010 Josh Newhouse rated it it was ok
Wanted to love it but kind of tedious start to this mystery series... liked puzzles but coded messages got old fast...
It's okay book. I'd probably enjoy it better if I was nine. The story is fun, but if you are over nine, you'll figure out the entire book after the first ten pages.
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Jill Santopolo is the author of the The Light We Lost, the Alec Flint Mysteries, the Sparkle Spa series, and the Follow Your Heart books. She holds a BA in English Literature from Columbia University, an MFA in Writing for Children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a certificate in Intellectual Property Law from NYU. Jill is also the Editorial Director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Pen ...more
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