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Bernie Magruder and the Bats in the Belfry (Bessledorf Mysteries #9)

3.29  ·  Rating Details ·  65 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
There are strange goings-on once again in Middleburg, and Bernie Magruder is determined to get to the bottom of things, and maybe get his picture in the paper in the process. Someone has put up posters all over town warning townspeople that the dreaded Indiana Aztec bat, whose bite is often fatal, has been sighted in the area. What's more, the town is in a political uproar ...more
Hardcover, 130 pages
Published October 6th 2003 by Atheneum Books (first published March 1st 2003)
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Feb 25, 2017 PJ rated it really liked it
This book was quite a surprise to me... very charming with unique characters. The characters have great personalities and the reader feels like they really get to know them. The book is about a small town that has a song playing every 15 minutes from the church belfry. The citizens are going crazy and then Aztec bats which are very dangerous settle in the belfry so no one can get up to shut off the music. Good little mystery for kids. I actually am excited to read another Bernie Magruder book!
Anna Lawrence
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I really liked the mystery and suspense of this book! There was always so much excitement going on because of either the loud, annoying church bells or because of the supposed Aztec bats that were going to invade Middleburg. There was the mystery of who put up the signs around town warning about the dangerous bats and their "deadly" bites. Once Bernie discovered there were bats that had flown into his father's hotel, him and his brave friends went to figure out where they were
Paige Cedergreen
Apr 13, 2015 Paige Cedergreen rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot. It had a lot of humor in it and I think it would appeal to young readers for its crazy story line. I like this book because it is funny to imagine a bunch of bats terrorizing a town and stirring up so much trouble, because I have never heard of that happening before!

I would choose this for an independent reading book for 4th and 5th grade. I think the comical story of bats and church bells driving a town crazy would attract students because it is a setting they could ima
Caycee Hatchette
Apr 13, 2015 Caycee Hatchette rated it really liked it
Personal Reaction- I really enjoyed this book. I thought the book was funny, myself, so I think that students would find it funny as well. The storyline was humorous because it makes us think of what would happen if bats started taking over our towns.

Independent Reading- This book is probably best fitted for younger to middle grades, maybe third to fourth grade. Again the storyline is so humorous that students would be intrigued to find out how the issues are resolved.

Read aloud-I also think t
Joey Zadina
Apr 14, 2015 Joey Zadina rated it liked it
Bernie Magruder and the Bats in the Belfry was a good book because it showed the perspective of a young child who sets out on a mission with his friends to stop the ringing of the bells in their town and to solve the bat problem. Along the way, they find out that the bats in the belfry are actually not real, but they are a cover up by the son of a wealthy women, in order for him to ensure that he gets his money. This book is good for children because it is told through the eyes of a child and wi ...more
Lindsay Garber
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Bernie Magruder and the Bats in the Belfry is a hilarious and entertaining novel that is sure to keep children wanting to read through the book in one sitting. This novel involves three kids who are on a mission to save Middleburg from the supposed bats that are coming through the town. It is up to Bernie and his two friends to save his dad's hotel from bat invasion and keep the customers happy. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor allows the reader to relate to Bernie and his friends,
Kelli McKenna
I enjoyed reading Bernie Magruder and the Bats in the Belfry written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. In my opinion, I find mystery novels to be exciting and it is rare that I get bored reading one because they typically keep me on my toes. Bernie Magruder was a fun read because it had been awhile since i have read a mystery novel.
Bernie Magruder and his friends are determined to figure out why these dangerous bats have flown into their town from South America. They also take it upon themselves to t
Sep 11, 2014 Hannah rated it really liked it
this book is a desent book.this book is about a bat dangoues bat that they never seen and they said that it could bit you. But there is a other problem that the town has church bells that ring every hour. so they are trying to take thoes bells down but some people want to stay up so they are going to vote on if they should keep them up or not.
A mystery, sort of, set whimsically in a small town, old-fashioned America. It's got just a touch of Homer Price to it, with quirky characters that will confuse beginning readers. Still, not too long, funny, and finally satisfying.
Apr 17, 2009 Christian rated it it was ok
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To be fair, I abandoned this one once the 4th Grade Booko Discussion passed. It was just okay. Not really a series I am eager to revisit, thoguh some of my students did enjoy it.
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Oh my, I guess if you like idioms you might like it. Tiresome...... Why did I read this?
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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana, US on January 4, 1933.

Her family were strongly religious with conservative, midwestern values and most of her childhood was spent moving a lot due to her father's occupation as a salesman.

Though she grew up during the Depression and her family did not have a lot of money, Naylor stated that she never felt poor because her family owned good boo
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Other Books in the Series

Bessledorf Mysteries (9 books)
  • Bernie Magruder and the Case of the Big Stink (Bessledorf Mysteries, #1)
  • The Bodies in the Bessledorf Hotel (Bessledorf Mysteries, #2)
  • Bernie Magruder and the Haunted Hotel (Bessledorf Mysteries, #3)
  • The Face in the Bessledorf Funeral Parlor (Bessledorf Mysteries, #4)
  • Bernie Magruder and the Bus Station Blow Up (Bessledorf Mysteries, #5)
  • Bernie Magruder and the Pirate's Treasure (Bessledorf Mysteries, #6)
  • Bernie Magruder and the Disappearing Bodies (Bessledorf Mysteries, #7)
  • Bernie Magruder and the Parachute Peril (Bessledorf Mysteries, #8)

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