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Hauntings And Heists (Mysterious Four #1)

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Can you crack the case with six clues or less?
Welcome to Moon Hollow, where mystery lurks around every corner--and four kids have come together to solve crimes and puzzles big and small.
Whether they're debunking sea monsters, thwarting bullies, or revealing who threw out mom's asparagus, Viola, Sylvester, Rosie, and Woodrow will figure out the truth in six clues or less.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Scholastic Inc.
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Dan Poblocki
Feb 24, 2011 Dan Poblocki rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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This is the first book in The Mysterious Four series. I'm really excited to share this one! One thing I learned while writing this book is that coming up with mysteries that people can solve along with the characters is actually really difficult -- sort of like juggling.

Of the fourteen mystery stories, there should be something for everyone... River monsters, haunted houses, swindles, psychics, and thieves.

It was lots of fun creating these characters and putting them in creepy situations. Look f
Jun 20, 2011 Joy rated it liked it
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I enjoyed the stories the kids shared and solved together. There was so much variety to the kinds of mysteries they encountered. I really appreciated that the clues are all there and readers can discover the answers along with Viola, Sylvester, Rosie, and Woodrow.

I presumed this would be a more straightforward, linear narrative where I got to know the characters more directly rather than through their mystery stories. That doesn't make this style bad- it's just different from my expectation.

Fantastically fun! The characters are likable, the "mysteries" are fascinating and realistic and delightfully varied.

My favorite thing: that the questions the kids are asking themselves as they go about solving their mysteries are printed in bold and followed by a page break so the reader can attempt to solve along with The Question Marks.

I'm delighted I picked up two copies of this, that way I can keep one for my classroom library!
Great book for the fourth grade set! Viola has just moved to Moon Hollow and is lucky enough to find 3 bright, inquisitive friends right away. The kids create a club called the Question Marks, they meet regularly and tell each other about the day to day mysteries they find and use questions to solve them. Each chapter ends with a question for the reader to solve.
Lots of fun.
I think it would read aloud just fine in classrooms and families.
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Good reading for middle-graders on looking beneath the surface of life, of learning observation and deductive thinking. Some wisdom here for adults, too-we're never too old to learn these skills, nor to understand the value of pooling resources and that sometimes others have parts of the puzzle to add.
Mar 12, 2012 Wendy rated it liked it
Read this with my 12 year old so that she could take an AR test on it at school. It was a cute little book. A group of four new friends solve various mysteries around the neighborhood. It was fun trying to figure out the clues. I would probably recommend this for ages 9 or 10.
Aug 16, 2011 Marge added it
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fun read - each chapter a new mystery for the four to solve - who threw the vegetables in the trash?
Oct 29, 2012 Mel rated it it was amazing
I thought that this was a very good book with all the descrpitstion... also beacause i love mysterys.
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Great story for young readers. The mini mysteries really help kids be aware of the things going on around them.
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Author of The Stone Child, The Nightmarys, The Ghost of Graylock, and the Mysterious Four series,The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe, and The Book of Bad Things.
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