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The Name of the Game Was Murder by Joan Lowery Nixon
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Jun 01, 08

bookshelves: 2008, young-adult, mystery

*I read this to see if I want to use it in my freshman classes.*

Here's a possibility for mystery-themed differentiated literature circles. I'd use this for the above-average readers.

The fact that the main character is a teenager would be engaging for high school-aged readers. She solves it, too, which would appeal to them.

There's a lot of opportunity for extended learning activities. I'd probably bring in some cryptograms, and perhaps try to encourage the students to create some sort of mystery for their classmates to solve. Potential for using map skills and writing letters to authors/celebrities. Could also use newspaper articles for expository supplementary materials.
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