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The Nina, the Pinta, and the Vanishing Treasure by Jill Santopolo
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Jul 28, 08

bookshelves: chapterbook, kids, mystery, transitional
Read in July, 2008

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 the A to Z mysteries and are ready for the next step. The Nina, the Pinta, and the Vanishing Treasure has all the necessary clues and logic built organically into the plot - just like the Encylcopedia Brown mysteries, readers will be able to work out the solution to the mystery themselves. Black and white illustrations by C. B. Canga, both full-page and spot, are scattered throughout the book and bring the characters to life. Translations of the coded sections are provided at the end of the book as well as a historical note on Christopher Columbus.
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