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The Homemade Stuffing Caper by John V. Madormo
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bookshelves: animals, bullies, families, friendship, ncbla2013, mysteries, school
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Twelve-year-old Charlie Collier has excellent deductive reasoning skills, allowing him to easily solve many puzzles and word problems. Although his parents have forbidden him to run his own ad hoc detective agency with his friend Henry, he still manages to do so. Still, he longs for more challenging cases than those brought to him by his classmates. When his odd grandmother reveals her secret past and introduces him to an actual detective, Eugene, who wants to train him, he is thrilled and quickly tries to prove himself by solving the mystery of the whereabouts of several missing birds. The fact that one of the missing birds is the special pet of his crush, Scarlett Alexander, adds to his motivation. Middle graders will enjoy the story, solving the problems, and following some of the false leads planted in the story. The clever chapter titles, taken from the cases solved by Charlie's fictional detective hero, Sam Solomon, were my favorite part of this book. The word play was delightful; for example, "The Bouncing Czechs Caper," "The Steamed Carats Caper," "The Wok in the Park Caper," and "The Dog Daze Caper."
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