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Marty Frye, Private Eye: The Case of the Missing Action Figure

(Marty Frye, Private Eye #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Broken into three short stories of poetry and petty crime, this charming chapter book will have young readers in search of a rhyme in no time. Book 1 in the Marty Frye series! A Christy Ottaviano Book.

Marty Frye is not your ordinary sleuth. Marty Frye is a poet detective--he makes up rhymes as he solves small crimes. When his friend Emma's diary is missing, Marty is on the
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published 1998)
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Kate Olson Yes! I would recommend this series for high readers in K through students reading at grade level in 2nd grade. It is very much a beginning chapter…moreYes! I would recommend this series for high readers in K through students reading at grade level in 2nd grade. It is very much a beginning chapter book series rather than a middle grade series.(less)
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Tashjian, Janet Marty Frye Private Eye: The Case of the Missing Action Figure & Other Mysteries, illustrated by Laurie Keller, 76 pages. Christy Oviano Books (Henry Holt), revised edition, 2017. $16. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G.



Marty Frye is a rhyming guy and also a private eye. He solves three mysteries in this book, if you’d care to take a look: The Case of the Missing Diary, The Case of the Action Chuck, and The Case of the Mi
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This young detective manages three mysteries solved in the course of one day. Marty loves poetry and often speaks in rhyme. His family is supportive of his skill and focus and allow him to hone the skills by encouraging him to continue finding clues and solutions to simple mysteries of items that have gone missing. First is a diary in this collection. Second is an action figure in this collection. Finally it is a bag of flour. In each case, he looks for clues, follows leads, interviews witnesses ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: k-3-chapter-book
Marty Frye is a good natured young boy who helps his friends and neighbors solve cases through deductive reasoning, with lots of enthusiasm. Written in bold font with whimsical cartoon like illustrations that make each mystery come to life, this title has three separate mysteries which Marty must solve. "The Case of Action Chuck" the mystery of the box of missing action figure dolls called "Action Chuck" is a hoot. Marty asks lots of questions, and often accuses characters of crimes they haven't ...more
This new series for young readers features a young detective who also likes to speak in rhymes. The poetic and observant Marty Frye solves three mysteries in this book, and he makes a mistake each time on the way to solving them, either accusing the wrong person or misunderstanding something someone said. The mysteries revolve around a classmate's missing diary, a toy store's missing action, and Marty's sister Katie's missing flour that she intended to use to make goop. Marty's pretty clever and ...more
I vascilated between three and four stars. I kind to like it a lot but not to the level of my other 4-star books, so it gets three stars. I'm an elementary school librarians and our third graders do a literacy unit on mysteries as a genre, so this series will be perfect for them. I like the identical, clear structure of the small chapters and I like that the mysteries are can be solved by careful readers. The rhyming idea is cute but distracting. Overall, I'm excited to have this series in my li ...more
Ro Menendez
A beginner's chapter book about a boy who loves solving mysteries almost as much as he enjoys reading poetry and speaking in rhyme. This realistic fiction story does not stray from the reality of a young boy playing detective, there are no real bad guys, just situations that are misunderstandings Marty straightens out. Chapters are short, with large font, and illustrations to help readers further understand and construct meaning.
Rebecca Stalnaker
I found this book to be a very fun story and would highly recommend any middle grader to read it! Be sure to check out my full review on my blog!
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A cute, clever set of short mysteries in rhyme. There are 3 mysteries and a preview of the 4th, which is in the next book. The rhyming adds to the story and makes it more fun. The children in my daughter's classroom will get to definitely enjoy it next week when I donate it to her.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Adorable early chapter perfect for first and second grade readers. I especially enjoyed the rhymes.
Kevin Summers
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chapter-book
The rhyming is an interesting approach to writing a chapter book.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, mystery
Fun mystery for students beginning to read chapter books. Marty is a detective who loves poetry and rhymes while solving his cases. Recommended for grades 1 &up.
Niki (Daydream Reader)
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great first mystery to introduce the genre to younger students!
The Brothers
Dexter (9yo) read.
Ms Threlkeld
An entertaining beginning chapter book consisting of 3 different mysteries. Marty is a rhyming detective who helps a classmate, a shop owner, and his sister. Great illustrations elevate the text.
Lauren Tarver
Apr 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This book is about a young boy named Marty Frye who solves fun mysterys by using poetry. He solves two mystrys in this book, the first is a missing diry and the second is his sisters missing flour. I like how the book is easy and fun to read. The mysterys are clever and funny. Young children would enjoy this book. I think they could relate to Marty and the things he does at school and at home.
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Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who’s been writing books for children for fifteen years. Her first novel Tru Confessions was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. The Gospel According to Larry is a cult favorite and Fault Line is taught in many middle and high schools. Her novels My Life As a Book, My Life As a Stuntboy, ...more

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