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Who Stole Uncle Sam? (Chickadee Court Mysteries #3)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  40 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Two eleven-year-old sleuths crack a case about the disappearance of a baseball coach in this humourous and offbeat middle-grade mystery, third in Martha Freeman's popular series. After their last success, Alex and Yasmeen made a pact to stop solving mysteries. However, when Alex's baseball coach, a patriotic war veteran nicknamed Uncle Sam, goes missing, it's hard for the ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Holiday House
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Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Alex Parakeet is a boy detective along with his friend Yasmeen. The two of them have sworn not to be in involved in any more mysteries. However when the most classic case yet emerges from the dust of Mrs. Banner whom is flying through her career of Lawn Care inventing.

Alex doesn't even want to be questioned or asked to investigate anything at all. Yasmeen didn't really want to either. He also wants his mom to figure out the case on her own.

The obstacles causing Alex and Yasmeen to get involved a
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great light mystery for younger kids. Third book in this mystery series, so I'll have to read the first 2. This one takes place around 4th of July. Alex and Yasmeen are best friends and happen to be kid detectives. In this book, Alex's baseball coach goes missing right before the big game. He is found 3 days later confused in a porta potty. He doesn't know what happened to him. Alex and Yasmeen have some suspects, even if the suspects are really close adult friends. His disappeance has some ties ...more
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
We are all enjoying the Chicakdee Court mysteries. They're funny and interesting and mysterious enough to keep us all guessing. In this one, kid sleuths Alex and Yasmeen grapple with the environmental impacts of fertilizer, the cultural impacts of professional sports (even at the youth level), and the lengths parents will go to for their kids - all while tracking down whoever kidnapped Alex's baseball coach. It was a home run.
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This, the third book in the series, was SO much better than the first book that I was tempted to give it five stars. It's not quite a five-star story, but it is very, very close.

The mystery in this book had some meat on in, so although the writing was still accessible to middle graders, the story was much richer than the second, and especially the first, book.
Melissa Dwyer
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Originally rated G by Lea Blumenfeld
Good characterization of minor as well as major players. Moves quickly & holds reader’s interest. Errors: “like” used inappropriately pp. 4,5,20, 26, 49,59, 62, 68, 70,90,91,92,117,167; “was” instead of “were” pp. 34, 35; commas used incorrectly pp.4,5,32,48,95; others as well.
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Third in the Chickadee Court mystery. Alex and best friend Yasmeen are determined to stop sleuthing but are dragged into another mystery when his baseball coach goes missing on Memorial Day. Fun and decent mystery with some references to the environment, in this case, the Chesapeake watershed.
Laura Carby
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mystery...this is what my students love about this book. They love trying to use the clues in the story to figure out how to solve the mystery. In this story, Alex's baseball coach disappear on Memorial Day and no one can figure out where he is. Alex is trying to figure out the mystery.
Chase Broyles
Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The plot changes tremendously at the end! :D Greattttt Book!
M6 Hope
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The most recent book in the series, this is pretty good. A little slow in some places, otherwise awesome.
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book! I kept changing who stole Uncle Sam!
Feb 18, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a great mystery!
Addison Children
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chapter-books
A sports mystery and also not the first in the series. (I must start vetting my books better.) Alex must investigate when his coach disappears right before the big game.
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Martha Freeman was born in Southern California in 1956. It is not actually true that pterodactyls ruled the skies then, but her three children believe this.

Martha graduated from Glenoaks Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Junior High, and Glendale High School. Until Martha came along, Glendale High's most famous graduate was a fellow named Marion Michael Morrison. He later went into the film game and chan
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