Monday, February 13, 2012
MONDAY: The Mystery of the Missing Everything by Ben H. Winters
Bethesda, one of the stars of the book The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman, is back with another mystery to solve. A trophy - the only trophy in the Achievement Alcove at Mary Todd Lincoln Middle School - has been stolen. The principal is in such a snit about the theft, she's cancelled the 8th grade trip for Bethesda and her friends unless the thief comes forward. But this case is so odd, Bethesda will have her hands full trying to solve it.
Good mystery with lots of trails to follow. Lots about various relationships in the story between the students, the staff and school bureaucracy in general. At times there was a little too much narrator intrusion - "This happened but this was going to happen." It was fun for the opening, but at other times it could be distracting. My favorite part of the whole book was a great section about a music video the kids put together. I'm looking forward to sharing this mystery with my students.
4 out of 5 stars
Accelerated Reader level of 5.9
Recommended for: readers 10 and up, mystery lovers, fans of the first book