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Saturday, May 28, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: The Mystery of the Stolen Statue by George E. Stanley

TITLE: The Mystery of the Stolen Statue
SERIES: Book #10 of the Third-Grade Detectives Series
AUTHOR: George E. Stanley
DATE OF PUBLICATION: November 2, 2004
FORMAT: Paperback, 80 pages
GENRE: Juvenile Fiction, Chapter Books
ISBN: 978-0689864919 

The Third-Grade Detectives are looking forward to their field trip to a local art museum, where a priceless fifteenth-century statue of Joan of Arc is on loan from a Paris museum. But when they arrive, they discover that the statue has been stolen!

The police quickly find the statue — smashed into pieces and thrown in a Dumpster. Why would someone steal the statue only to destroy it? It looks like a new case for the Third-Grade Detectives — even if the museum director doesn't seem to want their help.

I read this book with my daughters.

We are enjoying this mystery series! This is the fourth one in the series that we have read, although we have not been reading them in order. Since each book can be read as a stand-alone, it does not matter if you do  not read them in sequence.

The teacher of the Third Grade class is a former spy, and he gives the students code clues to help them solve mysteries. We always have a lot of fun trying to break the code or solve the riddles before we read ahead to find out the answer.

The chapters are short and more than one can be read at a time without being too tiresome. We plan to read more in the series.

MY RATING: 3.5 stars!

This book qualifies as:
#73 for my 2011 100+ Reading Challenge


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