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Mike's Mystery
This title covers these subjects: Books., Subtraction., Friendship.
Mike's Mystery
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Mike's Mystery

Mike and his friends are ready to friends are ready to donate books from their own libraries for the school's book drive. But when Mike realizes his favorite book from the Dino Spy - Private Eye series is missing, what will he do? Acting like a private eye will make all the difference, and Mike is on the case.

Reading LevelGrades K-2
Interest LevelGrades K-2
Lexile Level530L
ATOS Level2.9
AR Points2.9
AR Quiz #116659
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Count32
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price

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Children's Literature Comprehensive Database - Marilyn Courtot

"Mike is a good reader and he loves books. Among his favorites are the stories about Dino Spy, Private Eye--a dinosaur detective. When his teacher announces a book drive and a classroom goal of seventy-five books, Nate’s two friends, Ned and Sara decide that they will donate twenty-nine. They feel confident that this number will help the class achieve its goal and the class will earn a pizza party. The stage is set, they select books to give away, but somehow in the process one of Mike’s autographed copies of Dino Spy has gone amiss. It ends happily, and the pizza party is on. Throughout the book, there are math lessons, which are mainly subtraction to show how many more books are needed to achieve the goal. There is even a subtraction activity on one of the closing pages (answers provided) and a glossary of math terms. The closing page also offers a listing of several books, and a link to FactHound will take kids to related Internet sites. This is a Green Level book in the “Math Read It Readers” series, which presents more complex ideas, extended vocabulary, and language structure." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

January 1, 2008

School Library Journal - Kelly Roth

"Mike and two friends set themselves the goal of collecting 29 books for a donation drive in order to help their class win a pizza party. As they work on their project, they subtract the number of titles they have so far from the number they need. The math problems appear in numerals, in boxes, and an additional subtraction activity is included in the back matter. The colorful, average-quality illustrations depict an enthusiastic cast. In Farmer, Troy grows sunflowers, with his mother as guide. Fact boxes with additional information appear throughout. A time line of the life cycle of the plant and directions for growing the flowers are included. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and descriptive, although the cartoon characters have exaggerated facial features. Both titles have tips for adults on sharing content-focused books with children and should be useful additions to beginning-reader collections." - School Library Journal

February 1, 2008

Marcie Aboff

Marcie Aboff

Marcie Aboff is the author of picture books, early readers, chapter books, and magazine stories. She also used to work as a feature writer for a daily newspaper in Escondido, California, and as a catalog copywriter for an advertising firm in New York City. She’s written more than 20 titles for Picture Window Books. Marcie loves visiting schools to talk to students about being an author, as well as helping them develop their own writing potential. When she’s not writing or visiting schools, Marcie likes to play tennis, listen to music, see really good movies, travel, and eat as much chocolate as she can. Marcie resides in Edison, New Jersey, with her two sons and one daughter. Their cat, Sneakers, also resides in the home, although he sometimes is under the impression he is the sole proprietor. Please visit Marcie’s website ( to learn more about her books.

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