The Case of the Time-capsule Bandit

The Case of the Time-capsule Bandit

Book - 2013
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Twelve-year-old Randi, unhappy about moving from Brooklyn to Deer Creek, Tennessee, after her mother's death, soon finds new friends and a case to solve surrounding a stolen time capsule and rumors of a centuries-old treasure.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781442476820
Branch Call Number: j SPE NVD
Characteristics: 214 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: To, Vivienne


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This is now one of my favorite celebrity-written books for kids and I don't generally enjoy books written by celebrities. It is an engaging mystery that celebrates teamwork and perseverance without feeling too preachy and has likeable, realistic characters, each with their own challenges. The author narrates the audiobook, also something I don't generally enjoy, but Spencer pulls it off. A good choice for grades 4-6, boys and girls alike.

Jan 23, 2014

Girl who just lost mother moves to small-town and tries to solve a mystery. She makes friends with a Spanish hard of hearing boy. It's a genuine mystery with action and lively characters. There was enough intrigue and suspects where you could try to figure it out yourself or just sit back and enjoy. Also a side plot was her relationship with her father which had to be adjusted now with her mom gone. This is a good solid read especially for girls, since she is so confident. It's written by Octavia Spencer (who was in the movie the help) and is another good strong role model especially for young black girls.

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