The Case of the Pen Gone Missing: A Mickey Rangel Mystery
The Case of the Pen Gone Missing: A Mickey Rangel Mystery
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Annotation: When the prettiest girl in fifth-grade asks sleuth Mickey Rangel to prove her innocent of stealing a valuable pen, he ignores his instincts and takes the case, aided by a note from an unknown "angel."
Catalog Number: #4604878
Format: Paperback
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Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2009
Pages: 32, 33 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-558-85555-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-558-85555-7
Dewey: 468
LCCN: 2009003480
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Kirkus Reviews
Mickey Rangel, a sweet, intuitive and smart fifth-grade student, faces the challenges of his first case as an amateur detective: the theft of an elegant pen, engraved with the White House logo and the President's signature, a gift to classmate Eddy from his senator father. The pen has gone missing from Miss Garza's classroom. The prime suspect: the gorgeous and distant Toots Rodriguez, Mickey's secret love and his enemy's girlfriend, who appeals to Mickey to clear her name. As it often happens in the best mystery stories, Mickey comes to the unexpected solution of the enigma with the help of a mysterious "angel," who leaves him an anonymous message. This bilingual chapter-book edition, the first in a series of Mickey Rangel Mysteries, will engage intermediate readers in both languages, English and Spanish, and offers multiple possibilities for school projects, group discussions and read-aloud sessions. Villarroel's well-crafted translation into Spanish maintains the suspense and humor of the original English version, narrated by Mickey in fine, hard-boiled style. Mora's illustrations add a refreshing touch, effectively breaking up the text in this appealing introduction. (Mystery. 8-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5 Mickey is a real, honest-to-goodness private detective; he has his diploma, badge, and several solved crimes to prove it. His skills and judgment are tested when Toots Rodríguez, the prettiest girl in his class, asks him to help her clear her name, which has been tainted by the disappearance of a collectible pen that was presented at show-and-tell that morning. Mickey has to fight his inclination to immediately assume her innocence and has to make constant mental notes to remain objective. Mickey and his mysterious letter-writing angel are pretty sure that Toots and her boyfriend, Bucho, the school bully, have conspired to leave with the pen in their pockets; proving it is another matter. Lively and entertaining narrative coupled with attractive illustrations will make this book a favorite among young mystery readers. Although the Spanish translation keeps the charm of the English original, anglicized phrase construction and close word repetition interfere with the fluidity of the text. Narda McCarthy, Para los Niños Consultant, Weston, FL
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School Library Journal (8/1/09)
Word Count: 6,963
Reading Level: 4.9
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.7 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 134033SP / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.7 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q52075
Lexile: 770L
Guided Reading Level: U
Fountas & Pinnell: U

When Toots Rodriguez approaches Mickey on the playground, he knows something is up. Toots, the prettiest girl in the fifth grade, never talks to Mickey, not even when they're assigned to work together on a class project. But Toots has come to Mickey because she's in trouble, and he's a detective. The real deal. He has a badge and a certificate after completing an online course two years ago. You have to believe me, Mickey. I didn't take that pen. I didn't. When Toots shines her big green eyes on him and insists repeatedly that she's innocent, Mickey's intuition tells him to run fast--in the opposite direction. But he's a sucker for a pretty girl, so he takes on the case of the missing pen. Rumor has it that Toots stole Eddy's pen. It's not just any old pen; it's his dad's pen. It has the White House logo on it. Eddy's father, a senator from South Texas, got the pen from the President of the United States when he visited the White House last year. As Mickey begins his investigation, thugh, all the clues point to Toots and her newly ex-boyfriend as the primary suspects. Will Mickey be able to solve the case of the pen gone missing? The first book in The Mickey Rangel Mystery series for intermediate readers, author and educator Rene Saldana, Jr. has crafted another appealing book for kids, and his wise-cracking, smart protagonist will appeal to even the most reluctant readers.o

Case of the pen gone missing
Caso de la pluma perdida.

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