THE NINA, THE PINTA, AND THE VANISHING TREASURE by Jill Santopolo

THE NINA, THE PINTA, AND THE VANISHING TREASURE

Alec Flint, Super Sleuth, Book 1
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Age Range: 9 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

A mystery at the museum is the perfect case for an aspiring fourth-grade detective. Early one morning before school, Alec gets to go with his father, Officer Flint, to the American History Museum, where somebody has made off with the entire cache of gold coins in the Christopher Columbus exhibit. Curator Dr. Glumsfeld gives Alec an uneasy feeling, but this doesn’t prevent him from trying to crack the case. His neighbor, Emily Berg, has no interest in detection, but the new girl at school, Gina Rossi, shares Alec’s passion for puzzles, and becomes his sidekick. The pair even begins passing coded messages, a puzzle-solving bonus for the reader (with solutions at the back of the book). Santopolo’s prose crackles, and she manages to weave in a fair degree of historical information on Columbus as she spins her yarn (and supplements it with a lengthy Author’s Note). The first in what promises to be a solid middle-grade series in the tradition of Encyclopedia Brown. (Fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-439-90352-3
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2008