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The Resource Smashie McPerter and the mystery of room 11, N. Griffin ; illustrated by Kate Hindley

Smashie McPerter and the mystery of room 11, N. Griffin ; illustrated by Kate Hindley

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Smashie McPerter and the mystery of room 11
Title
Smashie McPerter and the mystery of room 11
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N. Griffin ; illustrated by Kate Hindley
Title variation
Smashie McPerter and the mystery of room eleven
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eng
Summary
When Room Eleven's beloved pet hamster, Patches, goes missing, Smashie and her best friend, Dontel, launch an investigation to bring the thief to justice--but they discover that there may be more than one secret to be uncovered
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  • Gr 3 – 6 — Meet Smashie McPerter. She's not your average third grade student by any stretch of the imagination. Overly dramatic, extremely independent, and opinionated to a fault, Smashie will endear herself to many readers because she can make even the most outlandish people feel rather normal. Incredibly precocious, Smashie and her friend Dontel often use vocabulary far beyond their years. As a result, the characters do not come across as authentic nine-year-olds, and some readers may find the language challenging. Aside from this, the story is well written and evenly paced, with great supporting characters to root both for and against. The main story centers on trying to solve the mystery of the missing class pet; a plot line most elementary-aged students will find familiar. Readers learn about investigative principles and how to use organization and the process of elimination. A gentle and humorous mystery for younger middle grade readers.—Chad Lane, Easton Elementary, Wye Mills, MD --Chad Lane (Reviewed January 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 1, p94)
  • Third-grader Smashie McPerter faces the wrath of her classmates when Patches, their beloved class hamster, goes missing, in this lively, funny mystery. Mr. Carper, the students’ ridiculous substitute teacher, who has a hilarious penchant for nicknames (Athletic-Looking Boy, Girl with the Socks, etc.), loathes thinking, and cares only about his aspiring modeling career. When Smashie—eccentric, spontaneous, and the only student who doesn’t like Patches—is blamed for the hamster’s disappearance, she knows she must solve the mystery, aided by Dontel, her best friend. Griffin (The Whole Stupid Way We Are ) uses humor to tackle issues most children grapple with at some point, and Hindley’s (How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth ) loose b&w sketches play up the madcap energy at Rebecca Lee Crumpler Elementary School. Smashie’s earnestness is sometimes absurd (“We have to question me closely”), but her positive energy and determination are impressive. Readers will be learning and laughing heartily as Smashie dons her “Investigator Suit” and uses “thinking power” to try to prove herself. Ages 7–10. Author’s agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. Illustrator’s agent: Jodie Hodges, United Agents. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed December 8, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 51, p)
  • Smashie McPerter has made her distaste for Patches, Room 11's new class hamster, abundantly clear—so when he is stolen from his cage, she immediately becomes a prime suspect.It's been a particularly terrible day. Room 11 is suffering under the thoroughly incompetent attentions of sub Mr. Carper, a rank narcissist. One of their number has begun booby-trapping objects with glue so when they are picked up, hand and item are fused. Principal Anderson is positively "ILL" at the mayhem. So when Patches goes missing, Smashie and her best friend, Dontel, turn detective; it will take all of Smashie's wildly intuitive imagination and Dontel's contemplative smarts to restore peace and hamster to Room 11. Though Smashie's quirky ebullience can't be disputed, she is no Ramona/Junie B./Clementine clone. Deeply concerned with justice, she is also sweetly empathetic in the face of her classmates' distress. The levelheaded Dontel makes a splendid foil. Griffin writes a consistently smart book, layering subplots and red herrings on her central mystery and unapologetically using $20 vocabulary. She carefully provides context clues that will help her young middle-grade audience understand challenging words, introducing Smashie's discomfort at "the weight of [her classmates'] unjust censure" with the crystalline observation that they "were angrier at her than ever!" A singularly appealing group of kids populates this nifty mystery for readers ready for a challenge. (Mystery. 7-10)(Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10396541
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Griffin, N
Dewey number
  • 813.6
  • [Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Middle School
LC call number
PZ7.G88135934
LC item number
Sm 2015b
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Hindley, Kate
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True
Series statement
Smashie McPerter
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hamsters
  • Classroom pets
  • Theft
  • Elementary schools
  • Secrecy
  • Detective and mystery stories
  • Hamsters
  • Stealing
  • Schools
  • Mystery and detective stories
  • Detective and mystery stories
  • Elementary schools
  • Hamsters
  • Secrecy
  • Theft
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Smashie McPerter and the mystery of room 11, N. Griffin ; illustrated by Kate Hindley
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn884479991
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
249 pages
Isbn
9780763661458
Lccn
2014944799
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)884479991
Label
Smashie McPerter and the mystery of room 11, N. Griffin ; illustrated by Kate Hindley
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn884479991
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
249 pages
Isbn
9780763661458
Lccn
2014944799
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)884479991

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