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ISBN13: 9780545395397
ISBN10: 0545395399
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Three kids get caught up in an adventure of historic proportions!

Anna, José, and Henry are complete strangers with more in common than they realize. Snowed in together at a chaotic Washington D.C. airport, they encounter a mysterious tattooed man, a flamboyant politician, and a rambunctious poodle named for an ancient king. Even stranger, news stations everywhere have announced that the famous flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner" has been stolen! Anna, certain that the culprits must be snowed in too, recruits Henry and José to help catch the thieves and bring them to justice.

But when accusations start flying, they soon realize there's more than justice at stake. As the snow starts clearing, Anna, José, and Henry find themselves in a race against time (and the weather!) to prevent the loss of an American treasure.

Review:

"Messner (Eye of the Storm) opens a mystery series with a novel as cinematic in execution as it is patriotic in theme — at one point, a character compares this adventure to the Jerry Bruckheimer — produced film National Treasure, and that's not a bad call (though this story is free of explosions). After the flag that inspired 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is stolen during a gala at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., three seventh-graders, stranded at the airport during a freak snowstorm, investigate its disappearance, guessing that the storm might mean that the flag is at the airport, too. Not only were all three children — Anna, José, and Henry — at the Smithsonian event, it turns out they all have family members in the secret Silver Jaguar Society, whose members 'made a promise to protect the world's artifacts, and passed that promise down through generations.' Readers with even a few mystery novels under their belts will have no trouble picking up the clues Messner drops throughout this entertaining if conventional escapade. Ages 8 — 12. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Kate Messner is the author of THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z., winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers; SUGAR AND ICE; EYE OF THE STORM; CAPTURE THE FLAG; SEA MONSTER'S FIRST DAY; OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW; and the Marty McGuire chapter book series. A former middle-school English teacher, Kate lives on Lake Champlain with her family and loves reading, walking in the woods, and traveling. Visit her online at www.katemessner.com.

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mueller_holly, February 10, 2013 (view all comments by mueller_holly)
I enjoyed this mystery about Anna, Jose, and Henry, 3 kids solving the case of the stolen famous flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner." I think kids will really like it - it's part National Treasure, part From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, part Chasing Vermeer, and part DaVinci Code since there's even a secret society. It would make a terrific read aloud. It could be part of a unit on American History. Some picture book laddering would be a good idea to build background about the War of 1812, Fort McHenry, Mary Pickersgill, Grace Wisher, and Francis Scott Key.
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carvteach, February 6, 2013 (view all comments by carvteach)
Three kids become embroiled in a search for the flag flown over Fort McKinley when it disappears from the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Although they don't know each other, together they piece the puzzle together while they are waiting for their delayed flight to Vermont. Will they have enough time to solve the crime before their flight leaves and will they prevent the wrong people from being blamed for the crime?
I originally gave this book 4 stars when I reviewed it on my good reads account, but having recommended it and now seen many students enjoy the book I know it has the appeal needed for 3rd through 5th grade. So now I rate it 5 stars. Those students are going to be so excited to see there is a sequel coming out!
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Kim D, February 6, 2013 (view all comments by Kim D)
What a fun story, especially since it's set right in my backyard and we got to see the Star-Spangled Banner flag that's at the center of the mystery when the Smithsonian Museum of American History reopened a couple of years ago after renovations. Anna, Jose, and Henry are all at a museum gala with their parents or guardians, celebrating the unveiling of the restored flag, on the evening that it is stolen. They don't actually meet until the next day, when they are all snowed in at the airport together. As news of the flag's theft is reported, Anna realizes that there's a good chance that it's at the airport and that the thief can't make the quick getaway that he had intended. She begins tracking down clues with the (at first reluctant) help of her new friends. Through the story, Messner also touches on timely issues of political races, how we treat visitors to the country, and how news is reported. Reminiscent of the movie National Treasure, this is a fast-paced mystery that kids will enjoy. And the behind-the-scenes glimpses into airport life, especially the chase scenes through the large baggage storage areas, will seal the deal.(
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780545395397
Author:
Messner, Kate
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Messner (Eye of the Storm) opens a mystery series with a novel as cinematic in execution as it is patriotic in theme — at one point, a character compares this adventure to the Jerry Bruckheimer — produced film National Treasure, and that's not a bad call (though this story is free of explosions). After the flag that inspired 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is stolen during a gala at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., three seventh-graders, stranded at the airport during a freak snowstorm, investigate its disappearance, guessing that the storm might mean that the flag is at the airport, too. Not only were all three children — Anna, José, and Henry — at the Smithsonian event, it turns out they all have family members in the secret Silver Jaguar Society, whose members 'made a promise to protect the world's artifacts, and passed that promise down through generations.' Readers with even a few mystery novels under their belts will have no trouble picking up the clues Messner drops throughout this entertaining if conventional escapade. Ages 8 — 12. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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