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andlt;Bandgt;Chapter Oneandlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Todd Sloan and Noelle Trocoderro hurried down the hall to Mr. Merlin's classroom.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;They had been helping their principal, Mrs. Jenkins, put cans of food in a box for a family whose house had burned down.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Mrs. Jenkins told them they didn't need tardy slips.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;She said she would call Mr. Merlin over the public-address system to tell him they were on their way.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;That made Todd feel important.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Just then JoAnn Dickens passed them in the hall.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;She didn't say anything.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;That's strange,andlt;/Iandgt; Todd thought. JoAnn was always friendly. He wondered what was wrong.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;JoAnn was the new girl in their class.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Her family had been in town for only a couple of months.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;They owned a family-style restaurant.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Todd and his parents were planning to eat there tonight.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"JoAnn!" Todd called. "Wait up!"andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;JoAnn stopped. She had tears in her eyes, and her nose was running.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"What's wrong?" Todd asked.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"Something terrible happened last night," JoAnn answered, sobbing.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"Some people who ate at our restaurant said my parents' cooking made them sick. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"They want the Health Department to shut us down.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"If that happens, we may have to move.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"I don't want to move. I like it here."andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"How did the people get sick?" Noelle asked.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"It's a mystery," JoAnn said.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"We buy all of our food locally so that we know it's fresh, and we keep our kitchen spotless." andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;JoAnn let out another sob. "I don't want to talk about it. It makes me too sad."andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;She turned and hurried on down the hall.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Todd and Noelle followed her.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;They reached Mr. Merlin's class just as JoAnn handed him her tardy slip.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The rest of the students were copying spelling words off the chalkboard.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;They weren't paying any attention to JoAnn. They didn't notice that she had been crying.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"Let's tell Mr. Merlin about JoAnn," Todd whispered to Noelle.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"That's a good idea," Noelle whispered back. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Mr. Merlin's class was known as the Third-Grade Detectives.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;They helped the police solve crimes.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Sometimes they worked with Dr. Smiley.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;She was Mr. Merlin's friend.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;She was also a police scientist.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Dr. Smiley even had a police laboratory in the basement of her home.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;She used it when she needed to work on a mystery after she got home.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Dr. Smiley let the Third-Grade Detectives use her laboratory when they were trying to solve a mystery, too.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"Mr. Merlin," Noelle whispered, "I think we have a new mystery to solve."andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Todd told Mr. Merlin what had happened at JoAnn's family's restaurant. "If we can prove it wasn't her parents' fault, then maybe the Health Department won't shut them down."andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"And JoAnn won't have to move," Noelle added.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"I wondered what was upsetting her," Mr. Merlin said. "Well, you'll need to talk to JoAnn first. Make sure she won't mind if we try to solve the mystery for her."andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Todd and Noelle decided to talk to JoAnn at recess.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;They took their seats and started copying their spelling words.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"Study these words carefully," Mr. Merlin told the class when everyone was finished.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"We'll have a test on them tomorrow.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"Now get out your science books," he said. "We're going to talk about edible tubers."andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"Yuck!" Leon Dennis said. "I'd never eat tubers!"andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"Me either," Misty Goforth said.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"We eat them all the time at our house," Amber Lee Johnson said.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Todd looked at Noelle and rolled his eyes. He'd always thought there was something weird about Amber Lee's family.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Mr. Merlin didn't say anything.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;He just smiled.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;He probably thinks Amber Lee's family is weird, too,andlt;/Iandgt; Todd thought. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Mr. Merlin told the class to turn to page 25 in their books.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Todd saw a picture of a andlt;Iandgt;potato!andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;He had been eating tubers all his life, and he hadn't even known it.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Todd looked over at Amber Lee.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Maybe she wasn't so weird after all, he decided.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Mr. Merlin told them all about potatoes.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;They were usually grown from the andlt;Iandgt;eyesandlt;/Iandgt; of other potatoes.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The eyes were really buds that grew on the potato skin.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;These buds produced sprouts.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"That's what happens to our potatoes if we don't use them right away!" Misty said. "They grow lots of sprouts!"andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"Exactly," Mr. Merlin said.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"With proper sunshine, the leaves produce more food than the plant can use," Mr. Merlin continued.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"That's when the leaves send the extra food down to be stored in the root of the potato plant.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"Potatoes are really just thick roots that grow underground.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"As the potatoes get bigger, their skin gets tougher and tougher.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"That keeps the moisture inside and protects the potato from bacteria that can cause it to rot.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"Potatoes are good for us.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"They're full of nutrients."andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"I love all kinds of potatoes," Leon said. "Baked, fried, boiled, raw — "andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Before Leon could finish, the recess bell rang, and Mr. Merlin's class headed outside.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;JoAnn ran to a tree at the edge of the playground and sat down underneath it.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Todd and Noelle joined her.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;They told JoAnn all about Mr. Merlin's Third-Grade Detectives.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;"Now we want to solve your mystery," Todd said.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Text copyright and#169; 2003 by George Edward Stanley

Product Details

ISBN:
9780689853784
ill.:
Murdocca, Salvatore
Publisher:
Aladdin Paperbacks
Illustrator:
Murdocca, Salvatore
Author:
Murdocca, Salvatore
Author:
Stanley, George E.
Author:
Stanley, George Edward
Location:
New York
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
Mystery and detective stories
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Mysteries / Detective
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Science & Technology - General
Subject:
Restaurants
Subject:
Readers - Chapter Books
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
Third-Grade Detectives
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
20030731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 1 up to 4
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c cvr; bandamp;w interior illustration
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
7.62 x 5.12 in 1.75 oz
Age Level:
6-9

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"Synopsis" by , Another puzzling case for Mr. Merlin's Third-Grade Detectives--when diners at a popular new restaurant in town get sick, it looks as if the restaurant may shut down--and Todd and Noelle's new classmate may have to move. Can the Third-Grade Detectives find out what really made everyone sick? Illustrations.
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