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 To catch a thief
 Author: Brockenbrough, Martha

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 243 p., map, 21 cm

 BTSB No: 153682 ISBN: 9781338818581
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Mystery fiction
 Theft -- Fiction
 Festivals -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Self-confidence -- Fiction
 Siblings -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Eleven-year-old Amelia thinks of herself as devoid of talent, but when the dragonfly staff goes missing seven days before the Dragonfly Day Festival, she takes it upon herself to catch the thief and save her town.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.50
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 519918

   Kirkus Reviews (02/15/23)
   Booklist (03/01/23)
 The Hornbook (00/05/23)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 03/01/2023 The oldest of five kids, 11-year-old Amelia is part of a large, loving family where every member is known for something special—except her. Timid and quiet, she’s resigned to life as an unimportant side character in her sleepy town of Urchin Beach, until the theft of the town’s dragonfly staff threatens not only the success of the Dragonfly Day Festival but the safety and prosperity of the town itself. With one week until the festival, Amelia steps up to save the community she loves. The ticking clock keeps the story moving, and the varied characters of the tight-knit community add to the cozy atmosphere. Amelia has many fears and feels the need to carry the weight of these worries on her own, but as she learns to unburden herself to her family, friends, and even her cranky neighbor—often over a delicious hot chocolate or tea and cookies—Amelia gains the wisdom and confidence she needs to catch the thief. A heartfelt mystery for younger middle-graders that touches on the importance of family, community, trust, and, most important, love. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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