Bound To Stay Bound

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 Jingle (Swindle mystery)
 Author: Korman, Gordon

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2016)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 199 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 530037 ISBN: 9780545861427
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Mystery fiction
 Christmas -- Fiction
 Pageants -- Fiction
 Antiques -- Fiction
 Theft -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $20.76

Santa's Workshop Holiday Spectacular at the Colchester mansion is a long standing tradition in Cedarville, however Griffin, Ben, and Antonia are not happy to find that they have been volunteered as elves by their friend Logan and can not get out of it--but this year the pageant seems plagued by frequent electrical outages, and during one of them the valuable antique known as the Star of Prague disappears from the giant Christmas tree, and as they are the chief suspects, the friends set out to find who took it.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.50
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 184411
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 69441

   Kirkus Reviews (07/15/16)
   School Library Journal (10/01/16)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2016 Gr 3–5—In this installment of the mystery series, Griffin Bing and his crime-solving pals are under suspicion when the valuable Star of Prague goes missing during Cedarville's annual Santa's Workshop Holiday Spectacular. After all, its disappearance has led to the event's cancellation, letting them off the hook as volunteer elves. But there are plenty of other suspects, and these tenacious middle school sleuths are willing to break a lot of rules to get to the truth of the matter. Some of the myriad subplots are on the ridiculous side, but the outcome never gets predictable. VERDICT Korman's fans will enjoy this lighthearted Christmas puzzle.—Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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