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 Homemade stuffing caper
 Author: Madormo, John V.

 Publisher:  Philomel Books
 Pub Year: 2012

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 248 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 596312 ISBN: 9780399255434
 Ages: 9-12 Grades: 4-7

 Private investigators -- Fiction
 Lost and found possessions -- Fiction
 Birds -- Fiction
 Family life -- Illinois -- Fiction
 Mystery fiction

Price: $6.50

Charlie has few friends at school, but when the most popular girl needs help to find her missing bird, he and friend Henry begin their first real case.

Charlie Collier, Snoop For Hire

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.00
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 152661
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.30
   Points: 13.0   Quiz: 62360

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → 4.RF Fluency
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 5 → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → 5.RF Fluency
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang

   Kirkus Reviews (05/01/12)
   School Library Journal (06/01/12)
   Booklist (05/01/12)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/01/2012 Charlie Collier leverages his agile reasoning and auspicious memory into a career as Roosevelt Middle School’s premier detective, investigating his classmates’ mysteries with hard-boiled aplomb. Inspired by his favorite literary sleuth, Sam Solomon, Charlie dons a trench coat, hangs up a proverbial shingle (outside the garage), and gets to solving. Charlie soon tires of the tedium of middle-school mystery and longs for a major caper. When he learns that his grandmother and her partner, Eugene (undercover as a volunteer at the local library), are actually “private private eyes” themselves, Charlie gets more than he bargained for. Charlie makes a winning hero, a jumble of analytical brilliance, sixth-grade insecurity, and addled attraction to Scarlet Alexander. Madormo makes the most of the unlikely intersection of private investigation and adolescence to comic effect. With mysteries to solve, codes to decrypt, and an extended cast of colorful characters in tow, this first in a new series offers lots for mystery fans to chew on and will leave them hungry for the next installment. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 06/01/2012 Gr 4–6—Charlie Collier, 12, has a gift as an analytical thinker and a love for old school noir detective comics. One day his eccentric grandmother confides in him that she is really a former spy working with her friend, fellow noir detective comic aficionado, Eugene, an official private investigator. He recognizes Charlie's talents and takes him on as a junior partner. When a beautiful classmate comes to inquire about how to find her grandfather's missing bird, Eugene is dismissive, but Charlie takes it on as his first case. As the plot unravels, he realizes that a bird-poaching black-market scandal is about to put his and his friends' lives in danger. Despite the noir motif, this is an innocent book that mystery readers will like. The character development is good, but there are sweeping inconsistencies in the protagonist's mental prowess. The plot is adequately paced, but the realistic feel of the noir novel is at odds with major events such as Charlie's favorite library volunteer also being a former CIA agent with an office modeled after their favorite comic character. This is a good choice for young readers who may be reading above their grade level, but Chris Rylander's The Fourth Stall (HarperCollins, 2011) and Eoin Colfer's Half Moon Investigations (Hyperion, 2006) are better choices for those looking for age-appropriate novels that contain the grit that makes a noir novel truly good.—Devin Burritt, Wells Public Library, ME - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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