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 Coop knows the scoop
 Author: Souders, Taryn

 Publisher:  Sourcebooks Young Readers (2020)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 299 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 836524 ISBN: 9781492640189
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Mystery fiction
 Homicide -- Fiction
 Grandparents -- Fiction
 Eccentrics and eccentricities -- Fiction

Price: $6.55

Thirteen-year-olds Cooper Goodman and Justice and Liberty Gordon investigate the eccentric residents of Windy Bottom, Georgia, after the remains of Coop's long-missing grandmother are uncovered and his Gramps is the prime suspect.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 510190
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 3.40
   Points: 15.0   Quiz: 78047

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/01/2020 Windy Bottom is the kind of sleepy southern town where everyone knows everyone else. When a body is unearthed in the local playground, word gets around almost immediately, but 13-year-old Coop is one of the first to hear about it. However, when the body is identified and the beloved town doctor—his own grandfather—is suspected, the mystery becomes more than a simple summer diversion. With the help of his friends and neighbors, Coop begins digging up unexpected secrets and piecing together the truth. Souders’ small town is populated with a cast of quirky characters that are a pleasure to spend time with, from a baking-obsessed undertaker to the helpfully chatty barber, and it’s awfully fun to watch young Coop untangle the web with the help of an ever-growing list of questions and a string-tangling case board. Artfully composed and offering several genuine surprises, this mystery will have young readers speeding through it in a quest to uncover the truth. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 06/01/2020 Gr 4–6—Summer is winding down in Windy Bottom, GA, and Cooper "Coop" Goodman and his friends can barely contain their curiosity when construction at the town playground uncovers a human skeleton buried under the rusty slide. Coop's excitement is soon replaced by worry when his beloved Gramps is implicated in a long-unsolved crime. Convinced of Gramps' innocence, Coop and his twin pals, Liberty and Justice, set out to solve the mystery and clear his name. Coop winds up suspended from school and grounded by his widowed mom, but, as the title suggests, he indeed "knows the scoop" by the end of the story. The mystery itself is intriguing, but it doesn't take off until almost halfway through the book. Much of the earlier chapters are devoted to introducing Windy Bottom's abundant quirky residents and offering plentiful details of the town's quaintness, which may lose some readers' attention. And while some of the clues are subtle and well placed, others are so obvious that it's not clear how Coop manages to miss them. VERDICT An additional purchase for libraries with plenty of voracious, and patient, mystery readers.—Dana West, Roosevelt H.S., Seattle, WA - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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