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Author: Woodrow, Allan
The fifth graders of Liberty Falls Elementary have a reputation for trouble, but they still have a field trip to the mansion of Edward Minks (local inventor, founder of the town, and great-great-great grandfather of fifth-grader Eddie). While there, they search for secret inventions that are rumored to be hidden in the mansion--but they find that they are not the only ones searching, and somehow this class of trouble-makers must work together to thwart the thieves.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.90
Points: 7.0 Quiz: 197676
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 3.30
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 75150
Kirkus Reviews (06/15/18)
School Library Journal (07/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 07/01/2018 Gr 3–6—The fifth graders at Liberty Falls Elementary are going on a field trip to the Edward Minks Mansion. They will learn all about the eccentric inventor and founder of their town. Many people in the community believe that there are undiscovered inventions hidden in a secret room within the house. Eddie, who happens to be Mink's great-great-great grandson, hopes to find inventions to help his family. Best friends Chloe and Sophie have designs of their own. Aaron, the new kid, just wants to fit in. Meanwhile, Jessie has a bad feeling about the old house, but no one will listen. Hijinks ensue as inventions begin to go missing. The chapters alternate from the various perspectives of the fifth-grade classmates, though not all voices are distinct, which may initially confuse readers. The end of the story is tied up very quickly. Kids will find Mink's inventions humourous and the overall mystery of the hidden inventions intriguing. VERDICT An additional purchase where light standalone mysteries circulate well.—Megan McGinnis, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.