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The Case of the Stinky Socks


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Lewis B. Montgomery is a pen name for Mara Rockliff, who is also the author of many other books for Kane Press under the pen names Nan Walker and Eleanor May. She is famous for her lemon bars, her holey socks, and her imitation of a gorilla, which makes up in enthusiasm for whatever it may lack in technical accuracy. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her family. Amy Wummer has illustrated more than 50 children's books. She uses pencils, watercolors, and ink but not the invisible kind.


Milo has just received his Dash Marlow Super Sleuth kit when he discovers his first mystery. Working, somewhat reluctantly, with new neighbor Jazz, these two young detectives set out to determine who stole Jazz's brother's lucky socks from his high school locker. The pair use their critical thinking skills to find the socks before the big baseball game. Penna and Hosein's performances are appropriately young and their pacing heightens the tension and excitement of this first mystery in Montgomery's series. Common Core Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy. RL.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text. Instructional Extension: Dash Marlow instructs his followers to use these "Super Sleuthing Skills: Observe, Think Logically, Draw Conclusions." A fun writing project can be built around any one of the "Milo and Jazz Mysteries" by using flow maps to organize the sequence of events with the goal of producing a summary of the story that includes at least three details from the book to answer the questions posed in the standard. Middle/High School (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Opening the Milo & Jazz Mysteries series, this book hits all the right notes for armchair sleuths as two aspiring kid detectives pool their wits to discover what happened to a pair of lucky sweat socks.

-- "Journal"

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