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CRIME THROUGH TIME: ICED! The 2007 Journal of Nick Fitzmorgan

Author: Bill Doyle

Illustrator: Nancy Hall, Inc.

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Publisher: Little Brown and Company,

Material: paperback

Summary: Nick Fitzmorgan is going through his paces at the Private Detective Agency. Right in the middle of a field exercise, he's pulled away and sent home. Judge Pinkerton has to go under cover, and she wants Nick safe. Except that when Nick gets home, his Dad is missing. Using his expert detective skills, Nick puts together clues that lead him to Mount Everest. This story is part historical mystery (who was the first climber to reach Mt. Everest) and part fictional tale of a missing person.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, illustrated chapter

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 8 to 13

Reading Level: 4.9

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: This fascinating detective story is about the adventure of a boy who tries to save his father from a kidnapper. The book has a simple though interesting storyline. I liked the how the author incorporated modern day forensic science into a teenager’s adventure. The presence of enriching articles that facilitate readers in the understanding of forensic procedures, the history of Mount Everest, and the geography of Tibet also made it a good read. The quick pace of the story and the idea that the central character is racing against time to find his father make the story very exciting. Due to the applications of science and technology in the story, I would recommend this book to children and teens between 10 to 16 years of age. Younger readers can also read the book if they have an interest in forensic science.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is such a fun series to read. This book takes you to new heights, as you are not only solving a current mystery (Nick's missing Dad), but you learn about the historical mystery surrounding George Mallory and Sir Edmund Hillary.

Pros: Everyone (including pre-readers) can enjoy this book. The story moves quickly, offering both historical and 'futuristic' details to intrigue teen readers and enough action to keep pre-readers listening. You don't need to read the stories in order to enjoy the book.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! In fact buy the whole series. This is a great book for any child, but it is especially good for kids who need more than picture books but aren't quite ready to go to books without illustrations.


Literary Categories: Fiction - mystery, adventure, historical fiction, middle grade series, crime

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2006

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