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CRIME THROUGH TIME: SWINDLED! The 1906 Journal of Fitz Morgan

Author: Bill Doyle

Illustrator: Steve Cieslawski

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Publisher: Little, Brown & Company,

Material: paperback

Summary: Fitz Morgan loves detective work and hopes that there is a mystery to solve on the cross-country train trip to Aunt Elizabeth's house in Sacramento, California. Just as Fitz is about to board the train, a dollar bill floats to the platform. Little did she know that her mystery had just begun. This is a largely fictional historical mystery with some great facts about 1906 tossed in.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 9 and up

Interest Level: 8 to 13

Adult Reader Reaction: The mystery is made more fascinating by the snippets of history and then cutting-edge detective work that are blended into the plot. This is a quick read.

Pros: The story moves quickly, and, as every good mystery does, the "culprits" will surprise you. This is a book that everyone in the house can enjoy. The faux newspaper with "headlines" of the times is a great touch.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a pocket version of the Nancy Drew's we carried around as kids. It will get lots of readings.

If You Liked This Book, Try: CRIME THROUGH TIME: NABBED! The 1925 Journal of G. Codd Fitzmorgan   THE MISSING CANARY   FORTUNE TELLERS CLUB 7: THE BURNING PENDULUM

Educational Themes: Although the author discourages readers from using his notes for their next history test, there are plenty of facts in the book that encourage additional reading ... including the faux newspaper at the end of the book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - mystery, historical fiction, crime, middle grade series, 1900s

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2006

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