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Deep doo-doo and the mysterious e-mail
Delaney, M. C. (Michael Clark)
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
148 pages ; 22 cm
Instead of scooping a classmate who works on the school newspaper, Bennet and his friend Pete end up working with Elizabeth to find out who is responsible for putting a pumpkin on top of the town hall flagpole.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.3 3.0 48323.
Format :


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X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
X Juvenile Fiction Mystery/Suspense
X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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Bennet and Pete are back. They've named their Deep Doo-Doo Web site after their escapades during the last governor's election. Now all they need is some great news to post on it. Their wish comes true when, one morning, a pumpkin appears on top of the courthouse flagpole. The town is buzzing with questions: Who put it there? And why? Things really heat up when the local newspaper offers a five-hundred-dollar reward for solving the mystery. The cybersleuths are determined to find out, and they have some clues. Someone keeps sending them weird e-mails. And the boys figure the prank has something to do with the upcoming mayoral election. It smells like a cover-up to them.

Michael Delaney's raucous humor is just right for middle-grade readers as he pokes fun at political chicanery and dirty tricks in the computer age. Another zippy read for election time or anytime.

Author Notes

Michael Delaney , author of Deep Doo-Doo and other novels, lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. Bennett and Pete, a grade-school inventor and a writer, respectively, are back in a follow-up adventure to Deep Doo-Doo (1996). As their town prepares for a mayoral election, a pumpkin suddenly appears atop the town hall flagpole. With the help of rival budding journalist Elizabeth and word-puzzle e-mail from a Mad Poet with an incriminating secret, the boys try to figure out what's going on and scoop the story for their Deep Doo-Doo Web site. As in the first book, the answer may be rooted in the 1970s (streaking is involved this time). Some readers may question the ethics--ample opportunity for blackmail enters the picture--and Delaney makes some unexplained references to the earlier book and omits comment about Bennett's stutter, which kids may wonder about. But there's still potential here, especially for technologically savvy middle-graders who happen to like mysteries as well as Web works. Just be prepared for queries about one of the 1970s most embarrassing fads. --Catherine Andronik

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Sixth-graders Bennet and Pete post late-breaking news on their Web site, Deep Doo-Doo. This time the news is a pumpkin on top of the flagpole in front of town hall. Who put it there and how? The two friends think they have the scoop but in fact are scooped by pretty classmate Elizabeth, editor of the school paper. Meanwhile, Bennet is receiving bizarre bad poetry in his e-mail. Factor in a mayoral race and the discovery of a past indiscretion on the part of one of the candidates, and Pete and Bennet find themselves in a whirlwind of political chicanery. Delaney's breezy colloquial style brings a couple of potentially nerdy boys to life and the political subject matter, while simplistically presented, is a rarity in juvenile fiction and is fun to follow. A good title for reluctant readers.-Ann Cook, formerly at Winter Park Public Library, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.