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Andy Russell, NOT wanted by the police
Adler, David A.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, 2001.
Physical Description:
118 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Andy and Tamika are watching their neighbor's house while they are away, but when strange and troubling things start happening inside the house, the police do not believe the children.
General Note:
"Gulliver Books."
Reading Level:
"Ages 7 to 10"--cover p. [4].

560 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.5 2.0 53420.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.4 7 Quiz: 36950 Guided reading level: N.
Added Author:
Format :


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Material Type
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X Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Juvenile Fiction Mystery/Suspense
X Juvenile Fiction Mystery/Suspense
X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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Andy Russell's neighbors have asked nine-year-old Andy and his best friend, Tamika, to watch their house while they are away. But when Andy sees unexplained lights and movements, he becomes convinced there is an intruder next door! The problem is . . . whenever he tries to show his family and the police what he sees, everything is back to normal. Now Detective Andy Russell must prove that he's not just a pest--that there is something suspicious going on!

Author Notes

David A. Adler was born in New York City. He attended Queen's College in New York City and later, earned an MBA in Marketing from New York University.

He writes both fiction and non-fiction. He is the author of Cam Jansen mysteries and the Andy Russell titles. His titles has earned him numerous awards including a Sydney Taylor Book Award for his title "The Number on My Grandfather's Arm," "A Picture Book of Jewish Holidays" was named a Notable Book of 1981 by the American Library Association and "Our Golda" was named a Carter G. Woodson Award Honor Book.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. In this the fifth volume in the Andy Russell series, Andy once again must use his intuition and smarts, this time to solve a mystery next door. Andy and his friend Tamika are watching an absent neighbor's house when they spot signs of an intruder: there's unusual garbage in the trash can and Andy sees a light at the house late at night. The problem is that things seem perfectly normal when Andy tries to show his evidence to his family and the police. Since nobody will believe him, Andy sets out to uncover the truth with his own detective work. Friendly black-and-white drawings, humorous text, and a cast of likable characters will entice young readers, who will relate to Andy's predicament. --Helen Rosenberg

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-While his neighbors the Perlmans are on a research and sightseeing vacation, Andy watches their house. Helping the young detective is Tamika Anderson, who lived with them while her parents were recovering from an accident, but is now staying with the Russells. The children find trash in their neighbors' garbage can and signs that someone is in the house. The police investigate but determine there has been no break-in. Over the next few days, the friends' suspicions are aroused again. When they see a package delivered next door, they decide to call the Perlmans' phone number. They learn that the couple is letting an artist stay in their home. As simple as that, the mystery is solved. As implausible as the plot may be, beginning chapter-book readers and fans of Andy Russell may enjoy this tidy case.-Debbie Feulner, Northwest Middle School, Greensboro, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.