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Title:
Who is stealing the twelve days of Christmas?
Author:
Freeman, Martha, 1956-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
200 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
When parts of outdoor Christmas displays go missing from neighborhood yards, nine-year-old Alex and his friend Yasmeen investigate.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
520 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.5 4.0 73526.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.8 9 Quiz: 37009 Guided reading level: Q.
ISBN:
9780823417889
Format :
Book

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Summary

Every Christmas since Alex can remember, his family and neighbors have filled their front yards with decorations from each of the twelve days mentioned in the song ""The Twelve Days of Chirstmas."" But this year someone is stealing them one by one. Alex is determined to solve this caper, but will he be able to do it in time to save the twelve days of Christmas?


Author Notes

Martha Freeman is inspired by her three energetic children. She is the author of many books for children of all ages, including the Chickadee Court mysteries: Who Stole Grandma's Million-Dollar Pumpkin Pie?; Who Stole Uncle Sam?; Who Stole Halloween?, a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee; and Who Is Stealing the 12 Days of Christmas? She lives in State College, Pennsylvania. Her website is www.marthafreeman.com.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Freeman (The Year My Parents Ruined My Life) cooks up a lightweight but merry mystery. The chipper narrator, Alex Parakeet, lives on Chickadee Court, famous in Alex's small college town for its 12 houses that annually display items from the famous Christmas carol ("My family is seven swans a-swimming," he explains). But this year there is fowl play: the birds on neighbors' yards-partridge, goose, calling bird, etc.-disappear and then reappear one by one. Alex and his spunky best friend Yasmeen set out to crack the case while Alex's police detective mother is busy investigating a theft at a toy store. Although readers will catch on quickly that the two crimes are connected, Freeman pulls out a clever and unexpected solution. Breezy dialogue, some madcap moments and the boy's endearing rapport with his parents add up to a festive read. Ages 8-12. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Each front yard in Chickadee Court is decorated as a different verse from the traditional song. Best friends Alex and Yasmeen become detectives when plastic birds-geese-a-laying, swans-a-swimming, the partridge-in-a-pear-tree, etc.-disappear. Readers will enjoy trying to solve the mystery, which is cleverly choreographed and unfolds dynamically. From zippy cover art to the deft and light first-person narrative, this accessible novel does not allow its serious underlying themes to overpower the fun.-S. P. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.