The Mystery of the Blue Ring (英语)
Emily Arrow's blue ring is missing. What could have happened to it? Dawn Bosco knows the whole class thinks she stole it, just because she borrowed Emily's unicorn once. But that was weeks ago.
With the detective kit her grandmother has given her -- a polka-dot hat and fake glasses with furry eyebrows -- Dawn rushes out to track down the crook. Can she find the thief -- and clear her name?
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The Mystery of the Blue Ring is the first book in the Polk Street Mysteries series, by Patricia Reilly Giff, originally published in the late 80's. This short chapter book is only somewhat dated (like the fact that the 2nd graders can roam to and fro unsupervised as children did in the 80's). The plot is simple and one that children will be able to understand and will relate to. One day Emily loses her special birthday ring with the blue stone. Dawn is a suspect, so she figures the only way to clear her name is to find the ring or the thief herself!
The kids don't have attitude; there aren't funny cartoons throughout -- it's just a book that is easy-to-read and engaging at the same time, which proves that good things come in old packages.
I love that Open Road media brought this series back in e-book format. My 7-year old son loves reading on my Kindle, and my daughter has been using the Kindle app to read on her ipod touch since she was 11.
For parents who want a little more realism in their children's reading this will fit the bill nicely. It is actually a problem that younger children have and Dawn solves the mystery with a lot of creativity. This is a straight forward book that doesn't have vampires or hidden passageways or any of the other fantasy scenes that are taking over the children's department. Ms. Giff has cleverly weaved a message of tolerance and ingenuity into an early reader's book. Not alot of words, but all the words count! If your youngster is getting into reading online or with an ereader, I would highly urge you to take a closer look at this book.
I was given a copy by open road media via netgalley for a review..n
Patricia Reilly Giff draws you in and keeps you going throughout this book. I would highly recommend this book to any child, boy or girl who likes adventure and mystery.
I received an electronic copy of this book from Open Road Media through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.