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Stolen jewels in the cereal boxes

March 08, 2009

"The Cereal Box Mystery"

Gertrude Chandler Warner

While at the grocery store, Benny, a member of the Alden family, runs to the cereal aisle and gets two boxes of Silver Frosted Stars.

Soon after that, the owner of an antique store nearby gasps, "A robbery!" He says that a ruby ring, necklace and bracelet have been stolen.

There was a noise outside their house the night before and the Aldens discover a huge footprint in the soil and that a plant has been knocked down. The next day, they find that one of the cereal boxes has been stolen. There must have been an intruder!

The next day, while the Alden family is eating the cereal, they find a jewel inside the box.

After that, the Aldens go into the forest for a picnic. Benny opens another cereal box and shouts that he has found a ruby ring, in order to bait the thief.

Do they catch the thief? There is only one way to find out. Read the book.

Reviewed by Neha, 8

Canterbury Elementary, Richmond

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"Hot-Air Henry"

Mary Calhoun

Henry the cat flies in the hot-air balloon his family owns. He goes up high in the sky by himself on an adventure. He gets into trouble with different groups of birds and has to watch out for the dangerous power lines. His biggest problem is getting back to his family. Read the book to find out what happens to him.

Reviewed by Chance, 7

Welby Way Magnet, West Hills

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"Chasing Redbird"

Sharon Creech

An ambitious 13-year-old girl named Zinnia and her family face many hardships.

Even with all these hardships, Zinnia tries to find her place in the world. She ends up finding it in her own backyard on a forgotten trail that leads into the wilderness. She decides to make this place hers.

During her journey she finds the answers to some family questions. This changes everything. There are painful experiences in the book that could happen to any of us at any moment.

Does Zinnia find her place in the world? What are the hardships the family faces? To find out, read this book -- like all Creech's books, this is a must read.

Reviewed by Mila, 9

3rd Street Elementary

Los Angeles

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