Monday, March 26, 2012

Chase Against Time by Steve Reifman Lexile: 700




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   Chase Against Time by Steve Reifman was a delightful mystery to read as it had an old-fashioned charm highlighting the detective skills of Chase Manning, a fifth grade student at Apple Valley Middle School.   Chase’s orchestra was going to present a Spring String Thing concert to raise money to support the music program that was in jeopardy because of music cuts.  A beautiful cello was donated to be auctioned in hopes that it would fill in the funding gaps to continue the Honors Orchestra Program at their school.  Chase’s biggest dream was to play the cello in the Honors Orchestra.  The cello was stolen and the mystery began…Chase Manning, junior detective was on the job! 

This debut mystery by Steve Reifman contains easily identifiable elements of a mystery plot including  a crime, suspects, easily followed events,  a nicely written red herring and a happily ever after conclusion to the crime.  Chase Against Time had a neat connection for me as a reader in that I played the violin starting in elementary school.  It gave me a few flash-backs when reading!  As a reading teacher, I would use this book as an intermediate age read-aloud to walk through the elements of a mystery.  Chase Against Time would also lend itself well to a book club setting. 

Parental Information:  This book was clean, having no blood, violence or sexual content to interrupt the flow of the events in this story.  This is a genuinely nice, easy read for intermediate children.

Bonus:  As I am graphic organizer believer, feel free to download the Elements of a Mystery Graphic Organizer to use with your classroom or child at home.  Click the link.





 



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