Friday, August 11, 2017

MURDER IS BAD MANNERS: Reviewed by The Booktalk Blog

I debated whether to include this book on my list last fall. A murder mystery for middle-grade readers? A dead teacher on the gymnasium floor? I though the book was really well done, but I wasn’t sure how it would be received by fifth and sixth grade students.

Turns out, they loved it.

It often came up as a favorite when I surveyed kids at the end of my presentation. Twice in the first two weeks, I had to tug it out of a fifth grader’s hands when I was leaving. One girl asked if she could please keep it — she was already hooked in the first five minutes. I explained that it was my display copy and I had to use it for other classes. Her response: “Can I have it after school then?”

The Wells and Wong Mystery series continues with Poison is Not Polite and First Class Murder.


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