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The Spaghetti Detectives

by Andreas Steinhöfel

1 String of Spaghetti + 2 Friends = A Noodle-Cooking, Crime-Solving Adventure!Sometimes Rico acts a bit odd -- his mom calls him a "proddity" -- but he's GENIUS at noticing little things nobody else does. Like a string of spaghetti stuck to the sidewalk. Or...

1 String of Spaghetti + 2 Friends = A Noodle-Cooking, Crime-Solving Adventure!

Sometimes Rico acts a bit odd -- his mom calls him a "proddity" -- but he's GENIUS at noticing little things nobody else does. Like a string of spaghetti stuck to the sidewalk. Or the big buckteeth of that boy in the blue motorcycle helmet. Or the strange behavior of the neighbors in his apartment building.

Oscar is a true prodigy, with a high IQ and high anxieties to match. He's the one who wears the blue helmet -- to protect his precious brain! Oscar may have a lot of book smarts, but he needs Rico's help to face his biggest fears. And when other kids mysteriously start going missing, it's up to the two friends to use their noodles, keep track of the clues, and crack the case!

Funny, sweet, and just the right amount of scary, THE SPAGHETTI DETECTIVES shows how two opposite, seemingly mismatched kids can put their heads together and be better as a pair.

Hardcover - 176 pages - in English - $16.99
ISBN: 0545289750 (ISBN13: 9780545289757)
Published Jul 1, 2011 by Chicken House
First published 2008

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I have noticed my students actively seek out any and all graphic novels. I have noticed that even my struggling readers are highly engaged and enjoy reading...

I have noticed my students actively seek out any and all graphic novels. I have noticed that even my struggling readers are highly engaged and enjoy reading graphic novels. I want to continue providing graphic novels to meet the needs of my students.

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My 3rd graders consist of a lively bunch of students who come from a culturally diverse population. Each student brings a wide range of valuable skills,...

My 3rd graders consist of a lively bunch of students who come from a culturally diverse population. Each student brings a wide range of valuable skills, experiences and learning styles. I enjoy their excitement and curiosity about learning. My students are from an urban public school and are valuable members that create a caring community with their peers, teachers and staff.

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