Room One by Andrew Clements
A Mystery or Two

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Ted Hammond learns that in a very small town, there's no such thing as an isolated event. And the solution of one mystery is often the beginning of another.

Ted Hammond loves a good mystery, and in the spring of his fifth-grade year, he's working on a big one. How can his school in the little town of Plattsford stay open next year if there are going to be only five students? Out here on the Great Plains in western Nebraska, everyone understands that if you lose the school, you lose the town.
     But the mystery that has Ted's full attention at the moment is about that face, the face he sees in the upper window of the Andersons' house as he rides past on his paper route. The Andersons moved away two years ago, and their old farmhouse is empty, boarded up tight. At least it's supposed to be.
     A shrinking school in a dying town. A face in the window of an empty house. At first these facts don't seem to be related. But...
 

About Andrew Clements

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Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in central Massachusetts and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 183 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sixth-grader Ted Hammond, who loves a good mystery, finds one in real life when he sees a face in the window of an abandoned farmhouse while on his paper route.

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Nobbs does a fine job of portraying aspiring detective Ted Hammond, a fifth-grader who wishes he could solve the mystery of what will become of his family's farm and his one-room schoolhouse as his tiny Nebraska town struggles through tough times.

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Clements (Frindle ) introduces 12-year-old Ted, a likable lad who reads multiple mysteries each week\x97and insists on solving each midway through the book.

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USA Today

Clements does a nice job conveying the details of Ted's rural existence, including the fact that he attends a one-room school with fewer than a dozen students.

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Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that there is nothing to be concerned about here, and much to admire: a main character, and an entire town (including the adults, a rarity in children's books), who are kind, thoughtful, and determ...

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KidsReads

Ted meets the girl he saw and finds out that he can help them --- by bringing them food and supplies.

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