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Melonhead and the Undercover Operation

by Katy Kelly

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Gr 3–6—In his third adventure, Adam "Melonhead" Melon and his friend and fellow FBI Junior Special Agent, Sam, believe that a neighbor is one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted criminals. The boys take their investigation very seriously, working undercover, doing surveillance, taking notes in their evidence log, and snapping photographs of the person of interest, nicknamed the Chameleon. While carrying out the investigation, Melon is bound by his parents' rules, including his mom's "Remind-O-Rama" that reminds him what he shouldn't do. Now his dad has added the Melon Family Guidelines for Life that tell him what he should. Melon interprets the guidelines loosely, especially, "When in Doubt, Ask an Adult." The secondary characters stem from Kelly's previous novels, and readers who start with this book might be missing some backstory, but the humorous nature of Melonhead and Sam's investigation is sure to be a hit among middle-grade readers. Short chapters and frequent pencil drawings make this an ideal choice for reluctant readers. In addition, fans of Clementine and Stink will recognize a spark of inadvertent mischievousness in Melonhead ( )
  EBurggraf | Jul 6, 2012 |
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Melonhead here—with more rules?! I already have the Remind-O-Rama list from my mom, which reminds me what I shouldn't do. Now my dad has created the Melon Family Guidelines for Life to remind me what I should do. And even though all these rules are so simple even a worm could follow them, I already have too much to think about. As Junior Special Agents with the FBI, my pal Sam and I have taken a pledge—it's our duty to help apprehend a fugitive from justice if we spot one. And believe it or not, we've spotted one not far from where we live! The Chameleon may think she's crafty, but we can see right through her wigs, plastic noses, and putty chins. We're undercover and on the case, doing surveillance and gathering evidence. But what you see isn't always what you get!

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Ten-year-old Adam "Melonhead" Melon and his fellow Junior Special Agent, Sam, investigate a fellow resident of Washington D.C.'s Capitol Hill neighborhood, believing that she is one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted.

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