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Room One: A Mystery or Two

by Andrew Clements

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Ted Hammond, the only sixth grader in his small Nebraska town's one-room schoolhouse, searches for clues to the disappearance of a homeless family.



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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Writing: 4.0; pretty good writing in this young readers' book, yet it seemed there was an excess of having short sentences that kind of seemed oversaturated in the book as a whole (e.g., "He felt like his thinker needed a day off. Or a month. Maybe a year.").
Theme: 4.5; Ted Hammond, the only sixth grader in a dying country town, is a lover of mysteries. While delivering papers, he spots a girl's face in an abandoned farmhouse and investigates, learning that the girl, her brother, and their mother -- the family of a deceased soldier in Iraq -- are hiding out in the small town. A really intriguing mystery that keeps on building up, offering several different projected outcomes, yet the ending was a little underwhelming.
Content: 5.0; nothing overtly objectionable, a little rude speech from kids to adults, but nothing that'd draw concern, as they see they were wrong in what they did.
Language: 5.0; nothing objectionable.

Written by Andrew Clements, a well-known name in children's literature, Room One: A Mystery or Two follows sixth grader Ted Hammond as he goes about his daily life in the small town of Plattsford, Nebraska. Plattsford is a dying town, with only nine students in its one-room school (hence the name "Room One" given to their classroom). Since four of the students are eighth graders and will have to move away next year, the school looks like it will die with only five students -- and if the school dies, the townsfolk know that Plattsford will die, too. During his daily grind of delivering papers, Ted spots a girl looking at him from the window of an abandoned farmhouse. Investigating, Ted learns that the girl, April, is hiding out with her brother and mother and that her father was killed in Iraq. The family is hiding out because an old army buddy of his is trying to move in with them, against their will. Ted vows to help them and keep them a secret, but when his teacher spots him he must make a dire decision as to whether or not honor his promise. The book is really intriguing and leaves the reader anxious to read more, and with short chapters and a short page count (just around 160), Room One is a brisk read that will keep young readers interested in mysteries enthralled for a short time, even offering a bit of light mystery and intrigue for older readers. I was a little letdown by the conclusion, however, as it kind of derails from what one may have expected (at least in my case). Still, it offers a heartwarming and fun little story that stresses friendship and humbleness, as Ted is forced to realize that he doesn't have to be the greatest detective to help others. Recommended for younger readers and mystery fans hankering for a quick, easy read. ***Finished March 19, 2019*** ( )
1 vote DarthTindalus | Mar 19, 2019 |
Original premise and moving. Easy and lively enough for mid-elementary yet valuable for any parent or teacher. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Not as good as Frindle, but a fun little mystery none-the-less. It's biggest down side is the slow start. But the pace picks up, and my two youngest didn't want me to stop reading when we got closer to the end. So—Clements was successful.
  memlhd | Jan 23, 2016 |
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