HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Room One: A Mystery or Two by Andrew…
Loading...

Room One: A Mystery or Two

by Andrew Clements

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
8981314,926 (3.76)None

None.

Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

Showing 1-5 of 13 (next | show all)
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 |
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 |
Clements manages to capture the difficulties of living in a shrinking town and also the big-heartedness of a rural Nebraskan community. In Room One, the young protagonist, Ted Hammond, must work through some deep issues related to responsibility and trust. These elements are effectively woven together with a mystery to solve and the challenge of attending a small school. The audio version is well produced and the reader (Keith Nobbs) has a natural style that is easy to listen to for the 3 hour story. ( )
  johnlobe | Aug 10, 2010 |
Showing 1-5 of 13 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689866879, Paperback)

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 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:19 -0400)

(see all 3 descriptions)

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. 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.… (more)

» see all 3 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.76)
0.5
1
1.5
2 7
2.5
3 21
3.5 10
4 29
4.5 1
5 19

Recorded Books

An edition of this book was published by Recorded Books.

» Publisher information page

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 135,649,212 books! | Top bar: Always visible