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The Case of the Secret Valentine by James…

The Case of the Secret Valentine

by James Preller

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Series: Jigsaw Jones (3)

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In this Contemporary Fiction mystery story, a young second grade boy named Jigsaw Jones and his sidekick Mila are tasked with finding out who delivered a mysterious valentine card to Jigsaw's front door. Jigsaw prides himself on being the best detective in the second grade, and for $1.00 a day, he can make your problems go away! After making lists of all the girls in his class (which really grossed him out that a girl would send him a secret valentine), he checks off clue after clue (such as, who is a good speller because there were a lot of spelling errors on the card) to discover who it is from. In the end, he discovers that it actually is from his rival detective, Solofsky, because he wanted to make him look bad and force them to work together on the case!

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This book ended up being a really fun read. I was pretty skeptical at first due to the whole Valentine's Day theme. However, once I began reading it, it was actually quite funny. I can truly see why this series is so enjoyable for younger readers.

Extension Activities:
1. Have the students write their own Mystery stories: The Case of the Missing _______________.
2. Science: Have a fingerprints lesson because every good detective knows to check crime scenes for fingerprints! Discuss how we all have individual fingerprints, and they can use a stamp pad or playdough to practice making their own fingerprints to compare to the class.
3. Make a mini mystery unit. Have the students break into four-five different small groups. Each group will have another Jigsaw Jones mystery book and a case file. They can use this file to take notes, write down clues, draw scenes from the story, make characters, make their own magnifying glasses,and so on while they read until they can crack the case at the end!
4. Make their own invisible ink to write their own secret messages (or Valentine's Day cards). ( )
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James Prellerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Alley, R. W.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Speirs, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Second-grade sleuth Jigsaw Jones gets another opportunity to solve a bizarre mystery and join forces with his friend Mila to solve a baffling Valentine's Day puzzle.

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