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The Bald Bandit (A to Z Mysteries) (1997)

by Ron Roy

Other authors: John Steven Gurney (Illustrator)

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Series: A to Z Mysteries (2)

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Third-grader Dink and his detective friends hope to receive a big reward by finding the person whose video recorder picked up a picture of the local bank robber.

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I was seeking something easy and nostalgic to read with all the nonsense in the world right now, so why not jump back into some sweet middle grade reads I used to binge as a kid? A to Z Mysteries felt like just the book - it'll be easy, have a nice mystery and remind me of my school years.

I thoroughly loved these books as a kid and I still enjoy them. There are little twists and turns that you don't necessarily expect but are so good. They make you question what's going on the entire time and then give you a very reasonable ending. I really enjoyed The Bald Bandit since there was many ways the story could have gone. It set it up so you could have a good guess about what might happen but not be entirely sure until you got enough information (much like the little detectives we have in the story).

I highly recommend picking this book up if you're looking for a light chapter book for young readers. It's fun! It also has some pictures if you pick up the right edition!

Four out of five stars. ( )
  Briars_Reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Someone robs a bank, and a private detective asks Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose to help him find the kid who caught the robber on video. ( )
  scaifea | Oct 12, 2017 |
The Bald Bandit is a chapter book in the A to Z mysteries series. All of the book have a mystery that has to be solved by some kids. This book involved a bank robbery which a fake detective committed. The kids have to find the video of the bank robbery and give it to the detective, but last minute they realize he is a fake and they quickly call the cops. The message in this book is to always look into what you are doing and check to make sure people are not lying. I thought this was an okay book. One reason I liked this book is the plot had a clear problem and solution, but at the end there was a twist. I thought the solution to finding the video was they would find the video and turn it in to the detective, but instead last minute they watched the video and saw that the detective was the man who robbed the bank. The little twist in the plot keeps readers engaged and on the edge of their seat while reading. Another reason I liked the book is the characters are believable and well developed. The characters are supposed to be around elementary school age and the author does a good job describing them as just that. For example, Josh asks his friends "How can we do that without our parents finding out?" The author makes them seem/act just like the reader who is reading this book would act. Finally, the language is very clear and simple for readers, yet is descriptive. The sentence structure is also very simple and organized. An example of the clear language and writing is the following: "Dink noticed red fuzz covering his head, like a new red lawn." The sentence is simple, but the author still uses descriptive language. ( )
  baileywysong | Nov 27, 2016 |
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  fahad.m.rafi | Jul 5, 2014 |
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Ron Royprimary authorall editionscalculated
Gurney, John StevenIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pittu, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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