Room One

Room One

A Mystery or Two

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2006
Edition: First ed
ISBN: 9780689866869
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Cle
Characteristics: 162p : illus
Additional Contributors: Blair, Chris ill


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Apr 12, 2014

This book, having been an entry in the YRCA, was my introduction to Andrew Clement's mysterious writing, which in my opinion is better than his most well known book, Frindle. The book had you guessing what was going to happen. Will it be this, will it be that? This IS a young readers book and as such the writing is quite simplified, but I enjoy it still even though I know it is way below my level. Also see The Janitor's Boy, which is similar.

isabelnuss May 14, 2013

I like this book (as well as bpl). I also love the othe Andrew Clements books. Thanks BPL.

Great book! But i still like his other book 'The School Story' better!

Aug 08, 2011

This is a good book!! :D

lmnopro Jan 05, 2011

Andrew Clements seems to be able to describe the thought processes of grade school aged kids better than almost anyone. In this book, Ted, the only 6th grader in a slowly dying one-room school, wants to live up to the Boy Scout ideals of honor, truthfulness, and helping others. (He learned about these in his few months as a scout although there isn't a troop in his town anymore.) Ted also likes detective novels. He sees a girl's face in the window of an abandoned farmhouse and starts investigating. Very shortly, he learns what he can do to help and what he can't do, and who he can trust in his small, prairie town.

3rd grade and up, boys or girls

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Aug 08, 2011

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