Mariella Mystery Investigates the Ghostly Guinea Pig

Mariella Mystery Investigates the Ghostly Guinea Pig

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Baker & Taylor
After her town is invaded by guinea pigs who appear to have a green glow and are thought to be ghosts, Mariella records clues about them in her journal as she and her Mystery Girls try to discover what they really are.

Barron's Educational Publishing
Is there really a ghostly guinea pig on the loose? In this top-secret journal, super-sleuth Mariella Mystery records clues, observations, and anything else to help solve the mystery--includes lots of cool drawings and advice for new detectives. Mysterious fun for early chapter book readers.
She's smart as a whip, super sleuth-y, and able to solve most mysterious mysteries and perplexing problems in no time flat. Mariella Mystery (age nine and a bit) knows that all good detectives write down important information about their investigations. In this top-secret journal she tackles the case of the ghostly guinea pig with important clues and observations, helpful drawings, and handy tips for new detectives. Early readers will be hooked on this mystery chapter book from page one!

Publisher: Hauppauge, New York : Barron's, 2014
ISBN: 9781438004600
Characteristics: 174 p. : ill. ; 20 cm


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May 09, 2015

Mariella is part of the Mystery Girls with two of her friends. They like to solve mysteries. Their teacher has seen what appears to be the ghost of her deceased guinea pig in her garden. The Mystery Girls set out to investigate this strange phenomenon while also preparing for the talent show. Following the trail of the guinea pig leads them to many strange events but nothing keeps Mariella away from solving her case.

There are many pencil drawing throughout the book which add interest. But on many pages, I felt like there were too many illustrations, distracting me from the mystery.

The mystery itself was extremely interesting and kept me guessing until the very end. The only thing that would have made it better would have been a more simple lay out. I had to stop often to look at pictures or side information. This book is advertised as an early chapter book starting at grade 2. But I think early readers will have a more difficult time with the cluttered layout. I would recommend this book for grade 3-5.


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May 09, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12


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