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The Case of the Pen Gone Missing

A Mickey Rangel Mystery by René Saldaña, Jr.

The Case of the Pen Gone Missing by René Saldaña, Jr.

Review: Are you trying to find a book that can settle you down in your favorite couch for a quick read? Then The Case of the Pen Gone Missing by René Saldan~a, Jr. is a great book for you. This Mickey Rangel Mystery, the first in a series, is a bi-lingual book. The first half of the book is the English version, and the second half is the same story in Spanish. Mickey Rangel is a 5th grade investigator who is trying to find out the identity of the pen thief. Toots is an innocent girl, possibly the prettiest girl in the school, who is hearing rumors that she stole the pen, but she didn't. So she turns to Mickey for help.

Toots finds herself in a jam and goes up to Mickey – a boy she has never spoken to before – and asks for his help getting her out of trouble. She tells him the story of the missing pen. This isn't just an ordinary pen, but instead it is Eddy's dad's fancy pen that has the White House logo on it and President Lee Black's signature. Mickey sits back drinking his Yoo-Hoo and listens to this beautiful girl. As soon as she finishes her story, Mickey sets out to find the thief and clear Toots' name.

Overall, The Case of the Pen Gone Missing is a good book. The story is interesting and I wasn't able to figure out the thief's name too soon. Plus, I like the character Toots. She was funny and added a lot to the story. Mickey also is a good detective who will probably solve many more mysteries. I would have liked the book better, though if it was longer. I was able to read it in one sitting, so it felt more like a short story. I think the author could have had a stronger story and more developed characters if the book had been longer. But, it's perfect for a quick read. I would recommend the book for elementary school students like myself who love mysteries about school.

Special thanks to Alex Nauert for contributing his review of The Case of the Pen Gone Missing.

Acknowledgment: Arte Público Press provided a copy of The Case of the Pen Gone Missing for this review.

Review Copyright © 2009 — Alex Nauert — All Rights Reserved
Reprinted with Permission

Selected reviews of other mysteries by this author …

Mystery Book Review: The Mystery of the Mischievous Marker by René Saldaña, Jr.The Mystery of the Mischievous Marker
Piñata Books (Paperback), October 2013
ISBN-13: 9781558857766; ISBN-10: 1558857761

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The Case of the Pen Gone Missing by René Saldaña, Jr.

The Case of the Pen Gone Missing by A Mickey Rangel Mystery

Publisher: Piñata Books
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1-55885-555-7
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List Price: $9.95

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