Room One: A Mystery or Two

by Andrew Clements

Hardcover, 2007



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SCHOLASTIC (2007), Hardcover


Ted Hammond, the only sixth grader in his small Nebraska town's one-room schoolhouse, searches for clues to the disappearance of a homeless family. 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.… (more)

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LibraryThing member bibliophile26
Gah! Now this is mundane kiddie lit. Ted is the only 6th grade boy in his school and he loves mysteries. A real-life mystery unfolds when he finds a family living in an abandoned farmhouse. Ted is a likeable character, but the plot pretty much sucks and the ending was very unsatisfying. I read this
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to prepare for next year's Battle of the Books competition.
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LibraryThing member sweetiegherkin
Growing up in a very small town in Nebraska, sixth-grader Ted Hammond loves to read mysteries but rarely finds a big one in a real life. That is, until one day he sees a face in the upper window of an abandoned farmhouse as he is delivering newspapers. Soon, Ted finds himself becoming a helper to a
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family on the run. The mystery in this book is fairly light and not terribly suspenseful, but in some ways the book functions as a meta-mystery. Ted thinks through the mysteries he’s read and the steps detectives take, and he mimics them with the mystery he has on his hands. Ted has all the components of the ideal all-American boy – he’s a paperboy, a Boy Scout, and a good student; he is honest, cheerfully does chores, likes to read instead of watch TV in his spare time, and is compassionate. Parents will enjoy this book because Ted is such a good role model, and the heartwarming ending should appeal to just about everyone (even if it is just a bit sappy).
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LibraryThing member johnlobe
Clements manages to capture the difficulties of living in a shrinking town and also the big-heartedness of a rural Nebraskan community. In Room One, the young protagonist, Ted Hammond, must work through some deep issues related to responsibility and trust. These elements are effectively woven
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together with a mystery to solve and the challenge of attending a small school. The audio version is well produced and the reader (Keith Nobbs) has a natural style that is easy to listen to for the 3 hour story.
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LibraryThing member glade1
children's, mystery, Nebraska, U.S., small town, homeless, fiction
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Original premise and moving. Easy and lively enough for mid-elementary yet valuable for any parent or teacher.


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