Do you collect clues and try to figure out what is behind them? If so, then work with Viola, Sylvester, Rosie, and Woodrow as they take notice of the world around them to solve mysteries of all sizes. These four neighbors create a club called The Four Corners whose purpose is to try to figure out “the unknown” in six clues or less. A strange noise is coming from the basement of Viola’s new house, which keeps the group guessing throughout the book. Many small mysteries are interwoven that allow the reader to test their problem solving skills. Is Viola’s house haunted? Will The Four Corners be able to find out what is causing the noises in the basement?
The Mysterious Four: Hauntings and Heists by Dan Poblocki is a unique book that allows the reader to join the characters in solving mysteries. In each chapter clues are given and then the reader is asked how the character got their answer. I loved paying attention to see if I could solve the mysteries, and I have to say I did a really good job. I had never heard of this book until I got it for Christmas and was able to read it in one sitting (I am sick- so I had a lot of time today). The characters are smart and easy to connect with and I recommend this book for kids in third through seventh grade. Of course, being a mystery lover- these are kids that I would be friends with in a heartbeat. Anyone who wants to challenge themselves to see if they have what it takes to be a detective will enjoy the many mysteries revealed in the first book of a new series.
Has anyone else read The Mysterious Four: Hauntings and Heists? Or another book by Dan Poblocki?