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The Riddle of the Stolen Sand

The Riddle of the Stolen Sand

Illustrated by: Salvatore Murdocca
For Ages: 6 - 9
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A Case That's Tougher To Crack Than An Oyster Shell. Everybody loves Mr. Roper. He gives kids free candy or ice cream when their parents shop at his grocery store. So when he's accused of selling stolen oysters, Mr. Merlin's Third-Grade Detectives don't believe it. But can they prove it? Mr. Merlin's secret codes have the Detectives looking for clues at the beach, at rival oyster farms, and even in a garbage truck -- yuck! It turns out pearls aren't the only valuable thing you can get from oysters -- you can also get evidence to help solve a baffling mystery!
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  • Aladdin | 
  • 64 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780689853760 | 
  • February 2003 | 
  • Grades 1 - 4
List Price $5.99

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Chapter One

It was Friday morning.

Noelle Trocoderro and Todd Sloan were walking to school.

When they turned a corner, they saw the sheriff's car parked in front of Mr. Roper's grocery store.

"Let's check it out!" Noelle said.

She and Todd started running.

Noelle was always looking for mysteries to solve.

Their teacher, Mr. Merlin, called their class the Third-Grade Detectives.

Just as Noelle and Todd reached the front of the grocery store, the sheriff and another man came outside.

The sheriff was carrying a big box.

"I'll teach you to steal from me, Roper!" the man was shouting.... see more

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