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Using clues derived from mathematical knowledge, Mathnet detectives Pat Tuesday and George Frankly solve a case involving a ventriloquist's stolen dummy and a suitcase filled with counterfeit money.
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Grade 5-8-Two pun-filled cases based on the Square One television series. In Weekend, the Mathnet detectives are invited to participate in a murder-mystery overnight. When their fellow guests begin disappearing, it seems at first to be part of the play. Then the Mathnetters discover that they are at the wrong house and realize that a real crime is taking place. The Smart Dummy, Charlie, belongs to a ventriloquist who has gone into shock over the loss of his second puppet. Its case was apparently switched for a suitcase containing one million dollars in counterfeit money. The human performer refuses to talk, so the detectives must communicate with Charlie to recover the missing dummy and apprehend the criminals. Both cases require the use of mathematical logic. The clues are well presented and the solution process is clearly explained. The writing style perfectly mirrors the old Dragnet shows, complete with DUM DE DUM DUM to mark climactic points! Many of the punning references are beyond the intended audience, but the broad humor and mock-serious dialogue will appeal to many readers. Teachers will appreciate the math angle in the stories and the related puzzles at the end of each book.
Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
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Book Description W H Freeman & Co (Sd), 1994. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110716765578
Book Description W H Freeman & Co (Sd). PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0716765578 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.1987929
Book Description W H Freeman & Co (Sd), 1994. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0716765578