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The lemon tree caper : a Mickey Rangel mystery
Saldaña, René.

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Colección Mickey Rangel, detective privado

Mickey Rangel mystery
When his scary neighbor, Señorita Andrade, finds all the lemons from her prize-winning lemon tree missing one day, Mickey Rangel vows to determine what happened.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.5 1.0 150745.
Versions in English and Spanish bound together = Versiones en inglés y español encuadernadas juntas.
Pub Date:
Piñata Books, 2011.


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Mickey Rangel, kid detective extraordinaire, has just exited the school bus one sweltering afternoon when he hears a blood-curdling shriek. It¿s coming from the creepy neighbor lady¿s house. Señorita Andrade, known as La Bruja Andrade to all the neighborhood kids, is as old as the moon, wrinkled like a prune, and smells like moth balls. But she¿s in trouble, so Mickey forgoes the cool, refreshing glass of lemonade and goes to help the supposed witch. ¿My lemons, Mickey, my prize-winning lemons. They¿re gone. They¿re all gone,¿ Señorita Andrade cries. She¿s famous for her lemons. One of the reasons everyone thinks the woman is a witch is because she somehow manages to keep lemons on the tree year round. And for years she has won first prize in the annual Lemon Festival and Lowrider Bicycle Show. Who could have removed several sacks full of lemons? Was it only a coincidence that Tina had set up a lemonade stand just down the street? With a bowl full of lemons sitting right out front?!? Or could it have been someone trying to sabotage Señorita Andrade¿s entry in the upcoming festival dedicated to the savory fruit? ¿I¿ll get to the bottom of this, ma¿am. Mickey Rangel is on the case.¿ In this second bilingual book in The Mickey Rangel Mystery series for intermediate readers, author and educator René Saldaña, Jr. has crafted another engaging book for kids, and his wise-cracking, smart protagonist will appeal to even the most reluctant readers.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-The young detective introduced in The Case of the Pen Gone Missing/El caso de la pluma perdida (Pinata, 2009), is back. On a blistering hot day in South Texas, Mickey Rangel is on his way home from school when he hears shrieks coming from the house of Senorita Andrade (or Bruja Andrade, as she is known to many behind her back.) The woman is old, alone, smells like moth balls, and sports a nasty, hairy mole on her nose. They say she summons rattlesnakes and howls in the night, earning her the label of an old witch. But hearing her screams that day causes Mickey put on his detective hat and look beyond the rumors to investigate what is going on. He discovers that someone has stolen Senorita Andrade's prize-winning lemons, and he's on the case. This entertaining bilingual chapter book that will engage readers and draw them into the mystery.-Jessica McClinton Lopez, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.