The Lemon Tree Caper/La intriga del limonero

tr. by Natalia Rosales-Yeomans. illus. by Giovanni & Alexio Morra. 80p. (A Mickey Rangel Mystery/Colección Mickey Rangel, detective privado). CIP. Piñata. 2011. pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-1-55885-709-4. LC 2011025924.
Gr 3–6—The young detective introduced in The Case of the Pen Gone Missing/El caso de la pluma perdida (Piñata, 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 Señorita 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 Señorita 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 López, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA

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