The Case of the School Store Thief

Amicus Illustrated. (Mini Math Mysteries). Jan. 2022. 24p. Tr $21.95. ISBN 9781645490081.
Gr 1-3–In this story, students use math skills to solve a mystery. When several items go missing from the school store and a mysterious note is found, students at Lincoln Elementary must use their math skills to solve the mystery. Readers must complete each math problem and skip ahead to the page with the answer they chose. Correct answers advance the story, while wrong answers send them back to try again. In the end, the students find an answer to the mysterious note that should satisfy every reader. Colorful illustrations enliven what is essentially several word problems in a row. Math problems are age-appropriate, and are accompanied by charts and visuals to help readers conceptualize them.
VERDICT A pleasant enough resource for lovers of word problems and students needing supplemental math materials.

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