This weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. As my husband and I are both educators, this upcoming week means that all five people in our house head back to school within days of each other. The lazy, hazy days of summer (which alternated with crazy, busy days) are behind us and we are returning to the welcome routine and rhythm of the fall.
This return to school also means a return to homework. My girls in elementary school are asked to read 15 minutes per night, any material of their choosing, as part of their ELA homework. That means making sure that reading material is readily available. We start with trips to the library to get a variety of choices, or visit Barnes & Noble to get the latest “must-have” in a series, and check Amazon for ideas to help us prepare.
As we embark on another school year I thought it would be great for the Paperback Pigeon to get back to basics…so, for the foreseeable future, each week I will be posting a suggestion for a book or series to excite your reader about travel – and their independent reading requirements for school – from A to Z.
A is for Agatha: Girl of Mystery by Sir Steve Stevenson
Twelve year-old Agatha Mistery is called on by her cousin Dash to help him solve mysteries and complete assignments from his prestigious academy – the Eye International Spy School. Jet-setting around the world, Agatha uses her remarkable photographic memory, Dash’s cool spy school gadgets, and the help of her intrepid former-boxer butler, Watson to gather clues and solve crimes. Exploring locations across the globe – from Egypt to Scotland to Niagara Falls – Agatha tackles curses, heists, treasures and murder. This exciting series keeps readers turning the pages while introducing diverse and exciting locales around the world. ER/3-RA
The Curse of the Pharaoh #1 In this debut story Agatha is off to Egypt to recover a missing artifact from an archaeological dig in the Valley of the Kings.
The Pearl of Bengal #2 Agatha heads to India to discover the truth behind the theft of the Pearl of Bengal. With the help of Dash, Watson and her Uncle Raymond, a wildlife photographer, Agatha is sure to solve the crime.
The King of Scotland’s Sword #3 A missing sword leads Agatha to Scotland where she tackles mysterious curses and frightening ghosts to solve the mystery.
The Heist at Niagara Falls #4 A jewel heist takes Agatha to Niagara Falls where she and Dash encounter Canada’s most notorious thief. Can they take on this mastermind criminal and return the jewels to their rightful owner?
The Eiffel Tower Incident #5 The stakes are higher in the city of lights….this time it’s murder. Agatha and Dash rush to Paris to solve the mysterious murder of a Russian Diplomat. As they travel the streets they only have the clue “Red Rose” to guide them in catching the culprit.
The Treasure of the Bermuda Triangle #6 A missing gold Mayan calendar leads Agatha on another adventure, but this time solving the mystery isn’t the only challenge- the Bermuda Triangle has it’s own mysteries and dangers that Agatha and Dash must contend with.
The Crown of Venice #7 Publication date Nov 13, 2014 – The Crown of Venice is missing! This famous ancient artifact was stolen during carnival and everyone is a suspect!