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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (Dec 22 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375856625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375856624
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 0.5 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #292,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

RON ROY has been writing books for children since 1974. He is the author of dozens of books, including the popular A to Z Mysteries, Capital Mysteries, and Calendar Mysteries. When not working on a new book in his Connecticut home, Ron likes to teach tricks to his dog Pal, play poker with friends, travel, and read thrilling mystery books. Visit him online at

JOHN STEVEN GURNEY has illustrated many books for children, including the entire A to Z Mysteries series and Scholastic’s popular Bailey School Kids series. He lives in Brattleboro, Vermont.

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Mystery within a mystery June 9 2010
By Kerri Busteed - Published on
Format: Paperback
February's Calendar Mystery is fantastic. February of course brings Valentine's day, goodies and cards. This year, however, it also brought a special treat. The class received a mystery card that lead them inside the closet to find a rabbit named Douglas. The class is excited to receive a new class pet, but when Brian and Bradley take the rabbit home for the weekend they quickly notice that he is hiding in a corner unwilling to eat, drink or socialize. The children become worried and take him to see their family vet. The doctor informs them the rabbit is not sick, he is merely homesick for his original owner. If they do not find out who left Douglas in the classroom, he may soon die. The clock is ticking and there is a mystery to be solved. Once the true owner becomes identified a new problem arises. Read for yourself to find out how the mysteries are creatively solved and they find a happy forever home for Douglas.

I recently began to read the Calendar Mystery series. In fact, this was the first one I read. I was intrigued how the author made the kids really think and use some creative ways to find the true owner. The book has multiple problems, rather then your typical who dunnit mystery book. I enjoyed reading the way the kids worked together to find a solution. I believe any young reader would enjoy this book, as well as the whole series.

By Kerri J. Busteed
Author of Will's First Hunt Will's First Hunt
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A Strong Second Volume in the Series; More Mystery Solving, Too July 6 2014
By Pop Bop - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I read a few of Ron Roy's "A to Z" mysteries and was so impressed that I grabbed the first two from the Calendar series for younger readers. I'm happy to report that those volumes were just as entertaining.

Roy has three sets of mysteries. The "A to Z" mysteries, (26 volumes for the 26 letters and then three bonus volumes), are for older chapter book readers. The "Calendar" mysteries, (surprise - 12 volumes), are for younger readers and, in a clever twist, feature the younger siblings of the protagonists from the "A to Z" set. The third series features mysteries that take place at various national landmarks in Washington, D.C.

Both the "A to Z" books and the "Calendar" books feature an appealing set of characters, fair mystery plots, a bit of action and decent secondary characters. The Calendar books are like junior junior junior versions of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries. They have younger heroes, they are shorter, there are fewer twists and turns, there's very little danger, and the mysteries are a lot tamer.

But that said, they have many of the same strengths. The four heroes, (first graders Bradley, Brian, Nate and Lucy), play equal roles, with no apparent bias between boys and girls. There is the same authentic and mutually supportive friendship among them. Adults are generally patient, resourceful and dependable, (when they aren't the villain in disguise). There is a good balance between clue hunting and figuring things out. Probably the biggest difference between these books and the sets for older kids is that there is very little adventure, in that the kids are rarely chased or trapped or threatened or menaced. These are much milder on that score.

The mysteries are conventional, but I mean that in a good way - clues are fair, red herrings are fair, and the resolutions are logical. There are some convenient coincidences, but that's par for the course, especially in a relatively short chapter book. But even then the emphasis is on logical thinking and deductive reasoning, which is something that is often wanting in more fanciful and less thoughtfully plotted books for this age group.

In the "January" volume the kids get an alien invasion scare. Is it real or a prank? The kids are very clever in gathering clues and thinking things through, although there is a bit of a thrill behind the idea that the invasion might be real. This one is less about detecting and solving and more about pranking.

In the "February" book we have a full blown mystery. Who abandoned a pet rabbit in the classroom, for adoption by the class? The kids follow clues and do actual detective legwork, and while everything falls conveniently into place, the solid bones of a decent mystery for new readers are clearly in place.

So, these are kids' books, but they aren't silly, and there is no hint of fart/booger humor, which may have its place, but not necessarily here. The writer treats the young chapter book reader with a lot of respect and I would expect that these stories would be a satisfying read for a youngster. I doubt you can ask for much more than that at this level and I could see a kid just eating up these tales and this likable cast of characters.

Please note that I found this book while browsing the local library's Kindle books, and downloaded it for free. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
Good! Feb. 18 2014
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This book is a mystery to all. This book is so fun that it will make you go coo coo! This book is amazing. --- from Grace Eileen, age 6
As you can see, my daughter loved this book. She has had a hard time keeping an interest in chapter books, but she really looked forward to more chapters each night. She is also able to read any page herself as we go through the book. We will buy more books in this series.
Great book! Jan. 23 2014
By Karin Rush - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The book made me not want to watch my favorite show. U will love this book. Best book I ever read.
I love Ron Roy's books
Feb friend Nov. 17 2013
By Arthur Panick - Published on
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These are the BEST STORIES EVER they have so good all my life I've read them so I'm attracted to them