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The Dragon in the Ghetto Caper [Paperback]

E.L. Konigsburg
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Nov. 1 1998
Andy's not your average resident of exclusive Foxmeadow -- whenever he sits down to draw something, it turns out to be a dragon. And he wants to be a detective when he grows up -- not just an ordinary, everyday police detective, but a tough, cool, famous detective like the ones he reads about in mystery novels.
Everyone knows a famous detective needs a sidekick, but Mrs. Edie Yakots, a lonely new bride who's just moved into Foxmeadow, isn't exactly what Andy had in mind -- he sometimes has a hard time just figuring out what's she's talking about. But she's the only volunteer for the job, and before he knows it, she's led him right into the middle of his first real crime -- in an inner-city neighborhood a short drive, and light years away, from Foxmeadow.

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In the first of these two works by a consummately witty writer, a suburban kid who wants to be a detective teams up with a lonely bride; in the second, a famous but dead actress sends two social outcasts on a quest. Ages 8-12; 10-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Booklist Like Konigsburg's other books, this is strong on dialogue and insightful suggestions into what makes people -- both the older and younger varieties -- tick.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful April 8 1999
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Format:Paperback
Very kind story. One of my favorite of Konigsberg's many lovely books for children, which I continue to read, reread, and (re)discover as an adult.
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3.0 out of 5 stars it was okay April 12 2004
Format:Paperback
This book started out slow paced and didn't pick up speed. It was an okay book but it was quite boring and slow paced and that's all I have to say.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't care for it all that much May 29 2011
By Wayne S. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Andrew Jackson Chronister is almost twelve and is in sixth grade at Emerson Country Day School. He lives with his father, mother, and soon to be married older sister in the Foxmeadow subdivision of Gainesboro. Andy likes to draw dragons, but his main goal is to be a famous, tough, and cool detective. However, he needs a sidekick. His new, zany neighbor, Edie Yakots, shares his love of dragons and wants to be his sidekick because she needs something to do all week while her husband is gone.
To get out of the house, Edie has tried the garden club but found that all the ladies want to do is talk rather than plant flowers. At first Andy helps her in her own garden but then joins her every Thursday afternoon when she drives an elderly woman, Sister Henderson whom she met while buying an old pew at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church rummage sale, so that she can visit friends and run errands in the ghetto where she lives. Andy has never been in the ghetto before. But one day, he sees a strange car following them and decides that someone is trying to rob Sister Henderson. His first crime! Can he solve the mystery? Or will he, Edie, and Sister Henderson get caught?
This is an interesting story, although at times it had a little trouble holding my attention. Konigsburg has also written Newbery Medal winners From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1968), a Newbery Medal winner which I read and enjoyed, and The View from Saturday (1997), and the Newbery Honor book Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth (1968), neither of which I have read. The biggest problem for me was the annoyingly ubiquitous but profane exclamation "For God's sake," which appears on 38 of the 124 pages, sometimes used by the author in description and sometimes by Andy in conversation. There are a few euphemisms (including "darn" which is specifically said to be "a substitute for damn." Andy is a little impertinent at times and at Mary Jane's wedding party drinks enough champagne that he passes out. It seems at the end there is a little sympathy for the actual crooks, but they do get their punishment. The dragons are a symbol of the challenging parts of life. All in all, it is not a bad book, but I really didn't care for it that much.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful April 8 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Very kind story. One of my favorite of Konigsberg's many lovely books for children, which I continue to read, reread, and (re)discover as an adult.
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3.0 out of 5 stars it was okay April 12 2004
By danielle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book started out slow paced and didn't pick up speed. It was an okay book but it was quite boring and slow paced and that's all I have to say.
4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars @-}---- Oct. 1 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a huge music fan, and I like Blink182 a lot. So you'd think I'd be the last one to read this story. I HAD to read it for school, and it changed my view on things a lot. IT was a great book, and you should read it .
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