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Green Streak [Paperback]

Daniel J. Hale , Matthew LaBrot , Hale J. Daniel
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April 2004 Zeke Armstrong Mysteries (Book 2)
The Second in the Zeke Armstrong Mysteries-Zeke Armstrong goes to New York for the Big Apple Inline Skate-Off.. only to find malice in Manhattan. After another racer robs an aging heiress in Central Park, the police call it a mugging. 13 year old Zeke suspects that it's part of a more sinister plot. Will he figure out what's up in time to save the wealthy woman and skate the final race, or will the bad guys stop Zeke in his tracks?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery for all ages April 24 2004
This is the second Zeke Armstrong mystery, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are thoughtful and well-drawn; the mystery is well-conceived and there's lots of suspense. I'll be suggesting this book to a number of my middle grade readers. It's not to be missed.
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My wife and I always check out the books we give our boys (ages 8 and 10). We grew up on the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, and we loved the pleasure those books brought us. Until recently, we'd been unable to find anything new on the market in the way of great mystery/adventure fiction. You know what I mean - pure, unadulterated, fast-paced fun. There are a lot of books out there about kids with "issues", which is fine - they're certainly needed. But if alot of the kids today are anything like my wife and I were when we were young, then there's a need for a modern Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew.
We'd all but given up on finding anything like that, until I noticed a teaser on an uncle/nephew mystery writing team in last week's Apple eNews email from Apple Computer. I checked out the full story on Daniel J. Hale and Matthew LaBrot on Apple.com's Pro site. I was intrigued. I ordered both books in the Zeke Armstrong series. I read both Red Card and Green Streak in a single day (when I should have been making sales calls). They blew me away. They took me back to my youth. I gave the books to my wife. She stayed up until 3 AM reading them. They blew her away. They took her back to her youth. We gave them to our boys. They devoured them. For the past two days, all they've been able to talk about is Zeke and Pow Wow, Zeke and Pow Wow, Zeke and Pow Wow. My wife and I have never seen them so excited about books.
At last! In Zeke Armstrong, we have a worthy successor to the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Thanks to Apple Computer for bringing him to our attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for young and old alike April 8 2004
The setting is New York City. A big race (in-line skating) is about to be held. A big crime is about to be committed. Naturally, Zeke Armstrong is involved in both. Hale and LaBrot do a wonderful job with this book: the plot is solid and fast-paced, the characters engaging, the scenes convincingly drawn. Although written for a younger audience, Green Streak never talks down to the reader; adults as well as adolescents will enjoy the mix of mystery solving and athletic endeavor. Red Card, The first installment in the Zeke Armstrong series, won the Agatha Award (deservedly so), and this is a better book. Read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for White Out April 3 2004
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Red Card was a cool book, but Green Streak is even better. Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop. I live in California, but we're going to New York for our summer vacation this year. After reading about how Zeke and Pow Wow rollerbladed through Central Park and the streets of the city, I wish we were there now. I may even take my skates. I can't wait for White Out, especially because I love to snowboard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zeke is in a Race to Solve This Mystery March 25 2004
Zeke Armstrong and his friend Pow Wow Gao are in New York City for the annual Big Apple Inline Skate-Off. After the qualifying race, they witness the random mugging of a woman they had just met. When Zeke follows the thief, he's convinced there's more to it then a normal crime. Is the victim still in danger? What about Zeke and the Gaos? And will this mystery interfere with the big race the next day?
This book is perfect for the sports buff or mystery fan. Between the race and the mystery, there are plenty of action sequences. I got sucked in and read more then I had intended one night. I had a few plot points figured out before Zeke, but I was caught off guard by many of the twists. And it had me ready to cheer at the end. Zeke is a fun character, and watching him get himself out of some pretty hairy situations is certainly entertaining.
Kids looking for some action in what they read will love both of the books in this fun series. I may be over the target age group, but I'm already looking forward to Zeke's next adventure. These books are certain to entertain anyone looking for a good story.
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