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Capture the Flag
Contributor(s): Messner, Kate

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ISBN: 0545419743     ISBN-13: 9780545419741
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 2013

Annotation: When the original Star Spangled Banner is stolen, Anne, Josâe, and Henry, all descendants of the Silver Jaguar Society, pursue suspects through baggage handling tunnels while stranded at a Washington, D.C., airport during a snowstorm.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Adventure and adventurers; Fiction.
Airports; Fiction.
Robbers and outlaws; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries & Detective Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2013010142
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.25" W x 0.75" (0.34 lbs) 231 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 151859
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 6.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q57985
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 12.0
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Contributor Bio(s): IV>Kate Messner is the author of THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z., winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers; SUGAR AND ICE; EYE OF THE STORM; CAPTURE THE FLAG; SEA MONSTER'S FIRST DAY; OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW; and the Marty McGuire chapter book series. A former middle-school English teacher, Kate lives on Lake Champlain with her family and loves reading, walking in the woods, and traveling. Visit her online at www.katemessner.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
Seventh graders Anna, Josi, and Henry band together to uncover the truth behind the heist of the Star-Spangled Banner flag (Capture). In Hide the kids, now junior members of the secret Silver Jaguar Society, travel from Washington, DC, to the Costa Rican rainforest to track down the stolen Jaguar Cup. These breezy novels will draw in mystery and adventure fans. [Review covers these titles: Capture the Flag and Hide and Seek.]

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 May #4)

Messner (Eye of the Storm) opens a mystery series with a novel as cinematic in execution as it is patriotic in theme—at one point, a character compares this adventure to the Jerry Bruckheimer–produced film National Treasure, and that's not a bad call (though this story is free of explosions). After the flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner" is stolen during a gala at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., three seventh-graders, stranded at the airport during a freak snowstorm, investigate its disappearance, guessing that the storm might mean that the flag is at the airport, too. Not only were all three children—Anna, José, and Henry—at the Smithsonian event, it turns out they all have family members in the secret Silver Jaguar Society, whose members "made a promise to protect the world's artifacts, and passed that promise down through generations." Readers with even a few mystery novels under their belts will have no trouble picking up the clues Messner drops throughout this entertaining if conventional escapade. Ages 8–12. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (July)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 October)

Gr 4–6—Three preteens are in Washington, DC, to view the flag that inspired the "Star Spangled Banner," which had recently been restored. Anna Revere-Hobbs, a budding reporter and daughter of one of Vermont's senators, is looking for a scoop. She hopes to land an interview with presidential hopeful Senator Robert Snickerbottom, but he isn't interested. Henry Thorn doesn't want to be in DC at all, but he's stuck visiting his Aunt Lucinda while his newly married father honeymoons. José McGilligan's scientist mother has been away for three weeks working on the restoration project. He has missed her terribly and he's hoping his life will return to normal now. Unfortunately, the flag is stolen during the night, and his mother has been detained since she was one of the last to view it. The three meet at the airport as they jockey for available outlets to recharge their electrical devices. A fierce snowstorm is about to strand everyone. As news dribbles in, Anna begins to suspect that the flag is somewhere in the airport and convinces the two boys to help her sniff out some clues. As they do, they learn that each of them has historical pedigree and a parent who is a member of a secret organization called the Silver Jaguar Society. Think of a "39 Clues"/National Treasure mash-up. There's plenty of action, suspense, and red herrings to keep eager mystery fans turning pages despite a rather buffoonish presidential candidate and huge holes in security at our nation's capital no less. As usual, Messner creates believable characters, nails the dialogue, and deftly weaves history and humor into the mix.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ

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