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Messner, Kate.
New York : Scholastic, 2012
IL 3-6, RL 4.5

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

If you love a good adventure where ordinary kids like you can do amazing things, Capture the Flag is for you! Three seventh graders with nothing in common attend an event at the Smithsonian Museum where the original flag created by Betsey Ross is stolen. The next day, the same three kids are stranded in the same part of the airport after a snowstorm. They soon discover that they have more in common than they realized, particularly that they were at the Smithsonian when the flag was stolen. Figuring that the thief could be stranded at the airport with them, they launch an investigation to “capture the flag” before it becomes lost forever. 
(Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

Booktalk #2

This is a fast paced mystery! From page one, the plot begins and thickens. It reads like a kid’s action movie! The flag is stolen and we’re introduced briefly to the three kids the guard notices.....THEN the author really lets us know who they are via a long paragraph about each kid: Anna, Jose, & Henry. I promise you: from the jump, you’ll be riveted to a screen only the screen will be your imagination....and if three kids isn’t enough...the author involves another kid Sinan and his dog everyone knows how a dog and an even younger kid, eight, can mix things up when you’re trying to capture a thief at an airport—big aisles, a chase, a rotating baggage claim where all the luggage looks the same, only one has get the picture, right?! Get captured by Capture the Flag!  (South Carolina Children's Book Award nominee, 2015  Prepared by: Rose Davis. Arden Elementary School,

SUBJECTS:    Airports -- Fiction.
                        Robbers and outlaws -- Fiction.
                        Flags -- Fiction.
                        Secret societies -- Fiction.
                        Smithsonian Institution -- Fiction.
                        Washington (D. C.) -- Fiction.
                        Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.

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