The Big Dip

  • Pages:128
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:hi-lo, high interest, low reading level, reading strategies, reluctant readers
  • Pub Date:10/01/2009
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Fry Level:3.9
  • Lexile:HL530L
  • ATOS:3.9
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Joe and his friend Skip are enjoying the thrill of the Big Dip, a famous rollercoaster, until they learn the old man in front of them has been shot. The old man mutters with his dying breath something about getting a Margaret Rose to the police. Joe leaves the crime scene to get on with his life. But someone is desperate for the Margaret Rose and thinks Joe has it. When his sister is kidnapped, Joe is in a race against time to solve the puzzle.
"A roller coaster of a story that is action-packed and full of mystery and suspense. It is a quick read, and the action takes place against the backdrop of an amusement park, a fun and familiar setting for many pre-teens and teens...Highly Recommended."
– CM Magazine
"The suspense is intense… This compact story is sure to appeal to reluctant readers, and the ending is a surprise."
– School Library Journal
"Another fast-paced, realistic story from a reliable publisher sure to engage the most reluctant reader."
– Resource Links
"Jackson's mystery has an impressive amount of twists, especially near the end…[She] delivers the goods: a propulsive mystery that will hook the most reluctant of readers."
– Booklist
"This book fills a need in many library collections."
– Library Media Connection
Resource Links "The Year's Best"   | 2009  |  Commended
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