By Kate Messner
Reminiscent of the Blue Balliett mysteries, this book brings together a trio of seventh graders with more in common than they suspect to solve a mystery that could change their lives forever. Anna is traveling with her father, an important senator. Jose is in Washington, D.C. because his mother is a skilled textile scientist who has been brought in to repair the flag that inspired “The Star-Spangled Banner.” And Henry is visiting his aunt while his father goes on his honeymoon. When they all get snowed in at the airport, Anna, Jose, and Henry aren’t excited. But when a famous American flag goes missing they have a hunch that the culprit could be snowed in too. Soon the three are up to their necks in trouble as they put the clues together to discover who stole the flag and how dangerous that person really is.
This is a fun, fast-moving story that brings together some of the everyday, meeting new friends and worries about family changes, with an exciting mystery perfect for third to fifth graders. Besides who can resist the fun of a snow day?
Reviewed by Melendra