The Nina, the Pinta, and the Vanishing Treasure
Author: Jill Santopolo
Series: Alec Flint, Super Sleuth (Book #1)
Grade Level Equivalent:
Mystery and Suspense, Series
Exploration and Discovery, Historic Figures, Curiosity, Elementary School
Alec Flint is practicing to be a super sleuth. He's even got a pair of super sleuth pants with lots of pockets to hide his detective tools and a sidekick, Gina, who's a bit bossy, but a really great sleuth and friend. When Alec's dad, a local police officer, discovers the Christopher Columbus exhibit has gone missing from the town museum, Alec is on the case!
Who would steal the Columbus exhibit?
With the help of Gina, and his fourth grade history class, Alec is determined to uncover the truth! Jill Santopolo's debut book will have middle-grade readers racing to solve the crime faster than you can say, "Welcome to the New World!"
Praise for The Nina, the Pinta, and the Vanishing Treasure
"What sets this apart is its lively characters, a thoughtfully derived sprinkling of clues for the kids to pursue, and the opportunity for readers to have as much fun solving the mystery (and decoding the coded messages) as Alec and Gina." —Booklist
"Santopolo's prose crackles, and she manages to weave in a fair degree of historical information on Columbus as she spins her yarn." — Kirkus Reviews