The Mystery Of The Suspicious Spices

The Mystery Of The Suspicious Spices

Paperback - 2014
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Ethan and Ella discover some suspicious spices in a market in Mumbai, India, in the sixth book of Greetings from Somewhere, an exciting series about mystery, travel, and adventure.

Ethan and Ella venture into the bustling markets of Mumbai, India, where there are tons of beautiful sights and smells--from silky fabrics to bread being baked to jars of spices. When one of the spice sellers starts getting complaints about his saffron, he is beside himself. His spices have always been known to be the purest in the market. Ethan and Ella are on the case--and they soon discover that someone has been meddling with the spices!

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Greetings from Somewhere chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.
Publisher: New York : Little Simon, 2014
ISBN: 9781481414678


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May 13, 2015

Twins Ethan and Ella are in India with their parents. They explore the sights as a family. But when they visit a friend of their grandfather's, a spice merchant, they discover he is having trouble with customers complaining about bad spices. The twins offer to help solve the mystery of the spices since they have had a little experience in previous adventures.

There are pencil drawings throughout the story. They are really quite exquisite and detailed especially for a young children's novel. The pictures help speed the story along and explain some of the concepts.

The mystery itself was extremely simple. This is not necessarily a bad thing for this age group. The text is large and the details kept as simple as possible for young readers. There are a lot of Indian words and concepts which will be more difficult to read and yet adds interest. This story is advertised for ages 5-9, but I don't believe very many 5 and 6 year olds will be able to read this independently. It can certainly be read to them. I would recommend this book to advanced first graders up to third grade.


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May 13, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 9


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