Roy, Ron. Secret Admirer. Illustrations by John Steven Gurney. (A to Z Mysteries, super edition 8) Random House, 2015. $5.99. ISBN 978-0-533-52399-7. 127 pages. Ages 5-10. P9Q7
Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose feel as if Valentine’s Day has lost its appeal as they get older. They are in the doldrums when they start receiving mysterious clues from secret admirers. Where does Abe Lincoln hang out? Where does a buddy snore? Where do jungle animals drink? These clues lead the kids to more clues and scrambled words. This book explains the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary and expressions as they are used in the prose. For example, I pine for you. My students enjoy the plot and brainstorming with predictions as they join the characters in solving the clues.
February 2016 review by Penny McDermott.