Children will benefit from the critical thinking prompted by ‘Someone’s Trapped,’ a soccer-themed whodunit for kids 8-12 in this second book in the Viking Club Mystery series by Maureen Grenier.
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Vancouver BC – (25-03-2014) – Summary: In Someone’s Trapped, the three young Viking Club detectives grapple with a disturbing threat to Rebecca’s reputation, but it soon becomes apparent that Chris and Jaylon are also dealing with difficult summer soccer problems. Can they solve the mystery and help each other?
“The sports world brings children face to face with pleasant and unpleasant realities, just as happens in the classroom and within families,” says author Maureen Grenier. “Young readers can relate to the effort of finding solutions to difficult situations within the safety of a book while enjoying the fun of a mystery.”
The Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute includes the promotion of detective fiction in its curriculum content—Detective Fiction: “Focus on Critical Thinking” because this type of fiction presents useful problem-solving strategies inherent in investigation and crime solving, which has important life applications.
“It is useful for children to become absorbed and inspired by the skills required to solve a mystery,” Ms. Grenier says. “As the young detectives analyze and discuss various solutions to the mystery and try and help each other with their problems, the readers are exposed, in an entertaining fashion, to the very useful process of analysis and reasoning.”
Becoming a good, independent reader is of vital importance in every child’s education; learning how to apply the skills needed in critical thinking is a bonus. A mystery story is an effective reading motivator and engages the child in problem solving as well.
The book is illustrated by the author, and can be ordered in paperback or hardcover from Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and Chapters, and is available on Kindle.
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