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Touchdown Tony Crowne and the Mystery of the Missing Cheerleader (Tony Crowne Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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|Length: 201 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||Age Level: 9 - 12||Grade Level: 3 - 7|
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The main character named Tony Crowne is 10 years old boy who loves football though he's not highly skilled athlete. His father who is ex-wrestling champion loves to play with Tony, the only problem being that their large dog Airedale, loves to join their game that makes a mess in the house.
Tony has two best friends - first named Judd Judson is a new student and good football player, and Ashley Richardson who leads the cheerleading team. When Ashley will disappear the morning before Tony's big football game, he won't be sure what happened to her, whether in her disappearance has participated Felicity Whittaker, a girl that was very furious about not being chosen to join the cheerleader team or Ashley simply run away...
At the same time Tony will have to try concentrating on the game, but will constantly think about how to help the Detective who investigates the disappearance of Ashley.
Peter Guy George made an action-packed and fast-paced book that offers a lot of excitement both on the sport and the detective fields which the author skillfully interweaves.
His literary style is adjusted to the age of the reader who addresses and the way he wrote his book doesn't reveal that it was his debut work.
Therefore, this engaging book for young readers can certainly be recommended as it's at the same time an interesting and well-written work that is not too long and will easily keep the attention and entertain readers.
The team that Tony plays on is the Dersee Bobcats, one of the best teams in the pee wee league; although they are not considered as strong this year as they have been in the past. This leads up to a very dramatic big game against their arch rivals. There is a new boy on the team called Judd, he is big and fast, a real force on the football field. In the beginning, Tony and Judd do not get off to a good start.
The other plotline involves Tony's friend Ash, the most athletic girl trying out for the cheerleader squad. There is some confusion when Ash almost gets loses her position to Felicity, a girl that has nowhere near the athletic talent that Ash has. The mystery surfaces when first alternate cheerleader Felicity has to replace one of the others that has mysteriously vanished. Other supporting characters include "Tiny" the football coach that played in the NFL, an ear-twisting school disciplinarian named Miss Dingledine, a furry and playful dog named Curly and a pseudo-French detective named Bouguereau.
The investigation of the missing cheerleader by Detective Bougueraeu takes on a high level of silliness with a hint of the great Agatha Christie character Hercule Poirot that is not carried out very well. As the big game progresses, the ending is easily predicted well in advance, despite the early problems of the Bobcats.Read more ›
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The story allows us to see not just how Tony is able to fiend for himself but how he is willing to risk everything to help a friend.
Along the way he is able to befriend someone new (Judd) and even gain more appreciation for the family dog that is not always doing the right thing at the right time. Together, along with a detective wanting to make a difference, they are able to help save a friend and even nab the bad "guy" in the process.
A story of not just coming up age but doing the right thing, this is a great mystery with a message.
First off, the characters are paper thin with no depth to them. I found them annoying and unlikeable. I really disliked the lead cop in this. He was nothing more than a buffoon. At one point he was following someone, then he tells us how hungry he is.
Writing style, and this one was a mess. 1) The reader gets bogged down by useless description. I don't need to know what every person is doing at a given time. Then we get the same thing from a different point of view, and that leads to more description. It just goes on and on and on. It really slowed the story down. 2) I like football, but most of the book was about the football game, and that's not what the main plot is about. I'd say that at least 3/4 of this book is how the football game is played. It's obvious that the author is a walking football encyclopedia, unfortunately, he's also a talking football encyclopedia. This is nothing more that fluff to the book. 3) What's with all the exclamation points for punctuation? It was such a distraction. Far too many.
It was obvious who kidnapped the girl, and the reveal is nothing major.
I'm glad the book was free, and I have no interest in reading the other books in the series.
When this story got to the point, it was fund and inventive. Unfortunately, I thought it took too long to get there and inconsistencies distracted me along the way. The coach's back story was a little long in my opinion—when it was over I had to go back and re-read what happened before it started. Scene transitions were rough in places. Verb tenses didn't always match, and sometimes word choice didn't fit the context. I think I was almost a third of the way into the book before I was really interested in the storyline.
Overall, this story is probably meant more for boys than girls, but it might be too wordy for boys to stay interested. It would be fine for upper elementary—it's safe. I just can't give it a glowing recommendation.
I read this book as a freebie in exchange for an honest review.
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