I've started off the summer with two very popular books and I loved both of these quirky, mystery-filled books.
I don't know why I didn't read this one when it first came out. I love Messner's work. I love books with both male and female main characters especially when they work in synchronicity as Jose, Henry, and Anna did. I love that this book takes place almost entirely in the DC airport after a fancy event at the Smithsonian Museum. Getting snowed in was the a great way to keep all the characters in one place until the mystery could be solved. The interesting idea of a Silver Jaguar Society made up of descendents of famous concerned people is the perfect vehicle for a series. Even though I had the mystery figured out right after I met the villain (I'm quick that way and I'm not an elementary student) I thought the plot twists and how the kids worked as a team makes this a great classroom read-aloud. I will now be forced to read the rest of this series probably before school begins in August.
My mind worked overtime as I read this book trying to think of a way to recreate a library game based on this book's ideas to start the year off at Hansen. The wheels are still spinning.
If you are looking for a good, quick summer read to make you smile or need a book recommendation for a student both of these books will work!