The Story Pirates Present
Ghosts? A mysterious plant? Something even more sinister? This spooky mystery (inspired by a real kid's idea) doubles as a creative writing guide for young writers!Eliza loves hunting ghosts -- too bad she's spending the summer helping her scientist mother study weird plants instead. But when a mysterious plant goes missing, things go from strange to downright spooky. Eliza is convinced something--or someone--is haunting the plant shop. Is she digging into dangerous ground? Like Stuck in the Stone Age, the first in the Story Pirates Present series, this spine-tingling mystery doubles as an introduction to the basics of creative writing. With the help of Story Pirate Captain Vincent Rolo and the Mystery Creation Zone, kids can use this kid-generated story as inspiration to create their OWN great mysteries!

The Story Pirates Present Details

TitleThe Story Pirates Present
Author
ReleaseJan 15th, 2019
PublisherRodale Kids
ISBN-139781635650914
Rating
GenreMystery, Childrens, Middle Grade, Humor, Fantasy, Paranormal

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The Story Pirates Present Review

  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This book should be on every shelf in a library and in every elementary school classroom. This book was interactive, fun and interesting through and through. Students and children will not even know that they are learning because they will be so focused on the activities throughout the story plus find out what happens to Eliza and find out if there are really ghosts or has something gone wrong with her mother's crazy plants.Thank you Netgalley and Random House Children's for the ARC in exchange This book should be on every shelf in a library and in every elementary school classroom. This book was interactive, fun and interesting through and through. Students and children will not even know that they are learning because they will be so focused on the activities throughout the story plus find out what happens to Eliza and find out if there are really ghosts or has something gone wrong with her mother's crazy plants.Thank you Netgalley and Random House Children's for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. We will definitely consider this title in our JFiction collection at the library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    One of the neat things about this series is how it combined a creative writing tutorial with Phoebe's mystery story idea. This is done by encouraging the reader to flip forward and backward through the pages of the book as your reading it. For example, the reader might be reading the initial pages of the story and come to a spooky moment, then they're prompted to flip to the back of the book where they learn about how the author set up this scene. There are also pieces on crafting your settings, One of the neat things about this series is how it combined a creative writing tutorial with Phoebe's mystery story idea. This is done by encouraging the reader to flip forward and backward through the pages of the book as your reading it. For example, the reader might be reading the initial pages of the story and come to a spooky moment, then they're prompted to flip to the back of the book where they learn about how the author set up this scene. There are also pieces on crafting your settings, what's needed for an exciting mystery, how stories have a beginning, middle, and end, creating a culprit, even what kind of clues a reader might need. It's really quite interactive with the flipping of pages and there are even worksheets that ask the reader questions about what things you would find in your setting, who's the one doing the sleuthing? Even tips on how to outline who the suspects are. There's a whole Mystery Creation Zone with titles like "idea storms" and "detective notebook pages" that ties things back to Phoebe's mystery story idea while encouraging and providing the tools for kids to develop their own mysteries. Now I read this as an ebook, so flipping back and forth was pretty easy for me. Kids might find this a bit more challenging with the physical copy. I choose to read the whole story and then went back through reading the chapter and the how-to parts at the back of the book. I just love this idea as a classroom teaching tool in creative writing or for kids who are interested in becoming an author. Plus Digging up Danger was a very humorous story and a fun mystery to solve that I'm sure children would enjoy reading.
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  • Dena (Batch of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Kids that like spooky stories will enjoy this book. It's about a girl who is helping her scientist mother with some weird plants for the summer. When one of the plants go missing, things turn from weird to creepy. The story itself is okay. It's a quick, fun story to read and kids will enjoy it. But the thing that really makes this book shine is the second half. While the first half of this book is the actual story, the second half is a step-by-step guide to writing your own mystery novels. It te Kids that like spooky stories will enjoy this book. It's about a girl who is helping her scientist mother with some weird plants for the summer. When one of the plants go missing, things turn from weird to creepy. The story itself is okay. It's a quick, fun story to read and kids will enjoy it. But the thing that really makes this book shine is the second half. While the first half of this book is the actual story, the second half is a step-by-step guide to writing your own mystery novels. It teaches kids how to plot their story and plan clues and add atmosphere.I could see this being a big help in the classroom, but also something that young aspiring authors would like. Kids that like writing and want to take their storytelling abilities to the next level will find great advice in this book.Content: Some spooky scenes. Source: The publisher sent me a copy of this book.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    Copy provided by the publisherI love West's work, and the basic story of this is okay, but the inclusion of information on how to write a story is a bit odd. Informative, sure, but having to turn to another page (as instructed-- I can't ignore the instructions!) took me out of the story time and again.If I were more familiar with the Story Pirates organization, this would have made more sense. I will see what my language arts teachers think about this one. Certainly could be very useful to hand Copy provided by the publisherI love West's work, and the basic story of this is okay, but the inclusion of information on how to write a story is a bit odd. Informative, sure, but having to turn to another page (as instructed-- I can't ignore the instructions!) took me out of the story time and again.If I were more familiar with the Story Pirates organization, this would have made more sense. I will see what my language arts teachers think about this one. Certainly could be very useful to hand to a budding writer.
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  • Ryan
    January 1, 1970
    Holy moly is this book a ton of fun. The story is just the right mix of spooky, tense, and hilarious. Throw in the writing guide in the back and you've got a lovely book for kids and the kid-at-heart.
  • Read Ribbet
    January 1, 1970
    The Story Pirates series has an interesting form (perhaps just a bit gimmicky). The idea for the narrative story comes from a student who won a story idea contest. The narrative is written by Jacqueline West (part one of the book). It is an actual mystery tale. Part two of the book is an interactive guide that provides tips on how to write one's own mystery including links to elements in the actual story to provide examples. This series could be a good way to use a mentor text and bridge the con The Story Pirates series has an interesting form (perhaps just a bit gimmicky). The idea for the narrative story comes from a student who won a story idea contest. The narrative is written by Jacqueline West (part one of the book). It is an actual mystery tale. Part two of the book is an interactive guide that provides tips on how to write one's own mystery including links to elements in the actual story to provide examples. This series could be a good way to use a mentor text and bridge the connections between reading a genre and writing a genre. The mystery is an interesting tale of unusual plants that for me goes a bit off the rails when it moves into a more fantasy storyline, but intermediate readers may enjoy that more. The writing tips and guides are well presented. You can read the mystery on its own. Use the writing tips on their own (though they do refer to the story). or do both.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Second of The Story Pirates books based on an elementary student's idea. This time the book is a mystery possibly involving ghosts. The second half of the book is a guide to writing mystery stories.Throughout the actual story the two characters outside the story line refer the reader to pages in the guide for further information.Terrific way to introduce writing styles and techniques to younger readers.
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  • Lisa D
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! This is a great book for elementary age kids who love mysteries! This also is great way for beginning writers to learn the basics of how to write their own mystery story! English teachers will want this book in their classroom to get kids excited about writing
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  • Kenny Stevenson
    January 1, 1970
    Read this to my daughter, and she loved it. She wants to write her own mystery story now!
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