The Spaghetti Detectives by Andreas SteinhofelThe Spaghetti Detectives by Andreas Steinhofel

The Spaghetti Detectives

byAndreas Steinhofel

Hardcover | July 1, 2011

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1 string of spaghetti + 2 friends = A noodle-cooking, crime-solving adventure!

Rico is an odd boy-a "proddity," as his mom says, with mild learning difficulties that mean he has to figure out problems in his own particular way. But Rico is genius at noticing little things nobody else does. Like a string of spaghetti stuck to the sidewalk. Or a pin of a red plastic airplane. Or the strange behavior of the neighbors in his apartment building. When Rico's new friend, the high-IQ, high-anxiety Oscar, goes missing, Rico must put all his special skills to the test and face his biggest fears in order to find him. He scribbles and sketches in his school notebook to keep track of all the clues!

Funny, sweet, just the right amount of scary, The Spaghetti Detectives shows how two opposite, seemingly mismatched kids can put their heads together and, flaws and all, be better as a pair.

Andreas Steinhöfel is an award-winning German writer whose first book, the YA novel Dirk und Ich, was published when he was still in college. The Spaghetti Detectives was awarded the prestigious German Youth Literature Prize in 2009.In addition to writing books for young readers, Andreas works as a translator, writes for TV and radio, ...
Title:The Spaghetti DetectivesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 7.78 × 5.72 × 0.69 inPublished:July 1, 2011Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545289750

ISBN - 13:9780545289757

Appropriate for ages: 8


Read from the Book

From The Spaghetti Detectives"And I know what a prime number is!" I shouted.I was upset, that was about the only thing I did know. The boy didn't say anythign else. He looked down at his sneakers. Then he looked up again. He stretched out his hand. It was so small that both of his would have fit into one of mine."I'm Oscar," he said. "And I would like to apologize sincerely. I shouldnt have made fun of you. It was arrogant.I had no idea what he meant by the last word, but I understood he was sorry.ARROGANT: When somebody looks down on somebody else. So Oscar can't be all that smart because the fact is he's a lot shorter than I am and has to keep looking up at me.