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I Dream of Pinkertons

16 Aug

I don’t remember the title of the first book in which I encountered a Pinkerton’s detective, but I was smitten from the start. For years I harbored a secret desire to become a detective. Even now, when there is a mystery to be solved at school (Who’s handwriting is that on the bathroom wall?) I love to try to solve the mystery.

Thanks you, Kate Hannigan, for bringing us The Detective’s Assistant  in which a plucky young girl gets to work with the Pinkertons.

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Publisher’s Summary: Eleven-year-old Nell Warne arrives on her aunt’s doorstep lugging a heavy sack of sorrows. If her Aunt Kate rejects her, it’s the miserable Home for the Friendless.

Luckily, canny Nell makes herself indispensable to Aunt Kate…and not just by helping out with household chores. For Aunt Kate is the first-ever female detective employed by the legendary Pinkerton Detective Agency. And Nell has a knack for the kind of close listening and bold action that made Pinkerton detectives famous in Civil War-era America. With huge, nation-changing events simmering in the background, Nell uses skills new and old to uncover truths about her past and solve mysteries in the present.

Based on the extraordinary true story of Kate Warne, this fast-paced adventure recounts feats of daring and danger…including saving the life of Abraham Lincoln!

Although none of the events in the book could really have happened to an 11-year-old girl at that time, Nell’s plucky voice let this reader suspend her disbelief and indulge her childhood fantasies.

 

The game’s afoot

16 Oct

Last night, OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) held a free open house event for teachers to let them preview their new Sherlock Holmes exhibit.  I was in total geek heaven. I was obsessed with Holmes and read all his books in grade 8. I can still quote him.  here’s my favorite:  “When you have eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”   

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The exhibit begins with an introduction to Sir  Arthur Conan Doyle, his medical training and the doctors and literature that inspired him to create Sherlock Holmes. And then the sleuthing begins.

The next room introduces you to the world of Victorian England and detective work at the time. All of this builds background knowledge that you can apply at the next stage. A crime has been committed and you use technology of the time to solve it. Along the way you have a detectives notebook where you can record cues and other information by way of passport punches and rubbings.

As fun as this was, I think it is a little beyond many of the 4th graders I teach. It was a room full of adults having a great time. My sister & her family (husband & 15-year-old daughter) are coming for Christmas and I think I have found a fun way for us to pass part of the holiday.

So go get your deerstalker cap. The game’s afoot!

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