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    AMICUS READERS

    Amicus Readers provide an inviting variety of nonfiction leveled books for K-2, serving young learners in pursuit of reading skills—just like Amicus pursues the big red ball.

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    AMICUS ILLUSTRATED

    Amicus Illustrated offers fiction and nonfiction for preschool to grade 6 with highly visual information and stories that students—and our pal Amicus—are after!

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    AMICUS HIGH INTEREST

    Like many students, Amicus likes to pursue what's of interest to him. Amicus High Interest books serve individual interests of those in grades 2-6.

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    AMICUS INK

    Amicus Ink features board books, picture books, and paperbacks that encourage young children to explore facts, examine ideas, and imagine new ways of understanding the world.

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    SPOT

    Spot books pair key words with engaging images at the beginning, middle, and end—making it fun to read, spot, and learn.

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    SEQUENCE

    Sequence books explain the processes and timelines behind kids' favorite things. Each title connects products and knowledge step-by-step from idea, through creation and discovery, to the end user.

The Case of the Carnival Clues
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The Case of the Carnival Clues

9781645490067
Thomas K. and Heather Adamson

In this pick-your-own-path mystery, four kids at Lincoln Elementary are invited to complete a math challenge at the school carnival. But who set up the clues? And why? Be a detective and use your money math skills to solve the case.

At Lincoln Elementary, the student detectives love solving mysteries! Can you help solve the carnival clues? Choose the right answer, and advance to the next clue. Choose the wrong answer, and clear text and visuals explain the math and encourage you, the reader, to try again.

Friendly illustrations with a diverse cast of relatable characters will engage readers, while clear math explanations support CCSS standards for second-grade math.

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retail $34.25 your price $23.95

The Case of the Locked Time Capsule
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The Case of the Locked Time Capsule

9781645490111
Thomas K. and Heather Adamson
Workers discover a time capsule at Lincoln Elementary, but it’s locked! What could be inside? Whoever made it left a trail of geometry clues based on shapes. Be a math detective along with the kids at Lincoln Elementary and help solve this pick-your-own-path mystery. At Lincoln Elementary, the student detectives love solving mysteries! Can you help them solve the clues to open the time capsule? Choose the right answer, and advance to the next clue. Choose the wrong answer, and clear text and visuals explain the math and encourage you, the reader, to try again. Friendly illustrations with a diverse cast of relatable characters will engage readers, while clear math explanations support CCSS standards for second-grade math.

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The Case of the Missing Class Pet
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The Case of the Missing Class Pet

9781645490098
Thomas K. and Heather Adamson
Oh no! Lucky, the class pet, has escaped! Where did he go? Be a math detective along with the kids at Lincoln Elementary in this pick-your-own-path mystery. Use math and measurement skills to figure out where Lucky could be hiding. Things keep going missing at Lincoln Elementary. And the student detectives there love solving mysteries! Can you help find the missing class pet? Choose the right answer, and advance to the next clue. Choose the wrong answer, and clear text and visuals explain the math and encourage you, the reader, to try again. Friendly illustrations with a diverse cast of relatable characters will engage readers, while clear math explanations support CCSS standards for second-grade math.

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The Case of the Missing Cookies
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The Case of the Missing Cookies

9781645490104
Thomas K. and Heather Adamson
Who took the cookies? Be a math detective along with the kids at Lincoln Elementary in this pick-your-own-path mystery. Be a detective and use your addition, subtraction, and skip counting skills to solve the case. Things keep going missing at Lincoln Elementary. And the student detectives there love solving mysteries! Can you help find the missing cookies? Choose the right answer, and advance to the next clue. Choose the wrong answer, and clear text and visuals explain the math and encourage you, the reader, to try again. Friendly illustrations with a diverse cast of relatable characters will engage readers, while clear math explanations support CCSS standards for second-grade math.

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The Case of the Pencil Problem
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The Case of the Pencil Problem

9781645490074
Thomas K. and Heather Adamson
Mrs. Hall’s desk is overflowing with new pencils! But why are there so many? Be a math detective along with the kids at Lincoln Elementary and help solve this pick-your-own-path mystery. Use your math skills and knowledge of place value to solve the case. At Lincoln Elementary, the student detectives love solving mysteries! Can you help them solve the pencil problem? Choose the right answer, and advance to the next clue. Choose the wrong answer, and clear text and visuals explain the math and encourage you, the reader, to try again. Friendly illustrations with a diverse cast of relatable characters will engage readers, while clear math explanations support CCSS standards for second-grade math.

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The Case of the School Store Thief
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The Case of the School Store Thief

9781645490081
Thomas K. and Heather Adamson
When items go missing from the school store at Lincoln Elementary, the kids check their data to solve the case! Be a math detective along with the kids at Lincoln Elementary and help solve this pick-your-own-path mystery. Use data, graphing, and math skills to find the culprit. Things keep going missing at Lincoln Elementary. And the student detectives there love solving mysteries! Can you help find the school store thief? Choose the right answer, and advance to the next clue. Choose the wrong answer, and clear text and visuals explain the math and encourage you, the reader, to try again. Friendly illustrations with a diverse cast of relatable characters will engage readers, while clear math explanations support CCSS standards for second-grade math.

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The Case of the Carnival Clues
9781645490067
The Case of the Locked Time Capsule
9781645490111
The Case of the Missing Class Pet
9781645490098
The Case of the Missing Cookies
9781645490104
The Case of the Pencil Problem
9781645490074
The Case of the School Store Thief
9781645490081

Mini Math Mysteries

The student detectives at Lincoln Elementary love math—and solving mysteries! Can you help? Each case in these pick-your-own-path books is solvable based on second-grade math problems. Choose the right answer, and advance to the next clue. Choose the wrong answer, and clear text and visuals explain the math and encourage the reader to try again.

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Complete Series of 6: retail $205.50 your price $143.70

Mini Math Mysteries Lexile Levels: 490L - 560L
  • Reinforced Library Binding, eBooks

  • Pages: 24

  • Trim Size: 9.25" x 8.25"

School Library Journal - The Case of the Locked Time Capsule,
January 2022

“Book Review: Gr 1-3–A time capsule from the year 2000 is discovered at Lincoln Elementary, and it can only be unlocked by solving a series of geometry problems. As Mr. Jeb’s class attempts to solve the clues, readers can play along in this “pick-your-own-path mystery.” Each of the five clues is presented with two possible answers, and readers turn to the page corresponding to their answer choice. The page for the wrong answer offers an explanation of how to solve the clue, then sends readers on to the correct answer page where the story moves on. The publisher states the clues and explanations support second-grade CCSS standards, and this content does seem appropriately challenging for that grade. While this text could certainly enhance a math lesson, it is unlikely to have broad appeal outside of a classroom environment. The math puzzles are the sole focus, and everything else about this book is flat. The characters are diverse in skin color, but lack any personality and are fairly indistinguishable. The language is stilted, reading alternately like a script or a textbook. Although the artwork often enhances the math explanations, the flat comic style does not add much excitement or personality to the work. VERDICT Recommended strictly to supplement a classroom lesson, or offer to puzzle or math enthusiasts.–Elizabeth Lovsin, Deerfield Public Library, IL ”—Elizabeth Lovsin

School Library Journal - The Case of the Missing Class Pet,
January 2022

“Book Review: Gr 1-3–Oh no! The classroom pet Lucky has escaped! Lucky for the students, their teacher Mr. Jeb was giving a math lesson. In this choose-your-own-adventure–style mystery, the reader gets to choose how to solve the math problems posited by the teacher. Depending on readers’ choices, they will locate the pet—they just have to use math to do so. If they get a math problem wrong, the book gives them chances to get to the correct answer. Once the kids have found Lucky, the associated story wraps up nicely. The illustrations are colorful and vibrant, and they include an inclusive group of students. The math is at the second grade level, but the choices and problems are presented in a simple manner. There’s no glossary, but the hardest words are easily explained with help. VERDICT Recommended for libraries where the other “Mini Math Mysteries” series books are popular.–Kristin Joy Andersonn, Lewis Univ., Romeoville, IL ”—Kristin Joy Andersonn

Booklist,
February 2022

“Using a choose-your-own-path format, the titles in the Mini Math Mysteries series introduce basic math concepts as readers work along- side Lincoln Elementary School’s second graders to solve a light mystery. After identifying the mystery in each book, the students tack- le four word problems that offer clues. Readers are given two possible solutions and directed to page numbers to verify their answer. If they select the correct answer, they can continue reading and work on the next clue. If they select an incorrect answer, however, the upbeat text explains the error. With a goal of earning a special field trip, students decide how much money they can spend on various school carnival games in The Case of the Carnival Clues. To open a school time capsule, students solve clues about different geometric shapes in The Case of the Locked Time Capsule. In The Case of the Missing Class Pet, students test their measurement skills to locate an escaped class rat (which looks more like a mouse). When an office assistant receives an order for too many pencils, the students use place value, addition, and subtraction to help figure out her error in The Case of the Pencil Problem. Lending to the comprehension are brightly colored digital illustrations with solutions in large, clear fonts and images. —Angela Leeper ”—Angela Leeper

School Library Journal - The Case of the Carnival Clues,
February 2022

“Part “Chose Your Own Adventure” and part Stuart J. Murphy’s “Mathstart,” this book uses a story to help children learn about math and money. Four children of varying skin tones and physical abilities attempt to solve the mystery of who wrote clues at the school carnival. Each clue is a money math problem connected to a carnival game. If readers get the answer right, they are advanced to a designated page of the story. If readers get the problem wrong, they are taken to a teaching page that explains the solution. The mysterious clue writer is hardly mentioned as the children work through the problems, but the adventure of solving each clue is compelling and propels the story along. In the end, it is Mrs. Penn, the principal, who left the clues. Because of their skills, the four children are selected for the citywide math competition. Colorful drawings and short paragraphs make this an easy to read, visually appealing book. Children will enjoy the challenge of solving each problem, and adults will love the math practice presented in a fun format. The specific narrow subject of money math, along with the interactive story, differentiates this work and may make it a high circulating item in math collections. VERDICT Because of the interactive story format and the learning potential, this book is a must purchase. ”—Katherine Rao

School Library Journal - The Case of the School Store Thief,
February 2022

“In this story, students use math skills to solve a mystery. When several items go missing from the school store and a mysterious note is found, students at Lincoln Elementary must use their math skills to solve the mystery. Readers must complete each math problem and skip ahead to the page with the answer they chose. Correct answers advance the story, while wrong answers send them back to try again. In the end, the students find an answer to the mysterious note that should satisfy every reader. Colorful illustrations enliven what is essentially several word problems in a row. Math problems are age-appropriate, and are accompanied by charts and visuals to help readers conceptualize them. VERDICT A pleasant enough resource for lovers of word problems and students needing supplemental math ­materials. ”—Savannah Kitchens

School Library Journal - The Case of the Missing Cookies,
February 2022

“Before the students in Mr. Jeb’s elementary school classroom can enjoy their prize for winning a reading contest, they must find the parts that went missing. With their teacher’s encouragement, the students, who are diverse in ethnicity and ability, combine their math skills with detective work to narrow down the suspects. This fifth book in the “Mini Math Mysteries” series can be read as a stand-alone. Readers must answer seven questions that appear throughout the book on the bottom of the beautifully illustrated pages. Correct answers advance the story. Incorrect answers prompt readers to “think again.” The questions incorporate subtraction using a number line, addition into double-digit numbers, counting by twos, and grouping and sorting by color and number. The ending is humorous and surprising. VERDICT This fun, feel-good, interactive book has wide appeal and is highly recommended for beginner chapter book readers. ”—Tanya Boudreau

Children's Literature - The Case of the Carnival Clues,
January 2022

“Readers, get ready: Here is a mystery to solve! This reader centers on a group of children who must solve a mystery to find out what school trip they are going on. With each turn of the page, they need to use their math skills to solve each clue. In each case, readers are presented with two choices, one leading to the correct answer and one to an incorrect answer. Each choice leads the reader to a different page. This is a really interesting way to keep readers engaged and make math and reading fun! It takes the shame out of incorrect calculating, and supports learners in trying again when they make a mistake. There are many aspects to this book that the reader will really enjoy! Beautiful illustrations bring this book to life and really encourage readers to continue on. Mystery and math combine to make this a must for any child! ”—Lisa Jacovsky

Children's Literature - The Case of the Missing Cookies,
January 2022

“This book, and others in the "Gullah Gullah Island" series, uses mystery-solving as a hook for developing math skills and learning to read. At the beginning of the book is an explanation for readers of what to do. They follow the prompts and use their math skills to figure out what happened to the missing cookies. Each time they guess, they are to turn to a different page. If the reader is wrong, the book helps them to understand why and fix their mistake. This is a really fun way to engage the reader and work on skills as important as math. A mystery is a great hook for getting readers’ attention and keeping it. The illustrations are simple, but really bring this book to life. Readers will feel involved and not like they are working on skills. The format of the story effectively supports readers in developing their skills, even if they make a mistake in their math. A wonderful resource for any library! ”—Lisa Jacovsky

Children's Literature - The Case of the Pencil Problem,
January 2022

“This book employs a fun mystery to support the reader to learn at the same time they engage with math concepts. It is an effective hook for getting the reader to pick up the book and continue to the end. The story begins with a group of children who see that way too many pencils had been delivered. They want to know why, and they use their math skills to figure out how the mistake was made. This book works on math skills of adding and subtracting and identifying place values. There are two options for the reader to choose between for the correct answer. If the reader is incorrect, the book helps them to understand their mistake in an easy way. If the reader is correct, it directs them to another page to continue the story. This is a really neat and fun tool to help readers want to learn through reading! ”—Lisa Jacovsky

Children's Literature - The Case of the School Store Thief,
January 2022

“What a smart way to help children work on their math skills! This book is really fun and helps children not only problem solve but work on their academic skills. The cover of the book is eye-catching and makes the reader want to read the book. The book starts off with children who find in their school store a note that is torn in half. It makes them wonder if anything is missing from their items in stock. The children begin to count their items and that is where the reader needs to help the children. There are questions asking how many are left. The reader then makes a judgment based on their math skills and moves to the page that is indicated. Then if the reader is correct the story will continue. If the reader is not correct then they are directed to a new page. It keeps the reader guessing while encouraging them to work on their math skills. The ending is really funny and will make the reader laugh. This is such a wonderful way to encourage a child to read and learn! ”—Lisa Jacovsky