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I know you’re going to win again,

Bets! Bets!”

exclaimed

Julie

Brown and Sylvia White together. Even though Julie and Sylvia were best

friends,

they

were

very

different. different

Julie was very sharp and had lots leadership qualities. Sylvia was plump and loved to eat. She was sort of the class clown.

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Bets,

however,

neither

sharp and smart like Julie, nor was she the class clown like Sylvia. Bets was very quiet and mouse-like.

No

one

really

noticed her but when it was time for

the

young

author’s

competition, her ability shone like a shining, golden star.

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Bets authors single

won

the

young

competition

every

year

because

of

her

wonderful d f l stories t i and d life-like lif lik pictures of animals. A few boys in Bets’ class y jjealous of her. They y were very were very mean to Bets and always sneered at her and tried to make fun of her.

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One of them even said, y “Why

even

have

a

y g young

author’s competition? Why not just

give

the

silly

prize

to

Elizabeth and move on?”

Two of these jealous boys were Chuck and Bobby. Chuck and Bobby were excellent at left leftbrain but hopeless at right-brain subjects. subjects

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Chuck

was

a

very

exasperating boy and i b d Bobby B bb was more at the principals office than at class because he got in trouble so much.

Ch k and Chuck d Bobby B bb were very jealous of Bets and envied her the most in the entire class.

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The

next

Monday,

right

after lunch, Julie and Sylvia walked into the classroom to see Bets quietly crying at her desk.

“Its

gone,” g ,

she

wept p

sorrowfully.

“What’s Julie

while

gone?” Sylvia

comfort Bets.

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asked tried

to


“M young author’s “My th ’ book,” b k” replied Bets sadly. “Quick! Lets search for clues before the rest of the class arrives!” exclaimed Julia. The

children

scurried

around the classroom looking for clues. They found a piece of purple, flavored stretchy eraser stuck to Bets desk.

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“That’s

Megan’s!”

yelled

Sylvia. “The The thieving dog! No, dog!” “No, No! I asked for the eraser to play with and forgot to give it back,” back ” said Bets quickly. “Wait a minute!” said Julie so suddenly that she made the other

two

girls

jump.

pointed to the ground.

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She


“Look Look at that, that ” she pointed to a crumpled piece of paper. Sylvia picked up the paper and said, “It looks like some type of code.” The writing on the paper was in some kind of weird, blue ink A real clue, ink. clue ” said Julia and she pocketed the piece of paper with i h satisfaction. i f i

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The next period was recess y g were thinking Julie and Sylvia about what they could do to find the book as the book was supposed to be submitted in two d days. J t as the Just th two t fi d friends had begun to walk to class, Sylvia started go in the opposite direction towards the bathroom.

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“Sylvia,

where

are

you

going? We are already late for class!” yelled Julie. A girl girl’s s gotta go when a “A girl’s gotta go!” said Sylvia and almost

ran

into

the

boy’s

bathroom without realizing it. Julie yelled after her but Sylvia did not listen and kept on running.

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She

suddenly

stopped

startled in front of the boy s boy’s bathroom when she saw the door open and watched. watched Chuck come

out

She

accidentally

bumped into Chuck whose hand was stained light blue. “You’re a girl, not a boy you

brainless

person,” person,

snapped.

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he


“Thanks a lot, Einstein,” Sylvia muttered. She stood a moment and thought about the colored ink on Chuck Chuck’s s hand. “What What a queer color,” Sylvia thought out loud “It loud. It looks sort of familiar. familiar ” “Well, I’ll go and talk to Julie about it,” she said and went down the hallway to her classroom.

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Last period that day was computers. computers After class, class Julie and Sylvia stayed to help the teacher dust the board. Just as they left, they saw two computer notebooks lying on the table. The two girls picked up the notebooks.

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The flipped to the first page of each book and saw a queer group g p of letters on each book. One book said “INAIQ” and th other the th said id “HUHHE.” “HUHHE ” “What “Wh t on

earth

does

that

mean?”

asked Julie. The two girl, then, started to walk back to their classroom

to

pick

p backpacks.

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up

their


On their way, Chuck and Bobby came by, by grabbed the books, and without a word of thanks walked away quickly. “You're welcome creeps” said Julie. “II

always

thought

their

names were Buck and Chobby,” S l i giggled. Sylvia i l d “Now “N l lets go check their desks for clues.”

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“Something

here

smells

y, said Julie “Why y would fishy,” anyone call themselves by code names? I think this is somehow related to Bets’ missing book. L t’ Let’s

check h k

i in

Ch k Chuck

and d

Bobby’s desk and try to find some clues.” girls walked up p to The two g Chuck and Bobby’s desks and found a round piece of paper. paper It looked like a decoding wheel. ©New Bery 2009

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“It seems like “A” is “G”, “B” is “H”, “C” is “I,” and so on,” noticed Julie. “Let us look too see if the paper you found earlier matches this code,” suggested Sylvia. The two friends verified the weird letters on the crumpled piece of paper with the code and the two matched with each other.

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In English, the code read: HIDE BOOK UNDER TRAPDOOR. YOU KNOW WHERE. “Crazy person!”

moaned Sylvia. Sylvia “Why Why can can’tt he just tell us where this silly t trapdoor d i ?” is?” “The thieves don’t give away clues to the detectives, silly!” replied Julie.

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The next day, first period was music. The music teacher was ill, so Miss Jones, the girls’ gave the class class teacher g extra recess. As she and Julie were walking

to

the

playground,

Sylvia took out a mint was about to pop it into her mouth.

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To her dismay, she tripped over something and the mint fell out of her hand. “I guess that wasn’t mint to be,” she said dolefully. “Now Now what is that stupid thing I tripped over?” she thought. thought She and Julie looked down and Julie said thoughtfully, “It looks

like

some

trapdoor.”

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kind

of


TRAPDOOR!” the two girls yelled together. “Let us see if Bets’ book is under here,” Julie suggested. The

two

girls

looked

underneath the trapdoor and found

the

Bets’

book

underneath thin, flat rock.

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lying


“Now we have found the book,” said Sylvia. “But I still want to know what “INAIQ” INAIQ and “HUHHE” mean. The two friends used the code and decoded “INAIQ” and “HUHHE ” They then figured out “HUHHE.” that “INAIQ” meant “CHUCK” and “HUHHE” meant “BOBBY.”

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“Now we know that Chuck stole the book,” said Julie. “But how do we prove that they stole it?” She thought for a moment. “Wait! I have a plan!” she exclaimed. l i d “Sylvia, “S l i you yell ll that th t Elizabeth’s

book

has

been

found. That will catch Chuck and Bobby’s attention and they will come running here.

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I will be hiding, and when they arrive here, I will jump out of my hiding place and say that I have caught them red-handed! You, then, run and tell Miss Jones to come. After that we’ll see what happens!” finished Julie excitedly.

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Sylvia ran off to do what Julie told her and Julie tried to find a good hiding spot. Chuck and Bobby, as predicted, arrived in a few minutes. Julie jumped out of her hiding and yelled, “’I g you g y guys!” y have caught

In a

couple of minutes, Miss Jones arrived with Sylvia and Bets behind her.

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y p “Sylvia has explained to me all that has happened,” she said sternly What you guys have don sternly. is very wrong. I have talked to the principal and he says that you two, Chuck and Bobby, shall be expelled from this school.”

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Miss Jones then turned to Bets and asked, “Are Are you ready to

turn

in

your

storybook,

Elizabeth?” she asked. asked “Just one second Miss Jones,” Bets replied. Bets opened her book and quickly wrote inside: Acknowledgements: I dedicate this book to Julie and Sylvia for being good friends and for cleverly solving The Mystery of the Missing Book.

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Animal Adventure By Elizabeth Smith To Julie T l and d Sylvia l for f cleverly solving The Mystery of the Missing B k Book.

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The Mystery of the Missing Book  

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