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Sleuth on Skates
A Sesame Seade Mystery #1
by Clémentine Beauvais
Sarah Horne, Illustrator

Trade Binding | 224 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823431977 | 08-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FOURTH | Age: 7 to 11

Themes: Mystery & Suspense, Adventure, Humor
Recommendations: A, K, H, PW*, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
L. 4.3, 3a-b, 4, 4a, 4c, 5, 5a-c
SL. 4.1, 1a-d, 2-4, 6
RF. 4.3, 3a, 4, 4a, 4c
RL. 4.1-4, 6-7, 9-10
W. 4.1, 1a, 3, 3a-e, 5, 9a

About the Book

In Book I of the hysterical Sesame Seade Mystery series, after eleven years, five months, and seventeen days of waiting, Sesame finally has the chance to prove what a brilliant supersleuth she can be!

Sophie Margaret Catriona Seade—aka Sesame—has a penchant for roller skating, sophisticated terminology, and sleuthing. What this sassy brainiac needs is a mystery to solve—and that's just what she gets when Cambridge University student and aspiring journalist Jenna Jenkins goes missing. With the help of her friends Gemma and Toby, and a strange-looking duck, Sesame has a good chance of cracking the case—as long as she can avoid her meddling mum and dad; her unfortunate teacher, Mr. Halitosis; and scariest of all, the perpetrators of a very serious crime!

With delightful illustrations by Sarah Horne, this is the hilarious story of how an eleven-year-old girl with as many connections in her brain as there are stars in the universe becomes a true sleuth on skates.

Don't miss Sesame's next adventure in GARGOYLES GONE AWOL: A Sesame Seade Mystery #2.


★ "Horne’s spot illustrations brim with energy . . . and can be as edgy as the narration. A bitingly funny kickoff to the Sesame Seade series.—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"An engrossing whodunit, with charmingly funny prose and illustrations. . . . An excellent transition to Lemony Snicket."—School Library Journal

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. How does author Clémentine Beauvais create humor and suspense in the book? Find evidence from the story. RL.4-5.1, 4

2. Analyze the impact of specific word choices including figurative language on meaning and tone of the book. Give specific examples. Share with the class. RL.4-5.4 / L.4-5.5

3. How does illustrator Sarah Horne use pictures and details to develop the characters, setting, and events in the story? Give examples from the book. RL.4-5.1, 2, 3

4. Compare and contrast the themes, settings and plots of two Sesame Seade mysteries. Discuss how the author incorporates point of view. RL.4-5.1, 2, 3, 6, 9

Educators' Guide
Sesame Seade Series Educator's Guide/Activity Sheet
Includes an educator's guide with Common Core State Standards and, for kids, "Sesame Seade's Stellar Guide to Becoming a Supersleuth!"

Activity Sheets

Sesame Seade Series Bookmark
A make-your-own bookmark featuring the first two books in the Sesame Seade Mystery Series, SLEUTH ON SKATES and GARGOYLES GONE AWOL