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Gargoyles Gone AWOL
A Sesame Seade Mystery #2
by Clémentine Beauvais
Sarah Horne, Illustrator

Trade Binding | 208 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823432059 | 03-15-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FOURTH | Age: 7 to 11

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

CCSS Codes:
W.4.4, 5, 8, 9, 9a, 10
RF.4.3, 3a, 4, 4a, 4c
RL.4.1-4, 6, 9, 10
SL.4.1, 1a-d,2
L.4.3, 3a, 4, 4a, 5, 5a-c, 6

About the Book

In this riotous companion to Sleuth on Skates, the first book in the Sesame Seade Mystery Series, the whole gang—including Mr. Halitosis—is back as the irrepressable Sesame pits her wits against a devious gargoyle thief and whoever is behind a spate of strange scientific experimentation!

Where have all the gargoyles gone? Supersleuth Sesame Seade is on her second case the minute she learns that several of the monstrous stony sentinels on the Cambridge University rooftops have gone missing. But as she courageously tracks down clues—some of which lead her to dizzying heights—and starts piecing them together, she realizes that gargoyles gone AWOL isn't the only mystery afoot in town. From peculiar footprints on the lawns and torrents of laboratory mice running wild to the strange lethargy of Peter Mortimer, Sesame's normally ferocious cat, Cambridge's number-one supersleuth suddenly has her hands full!


"Irrepressible and loquacious as ever, Sesame is even more fun in her second mystery."—Booklist

"Horne's charming black-and-white spot illustrations add a sense of whimsy. . . . Daring and indomitable, Sesame is a delightful heroine whose snarky asides and dialogue will leave readers in stitches. Mystery and humor fans are in luck."—School Library Journal

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Who is the narrator of the story? Does the narrator tell the story in first or third person? Use evidence from GARGOYLES GONE AWOL. RL.4-5.6

2. What kind of character is Sesame? How does she conduct herself? Include her thoughts, words and actions. What is your opinion of Sesame? RL.4-5.3

3. Describe the setting of the story. How does the setting affect meaning? What feelings are evoked by the setting? Give examples from different parts of the book. RL.4-5.1, 3

4. In small groups, summarize the tactics Sesame uses to solve the mystery. Create journal entries in the correct time sequence. RL.4-5.2 / SL.4-5.1 / W.4-5.9, 10

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!"

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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