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Three kids get caught up in an adventure of historic proportions! Anna, José, and Henry are complete strangers with more in common than they realize. Snowed in together at a chaotic Washington D.C. airport, they encounter a mysterious tattooed man, a flamboyant politician, and a rambunctious poodle named for an ancient king. Even stranger, news stations everywhere have anno Three kids get caught up in an adventure of historic proportions! Anna, José, and Henry are complete strangers with more in common than they realize. Snowed in together at a chaotic Washington D.C. airport, they encounter a mysterious tattooed man, a flamboyant politician, and a rambunctious poodle named for an ancient king. Even stranger, news stations everywhere have announced that the famous flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner" has been stolen! Anna, certain that the culprits must be snowed in too, recruits Henry and José to help catch the thieves and bring them to justice. But when accusations start flying, they soon realize there's more than justice at stake. As the snow starts clearing, Anna, José, and Henry find themselves in a race against time (and the weather!) to prevent the loss of an American treasure.


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Three kids get caught up in an adventure of historic proportions! Anna, José, and Henry are complete strangers with more in common than they realize. Snowed in together at a chaotic Washington D.C. airport, they encounter a mysterious tattooed man, a flamboyant politician, and a rambunctious poodle named for an ancient king. Even stranger, news stations everywhere have anno Three kids get caught up in an adventure of historic proportions! Anna, José, and Henry are complete strangers with more in common than they realize. Snowed in together at a chaotic Washington D.C. airport, they encounter a mysterious tattooed man, a flamboyant politician, and a rambunctious poodle named for an ancient king. Even stranger, news stations everywhere have announced that the famous flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner" has been stolen! Anna, certain that the culprits must be snowed in too, recruits Henry and José to help catch the thieves and bring them to justice. But when accusations start flying, they soon realize there's more than justice at stake. As the snow starts clearing, Anna, José, and Henry find themselves in a race against time (and the weather!) to prevent the loss of an American treasure.

30 review for Capture the Flag

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Working on the sequel right now!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    First there was The Lightning Thief, a fantastic adventure set in modern day, with a hero that today’s kids can relate to, but ties in the myths of ancient Greece – suddenly every 6th grader I knew was reading the Percy Jackson books and volumes of ancient myths. Rick Riordan will forever be on my list of super-geniuses, simply because he figured out how to get kids to read and read and read and read. He did it again with the Kane Chronicles series, which ties in the myths of ancient Egypt, and o First there was The Lightning Thief, a fantastic adventure set in modern day, with a hero that today’s kids can relate to, but ties in the myths of ancient Greece – suddenly every 6th grader I knew was reading the Percy Jackson books and volumes of ancient myths. Rick Riordan will forever be on my list of super-geniuses, simply because he figured out how to get kids to read and read and read and read. He did it again with the Kane Chronicles series, which ties in the myths of ancient Egypt, and once again has young kids reading new books, while consulting the old ones to better understand the mysteries and twists and turns. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to meet an incredible author named Sherman Alexie (highly recommend his book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian), who is Native-American. He stated, jokingly (I think) that his own kids were so wrapped up in the Percy Jackson books that he felt he should create a modern adventure story that ties in Native-American myths and legends. He probably should. There’s also the Artemis Fowl books, which incorporate Irish mythology into a modern story, the Runemarks series (Norse mythology), The Clockwork Dark series (American Tall Tales), The Children of the Lamp series (Egyptian again), The Conch Bearer and its sequels (Indian folklore), The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kroop (King Arthur legends), Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Chinese folklore), and probably dozens of other similar books and series. Now there’s Capture the Flag by Kate Messner. This one is going to be a dream for American History teachers, because it’s a modern adventure with three strong teenage heroes (two boys and one girl) that, like the Percy Jackson books, ties in a bit of history – only this time it’s American History. You see, someone has stolen the flag – the original – you know, the one that that one lady sewed and that other dude wrote that song about – yeah, that flag. The only people who can help just happen to be three teens who don’t know one another, but soon find that they share one important thing in common – they are all descendants of important figures in American history, and as such, are destined to be members of the Silver Jaguar Society – a secret group responsible for protecting important American artifacts. You don’t have to know much about U.S. history to understand the book, but like The Lightning Thief (and all those other books up above), it will make readers want to brush up on some while they’re reading. Even if you know nothing about history, Capture the Flag is a fun, fast-paced adventure that is perfect for middle-grades readers. Believable and likable characters, twists and turns, lots of action, and you get to see what happens to your suitcase at the airport after it goes down the little conveyor belt and past the plastic curtains. In my book, reading that makes readers want to do more reading on top of the reading their already doing is the best kind of reading. This is that kind of book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Picked up this book because it's set in DC -- my home town. Stolen flag was an interesting premise, if a bit National Treasure-y. I figured out the mystery a quarter of the way in, but I'm also an adult. Not too bad a read. But the heavy-handed discussion of immigration issues (even if I agreed with the author/characters) and meaning of phrases turned me off. Read like a book where the author was trying to teach kids something by saying "this is right, this is wrong" instead of showing them the Picked up this book because it's set in DC -- my home town. Stolen flag was an interesting premise, if a bit National Treasure-y. I figured out the mystery a quarter of the way in, but I'm also an adult. Not too bad a read. But the heavy-handed discussion of immigration issues (even if I agreed with the author/characters) and meaning of phrases turned me off. Read like a book where the author was trying to teach kids something by saying "this is right, this is wrong" instead of showing them the experience and letting them come to their own conclusions. Kids are smart. They'll make the connections and get something out of the books they read. No need to pound it into their heads. I'm not a huge fan. My students would probably love it though.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael Fitzgerald

    Weak writing drags this down. The basic story premise is quite good, and the situations are mostly believable, but I kept getting the feeling that this was the literary effort of a slightly above-average student abetted by a pushover editor who never questioned or challenged. At no point did I find a single sentence or paragraph of real worth. It also seems to have the markings of (yet another) crank-em-out series (yup, a trilogy - I just checked). I do wish those authors could create a single s Weak writing drags this down. The basic story premise is quite good, and the situations are mostly believable, but I kept getting the feeling that this was the literary effort of a slightly above-average student abetted by a pushover editor who never questioned or challenged. At no point did I find a single sentence or paragraph of real worth. It also seems to have the markings of (yet another) crank-em-out series (yup, a trilogy - I just checked). I do wish those authors could create a single substantive work of quality rather than a half dozen disposable installments, but I guess they are laughing at me all the way to the bank. I also found the little figure-of-speech cartoons to be incredibly irrelevant and distracting - a good way to fill up half a page, if you're getting paid by the pound, I suppose. Finally, I can do without seeing Harry Potter references in another work of fiction at this point - at least wait another fifty years. To me, things like that, which I think are supposed to make it current and hip, instead make a book seem much more dated.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Heise

    Review originally posted on Heise Reads & Recommends I absolutely adore Kate Messner's writing. I really enjoyed EYE OF THE STORM and CAPTURE THE FLAG was no disappointment either. One of the things I like most about Kate Messner's books is that she writes smart, honest, real characters. In this book they read, they write, one is a genius at video games, but they all have many layers to their characters without getting overly emotionally involved as would happen in more young adult books. Her cas Review originally posted on Heise Reads & Recommends I absolutely adore Kate Messner's writing. I really enjoyed EYE OF THE STORM and CAPTURE THE FLAG was no disappointment either. One of the things I like most about Kate Messner's books is that she writes smart, honest, real characters. In this book they read, they write, one is a genius at video games, but they all have many layers to their characters without getting overly emotionally involved as would happen in more young adult books. Her cast of characters is also multicultural allowing more kids to relate to the teens they're reading about in the books. I also appreciate that although there is a main female character, there are two male characters in prominent roles also, so there is gender-neutral appeal to this book. Another great thing about her books is the cross-curricular connections she makes. Especially in CAPTURE THE FLAG where there are many social studies/history ties to be made. In this book she has written a multilayered story with an intriguing mystery. I figured it out early on, but it is written for 3rd-7th graders, and I think it will appeal to them-especially if they're fans of heist stories. It's a fun story as the group is stuck overnight in an airport and as the kids band together to try to find the stolen flag, scene after scene builds up tension and humor as they find their way into all sorts of hidden places within the airport. It also has an exciting secret society aspect to it. I could see this turning into a great series. I know there's a sequel, but I hope there will be more than just one more book in this series. These could be characters who could solve these National Treasure (the movie) type mysteries in all different kinds of situations and meet other members of the society. Kate Messner just has great writing. There are wonderful descriptions of things and exciting scenes/action, but still written at a level that middle schoolers will easily understand. CAPTURE THE FLAG has a great title and cover design sure to appeal to the intended audience. If you haven't read a Kate Messner book yet, and you're interested in middle grades books, I encourage you to do so soon, and CAPTURE THE FLAG would be a great start!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michelle King

    June 15, 2013 This adventure/realistic fiction really boils down to this: *a slimy senator vying for the White House *an unexpected blizzard that completely halts any airport movement for 2 days *completely oblivious parents *a random dog allowed to roam free in an airport *several secret and dangerous rides on the baggage belts *3 kids coincidentally connected by a secret society *the original American flag - missing The kids put themselves in serious danger in the hope of finding the lost American fla June 15, 2013 This adventure/realistic fiction really boils down to this: *a slimy senator vying for the White House *an unexpected blizzard that completely halts any airport movement for 2 days *completely oblivious parents *a random dog allowed to roam free in an airport *several secret and dangerous rides on the baggage belts *3 kids coincidentally connected by a secret society *the original American flag - missing The kids put themselves in serious danger in the hope of finding the lost American flag they believe is hidden somewhere in the airport where they are stranded. This is obviously the first in a series. While I understand it's a realistic fiction book, there are so many elements that make the reader know the situations could not happen with airport security being what it is. I think this book would have appeal for both genders equally as the main characters are a girl and two boys and they are the right age for middle school. However-if students have never been to an airport, I suspect they might have a hard time envisioning what the author was trying to describe with the way airports, baggage, restaurants, etc. work.

  7. 5 out of 5

    The Styling Librarian

    Capture the Flag by Kate Messner – Fantastic mystery that had terrific character development, great plot/pacing, good clues and setting, and overall one of my favorite books the year. Looking forward to promoting with my students!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kole Emerson

    It is a very interesting book

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    This fast-paced middle-grade mystery/adventure will keep kids on their toes! When the original flag that inspired "The Star Spangled Banner" is stolen from the Smithsonian after a gala event, the country is in shock. Though they are instructed otherwise, a group of kids, stuck in an airport due to a blizzard delay, take it upon themselves to solve the case. The story, with all of its twists and turns (and battles with baggage) will keep readers engaged and cheering for Anna, Henry, Jose, and Sin This fast-paced middle-grade mystery/adventure will keep kids on their toes! When the original flag that inspired "The Star Spangled Banner" is stolen from the Smithsonian after a gala event, the country is in shock. Though they are instructed otherwise, a group of kids, stuck in an airport due to a blizzard delay, take it upon themselves to solve the case. The story, with all of its twists and turns (and battles with baggage) will keep readers engaged and cheering for Anna, Henry, Jose, and Sinan as they discover their connection through a secret society that binds them together. Themes of political power, intolerance, and race are addressed in this story in a positive, kid-friendly manner that leave the reader feeling empowered to make a difference in their own world. I highly recommend this story to children ages 9-12, and I am wondering (hoping) if there may be a sequel in the works... This group of characters would make for a great series!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Monica Edinger

    Loads of fun! A kid-centric National Treasure-ish (which is amusingly referenced at one point) thriller perfect for middle grade kids. Slipping in shampoo, zipping along baggage conveyor belts, all those folk stuck at the snowed-in airport, the politician with Tootsie Rolls in his cowboy hat, and so many other amusing images made me think more than once it should be a movie so I sure hope someone has already snapped up the option.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    I wasn't a fan of Marty McGuire from last year's Sequoyah list so I was unsure of whether I would enjoy another by Messner. However, I found Capture the Flag to be a well-developed plot with strong tweenage characters involved in a mission to rescue an American icon- the flag that inspired the national anthem. The inclusion of the Silver Jaguar Society adds a spy-like element of adventure to the storyline. An enjoyable read! I look forward to other stories about this trio of kids. I wasn't a fan of Marty McGuire from last year's Sequoyah list so I was unsure of whether I would enjoy another by Messner. However, I found Capture the Flag to be a well-developed plot with strong tweenage characters involved in a mission to rescue an American icon- the flag that inspired the national anthem. The inclusion of the Silver Jaguar Society adds a spy-like element of adventure to the storyline. An enjoyable read! I look forward to other stories about this trio of kids.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paul Hankins

    Review to come. It's just too sunny and nice right now. Read CAPTURE THE FLAG. Review to come. It's just too sunny and nice right now. Read CAPTURE THE FLAG.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Josh Newhouse

    Entertaining if incredibly telegraphed and at times contrived. Kids will enjoy and that's what matters! Entertaining if incredibly telegraphed and at times contrived. Kids will enjoy and that's what matters!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Brown

    I read this in tandem with my 10-year old son. He loved it, and was totally sucked in by the action-packed plot line. The mystery had some good twists and turns for him. It was the experience I had hoped for him, but I kind of wish there was a bit more of the history element added. It seemed like there was good potential to weave more of it into the story. He gave 5 stars, I gave 3.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lillian

    The plot had potential, but the writing was pretty poor. Very predictable.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Snazzy Reads

    3.5 stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    The theme of this book is to work together. Because there 3 people Anna, José, and Henry get snowed in at an airport and have to work together to stop the criminals that stole the star spangled banner.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kaleigh

    Very mysterious and kept me guessing at the end of every chapter Great book

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Meh.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cecelia

    When I picked up Kate Messner’s middle grade adventure Capture the Flag at the Scholastic booth at Book Expo America last month, I knew it would be the perfect book to review on July 4th, the United States’ Independence Day. I mean, a book about the famous flag that inspired the national anthem is… as patriotic as it gets. Anna, José and Henry are three of the hundreds of people stuck at a Washington, DC airport during a snowstorm when the world finds out that an extremely old and historic flag When I picked up Kate Messner’s middle grade adventure Capture the Flag at the Scholastic booth at Book Expo America last month, I knew it would be the perfect book to review on July 4th, the United States’ Independence Day. I mean, a book about the famous flag that inspired the national anthem is… as patriotic as it gets. Anna, José and Henry are three of the hundreds of people stuck at a Washington, DC airport during a snowstorm when the world finds out that an extremely old and historic flag has been stolen from the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Anna, an aspiring news reporter, is determined to get the real story, and she marshals José, Henry, and their 8-year-old friend Sinan into an investigative force. They must work together, find their way out of dangerous situations, and corral one overactive dog (Hammurabi) to have any chance of saving the day. The story is mostly told from Anna’s point of view, and Anna, a devotee of Harriet the Spy and longing to be grown up and in the thick of things, is a force to be reckoned with. Her determination to do the right thing is admirable, and though the reader might find her a little bossy, it’s an understandable ‘let’s save the world!’ sort of bossiness. José is a reader and a quotation gatherer, and his clear thinking and timely advice often help the rest of the group sort out what they should do. Henry is addicted to video games, and this (surprisingly) is one of his great assets – because he knows how the spies and thieves in his game act. While the characters are drawn with care and the action is non-stop, the mystery itself is fairly easy to solve. The plot twists may work with younger readers, but preteens to adults should figure out the puzzle quickly. That doesn’t take away from what the book does well – it is an entertaining adventure/mystery featuring protagonists from different ethnic backgrounds with a historical artifact as a subject and themes of international cooperation. I imagine it will do very well in upper elementary classrooms as additional reading for American history curricula. While I didn’t fall in love with the book like I did with The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, I can see where this book fits, and I think it will find a home with lower level readers and perhaps spark a love of reading, history and mysteries in the hearts of those kids. Recommended for: fans of the Boxcar Children series, those who enjoy middle grade mysteries, and any child who enjoys museums, history, and a simple caper.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Anna is a budding news reporter from a Vermont town, Henry loves video games, and Jose is greatly enamored with Harry Potter and reading in general. Three are snowed in at an airport in Washington, D.C. after all three went with their parents to a gala at the Smithsonian--- and after the Star Spangled Banner has been stolen. Talking to each other at the airport, they start to realize that they all have connections to the Silver Panther organization that attempts to preserve different facets of A Anna is a budding news reporter from a Vermont town, Henry loves video games, and Jose is greatly enamored with Harry Potter and reading in general. Three are snowed in at an airport in Washington, D.C. after all three went with their parents to a gala at the Smithsonian--- and after the Star Spangled Banner has been stolen. Talking to each other at the airport, they start to realize that they all have connections to the Silver Panther organization that attempts to preserve different facets of American history, and decide that the flag must be at the airport, and it is up to them to find it. They meet Sinan, who was also at the gala with his parents who are in an international musical group, and his dog, Hammurabi. The four investigate Senator Snickerbottom, whom they think might be the victim of an assassination attempt, and have a lot of adventures in the airport. When Jose's mother is held as a suspect in the disappearance of the flag, the group is bound and determine to get to the bottom of it. Strengths: Messner knows what middle grade students what-- independent children having adventures that involve high speed chases with airport equipment, and scary men with snake tattoos. The characters are all intriguing and have their own interests. I especially liked that the parents were around ad supportive, but just slightly clueless as to exactly what the kids were up to! Weaknesses: One thing that I have loved about Messner's books was how original the plots were. Eye of the Storm, The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z, and Sugar and Ice are all brilliantly fresh and innovative. This was more ordinary-- it had touches of Steel Trapp, 39 Clues, and even National Treasure, which the characters themselves reference. Middle grade readers will not be bothered by this, but I was a tiny bit disappointed.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Three kids take it upon themselves to search for the recently stolen Star Spangled Banner (the real one) in a snowed-in Dulles Airport. It's dangerous, politically charged, and, frankly, not a good idea. But the kids' creativity, doggedness, and inattentive caregivers make the story zip along. The location in the nation's capital provides a background for some discussion of political battlegrounds like immigration and campaign trickery. The additional plot device of a secret society is a little Three kids take it upon themselves to search for the recently stolen Star Spangled Banner (the real one) in a snowed-in Dulles Airport. It's dangerous, politically charged, and, frankly, not a good idea. But the kids' creativity, doggedness, and inattentive caregivers make the story zip along. The location in the nation's capital provides a background for some discussion of political battlegrounds like immigration and campaign trickery. The additional plot device of a secret society is a little over-the-top. One character even compares the situation to the movie, National Treasure. All the same, it's enjoyable and just far-fetched enough to convince daring readers not to attempt their own ride on the baggage carousels into the shadowy belly of the airport. While this is a fun read for just about any middle-grade readers, it's especially appealing for those who like mysteries, secret societies, thrills, and a little bit of American history to flavor their tales.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    What a fun story, especially since it's set right in my backyard and we got to see the Star-Spangled Banner flag that's at the center of the mystery when the Smithsonian Museum of American History reopened a couple of years ago after renovations. Anna, Jose, and Henry are all at a museum gala with their parents or guardians, celebrating the unveiling of the restored flag, on the evening that it is stolen. They don't actually meet until the next day, when they are all snowed in at the airport tog What a fun story, especially since it's set right in my backyard and we got to see the Star-Spangled Banner flag that's at the center of the mystery when the Smithsonian Museum of American History reopened a couple of years ago after renovations. Anna, Jose, and Henry are all at a museum gala with their parents or guardians, celebrating the unveiling of the restored flag, on the evening that it is stolen. They don't actually meet until the next day, when they are all snowed in at the airport together. As news of the flag's theft is reported, Anna realizes that there's a good chance that it's at the airport and that the thief can't make the quick getaway that he had intended. She begins tracking down clues with the (at first reluctant) help of her new friends. Through the story, Messner also touches on timely issues of political races, how we treat visitors to the country, and how news is reported. Reminiscent of the movie National Treasure, this is a fast-paced mystery that kids will enjoy. And the behind-the-scenes glimpses into airport life, especially the chase scenes through the large baggage storage areas, will seal the deal.

  24. 4 out of 5

    June Morgan

    As always, Kate absolutely did not disappoint with this middle grade fiction book at all. FLAG kept me excited, engaged, and wanting to what was going to happen next. I truly hated to put it down. Three curious children, who are not related, but are related by historical families, attend a special presentation of the repaired American flag (The Stars and Stripes). All three end up sitting on a bench observing the festivities. They discover, when a giant snowstorm grounds them at the airport, tha As always, Kate absolutely did not disappoint with this middle grade fiction book at all. FLAG kept me excited, engaged, and wanting to what was going to happen next. I truly hated to put it down. Three curious children, who are not related, but are related by historical families, attend a special presentation of the repaired American flag (The Stars and Stripes). All three end up sitting on a bench observing the festivities. They discover, when a giant snowstorm grounds them at the airport, that they are all from Vermont. While at the airport, they meet Sinan. His parents are members of an orchestra who played the previous night at the Smithsonian. Publication is in July. There is so much in this book to learn, enjoy, and discuss. Congratulations again, Kate Messner. Al secso, heard a rumor that there is a second book in process???

  25. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    First-rate caper that had me at the first line, "They never should have unlocked the door." Kate Messner is proving herself to not only be a writer of extraordinary talent, but a writer who has an uncanny knack of knowing exactly what children want to read. Snowed in at the Washington-Dulles airport, Anna and her new friends set to unravel the mystery of the missing flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner." The action underneath the concourse is particularly riveting as is Anna's wit and in First-rate caper that had me at the first line, "They never should have unlocked the door." Kate Messner is proving herself to not only be a writer of extraordinary talent, but a writer who has an uncanny knack of knowing exactly what children want to read. Snowed in at the Washington-Dulles airport, Anna and her new friends set to unravel the mystery of the missing flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner." The action underneath the concourse is particularly riveting as is Anna's wit and intellect. It is so refreshing to find a spirited and independent female protagonist in a book that many boys will be gobbling up. Kate's smart attention to detail and snappy dialogue will have young readers begging for the second installment of this soon-to-be published trilogy. Highly recommended.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Drucilla

    Actual rating: 1.5 stars. This is a middle grade novel. Its characters are 12ish. I assumed the target audience would be about that age. Why then does the author insist on talking down to her readers? It's like Messner thought she was writing for elementary school kids, but I read books in elementary school that were more sophisticated than this. For example, there's a secret society that protects important relics called the Silver Jaguar Society. It would have been cool to have the kids piece t Actual rating: 1.5 stars. This is a middle grade novel. Its characters are 12ish. I assumed the target audience would be about that age. Why then does the author insist on talking down to her readers? It's like Messner thought she was writing for elementary school kids, but I read books in elementary school that were more sophisticated than this. For example, there's a secret society that protects important relics called the Silver Jaguar Society. It would have been cool to have the kids piece together that their parents were all part of the society, but no. The author flat out tells you within the first 20 pages. And how does she tell you? Apparently the kids know because their parents told them. What?! It completely broke my suspension of disbelief. The characters were also flat and stereotypical. As if you needed another reason not to waste your time with this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    I read this book as a favor to my 9 year old son. He is trying to read as many Mark Twain nominees as possible right now. I do not know how this one got on the short list, and it will blow my mind if it actually wins. He and I read the 39 Clues series together and it is a MILLION times better than this book. Very little is actually written about history other than just a little at the beginning about the flag. After that, it is all a bunch of cliches and kids happening to stumble upon clues. I w I read this book as a favor to my 9 year old son. He is trying to read as many Mark Twain nominees as possible right now. I do not know how this one got on the short list, and it will blow my mind if it actually wins. He and I read the 39 Clues series together and it is a MILLION times better than this book. Very little is actually written about history other than just a little at the beginning about the flag. After that, it is all a bunch of cliches and kids happening to stumble upon clues. I wouldn't even have been surprised if the senator started quoting Yosemite Sam (that is who he reminded me most of). Perhaps I am being a little overly critical of a book written for 4th-6th graders. However, I have read some of the other books for his age group and this is just disappointing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Garrett

    I love a book that sneaks in some facts wrapped in a good story. The facts in this book are about "The Star Spangled Banner" from Fort McHenry which inspired the national anthem and has gone missing as the story opens. Three middle graders, Anna, Jose, and Henry, who are snowed in at the airport discover they have the same family secret and believe it is up to them to find the missing flag. Throw in a cast of characters including a shady senator and and wild poodle giving the story plenty of twi I love a book that sneaks in some facts wrapped in a good story. The facts in this book are about "The Star Spangled Banner" from Fort McHenry which inspired the national anthem and has gone missing as the story opens. Three middle graders, Anna, Jose, and Henry, who are snowed in at the airport discover they have the same family secret and believe it is up to them to find the missing flag. Throw in a cast of characters including a shady senator and and wild poodle giving the story plenty of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages. I hear a sequel is in the works can't wait.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Georgene

    An exciting middle grade mystery story with the added bonus of being set in Washington, DC. Three young children, Anna, Jose and Henry find themselves stuck together at the airport during a snowstorm and there is a mystery to solve. The famous Star-Spangled Banner has been stolen from the museum where the children had been the night before, and it may be among the baggage in the airport. Exciting chase scenes in the baggage handling area of the airport was the best part. A good recommendation fo An exciting middle grade mystery story with the added bonus of being set in Washington, DC. Three young children, Anna, Jose and Henry find themselves stuck together at the airport during a snowstorm and there is a mystery to solve. The famous Star-Spangled Banner has been stolen from the museum where the children had been the night before, and it may be among the baggage in the airport. Exciting chase scenes in the baggage handling area of the airport was the best part. A good recommendation for students who like mystery and adventure. I'm hoping for a sequel.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    I can't wait to read Capture the Flag to my 6th graders this fall! It has so many elements that will make for an engaging read aloud: humor, several uniquely relatable characters, mystery, word play, and a presidential election. There's a lot of National Treasure and a little Dan Brown. But just as important as all that? It's well-written, worthy of serving as a touchstone text in Writing Workshop, as well. Thank you, Kate Messner! I can't wait to read Capture the Flag to my 6th graders this fall! It has so many elements that will make for an engaging read aloud: humor, several uniquely relatable characters, mystery, word play, and a presidential election. There's a lot of National Treasure and a little Dan Brown. But just as important as all that? It's well-written, worthy of serving as a touchstone text in Writing Workshop, as well. Thank you, Kate Messner!

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