A Mystery Bigger than Big: A Mickey Rangel Mystery / Un misterio más grande que grandísimo: Colección Mickey Rangel, Detective Privado
Kid detective Mickey Rangel has another case to solve in the fourth book of this engaging bilingual “flip” book series for intermediate readers
by René Saldaña, Jr.
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Format: Trade Paperback
Imprint: Piñata Books
2000 in stock
Rumors are flying about Natalia, the new girl in school. She’s so quiet that everyone is sure she’s hiding something. Was her father a drug lord in Mexico, killed by rival gangs? Or were her parents Russian spies, caught doing what spies do? Maybe she’s the sole survivor of a plane crash?!?
Mickey Rangel, detective extraordinaire, knows all of the stories going around are bogus. But when his arch rival, Bucho, challenges him for the answer, Mickey vows to crack the case of the new girl. He’ll prove once and for all that he’s the real deal, a private detective!
Natalia is peculiar. She’s very skinny, and eats her lunch so quickly that Mickey wonders if she got something more appetizing than he did. She never talks, and her shoes and clothing are worn and shabby. But his efforts to discover the girl’s secret come up empty, until he overhears a conversation. Is Natalia really one of those undocumented children he has heard about on the news? Did she really travel all the way from Guatemala by herself? Why would she leave her family? And why would her parents let her go?
In this fourth installment of the bilingual Mickey Rangel Mystery series, acclaimed author and educator René Saldaña, Jr. writes a thought-provoking novel for intermediate readers that explores the contemporary issue of immigration from a young person’s perspective. And in this case, Mickey learns some hard truths about being a detective and a good person, ultimately realizing that some mysteries are best left unsolved.
Click here to listen to an interview with Réne Saldaña, Jr. about his fourth installment in the Mickey Rangel detective series, A Mystery Bigger than Big: A Mickey Rangel Mystery / Un misterio más grande que grandísimo: Colección Mickey Rangel, Detective Privado.
“Young detective Mickey Rangel prides himself on his ability to find clues and solve mysteries, but in this title, he comes face-to-face with a case much larger than any he has ever solved. Accompanied by an excellent Spanish translation, this title is a good introduction to the hardships of immigration for young children, with the trappings of school mystery. VERDICT Kids will enjoy this solid addition. Recommended, especially for public libraries with bilingual collections.”—School Library Journal
“A Mystery Bigger than Big/Un misterio mas grande que grandisimo is an excellent exploration of the difficulties of immigration and the dangerous lives of children- often without their parents -struggling to get to a safe place. Highly recommended.” —reThinking Schools
RENÉ SALDAÑA, JR. is the author of three books in the Mickey Rangel Mystery series: The Mystery of the Mischievous Marker / El misterio del malvado marcador (Piñata Books, 2013), The Lemon Tree Caper / La intriga del limonero (Piñata Books, 2011) and The Case of the Pen Gone Missing / El caso de la pluma perdida (Piñata Books, 2009). His books for teens include A Good Long Way (Piñata Books, 2010), The Whole Sky Full of Stars (Random House, 2007) and The Jumping Tree (Delacorte, 2001). He lives in Lubbock, Texas, where he teaches in the College of Education at Texas Tech University.
ATOS Interest Level: Middle Grades
LEXILE SPANISH: 780L