The Missing Chancleta and Other Top-Secret Cases / La chancleta perdida y otros casos secretos
Features a smart girl detective, Flaca, and includes three of her top-secret case files.
by Alidis Vicente
Publication Date: November 30, 2013
Format: Trade Paperback
Imprint: Piñata Books
Flaca’s chancleta, or flip flop, has gone missing! She prepares to investigate the theft: “Pencil and notepad: in hand. Straw hat for disguise: on. Magnifying glass: Check.” She interviews each of her family members, all of whom are suspects. Oddly, their stories check out, so Flaca will have to dig deeper to find the culprit.
Normally, Detective Flaca a pale, scrawny second grader doesn’t allow civilians to read her confidential case files. But young readers willing to sign the confidentiality agreement that appears before the three top-secret cases included in this bilingual collection are in luck!
In “The Case of the Missing China,” Flaca discovers small pieces of china or oranges for those who grew up in Puerto Rico in a fruit cup included in her lunch. She’s allergic to oranges, so she immediately suspects someone is trying to harm her. But who could it be? And in “The Case of the Lost Salsa,” Flaca is dismayed to learn she will have to dance salsa at her older sister’s quinceanera. Attending the birthday party is bad enough, but performing in front of everyone is unimaginable! When Flaca starts dance lessons, she realizes her “salsa” is missing. She uses her finely tuned detective skills to locate her lost dancing abilities, ultimately discovering that one’s inner “salsa” can’t be found with pencil and paper.
Narrated by Detective Flaca in hard-boiled detective style, this bilingual collection of inter-related short stories for intermediate readers will appeal to seasoned and reluctant readers alike. And Flaca will surely inspire a host of amateur private investigators!
Texas Library Association’s 2014-2015 Tejas Star Reading List
“Short and sweet, this book is a good choice. Chuck-inducing fun.” —Kirkus Reviews
ALIDIS VICENTE is the author of The Missing Chancleta and Other Top Secret Cases: The Flaca Files / La chancleta perdida y otros casos secretos: Los expedientes de Flaca and two picture books, The Coquí and the Iguana (Operation Outreach-USA Press, 2011) and Violet (Operation Outreach-USA Press, 2014). She received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and worked for New Jersey’s Division of Youth and Family Services. She lives with her family in New Jersey.
ATOS Interest Level: Lower Grades
Category: Intermediate Reader
ATOS English: 4.2
ATOS Spanish: 3.7
LEXILE SPANISH: 570L
Accelerated Reader Quiz #: 166961