Synopsis: (from author website)
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
Action, adventure, and secret protectors of the real Star Spangled Banner! Anna, Jose, and Henry are not only snowed in together at a DC airport, they are also connected in more important ways, which they use to trust one another and help each another solve the mystery of the missing flag.
A quick read at 240 pages and short chapters, Kate Messner's book captured the attention of all the readers in my house, as it had something for everyone. I loved the bits of history and facts sprinkled throughout the pages. The 10 year old thought the near-captures were exciting and enjoyed the three kids and how they helped unravel the mystery. My little guy liked the bad guys - they were dangerous without being too scary. All in all, put a W in the Win column for Kate Messner! Capture the Flag is a winner!
Author Kate Messner wrote Capture The Flag as an answer to her readers who were looking for more action, and they got it! She also sets up her main characters Anna, Jose, and Henry for a series of future adventures...I'll see what I can find out, but we're really looking forward to more adventures from these three!
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Kate Messner is the author of THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z., winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers; SUGAR AND ICE; EYE OF THE STORM; CAPTURE THE FLAG; SEA MONSTER'S FIRST DAY; OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW; and the Marty McGuire chapter book series. A former middle-school English teacher, Kate lives on Lake Champlain with her family and loves reading, walking in the woods, and traveling. Visit her online at www.katemessner.com