TITLE: NATALIE KNOZE [The Case of the Missing Teacher]
GENRE: MG Chapter Book : Mystery (3-4 grade)
WORD COUNT: 10,000 words
Ten-year-old, Natalie Knoze has always been intrigued by mysteries. But she never had a mystery of her own to solve…
Until Friday morning when Natalie and her best friend, Emma, stroll into Social Studies class revved up for a movie pick from their favorite teacher. But the teacher is missing. “A leave of absence,” is what know-it-all Eli informs them. Suddenly, Natalie realizes she and Emma have their first real live mystery to solve.
As the sleuth duo nose around for clues, get into trouble with the principal, and almost get lost, they discover that Mrs. Gold’s leave of absence is a not a missing person case after all but instead it’s a cause for celebration.
Natalie Knoze and The Case of the Missing Teacher combines the fun aspects of Nancy Clancy and the mystery solver in Nancy Drew in this new twist on a Middle Grade Chapter Book.
NATALIE KNOZE [The Case of the Missing Teacher]
Chapter 1 The Substitute
“Sit beside me during the movie,” Natalie said to Emma.
It was Friday morning and that meant movie day in Social Studies. Social Studies was Natalie and Emma’s favorite class. Mrs. Gold was awesome. She has gold hair, just like her name. She traveled all over the world before coming to Pebble Creek Elementary. And every Friday, she would bring a movie from her own collection for us to watch.
“I wonder what movie Mrs. Gold has for us today,” Emma asked.
In her best Sherlock Holmes impression, Natalie said “I hope it’s another mystery movie. Those are the coolest.”
“Me, too,” Emma agreed.
Natalie and Emma giggled as they walked into Room 10. The two girls had been best friends since first grade. That was when Emma’s mom threw a Clue party for Emma’s sixth birthday. A Clue party is a game that let’s everyone be a sleuth as they search for clues to find out the truth of a crime. Natalie and Emma were the best sleuth’s at the party.
“Guess what?” Eli said. “Mrs. Gold isn’t here. She took a leave of absence.” Eli thought he knew everything about everything. But in reality, all he knew how to do was ease drop on everyone’s conversion.
“A leave of absence! What for?” Natalie asked.
“Don’t know, no body’s talking,” Eli shrugged and dashed off to his seat.
“But…but…but…what about movie Friday?” Emma asked.
“No movie today, today we will be talking about the revolutionary war and why it was important to America,” a woman with a gray-haired bun on top of her head said. “Everyone take your seat, I am Miss Grimes. I will be your substitute teacher while Mrs. Gold is away.”
“You know what this means!” Natalie whispered to Emma. “We have our first real case to solve. To find Mrs. Gold!”