A field trip to the planetarium goes awry when Dontel’s technically correct picture of a working rocket is stolen. Can Smashie solve the trickiest mystery yet?
Smashie McPerter and her classmates from Room 11 are going on a field trip to the planetarium! Nobody is more excited than Smashie’s best friend, Dontel, who dreams of becoming an astrophysicist. In fact, Dontel has even created an accurate drawing of a working rocket, piloted by his and Smashie’s favorite action figure, Brainyon. In a surprise move, Dontel’s grandmother, who’s chaperoning, brings the rocket drawing with her to enter into the planetarium’s science contest. But in a shocking turn of events, the drawing goes missing before they get there! Smashie is on the case (luckily she brought an array of interesting hats to help get into character). But the suspect list keeps growing—prankster Billy, who prefers the Haddock over Brainyon; tight-lipped Tatiana, who’s wearing a NASA T-shirt; and . . . Smashie herself? Nobody is above suspicion in this third hilarious and clever Smashie McPerter mystery.
About the Author
N. GRIFFIN is the author of the Smashie McPerter series, as well as The Whole Stupid Way We Are, for which she was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author. Her other books include Just Wreck It All and Trigger. She received her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Kate Hindley is a children’s book illustrator living and working in the U.K. She worked as a print designer before illustrating her first book, Claire Freedman’s The Great Snortle Hunt, which was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Since then, she has illustrated a number of books, including the Smashie McPerter chapter books, The Same But Different Too by Karl Newson, and Don't Call Me Choochie Pooh! by Sean Taylor.
Adorably earnest. . . The whole is related in a sophisticated style that trusts its readers to keep up all the way to the incredibly sweet, Christie-worthy resolution. . . . A welcome return! —Kirkus Reviews
The story is fast-paced, the chapters are filled with appealing characters, and potentially unfamiliar words are clearly explained. . . . Young readers will be happily caught up in the duo’s latest mystery. —School Library Journal