Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Capture the Flag by Kate Messner
Anna, Jose and Henry meet when they are all dragged to a reception at the American History Museum in Washington, D.C. celebrating the restoration of the original Star Spangled Banner. Jose's mother is part of the restoration team. Anna's father is a U.S. Senator and she is an aspiring journalist hoping to get an interview with another senator who is running for president. Henry is staying with his aunt while his father honeymoons with his new wife. The next day the three teens find themselves together again as they are snowed in at the airport while trying to get home. While getting something to eat they hear that the Star Spangled Banner has been stolen. Anna is certain that the thief must be trying to smuggle the flag out of the city that day so the flag has to be somewhere in the airport. Not only were the three at the reception the night before, but they also discover that their families are part of the Silver Jaguar society, a secret organization that protects artwork and antiquities. With the storm ending the new friends only have a little time to find the flag before it leaves the city forever. This is a great middle school action/mystery. The kids are believeable as teens and the adults also ring true. The story moves along at a nice clip but isn't too long. Just about right in every way for 6th graders in particular but still enjoyable for others.