The Mystery at Mount Fuji (Tokyo, Japan): Tokyo, Japan

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Gallopade International, Jul 27, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 160 pages
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Christina and Grant are studying Japan in school. They are so excited about the mysterious and exotic country that they talk Mimi and Papa into flying the Mystery Girl airplane to Japan. It all seems so beautiful and serene: the gardens, the cherry blossoms, the beautiful geisha. But what about the very large sumo wrestlers, the samurai swords, and who are those ninja, anyway? The ground is shaking, too—from a rumbling volcano and a tummy-tumbling earthquake! Creepy calligraphy clues lead them on a chase through neon-lit Tokyo, a mysterious Japanese garden and via bullet train to the awesome Mt. Fuji! Grab a ticket and join them for all the fun, frights, and adventure!

This mystery incorporates history, geography, culture and cliffhanger chapters that keep kids begging for more! Each mystery includes SAT words, educational facts, fun and humor, Built-In Book Club and activities. This Carole Marsh Mystery also has an Accelerated Reader quiz, a Lexile Level, a Fountas & Pinnell guided reading level and a Developmental Reading Assessment.

LOOK what's in this mystery - people, places, history, and more!

How to translate English names to Japanese, and how to write them - Japanese manners and customs, and how they differentiate from American ones - Tatami mats - Kanji (Japanese characters) - Samurai including weapons, hara-kiri - Girls' Day and Boys' Day, including traditions of each - Traditions of the kimono, and how to put one on - Sumo wrestling including stables, warm-ups, hairstyles - Cherry Blossom Festival - Earthquakes in Japan - Ring of Fire, volcanoes - Puppet shows and kabuki plays - Japanese gardens.

Places in Tokyo, Japan: Mitsokishi Department Store - Akihabara (an electronics neighborhood) - The Imperial Palace - Senso-Ji Temple - Ueno Park - Mount Fuji, just west of Tokyo - Tokyo Disneyland and - Lake Hakone, Hakone, Japan.

Below is the Reading Levels Guide for this book:
Grade Levels: 3-6
Accelerated Reader Reading Level: 5.0
Accelerated Reader Points: 2
Accelerated Reader Quiz Number: 111601
Lexile Measure: 740
Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Level: Q
Developmental Assessment Level: 40
 

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Contents

In the Land of the Rising Sun
1
Yen for Yen
7
Lost in a Maze
19
A New Do Will Do It
27
A Sword and a Sony
37
Plastic Prawns and Professional Pushers
43
StablesBut Not for Horses
53
Under the Pink Clouds
59
More Than a Walk in the Park
93
Winning the Prize in the Pachinko Parlor
97
Shock and Awe
101
A Banner Day
105
Talk About It
112
Bring it to Life
114
Glossary
116
Katakana Alphabet
120

Bad Times in the Japan Times
67
Shakeups Galore
73
Fits of Mt Fuji
81
Mulling Pieces of the Puzzle
87
Excerpts from The Mystery on the Great Wall of China
123
Write Your Own Mystery
132
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Carole Marsh is the Founder and CEO of Gallopade International, an award-winning, woman-owned family business founded in 1979 that publishes books and other materials intended to guide, inspire and inform children of all ages. Marsh is best known for her children s mystery series called Real Kids! Real Places! America's National Mystery Book Series. Popular among children ages 7-14, this series follows four characters (Mimi, Papa, Christina, and Grant) along educational adventures to more than 48 locations across the U.S. Learning Magazine has awarded the series with the Teacher s Choice Award for the Family, and Midwest Book Review called her mysteries for children as true gems of education and entertainment for young readers.

During her 35 years as a children s author, Marsh has been honored with several recognitions including Georgia Author of the Year and Communicator of the Year. She has also received the iParenting Award for Greatest Products, the Excellence in Education award, and been honored for Best Family Books by Learning Magazine. She is also the author of Mary America, First Girl President of the United States, winner of the 2012 Teacher s Choice Award for the Family from Learning Magazine.

Over the years, Marsh has been the creative force for more than 15,000 supplemental educational materials that Gallopade currently publishes. Other popular series include all 11 Carole Marsh Mystery series (Real Kids! Real Places!. Around the World in 80 Mysteries, Wildlife Mysteries, My Life As A Third Grade…, Pretty Darn Scary Mysteries, Awesome Mysteries, Fantasy Field Trips, Postcard Mysteries, Masters of Disasters, The Three Amigos, and Criss Cross Applesauce), The Students Civil War graphic novels for kids, State Stuff series which is available for all 50 States, American Milestones reproducible resource books, and many more!

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