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Blog post from Capture the Flag cover artist Yuta Onoda (includes a draft of the cover that didn't end up on the book!)

Fantastic student-created Capture the Flag Book Trailer on YouTube!

Kids’ Mysteries & the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist

Kids’ Mysteries & the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist

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Characters are big and bold, from Senator Snickerbottom and his slippery crew to the mysterious tattooed man to Vincent Goosen, aka the Serpentine Prince, the Jaguar Society's longtime nemesis. The unique environment provides a perfect setting for mayhem. There are baggage belts to ride, carts to steal and shampoo to dump on floors to trip the villains up. It's a good mystery with lots of action and a nice friendship theme. The race to the end is exciting and leaves plenty of room for a sequel.

Capture the Flag - Junior Library Guild Selection!

All the fun outlines & planning tools I used in writing my mystery for kids, CAPTURE THE FLAG

Real authors don’t plan…or do they? An open letter to Tyler

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  • Judy Mitschelen

    Graphic organizers don't get left behind in the classroom! Good examples to show my sixth grade authors.

Star-Spangled Seamstress Mary Pickersgill in the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame

Learn about Mary Pickersgill, the Baltimore seamstress who created the original Star-Spangled Banner

Star Spangled 200 - See how Baltimore is commemorating the 200th anniversary of the flag featured in CAPTURE THE FLAG!

The Battle of Baltimore (from NPS)

Read the first two chapters of Kate Messner's CAPTURE THE FLAG, the first title in her Silver Jaguar Society Mysteries with Scholastic!

CAPTURE THE FLAG Preview

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Star-Spangled Banner exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

NMAH | National Treasure

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