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While attending the Penelope Gwinn concert, Dink injures his arm. At the same time, the singer's diamond necklace is stolen. Could the two mishaps somehow be connected? And could Dink's X-ray be a clue? Illustrations.


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While attending the Penelope Gwinn concert, Dink injures his arm. At the same time, the singer's diamond necklace is stolen. Could the two mishaps somehow be connected? And could Dink's X-ray be a clue? Illustrations.

30 review for The X'ed-out X-ray

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    When friends Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose go to Penelope Guinn's concert, Dink hurts his arm and the singer's penguin pendant is stolen. Can they solve the mystery of who took the pendant and what is up with Dink's X-ray and why it was X'ed-out? Read this book and see. This was a pretty good Young adult mystery novel. I enjoyed checking this book out. If you like mysteries, def check it out.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    Our girls love the A to Z Mysteries and we are a little sad that we only have two books to go. They are fun stories, though a bit contrived at times. This is an interesting story, filled with some intrigue, a burglary, and excitement, but it wasn't our favorite. Our girls really enjoy the main characters, Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose, and we will miss them when we finish the series. Our girls love the A to Z Mysteries and we are a little sad that we only have two books to go. They are fun stories, though a bit contrived at times. This is an interesting story, filled with some intrigue, a burglary, and excitement, but it wasn't our favorite. Our girls really enjoy the main characters, Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose, and we will miss them when we finish the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Snooka L.

    I think Ron Roy is an amazing writer. This was not one of his greatest books but it was still a nice read. Its about Dink "breaking" his arm when they go to a concert. Mysteriously at the time where Dink was getting he arm raped up the singer lost her pricless neacklace. You'll have to read to find out what happens

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    when dink fell of the merry go round and sprains his arm also at thatyime penelope gwinns penguin neckless is stolen at that same time. dr.fleming is not the real dr.fleming stels the neckless and hides it in his cast. at the end penelpe gets her neckless back

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jason Pettus

    (Don't forget my kid-lit blog as well; it's at http://kidlit4adults.blogspot.com .) A friend has convinced me to try my hand this year at writing children's literature; but I don't actually know anything about children's literature, so am starting the process simply by reading a large selection of titles that have been recommended to me. I've been told that these, the "A to Z Mysteries" by Ron Roy (a 26-book series, each named after a different letter in the alphabet) are among the most popular " (Don't forget my kid-lit blog as well; it's at http://kidlit4adults.blogspot.com .) A friend has convinced me to try my hand this year at writing children's literature; but I don't actually know anything about children's literature, so am starting the process simply by reading a large selection of titles that have been recommended to me. I've been told that these, the "A to Z Mysteries" by Ron Roy (a 26-book series, each named after a different letter in the alphabet) are among the most popular "chapter books" these days among the elementary-school readers they're designed for (so in other words, aged roughly 7 to 10); and indeed, after reading three of them myself (U, X and Y), I can see that they touch on nearly every piece of advice I've now been given regarding writing for this age group, including a strong sense of humor, a quickly-paced but not too complicated storyline, lots of action and mystery, many scenes set in a school environment, and sentences that average around ten words. (Note, however, that these books don't adhere to one piece of advice I've been given, to concentrate on the ways that boys and girls interact at that age; although the three-person team of friends at the center of our tales is co-ed, they essentially all act the same, and eschew relationships with other children mostly to instead interrogate adults regarding the latest mystery they're trying to solve.) In fact, I was surprised by just how old-fashioned and even fuddy-duddy these stories sometimes are, given their immense popularity, happy proof that you don't nearly need to know about all the latest children's fads in order to write books that will appeal to them; they take place in a small middle-class pedestrian-oriented "Leave It To Beaver"esque town where even cellphones barely exist, and except for a few references to the internet could easily be mistaken for the chapter books from the 1950s and '60s that I grew up on. As is typical for this age group, the "mystery" behind each story is pretty easily solvable, and is used mostly as an excuse to teach the rational problem-solving process of observation, interviews, and logical deduction; and as is typical of many authors for this age group, Roy often uses these stories to emphasize non-controversial moral lessons (i.e. "Lying is bad"), and also I think does an admirable job at adding as much diversity as possible to his admittedly white-bread environment. Each book is around 10,000 words altogether, broken into a dozen or so chapters, and contains dozens of illustrations* by John Steven Gurney. *And P.S., not that this matters, but there was an aspect of these books that re-awakened an old complaint of mine from when I was in grade school and actually reading such books myself -- namely, the fact that the covers are done in a lush, full-color, photorealistic style, while the interior illustrations are monotonally cartoonish to the level of a typical newspaper comic strip, something I always considered a "bait & switch" scam when I was an actual kid. Although I could care less as a grown-up (and indeed, as a grown-up now understand why such a thing is done in the first place), I found it funny that these books could make a long-forgotten thirty-year-old memory re-emerge like that so profoundly.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    A fun little mystery for kids, where the thief is the one not suspected until the last minute. The kid-detectives use realistic methods to get clues, and are able to catch the culprit with the help of their policeman-friend.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Ah, yes....I do enjoy the A to Z mysteries...and I'm not a mystery person. This book started out great--a concert, three kids, everyone dressed up in costume--and ended up a real puzzler that could not be solved until the ending.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    A cute little mystery for 2nd/3rd graders. The series would be an excellent introduction to the mystery genre for that age.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jamie.C

    loved it and the way they solve mistries

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    You can read my thoughts here. You can read my thoughts here.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

    Eleanor says: This was a great mystery. I like this one more than the ones in the beginning of the series and the series is better than it used to be in the beginning. I liked that they went along to the bad guy's house to solve the mystery. Momma says: These have definitely gotten better as the series has gone on and this is one of my favorites because it was a solid mystery with a couple suspects, and a little complex thinking was involved. I try not to tell Eleanor what I think has happened bu Eleanor says: This was a great mystery. I like this one more than the ones in the beginning of the series and the series is better than it used to be in the beginning. I liked that they went along to the bad guy's house to solve the mystery. Momma says: These have definitely gotten better as the series has gone on and this is one of my favorites because it was a solid mystery with a couple suspects, and a little complex thinking was involved. I try not to tell Eleanor what I think has happened but in this case I couldn't help it, and we ended up guessing right about who the thief was and how he got the jewel out of the concert.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Blue

    I can give a pass that a child might not know how a broken arm works, but a parent would probably have noticed something way off. - x-ray immediately? What about needed to wait a few days for swelling to go down? - or what about the child not screaming so probably not broken at all? Then the main clue: (view spoiler)[The autograph book could have been stolen, why would someone use their own for the crime? And leave it? Well, in the end that was the case, but super dumb. Plus, with now much effort go I can give a pass that a child might not know how a broken arm works, but a parent would probably have noticed something way off. - x-ray immediately? What about needed to wait a few days for swelling to go down? - or what about the child not screaming so probably not broken at all? Then the main clue: (view spoiler)[The autograph book could have been stolen, why would someone use their own for the crime? And leave it? Well, in the end that was the case, but super dumb. Plus, with now much effort goes into autograph books, why risk losing it at all? (hide spoiler)]

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katie Merkel

    This is another cute story about three friends working together to solve a mystery that occurs while they're living their daily lives. As always, the kids demonstrate healthy relationships with each other and with the adults in their lives. Two things that I especially liked in this book were how well Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose worked together to solve this mystery and how quick they were to give each other the credit for solving the mystery. I am sad that I'm almost at the end of this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cody Cabezas

    I love this book. In fact, i love all good mystery books. But this isn’t some cheap knock off mystery book that took 2 hours to write, It’s actually a good mystery book. I only figured the mystery out after the halfway mark! It’s a unique mystery and its a lot of fun to read. I recommend this book and the rest of this series to anybody who likes that chill that goes down your spine when you figure out who did it. I like how the author made the ending and the confession come out clean.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    Read these books when I was a kid and greatly enjoyed them, figured I'd give them a second read for kicks. I certainly recommend any young mysteries fan devote time to this series, it's certainly a grand adventure for a young mind, the imagery of Ron Roy's words and his settings and unique character descriptions and personalities really help kids imagine a whole movie in their heads as they read each exciting page.

  16. 4 out of 5

    C.J. Milbrandt

    A trio of friends encounter another mystery after winning tickets to a Penelope Gwinn (a.k.a. Penguin) concert. Her diamond necklace is stolen, and Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose think they may have seen the culprit. Yes, I read this because I needed an "X" for an A-Z reading challenge, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is an engaging lower middle grade mystery series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose attend a rock concert, but during intermission the star's necklace pendant is stolen, and Dink injures his arm when he falls off a carousel. These two seemingly different events takes the trio on the hunt for the missing diamond.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Austin W

    i love the book and loved this one to

  19. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Kearney

    slam it! What is under the x? Egg? Read the x-ray for a x on the x-ray for a x on the x-ray

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I just love Penguins!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    This is a fun kid mystery. I still like the characters and their determination to solve any mysteries they come across.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lacy

    A fun, eay read, this crime mystery for kids was highly recommended by my 8- and 10-year-old daughters.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nam

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So the suspicious guy sneaking into the jewelry shop was her husband? Never judge a book by its cover, eh?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Cryer

    Great little early reader door boys b or girls.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brynn

    Owen: I love this book because of how sneaky the thief was. My favorite part was at the end when the mystery got solved.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary Thomas

    This one was great! It kept us guessing to the end. We've been listening to these in order and are a little sad that the series is almost over.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Very quick children's book to read. It moves fast and keeps them thinking

  28. 5 out of 5

    Deepthi Herga

    My 7 - year old has finished the entire set of the A to Z mysteries (including all the super editions). I started reading them because I wanted to find out how good these mysteries are and after I started, I finished the entire set myself. This will be a common review for all the books in the set (so please forgive me if you see this repeated under another book). First of all, the mystery part of the book is fairly simple for an adult, but I can see how it can keep a kid engrossed. The characters My 7 - year old has finished the entire set of the A to Z mysteries (including all the super editions). I started reading them because I wanted to find out how good these mysteries are and after I started, I finished the entire set myself. This will be a common review for all the books in the set (so please forgive me if you see this repeated under another book). First of all, the mystery part of the book is fairly simple for an adult, but I can see how it can keep a kid engrossed. The characters are playful, around the same age as my kid now, so are very relatable. Yes, there are some characteristics which can be a little irritating, but they didn't really bother me too much as to take away from the stories. The other con is that these little kids are left unmonitored in many of their adventures (I am not a helicopter parent, but it felt a little strange, especially when they are out of the country altogether). That being said, now what I loved about the stories - 1) Most of the stories are based in different cities, and sometimes different countries, so the travel perspective is amazing. We, as a family, love to travel and every time the kids in the books traveled somewhere it made the story more exciting to me (as well as my kid). My kid had comments on how they went to Key West and later Washington D.C "just like us". 2) There are strong characters of both genders, the villains are of different genders as well, so the stereotyping is considerably less (there was a female pilot in one of the books that stood out to me) and I love it that girls reading the books have some good role models. I would always like more female strong characters shown ofcourse :). I'm sure my kids will be enjoying many more of the author's books in the future :)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    Reason for Reading: As every year, I am participating in the AtoZ Challenge. For the first time, this year I only have the X's left and I will have completed it so I decided to actively search out books. My niece did a little research and came up with this title for me. I had heard of the series before. The kids, age unspecified, have tickets to go see a famous singer who is coming to town with the nickname "Penguin". One of their Dad's takes them to the outdoor concert but while there during int Reason for Reading: As every year, I am participating in the AtoZ Challenge. For the first time, this year I only have the X's left and I will have completed it so I decided to actively search out books. My niece did a little research and came up with this title for me. I had heard of the series before. The kids, age unspecified, have tickets to go see a famous singer who is coming to town with the nickname "Penguin". One of their Dad's takes them to the outdoor concert but while there during intermission Dink injures his arm. While this is going on the singer's special diamond penguin necklace is stolen. The kids get involved in the mystery and think they know who may be behind the robbery. Going into this book blind, not knowing whether the series has positive reviews or not I didn't know what to expect. So I was pleasantly surprised to find myself with a fun little mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed for this early reading level. Well told, interesting, with several possible suspects it should keep young mystery fans entertained. I found myself quickly reading the book in one sitting and deciding to get the first book in the series for my son since it is on target for reading level for him. He is a reluctant reader and this series may just catch his fancy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Realistic Fiction, mystery. Published in 2005 for grades K-4. In this A to Z mystery book, a diamond penguin pendant is stolen from Penelope Gwinn, a rock star. At the same time Dink falls off the carousel and hurts his arm. While he is having his armed looked at by a doctor at this concert, Ruth Rose and Josh are trying to find the guilty party and no one is allowed to leave the facility until they find him. Is it the hot dog vendor or the woman with yellow hair? They come to find out it is nei Realistic Fiction, mystery. Published in 2005 for grades K-4. In this A to Z mystery book, a diamond penguin pendant is stolen from Penelope Gwinn, a rock star. At the same time Dink falls off the carousel and hurts his arm. While he is having his armed looked at by a doctor at this concert, Ruth Rose and Josh are trying to find the guilty party and no one is allowed to leave the facility until they find him. Is it the hot dog vendor or the woman with yellow hair? They come to find out it is neither it is the doctor who bandaged Dink's arm with the pendant inside the bandage! Themes include a mystery story, friendships, following rules etc. Teachers could ask the students to tell about a time they were doing something they were not allowed to and got hurt or to write another story in this A to Z mystery series.

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