What Kids Say About
Carole Marsh Mysteries . . .
“I love the real locations! Reading the book always makes me
want to go and visit them all on our next family vacation.
My Mom says maybe, but I can’t wait!”
“One day, I want to be a real kid in one of Ms. Marsh’s
mystery books. I think it would be fun, and I think I am a
real character anyway. I filled out the application and sent it
in and am keeping my fingers crossed!”
“History was not my favorite subject till I starting reading
Carole Marsh Mysteries. Ms. Marsh really brings history to
life. Also, she leaves room for the scary and fun.”
“I think Christina is so smart and brave. She is lucky to be
in the mystery books because she gets to go to a lot of places.
I always wonder just how much of the book is true and what
is made up. Trying to figure that out is fun!”
“Grant is cool and funny! He makes me laugh a lot!!”
“I like that there are boys and girls in the story of different
ages. Some mysteries I outgrow, but I can always find a
favorite character to identify with in these books.”
“ong>Theong>y are scary, but not too scary. ong>Theong>y are funny. I learn a
lot. ong>Theong>re is always food which makes me hungry. I feel like
I am there.”
What Parents and Teachers Say About
Carole Marsh Mysteries . . .
“I think kids love these books because they have such a wealth
of detail. I know I learn a lot reading them! It’s an
engaging way to look at the history of any place or event. I
always say I’m only going to read one chapter to the kids, but
that never happens—it’s always two or three, at least!”
“Reading the mystery and going on the field trip—Scavenger
Hunt in hand—was the most fun our class ever had! It really
brought the place and its history to life. ong>Theong>y loved the real
kids characters and all the humor. I loved seeing them learn
that reading is an experience to enjoy!”
—4th grade teacher
“Carole Marsh is really on to something with these unique
mysteries. ong>Theong>y are so clever; kids want to read them all.
ong>Theong> Teacher’s Guides are chock full of activities, recipes, and
additional fascinating information. My kids thought I was
an expert on the subject—and with this tool, I felt like it!”
—3rd grade teacher
“My students loved writing their own Real Kids/Real Places
mystery book! Ms. Marsh’s reproducible guidelines are a real
jewel. ong>Theong>y learned about copyright and more & ended up
with their own book they were so proud of!”
“ong>Theong> kids seem very realistic—my children seemed to relate to
the characters. Also, it is educational by expanding their
knowledge about the famous places in the books.”
“ong>Theong>y are what children like: mysteries and adventures with
children they can relate to.”
“Encourages reading for pleasure.”
“This series is great. It can be used for reluctant readers, and
as a history supplement.”
ong>Theong> ong>Mysteryong> on the
by Carole Marsh
Copyright ©2006 Carole Marsh/ Gallopade International
Second Printing September 2007
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the names of real people are used, their characterization in this book is fiction.
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30 Years Ago . . .
As a mother and an author, one of the fondest periods of
my life was when I decided to write mystery books for
children. At this time (1979) kids were pretty much glued to
the TV, something parents and teachers complained about the
way they do about web surfing and blogging today.
I decided to set each mystery in a real place—a place kids
could go and visit for themselves after reading the book. And
I also used real children as characters. Usually a couple of my
own children served as characters, and I had no trouble
recruiting kids from the book’s location to also be characters.
Also, I wanted all the kids—boys and girls of all ages—to
participate in solving the mystery. And, I wanted kids to learn
something as they read. Something about the history of the
location. And I wanted the stories to be funny. That formula
of real+scary+smart+fun served me well.
I love getting letters from teachers and parents who say
they read the book with their class or child, then visited the
historic site and saw all the places in the mystery for
themselves. What’s so great about that? What’s great is that
you and your children have an experience that bonds you
together forever. Something you shared. Something you both
cared about at the time. Something that crossed all age
levels—a good story, a good scare, a good laugh!
30 years later,
Christina, age 10: Mysterious things really do
happen to her! Hobbies: soccer, Girl Scouts,
anything crafty, hanging out with Mimi, and
going on new adventures.
Grant, age 7: Always manages to fall off boats,
back into cactuses, and find strange clues—even
in real life! Hobbies: camping, baseball,
computer games, math, and hanging out with
Mimi is Carole Marsh, children’s book author
and creator of Carole Marsh Mysteries, Around
the World in 80 Mysteries, Three Amigos
Mysteries, Criss, Cross, Applesauce Detective
Agency Mysteries, and many others.
Papa is Bob Longmeyer, the author’s real-life
husband, who really does wear a tuxedo,
cowboy boots and hat, fly an airplane, captain a
boat, speak in a booming voice, and laugh a lot!
Travel around the world with Christina and Grant as they
visit famous places in 80 countries, and experience the
mysterious happenings that always seem to follow them!
Hey, kids! As you see—here we are ready to embark on
another of our exciting Carole Marsh ong>Mysteryong> adventures!
You know, in "real life," I keep very close tabs on Christina,
Grant, and their friends when we travel. However, in the
mystery books, they always seem to slip away from Papa and
me so that they can try to solve the mystery on their own!
I hope you will go to www.carolemarshmysteries.com
and apply to be a character in a future mystery book! Well,
the ong>Mysteryong> Girl is all tuned up and ready for "take-off!"
Gotta go...Papa says so! Wonder what I've forgotten
Happy "Armchair Travel" Reading,
Table of Contents
1 Boomerang, Dingo… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
2 Trouble in Paradise? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
3 A ong>Mysteryong>? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
4 Clues!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
5 Down Under Opal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
6 Off to the Outback! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
7 Code Red . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
8 Alice Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
9 Hot to Trot in Camelot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
10 Uluru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
11 A Thorny Devil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
12 ong>Theong> Devil’s Marbles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
13 Outback Jack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
14 ong>Theong> Great Barrier Reef . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
15 Coral Reefers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
16 Just What I’m Afraid Of! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
17 Scuba, Dooba, Doo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
18 Vanished! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
19 Thunder Down Under . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
20 Sydneysaurus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
21 Run! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
22 ong>Theong> Sydney Opera House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
23 A Boomerang or a Bust! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
24 Crikey! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
About the Author. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Built-In Book Club: Talk About It!. . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Built-In Book Club: Bring it to Life! . . . . . . . . . . 130
Glossary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
stared out into space, muttering slowly to
himself. “Crikey, sheila, croc…”
“Grant?” said his grandmother, Mimi,
“what are you doing?” ong>Theong>y were standing in the
airport in Sydney, Australia waiting for a taxicab.
“Practicing my Australian,” said Grant,
“Your Australian?” Mimi repeated,
“Yes ma’am,” said her grandson, age seven.
“I know a lot of Australian words: outback,
didgeridoo, koala…I know a lot of Aussie words.”
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Mimi laughed. “You do know that
Australians speak English?”
Grant looked at his grandmother like she
was crazy. “ong>Theong>n why do they sound so funny?”
“It’s their accent,” said Mimi, looking all
around for Papa and Christina. She wondered
where they could be and how long it could take
to get a taxi in a busy airport like Sydney, which
was bustling this morning. “I think the
Australians have a wonderful accent. And, the
Australians are so friendly. And, yes, they do
have their own Aussie jargon.”
Grant grinned. “ong>Theong>y must be friendly,”
he said. “ong>Theong>y’re always saying ‘G’day, mate’ to
me. But Australia is a mystery to me already.”
Again Mimi was puzzled. “Why is that?”
Grant made a list: “ong>Theong>ir seasons are
backwards, they spell funny, have funny money,
have weird measurements, and stuff like that.”
Once more Mimi laughed. “Grant, this is
a foreign country, you know. We’re in a different
hemisphere, that’s why their seasons are
opposite from ours in the United States. And
they spell the English way, like colour instead of
color. You’ll get used to the currency. And they
use the metric system.”
Boomerang, Dingo… 3
Grant shook his head. “I still think it’s
mysterious here. I just feel it in the air.” He
waved his arms slowly through the air as if he
really could feel mystery in the air.
“Oh, Grant,” said Mimi. “Don’t be silly.”
Suddenly Papa and Christina came
running toward them, dodging other tourists
loaded with luggage. Christina’s face was red;
she looked like she might be going to cry. Papa’s
face was red; he looked very angry.
“What’s wrong?” asked Mimi.
Papa huffed and puffed. “This place is a
mystery to me!”
Christina grabbed Mimi around her waist.
“Oh, Mimi,” she wailed. “ong>Theong>y say all our
paperwork is messed up. ong>Theong>y say we can’t stay
in the country. And we just got here!”
Now Mimi’s face got red. “Who says?
Why? I know our passports and immigration
papers are in order. Who says we can’t stay?”
Mimi was not the kind of person who took “NO”
Suddenly, they all turned to see a tall
gentleman in a snappy blue, double-breasted suit
with shiny brass buttons. ong>Theong> man sported
brilliant white hair, more or less stuffed beneath
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a billed cap, and a matching white walrus-style
moustache. He looked like a ship captain from
time past. In a deep, booming voice, he
announced: “I DO!”
“Are you Captain Kangaroo?” Grant asked
the bespectacled, moustachioed man. Everyone
else was momentarily speechless, waiting for the
mysterious man’s answer.
For a moment, the man (who looked a lot
like Mark Twain to Christina) looked like he was
angry. Or at least his cheeks turned an even
brighter red and his glacier blue eyes narrowed
beneath his bushy white eyebrows. He pursed
his lips. Christina thought he looked like a
person about to “blow their top.”
But suddenly, he let out a whoosh of air so
loud that it made a shrill whistle. ong>Theong>n the man
broke into a roar of laughter so loud that many
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passing travelers stopped to stare.
“Just look at this motley crew!” he
bellowed. In turn, he stared at each of them:
Mimi in her smart black and white suit; Papa in
his usual neatly starched and pressed jeans and
shirt, leather vest, cowboy boots and ten gallon
hat; Christina, carrying her American Girl dolls,
Savannah and Juliette, beneath her arms; and
Grant, wearing cargo shorts and a bush jacket
with toy dinosaurs sticking out of every pocket.
ong>Theong> man laughed once more. “You all must
have jet lag not to know a joke when you hear it!
Don’t you know me?” he bellowed again, this time
followed by a big grin and outstretched arms.
“Jervis?” Mimi inquired at last. “Dr. Jervis
ong>Theong> man bowed deeply. “At your service,
madam,” he replied.
Mimi turned to the others. “Dr. Rottnest
is a world-famous marine biologist,” she
explained. “His specialty is Australia’s Great
Barrier Reef. He’s helped me before with
research for some of my mystery books, but we
have never actually met—until now.” She beamed
at the professor who looked plum tickled to be
“found out” and gave Mimi a bear hug.
Trouble In Paradise? 7
Grant looked puzzled. “So if you have
never met, then how did you know him?” he
asked his grandmother.
“Because,” said Mimi, “he talks just like
he writes in his e-mails and letters!”
“Nice to meet you,” said Papa, shaking
Following his grandfather’s lead, Grant
shook hands with Dr. Rottnest too.
Since Christina’s arms were filled with
dolls, she just gave a little curtsey. Dr. Rottnest
laughed. “I hope your dollies brought their
swimsuits and snorkeling gear?” ong>Theong>n he turned
to Mimi. “Why don’t we have a spot of tea and I’ll
tell your delightful family a little about what they
are going to see while they are in Australia?”
“Wonderful!” said Mimi, looking around
for a convenient café. But that was not what Dr.
Rottnest had in mind. For the next thing they
knew, he waved his arms and porters appeared
and carted their luggage to a waiting town car.
Grant and Christina grinned when Dr.
Rottnest directed the driver to take them to
Woolloomooloo where they sat down to tea in a
pretty outdoor café overlooking the famous and
beautiful Sydney Opera House.
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As they settled into their seats, Mimi
asked, “Dr. Rottnest, it is wonderful that you met
us, but such a surprise. I know we have
corresponded frequently when I had research
questions for one of my books, but what
prompted you to show us such hospitality? It’s
quite appreciated, but I know you are a busy man
and we would not want to infringe on your
Christina knew her grandmother well.
She could tell that Mimi was being extremely
polite, but a little suspicious. However, Dr.
Rottnest answered Mimi’s question with no
“I thought you could use some assistance
while you are visiting here in Australia,” Dr.
Rottnest said, then confessed. “And, I thought
that perhaps if I helped you, then you might
Mimi looked confused. “With what?” she
Dr. Rottnest lowered his head, lifted his
bushy white eyebrows, and twitched his wooly,
white moustache. “With a mystery!”
“Uh, excuse me,” Grant interrupted, as
Mimi caught her breath at the unexpected request.
“Mimi doesn’t really like to do mystery stuff when
she’s on vacation,” he warned Dr. Rottnest.
Next Christina interrupted. “But she
always does.” Christina really wanted to know
what the mysterious mystery was. After all, what
fun was a vacation without a mystery? She and
Grant traveled with their grandparents often,
especially when Mimi was doing research for one
of her mystery books. But this was supposed to
be a vacation; a break from mystery for Mimi.
“Well,” said Dr. Rottnest in a serious
voice. “I hope she will make an exception this
time.” He looked at Mimi entreatingly. “It is life
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For a moment there was stunned silence
at the table. Finally, Mimi asked in a soft voice.
“Life or death for whom?”
Dr. Rottnest lowered his head even
further. Unconsciously, the others did too, until
they were all sitting hunkered over the table as if
in a huddle. When he had their full attention, Dr.
Rottnest explained. “Life and death for the
creatures of the Great Barrier Reef—one of
Australia’s most famous and beloved places.
And, life or death for my career.” He frowned.
“And I, a marine biologist, not a master
detective, have been charged with solving the
mystery post haste.”
Dr. Rottnest rared back and folded his
arms across his broad chest in a “how do you like
them apples?” stance. He was clearly waiting for
Finally, Papa saved the day—sort of. “You
know that my wife writes children’s mystery
books,” he began. “She is not a master detective
either. And, she’s on vacation to get away from
her writing chores for a while.”
Giving a grave bow of his head, Dr.
Rottnest responded apologetically. “I
understand,” he said in great earnestness. “I’m
A ong>Mysteryong>! 11
fearfully sorrowful to even broach the subject.
But under the circumstances I feel compelled to
seek all the expert help I can possibly muster.
Time is of the essence. And with all my head and
heart I believe that the solution to this curious,
curious mystery can only be solved by a person
with a pure mind and a pure heart…someone
who sees with clarity and simplicity…who is
Papa began to cough. Christina knew her
grandfather well. If it would not be impolite, she
thought he would say that Dr. Rottnest was full
of hot air and just trying to bamboozle Mimi with
false praise. Even Christina thought this could
be the case, but she was still curious to at least
learn what the mystery was, no matter what
Mimi decided to do—or not do—about it.
Mimi cleared her throat. “Well you know,
Dr. Rottnest…”she began.
He interrupted. “Jervis, please,” he
insisted. “Call me Jervis.”
Mimi cleared her throat again. “Jervis. It
would help to know exactly what this mystery is.”
Christina and Grant exchanged a grin.
Good for Mimi, Christina thought. Make him
put up or shut up. Mimi did not mess around
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with mystery. She was surprised to see Dr.
Rottnest look very uncomfortable. He sighed
several times. Almost as if it pained him, he
“So be it,” he said and began to pull small
cards from his vest pocket. He laid them gently
in a fan before them.
“And these are…?” Mimi asked.
Dr. Rottnest said one word: “Clues!”
Carole Marsh is an author and publisher who has
written many works of fiction and non-fiction for young
readers. She travels throughout the United States and
around the world to research her books. In 1979 Carole
Marsh was named Communicator of the Year for her
corporate communications work with major national and
Marsh is the founder and CEO of Gallopade
International, established in 1979. Today, Gallopade
International is widely recognized as a leading source of
educational materials for every state and many
countries. Marsh and Gallopade were recipients of the
2004 Teachers’ Choice Award. Marsh has written more
than 50 Carole Marsh Mysteries. In 2007, she was
named Georgia Author of the Year. Years ago, her
children, Michele and Michael, were the original
characters in her mystery books. Today, they continue
the Carole Marsh Books tradition by working at
Gallopade. By adding grandchildren Grant and Christina
as new mystery characters, she has continued the
tradition for a third generation.
Ms. Marsh welcomes correspondence from her
readers. You can e-mail her at email@example.com,
visit carolemarshmysteries.com, or write to her in care
of Gallopade International, P.O. Box 2779, Peachtree
City, Georgia, 30269 USA.
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Built-In Book Club
Talk About It!
1. Australians have a very distinct accent. Do
you like to listen to people with different accents?
If so, why? Do you ever imitate accents?
2. Grant noticed a tattoo on the right arm of
the suspicious man in the café. What are some
other important things to notice about someone
you want to remember?
3. Grant and Christina were awed by the
beauty and size of Ayers Rock. Do you like to
visit beautiful and interesting natural places?
What is an interesting place you have visited?
4. You have read about many strange and
wonderful animals that live in Australia. What is
your favorite animal and why? Would you like to
have that animal for a pet?
5. Did you think it was a good idea or a bad
idea when Christina and Grant took off with the
park ranger’s children and left a note for Mimi
and Papa on two stones in the middle of the trail?
Why or why not?
6. Christina says that geography seems alive
to her after traveling with Mimi and Papa to
many interesting places. Do you like
geography? After reading “ong>Theong> ong>Mysteryong> on the
Great Barrier Reef,” can you see why geography
can be really cool?
7. ong>Theong> children were offered some interesting
food in Australia, including kangaroo, octopus,
and lychee nuts. Are you willing to try new foods
when you visit different places? What do you
think octopus tastes like? How about kangaroo?
8. “Crikey!” is an expression of surprise or an
enthusiastic response to something. Can you
think of some American words that you might use
in place of “Crikey!?”
9. Did you think Christina was brave to do
what she did at the end of the book? Would you
have been willing to do that?
10. Would you like to visit Australia? If so,
what would you like to see?
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Built-In Book Club
Bring it to
1. Make a marsupial masterpiece! Marsupials
are really cool creatures! List three marsupials
(of course, you’ve got to include the kangaroo).
ong>Theong>n, research them on the Internet and make a
chart listing their similarities and differences.
Draw pictures of them, or find pictures online,
print them, and glue them to your chart.
2. Amble across Australia! Ask a volunteer to
draw a big map of Australia on a poster board.
Use a map of Australia from the encyclopedia to
help you locate the places visited by Christina
and Grant. Create symbols, and label the map.
Don’t forget the map key! Trace their journey
across the continent “Down Under.” Look at the
encyclopedia map and find the distance
measurement key. About how many miles did
they travel? (Australia is a BIG place!)
3. Make a boomerang! You can use poster
board, cardboard, or foam core. Research what
Aboriginal art looks like, and decorate your
4. What time is it, really, and what’s the
weather? Use Internet tools to help you find out
the time difference between your home state and
Australia. ong>Theong>n, decide what the weather would
be like in Australia today compared to where you
live. Remember, Australia’s seasons are the
opposite of our seasons in the Northern
5. Color your world! ong>Theong> fish living on the
Great Barrier are incredibly colorful and
beautiful! Find some photos of the Great Barrier
Reef and its fish on the Internet. ong>Theong>n, draw an
underwater mural and have fun coloring it!
6. What does that mean? Find the meaning of
these Australian words or terms: ant’s pants,
brekkie, dinkum or fair dinkum, cheerio, hoo-roo,
lollies, postie, yahoo. Don’t you think the
Australian language is fun???
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antipodes: a name given to the general region of
Australia and New Zealand, as the polar opposite to
the European region
besmirch: to attack the good name and reputation
dilapidated: broken down from age, misuse, wear,
exhaustion: extreme fatigue
flustered: thrown into a state of upset confusion;
fraud: a person who cheats or is not what he or she
pretends to be
hallucinate: a trick of your mind where you think
you see things that are not there
indigenous: natural to a country or region; native
infiltrator: a person who invades a group in order
to spy on the members
monolith: a monument or natural feature
consisting of a single massive stone or rock
sabotage: deliberate damage of equipment or
property to hurt an enemy; or any means to weaken
shenanigans: mischief or pranks
yabby: small, freshwater crayfish found in Australia
like to be
a character in a Carole Marsh ong>Mysteryong>?
If you would like to star in a Carole Marsh ong>Mysteryong>, fill
out the form below and write a 25-word paragraph
about why you think you would make a good character!
Once you’re done, ask your mom or dad to send this
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P.O. Box 2779
Peachtree City, GA 30269
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I am a: boy girl Age:___________
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• Find fascinating facts about the countries where the
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• Take the Fact or Fiction online quiz!
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• Find out where the ong>Mysteryong> Girl is flying next!
’day, mates! Join
Christina, Grant, Mimi,
Papa and their new
Aussie friends in the
Land Down Under! As
soon as they arrive, a
famous marine biologist
with a mystery of his
own asks for Mimi’s help
to solve it. Grant
volunteers to solve the
mystery (much to
and the wild ride
ong>Theong> first stop is the
where everyone rides
camels and encounters
cool creatures (like the
Thorny Devil!) and the
mysterious Outback Jack!
Next, it’s off to the
sensational city of
Sydney and the amazing
Great Barrier Reef! (Is
that a shark below the
All along the way, the
kids encounter mysterious
men with Loch Ness
monster tattoos! What
are they up to? Crikey!
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