The Missing Coins

The Missing Coins

Book - 2008
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"Pete and Carla are students. One day they look at some very old coins and stamps in a shop. Pete wants to buy some stamps, but they are very expensive. Later that day some coins are missing from the shop - and the shopkeeper wants to find Pete."
Publisher: Harlow, Essex : Pearson Education Limited, 2008
ISBN: 9781405876681
Characteristics: 16 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm

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Feb 27, 2010

It might be because the book is written in British English with apostrophes used in quotation marks, but I think usually books use italics for thoughts that are said in the characters' heads.

This quote from page 7 had me realize that the publisher's use of apostrophes for both dialogue and thoughts is confusing.

'Can we go into the Abbey next?' Carla asks. 'He wants the stamps from South America,' she thinks. 'But they're very expensive.'

So it become a bit difficult to distinguish what Carla said out loud or in her head.

English is my first language, so if this were to confuse me for my understanding for the words, wouldn't it confuse an ESL learner?

The mystery that happens is a fairly clever one, using all the characters shown in the story. However, the characters came to the conclusion too easily in the book, but perhaps since it is an ESL book, using difficult words for trying to solve the mystery were not included.

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Feb 27, 2010

From the back cover of the book:

Pete and Carla are students. One day they loook at some very old coins and stamps in the shop. Pete wants to buy some stamps, but they are very expensive. Later that day some coins are missing from the shop--and the shopkeeper wants to find Pete...

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