ALTHOUGH VALENTINE’S DAY IS OFTEN ASSOCIATED WITH TEENAGERS AND ADULTS BECAUSE OF ITS ROMANTIC THEMES, IT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT A HOLIDAY TO CHILDREN. GRADE SCHOOLS AND JUNIOR HIGHS WILL OFTEN HAVE LITTLE PARTIES TO CELEBRATE FEBRUARY 14 AND ENCOURAGE THEIR STUDENTS TO MAKE CARDS FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CLASSMATES AND EVEN FIRST CRUSHES. WITH THIS IN MIND, WE HERE AT OUTLOOK-12 ARE DEDICATING THIS MONTH’S SCHOOL LIBRARY TO VALENTINE-THEMED BOOKS FOR CHILDREN FROM SCHOLASTIC.
“THE CASE OF THE SECRET VALENTINE”
by James Preller
Everyone in Detective Theodore “Jigsaw” Jones’ second grade class enjoys Valentine’s Day. Why they enjoy it as much as they enjoy Halloween! But just before the big day arrives, someone sends Jigsaw a surprise — a secret valentine. Was it sent by someone in his class? Was it sent by someone who loves him? Was it sent by someone he knows or someone completely new? Jigsaw isn’t sure, but Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so he needs to find out fast. More determined than ever to solve a mystery, Jigsaw and his detective partner, Mila, piece clues together to figure out the identity of his secret admirer.