There has been a rash of "thefts" from Ebenezer School on Addison Road and The Writing Police officer, W.P. for short, and his assistant, Lt. Priscilla Penn, have been called in to solve the case. The only things that were stolen were -- every comma key on every keyboard and typewriter in the school!
W.P. and Lt. Penn arrive at the school shortly after lunch and begin scouring the school for clues as to the identity of the perpetrator and the reason for the thefts. During his search, W.P. was able to explain to several classrooms full of students WHY the missing commas were so important. He was very helpful in explaining what happens when the students don't (or can't!) use commas, not only in writing, but in math problems as well.
After several winks from teachers and "steering" from the Principal and the Janitor, W.P. and Lt. Penn developed a "search strategy." Once he realized what character was also on the "commas" key, W.P. guessed who stole the keys. A student was the "head of the gang," but the teachers and administrators were in "cahoots" with the gang, too!
"The Writing Police" lives in Paperville with his family and friends. It is his duty to see that students communicate properly with their writings. He travels around town, helping students (and adults!) communicate more effectively, especially if he can lend his "writing assistance."
This initial book in "The Writing Police" series not only provides students with a few rules for comma usage, but provides a fun little mystery during the process. They have fun while they're learning!
The Writing Police and The Case of the Missing Commas
by Johnnie W. Lewis
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