Tom and Ricky Mystery Series - Set 1

by Bob Wright

The Tom and Ricky series has been a favorite of teachers for over 25 years. They feature 14-year-olds, and their dog, Patches, who solve mysteries in their home town. The stories revolve around events and places that students should be familiar with, and therefore, little background knowledge is required in order to read these stories.

Each Tom & Ricky story is written at a 1st grade reading level, with:

  • 75% decodable text
  • 20% sight words (Fry 100-200 and Dolch Preprimer-First word lists)
  • 5% challenge words

    Artwork by noted artist Patrick Faricy ensures a combination of high interest and low readability for beginning and struggling readers!

    The Gold Mine Mystery
    Tom and Ricky explore an old gold mine. But why are strange people there? Will the boys be able to escape?
    Lexile: 280

    The Secret Staircase
    When Tom and Ricky decide to help an old man, they learn about a treasure hidden in his house.
    Lexile: 330

    The Unlucky Number
    Why is someone calling Ricky and saying, The cherries are ripe? Is this connected to some recently stolen items in town?
    Lexile: 340

    The Treasure Map Mystery
    Tom and Ricky are excited to find an old treasure map, but soon realize that a strange man is also looking for it.
    Lexile: 340

    The Falling Star Mystery
    When Tom and Ricky see a falling star, they go to see where it landed, but someone else is looking for the falling star, too, and wants the boys out of his way.
    Lexile: 270

    FREE Comprehension Questions!
    These reproducible activities are available by clicking on the Comprehension Questions text in Check it Out! box at right. You may make copies of activities for use in your classroom.

    Audio Available!
    These great stories are available on a preloaded, portable go reader audio player that allows students to listen to an entire set of books (all 5 titles in set). Comes ready to play, with batteries and earphones. Easy to use, just hit the play button, and go. Length of each audio book title is approximately 30 minutes.

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    Reading Level

    Interest Level

    1st Grade Readability

    Grades 3-9+

    Subject/Genre: Mystery/Adventure

    Ratings: Lexile: 270-340 | DRP: 39

    Recommended Ages: 9-14+

    Pages: 48 pp., 5 x 7, 12 pt. type, softcover

    ISBN: 978-1-57128-551-5

    Publisher:  HNB


    Item No.






    1 Set of 5 Books


    Accessories (Sold Separately)

    Item No.






    Set 1 Go Reader audio player (5 audio books)



    Set 1 CDs (5 Audiobooks)


    Classroom Sets and Special Offers!

    Item No.






    Discounted Pricing on Classroom Set
    Classroom Set: 5 Sets of 5 Books



    Discounted Pricing on Audio Player and Books
    Complete 5-book Set 1 plus Go Reader audio player with 5 audio books



    Discounted Pricing on the Complete Series
    Both Sets (Set 1 and Set 2)



    Discounted Pricing on Audio Player and Books
    Complete 5-book Set 1 plus Go Reader audio player with 5 audio books


    See Also... (Sold Separately)


    Item No. / Product Title



    Tom and Ricky Mystery Series - Set 2



    Play Hard



    Copper Canyon



    The Fixers



    Leela and Ben Mysteries


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