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The Cherry Cheesecake Mystery



The Cherry Cheesecake Mystery
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.91

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    flounced, loquacious, salutation, delectable, relationship, culprit, disk, sneaking, suspicion, stillness, potluck, mystery, amazement, imitation, discover, fridge
     content words:    Pretty Boy, African Gray, Then Pretty Boy, Since Victoria


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The Cherry Cheesecake Mystery
By Colleen Messina
  

1     The golden disk of cheesecake gleamed on the refrigerator shelf. The glistening clear red gel of cherry glaze made a red sea on its top. It was truly a work of art! Then the cherry cheesecake crime occurred. The delectable, delicious dessert was prematurely sliced! The two girls in front of the open refrigerator erupted in accusations.
 
2     "You did it," screamed Olivia, the shorter but more lovely of the sisters.
 
3     "You can't prove anything!" screamed Victoria back.
 
4     "I will prove it, and you will be in so much trouble forever," said Olivia, in a sly but deadly tone.
 
5     "Mom won't believe anything without proof," said Victoria.
 
6     The two sisters flounced off to their rooms.
 
7     Mom came home from work and peeked at her creation. She was so proud of her contribution for the potluck supper tonight. Another scream pierced the late afternoon stillness.
 
8     "Who ate a slice of cheesecake?" she wailed. The cherry cheesecake crime was exposed.
 
9     Mom was determined to discover the dessert thief at all costs. She had a sneaking suspicion that one of her daughters did the deed, but she knew it would take some effort on her part to discover which one. The mystery to her was always how to figure out the culprit while still preserving a good relationship with her children.

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