Who Really Killed Cock Robin, by Jean Craighead George

Who Really Killed Cock Robin is about a boy named Tony Isidoro who sets out to find out the real reason that Cock Robin of Saddleboro was killed. One morning, Tony wakes up to a call from the mayor telling him that Cock Robin was dead. Cock robin was a robin that had nested in the mayor’s hat that he’d left on his porch. The mayor had been elected on his promise to make Saddleboro a very ecofriendly town, and had taken advantage of the robin, speaking about him in the ‘Cock Robin Hour’ on the radio, along with many other things.

When Cock Robin dies, the mayor quickly blames the death on detergents, eager to pin the blame on something. Tony investigates this and learns it to be a false claim, but the mayor won’t listen. This book is about how Tony works to find out how Cock Robin actually died, and as he notices that something is wrong in Saddleboro’s ecosystem, he works to fix that too, using science, and ignoring the wishes of polititians.

I really like this book and have read it many times. Jean Craighead George is a really good author, and you may have read some of her other books which include Julie of the Wolves, and My Side of the Mountain. Tony Isidoro really cares about the environment, and even though the story takes place a while ago, we can learn a lot from how he refuses to let politicians come up with simple answers and instead follows his own leads to figure out who really killed Cock Robin.