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Realistic (fiction), 1,750 words, Level T (Grade 3), Lexile 860L
Carlos's Puzzle is the story of 9-year-old Carlos and his trip to a cornfield maze with his family. Unlike Carlos, Javier, his older and more athletic brother, is not interested in the trip. However, Javier believes his athletic ability will make him better at completing a maze, so he challenges Carlos to see who will finish the maze first. Although Javier rarely recognizes Carlos's abilities, something happens inside the giant maze that gives Javier a new impression of his younger brother. Rich vocabulary and illustrations support the text.
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