Fortunately, I'm too old to be in fifth grade—I might not ever get to sixth.

At least, that's the upshot of a fun couple of hours with The ClueFinders 5th Grade Adventures, a new bit of educational software for both Windows and Macintosh platforms from The Learning Company, a division of Mattel Inc., the toymaker.

The premise is that a multiracial, mixed-gender crew of fifth graders is shipwrecked on a volcanic island due to erupt any second. Two members of the crew have disappeared and the remaining members, including the child player, must solve a series of mysteries in language


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