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The Real McCoys

By: Matthew Swanson

Robbi Behr

Can Moxie McCoy and her little brother, Milton, form an unlikely alliance and solve the crime of the century? “Moxie’s Official Debrief.” Glossary. “Meet Annabelle Adams.” Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9781250098528

JLG Release: Apr 2018


Series: The Real McCoys
Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Mystery and detective stories , Brothers and sisters , Detectives , Schools

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Awards & Honors

Rhode Island Children’s Book Award 2019 Nominee Booklist 2018 Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
A lot can happen in one day when you’re the world’s greatest fourth grade detective. Moxie McCoy aims to find both her school’s stolen mascot and a new best friend while surviving multiple trips to the principal’s office. Moxie’s biggest surprise of the day? A new appreciation of her “
[STARRED REVIEW]
A lot can happen in one day when you’re the world’s greatest fourth grade detective. Moxie McCoy aims to find both her school’s stolen mascot and a new best friend while surviving multiple trips to the principal’s office. Moxie’s biggest surprise of the day? A new appreciation of her “boring as a butter knife” younger brother Milton, who reveals detective skills of his own. Moxie knows the meaning of her name, and embraces it as a mantra. With fictional girl detective Annabelle Adams as her muse, Moxie crackles with enthusiasm and ideas that leave her hair literally standing on end. Heavily illustrated, the book’s design makes it a standout: playful interactions between text and black monochromatic cartoon art create a visual treat. Moxie bumps her head in frustration against a line of text; on another page, she’s buried under her principal’s angry word bubble. Drenched in slapstick humor, hyperbole, and wit, Behr’s artwork makes every page unique and keeps a longer book within reach of younger readers. Adding depth to the fun is Moxie’s glossary of vocabulary (“happenstance”) and phrases (“go for the jugular”) along with wrap-up questions encouraging personal reflection and understanding of the book’s characters. VERDICT First in a series, readers will breeze through this ingenious combination of text and art, eager for Moxie and Milton’s next case. A first purchase for all middle grade collections.—Marybeth Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY

Book Details

ISBN

9781250098528

First Release

April 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

336

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.2; Points: 5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.4; Points: 9;

Lexile

Level 830L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Imprint

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Mystery and detective stories, Brothers and sisters, Detectives, Schools,

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