The Real McCoys
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.
JLG Release: Apr 2018
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
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
8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Level 5.2; Points: 5;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 5.4; Points: 9;