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Girl's Best Friend (Maggie Brooklyn Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 270 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Age Level: 8 - 12 Grade Level: 3 - 12

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Gr 5-7–Twelve-year-old Maggie Brooklyn is a dog-walker and a wannabe Nancy Drew. She gets her first chance to sleuth when neighborhood dogs begin disappearing. The dognappings are mysteriously introduced in the prologue, but more crimes slowly appear as readers meet and get to know the protagonist. The pacing keeps kids looking for additional clues and gives Maggie a chance to prove what they suspect. Not only does she expose the thief, but she also solves a second mystery–her landlady's missing fortune. That mystery weaves quietly in and out of the chapters as Maggie deals with the missing pets, her crush on Milo, her friend-enemy Ivy, and her busy schedule of dog-walking (plus, keeping it a secret from her parents). Characters are well-developed, typical preteens. Readers will easily identify with these seventh graders, and they will love the eccentric landlady who adds a bit of humor. Mystery fans will enjoy this lighthearted whodunit.–Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

LESLIE MARGOLIS is the author of more than fifty books for young readers, including two Annabelle Stevens books: Boys Are Dogs and Girls Acting Catty. She lives with her family in Brooklyn-which is also the setting of her new series, the Maggie Brooklyn Mysteries.
www.lesliemargolis.com


Product Details

  • File Size: 1246 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 12, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040GJ5GK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,053 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am a dad who enjoys reading along with his kids. I'm always on the lookout for exciting new books for them. "Girls Best Friend" is the first of Leslie Margolis' Maggie Brooklyn Series. Maggie is an eleven-year-old with a keen interest in a boy named Milo, dogs, and unsolved mysteries. [Spoiler alert] Maggie's sleuthing leads her to the capture of a dog-napper as well as the recovery of her landlady's lost fortune. By the close of the book, Maggie has become good friends with Milo, though her relationship with him is left uncertain, a potential bridge to the series' next mystery.

Where the book shines is Margolis' portrayal of Maggie's relationship with her twin brother, Finn. Where some of the other characters seem to be cardboard cutouts, the tension and love between the siblings has depth and reality. Whatever narrative arc Margolis takes in future books, I expect the twins' bond will be a frequent and endearing touchstone.

The plot and the other characters are not as deftly woven. For example, Milo is in the habit of temporarily snatching unattended dogs in order to teach pet-owners about the danger of leaving a pet unattended. Meant as a feint, it comes off as a disturbed act arbitrarily contrived for the sake of confusing Maggie. I was hoping for a more intricate and ingenious detective story.

That said, I think kids will enjoy the book. It is not a classic, but it is still a worthwhile read, especially for someone looking for a contemporary Nancy Drew.
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What a charming book! A smart heroine - Maggie - just barely 12 years old who accidently starts her own dog-walking business and solves a mystery while negotiating the difficulties of the 7th grade, the beginning of her interest in boys, best friends, and a cast of eccentric characters. I think any girl from 8 to 12 or 13 will love this book. It's written in the first person so it stays immediate and the author does a great job of nailing Maggie's personality. Will pass this on to my 8 y/o granddaughter and look forward to future Maggie Brooklyn books.
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Very often kids books have a suggested age range that's way off in my opinion, things that are supposedly for 10 year olds my 6 year old is reading, but this is not the case here, I think it is challenging enough for a 9 year old, with probably enough to keep the 12 year olds interested.
It's very girly (obviously) our heroin Maggie is an amateur detective with the usual drama's of a girl her age to keep her occupied, a dog walking job she has kept secret, a crush, a mystery, what's not to like?

Nancy Drew it isn't but it's good, and may blossom as the series continues (I assume there are plans to do so)

Pretty wholesome throughout, shouldn't be anything in here to upset any one. 4 stars
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I would like to request this book to someone who likes mysteries.This book has details it's funny, cute , fascinating, the best book I have ever read, just awesome.
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Finally, a novel written for the 9 to 12 year old age group where the author doesn't write down to her audience. This book is written with a lot of humor. Maggie has a quick wit and isn't afraid to use it, but mostly in her thoughts, the way we all do.

The story is tightly spun with a lot of different mysteries surrounding Maggie. Her frienamy's dog is stolen and held for ransom; her crush has secrets of his own; her landlady appears to be hiding secrets that could affect Maggie and her entire family; the new vet in town and her twin sister are hiding something...Maggie solves all the parts of the puzzle like a true Nancy Drew aficionado.

Maggie Brooklyn will become the Nancy Drew of the 21st century. It's that well written. And, I'll be watching for sequels.
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this was about a 12 year old dog walking trying to be a sleuth loquacious young lady who gets her chance to use her skills when dogs start to disappear in her neighborhood.

My 9 year old and I read this book together and we were tickled to death at how Maggie Brooklyn "saved the day."

We look forward to more books in this series and you will too.
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I really like this book beacause there are several mysteries within the story, and that made me want to keep reading. This book is about a girl who accidently starts her own dog-walking business, helps her family's landlady find her lost fortune and uncovers a disguised dognapper. This book was very interesting and it seemed realistic. The main character, Maggie, was a lot like me. Both of us want a dog, like to help people and like to solve mysteries. I would recommend this book to girls who like to read mysteries and realistic fiction.
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Young Maggie is a dog walker. She loves dogs but cannot have any because of her brother being allergic. So naturally she starts a secret dog walking business. Things are going well until Maggie catches her ex-friend Ivy trying to steal her money. Come to find our Ivy's dog is being ransomed. Now Maggie decides to help Ivy solve this mystery of where all the dogs are going. This was well put together and full bodied with lots of twists and turns to keep one guessing. Highly recommend.
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