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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Series: Brixton Brothers (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416978194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416978190
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Barnett’s sly and often silly Hardy Boy parody chugs along with plenty of laughs and enough honest-to-gosh mystery to please any lover of boy detective fiction. Rex’s black-and-white pencils (which also parody the Hardy tales) are still a fine match for the goofiness. Mention of the next adventure at mystery’s close will make Brixton fans smile."--Kirkus Reviews

"An amusing addition to the Brixton Brothers series."—Booklist

About the Author

Mac Barnett is the author of several picture books, including Guess Again!, Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale Problem, and Mustache!. He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mysteries. Mac serves on the board of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center, and founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers. He lives in Oakland, California.

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My nephew absolutely loves this series.
H. Fenton
My son and I look forward to each October, when hopefully a new one will be released for years to come.
Erica Eskes
This is an excellent book for elementary school children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on December 8, 2011
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I confess I was one of those kids who devoured any mystery I could get my hands on, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Bobbsey Twins, and Trixie Belden. I have lots of fun memories reading these books, often more than once. Maybe that's why I enjoy reading Barnett's Steve Brixton mystery series. These books are so clearly a spoof on those other formulaic books that I get a big kick out of reading them. What is so amazing is that Barnett manages to spoof the Hardy Boys without his stories being formulaic in any way. In fact, I would have to say that his mysteries are more unique than many others I've read. Even with all the humor contained in the story, Barnett still manages to create an intriguing mystery with plenty of twists and turns. Just when you think you've got the mystery solved, another twist comes your way. He even makes a kid crawling on top of a train in a bathrobe seem believable. The boy/girl interactions seem so typical of twelve-year-olds, both the mystery and confusion, take me back to my own middle school years. I highly recommend this series for students who are ready to move past Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys, but still want the fast moving plots and excitement of a good mystery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on January 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Brixton Brothers books are a spoof on child detective books, and Mac Barnett does a great job. This book introduces a love interest for Steve's best friend Dana, and also a love interest for Steve. Things ease up a bit between Steve and his mother's boyfriend, Rick (who is not clever).

In addition to mocking Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys books, this book also starts to take on Wizard books -- goody!

The totally unbelievable things that happen in this book are funny and in a way, become almost believable. It's a very well written, tight book -- kids love it.
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This is book #3 of the Brixton Brothers Mystery series. These books are so enjoyable for light reading and I love the innuendos and puns linking the series to the Hardy Boys series and also to important wealthy people in history.

Twelve year-old Steve (who has no siblings, by the way, but thought that it sounded way cooler to call his detective agency Brixton Brothers) has given up being a detective after his disappointment in his last case. But trouble just seems to follow him. On a trip to San Diego by train to meet with a school group doing a mock-up UN delegation, and accompanied by his chum Dana and his mother's annoying boyfriend, Rick, he gets caught up with a rich couple in their own private train car. The couple are hauling their newest rare vintage car and have a private detective with them to ensure that it is not stolen like their previous 6 cars have been. The detective has a niece, Claire, with him and Steve doesn't understand girls at all. Soon the kids are on top of the train (per the cover illustration) chasing what Steve calls a "baddie". Much more danger occurs but of course, all ends well with the author, Mac Barnett, tying up loose ends, including something nearly forgotten that happened early in the story.
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I give it only four stars because it has the love stuff. Otherwise, it would be five stars. This is the third book in the Brixton Brothers series. It is not as good as the first and second books.

Sometimes the hero makes a big mistake because of something he read in a book called Bailey Brothers. Bailey Brothers books are the hero's favorite books (well, sort of).

The hero solves a small case first, then the big one. This is a pattern in the series.
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I read Nancy Drew as a child, and then Hardy Boys to my son. I am so happy I stumbled across the Steve Brixton books! My son and I look forward to each October, when hopefully a new one will be released for years to come. The stories are so many things rolled into one book: parody, mystery, well-crafted story, great characters. We re-read certain scenes over again and laugh as hard as the first time. Thank you Mac Barnett!
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By Gabby on April 27, 2014
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Kindle books always save me money and time. This is an excellent book for elementary school children. My son loved it.
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By Fancynancy1 on October 14, 2013
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My boys are 10 an 8 and read together. Both loved it and ready the whole thing. Good book for children.
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It was a great thrilling book that makes sense by not making sense at least, first I loved it and could not put it down.
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Born to non-farmers in a California farming community, Mac now lives near San Francisco. He's on the board of directors of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center for students in Los Angeles, and he founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers (Seriously).

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