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Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking: A 14 Day Mystery (14 Day Mysteries) Hardcover – July 11, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Series: 14 Day Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (July 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803738714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803738713
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 6-9-Thirteen-year-old Moxie was supposed to spend her last summer before high school exploring Boston with her friend Ollie. Her plans are ruined, though, when a mysterious stranger arrives at her door asking for her grandfather and threatening to harm her family if certain "items" are not returned to a dangerous criminal named Sully Cupcakes. Moxie soon learns that her grandfather, now dealing with Alzheimer's, was an accomplice to the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft, hiding the stolen artwork in locations around the city. Sully Cupcakes has demanded that the artwork be returned to him within two weeks, and Moxie and Ollie race to discover the hiding places and to prevent Cupcakes and his accomplices from gaining access to the priceless masterpieces. Although many of Moxie's stunts are far-fetched (breaking undetected into historical landmarks, arguing face-to-face with dangerous criminals, etc.), most readers will forgive this as they get caught up in the breathless thrill-ride. With the recent announcement that the FBI knows the identities of the Gardner art thieves and is continuing its search for the missing works, this title is especially relevant.-Sarah Reid, Broome County Public Library, Binghamton, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Readers will gladly suspend disbelief as two 14-year-olds scour Boston to find millions of dollars in stolen art with rather remarkable ease. Aptly nicknamed Moxie is a smart, spunky, street-savvy protagonist who is planning a memorable summer with her best friend Ollie before a visitor from her grandfather’s murky past changes everything. In his younger days, Grumps was involved with the Boston mob and was responsible for hiding the stolen art that Moxie has now been chosen to find. Grumps has Alzheimer’s but is cognizant enough to remember the details Moxie needs to solve the mystery. Plot and character drive this lively book. Teens will like Moxie and Ollie for their believable adolescent responses and admire them for their sophisticated Internet skills and geocaching expertise, both of which enable them to outsmart gangsters and the FBI. Fans of Blue Balliett’s Chasing Vermeer (2004) will appreciate the similarities: using math to solve real-life dilemmas, depending on a best friend when times are rough, and learning that urban centers are rich in history, culture, and crime. Grades 5-8. --Amina Chaudhri

More About the Author

Erin Dionne writes humorous books with heart for tweens. Her titles--which are very long--have been named to several state reading lists, ALA lists, and have received some nice attention. They include MODELS DON'T EAT CHOCOLATE COOKIES (Dial 2009), THE TOTAL TRAGEDY OF A GIRL NAMED HAMLET (Dial 2010), and NOTES FROM AN ACCIDENTAL BAND GEEK (Dial 2011). Her latest novel, MOXIE AND THE ART OF RULE BREAKING:A 14 DAY MYSTERY (Dial 2013), has the longest title yet and is based on the real-life Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist. She spends an inappropriate amount of time on Facebook, teaches writing at Montserrat College of Art, and lives outside of Boston with her husband, two children, and a very indignant dog.

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This book had an amazing plot with lots of twists.
anna o'sullivan
Great character development, loved that there were multi-generations involved in the mystery.
Connie Dunn
All I can say is I truly enjoyed this well-crafted mystery.
T. Thompson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Now that I've read Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking, I can fully appreciate this adorable cover, because it fully captures this book. The only inaccurate part is that Moxie's best friend Ollie is Asian (though I guess this guy could be) and overweight, which I definitely do not think he is. However, the items in purple are part of the plot and that is exactly how Moxie dresses, crazy tights and all. If you could see her from the front, she'd be wearing a concert shirt for sure. Like the cover suggests, Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking is a fun, action-packed middle grade novel with plenty of hijinks.

As her name suggests, Moxie has a lot of spirit, courageous and determined. The novel opens with the doorbell ringing. Though she's not supposed to open the door to strangers, she does without thinking. A redheaded woman stands on the doorstep, asking after her grandfather, who now lives in an old folks' home, as Alzheimer's slowly takes his memories. Because this woman is dressed in weather-inappropriate clothing and because of her grandpa's past, Moxie sends the woman away, nervous about the woman's declaration that Sully Cupcakes, notorious mobster wants his stuff back.

Moxie's grandfather, affectionally known as Grumps, had a bit of a shady history. He had ties with the mob and worked with the criminal underbelly of the city. His job as a carpenter gave him access to a lot of places and made him a good way to launder money. Up til now, Grumps' criminal past has been just stories, but now Moxie really has to confront who he was and the impact of his shady dealings. The relationship between Grumps and Moxie is touching, especially the way she visits him every week, even though it's painful the way he sometimes isn't there mentally.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anna o'sullivan on May 21, 2014
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This book had an amazing plot with lots of twists. I was pulled into it and not let go until the end of the book. Not for kids under 9 for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne Broyles on January 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
13-year-old Moxie Fleece is smart, funny and determined to solve the (real-life) heist of famous artwork from Boston's Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum. This fast-paced mystery gives just enough tension to keep readers wondering if Moxie and her best friend, Ollie, are in over their heads since some very shady characters (including a gangster) are determined to stop Moxie and Ollie from discovering the whereabouts of the art or take the paintings and other famous art objects from them as soon as the just-graduated-from-eighth-graders find them.

Moxie has numerous complications, including a beloved grandfather who was an accomplice to the heist and now has Alzheimers and a mother whose new boyfriend threatens to take Moxie away from her grandparents. Can Moxie and Ollie rescue the art while also keeping themselves and their families safe from the gangster?

Dionne gives readers a likable protagonist with a wicked sense of humor, a strong boy-girl friendship, the great setting of Boston's landmarks, and a fast-paced book that may also get readers interested in art museums. And readers can look forward to a sequel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Hunt on July 21, 2013
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Finished MOXIE AND THE ART OF RULE BREAKING by Erin Dionne today. Totally loved it! It's a wonderful race-against-time mystery that focuses on the big Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum theft of millions of dollars of art in Boston. Erin Dionne has done a masterful job of using this heist as the basis for a fictionalized account of how two friends--Moxie and Ollie-work to solve the mystery. Loved the book--well paced, funny, and also has some really touching parts, too. Well done!
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