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O'Dwyer & Grady Starring in : Acting Innocent Paperback – April 1, 2002

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Set in 1932, Heyes's (Children of the Swastika: The Hitler Youth) sprightly mystery kicks off a series of three tales starring an 11-year-old movie actor, Billy O'Dwyer, who spends most of his time living in New York City with his abusive agent, Maureen, occasionally visiting his British-born parents in Massachusetts. Soon after Billy meets Virginia Grady, his young co-star on a forthcoming film, an actress who works for their studio is murdered in the Coney Island apartment owned by the studio head. When a policeman (a former studio employee) finds the body, hovering over the cadaver is another actor, Roscoe Muldoon, a kind man who has befriended Billy. The police arrest Muldoon, yet Billy believes his pal is innocent and teams up with Virginia to find the real killer. Though readers aren't likely to harbor any doubts that the determined sleuths will triumph, Heyes interjects several red herrings. Credible period details and dialogue, as well as the affecting depiction of Billy's close rapport with his father, adds to the caper's appeal. With their likable personalities and sassy repartee, Billy and Virginia prove to be worthy of the spotlight and of an encore performance. Ages 9-12.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Grades 4-6--This novel set in 1932 introduces readers to the world of a child actor at the time when talking pictures were new and Prohibition was the law of the land, if widely ignored. When Billy O'Dwyer's friend Roscoe "Chubby" Muldoon is accused of murdering actress Amelia St. Augustine, the youngster and fellow child actor Virginia Grady set out to clear his name. Their investigation takes them from the movie lot to the murder scene in Coney Island to the owner of the studio before they find the real culprit. Much of the action is reminiscent of a film from the era. A subplot concerns the abuse (both verbal and physical) that Billy receives from his manager, a story line that is happily resolved. A quick read for mystery fans.
Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
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  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Series: O'Dwyer & Grady Starring in /Aladdin Mystery, 1
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Advance Review Copy edition (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689849117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689849114
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,316,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
A murder mystery set in the movie world of depression-era NYC? Solved by two 11-year-old actors? Sure! Why not? Pick this book up - and you won't put it down until you've read the very last word.
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