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The Statue Walks at Night (Casebusters, 1) [Kindle Edition]

Joan Lowery Nixon
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Book Description

The sons of a private detective investigate a crazy art museum caper—and try to avoid a spooky statue!

Ever since they were very young, Brian and Sean Quinn have helped their father solve mysteries. Even though their dad is a professional detective, he always likes to hear his kids’ opinions. Sometimes they even help him catch a crook! But when a pair of priceless Leonardo da Vinci drawings disappears from the local art museum, their father is stumped, and only the boys can crack the case.
 
The robbery was an inside job, which means the drawings could be anywhere—even inside the museum. Sean and Brian inspect the premises and get to know the staff. And everything goes fine until they get to the Anubis Room, where the famous Egyptian statue is rumored to come alive at night. The Quinn boys will nab the thief—as long as the statue doesn’t catch them first!


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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6-Brian, 13, and Sean, 9, are used to helping their private-investigator father with cases, but they have never tried to solve one on their own before. When their dad is approached by a museum curator and asked to help find valuable sketches that are missing, the boys eavesdrop on the conversation and decide to take action. While their father begins his search, the boys check out the museum and a list of suspects. They find the adults unwilling to be interrogated by children, however, so they must rely on their observations and deductions. Another problem facing the sleuths is Sean's fear of the statue of the Egyptian god, Anubis, which supposedly has supernatural powers. Brian is convinced that the statue is the key to the investigation. Although the story reads a lot like a TV sitcom-and there is never any doubt that the youngsters will solve the mystery-it has an interesting plot with a lot of suspense. The print is large and there is plenty of white space to encourage reluctant readers. The text is broken up by full-page, black-and-white illustrations. Although this first entry in the series is not great literature, it is a cut above the norm for the genre and is a fast-paced, fun read.
Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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“A fast-paced, fun read.” —School Library Journal
 
“Nixon’s mastery of suspense [is] gripping.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • File Size: 428 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Young Readers (October 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009H70RLY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is a Kindle reissue, (old hardcovers are available from third parties), of a book that was part of the Disney Adventures Casebusters series published in the late 90's. The author, Joan Lowery Nixon, (who died in 2003), wrote over 100 books, almost all of which were mysteries or historical fiction for middle graders and young adults.

This particular book seems intended for a younger reader within that age range. It has a good but basic mystery, a touch of adventure, a hint of ghostiness, and a clear linear plot. The heroes, Brian and Sean, are brothers who work well together as "detectives", and who are sometimes helped and/or hindered by other neighborhood kids. Their Dad is an actual private investigator and he often talks to them about his cases because he respects their thoughts and insights. The boys, in turn, try to come up with interesting angles and theories for dad to consider.

In this case, two valuable pieces of art on loan to the local museum have gone missing. It's a locked-room mystery and the only suspects are the museum employees. Everyone seems to have had opportunity and motive, and different clues point to different suspects. The boys have to use reason and their powers of observation to figure out the identity of the culprit. The book plays fair with the evidence and the red herrings and is just as good, in a stripped down fast paced manner, as many books that pass as adult mysteries.

A great appeal of this series is the good relationship the brothers, (ages 13 and 9), have. Mom and Dad are also strong presences. The stories reflect a world where adults are helpful and reliable, hero kids are adventurous but careful, and usually all ends well. (Think "Hardy Boys" for the younger crowd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book. August 6, 2013
By kgsterk
Format:Kindle Edition
The statue walking was my favorite part. I also very much liked the way the boys cleverly solved the entire mystery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Casebusters Was Very Good May 17, 2005
A Kid's Review
Format:Hardcover
The casebusters were very good. But you may not like the casebusters . Because it is a little hard to read and it is a little bit COO L.
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