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The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity (Brixton Brothers) Hardcover – October 6, 2009
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Grade 4–6—Aspiring detective Steve Brixton, 12, gets more than he bargained for when he becomes mixed up with crime-fighting and undercover operatives who are also—librarians! Steve, an avid reader, has been diligently studying The Bailey Brothers' Detective Handbook and has turned into quite a supersleuth. He is working on a social-studies project on early American needlework (definitely not his choice) at the library, and checks out An Illustrated History of American Quilting when a man holds a gun to his head. It seems that all books have coded information in their Library of Congress numbers for the Librarians, who are highly trained intelligence agents. This clandestine society of crime-fighters suspects Steve is working for the mysterious Mr. E., who sells America's secrets. They plan on charging him with treason if he does not come clean about his involvement with the villain and his knowledge about a missing historical quilt that has major information embroidered on it. Barnett's fast-moving plot is sure to hold readers' attention, and children will love Steve's ability to outsmart many of the adults in the story. Incorporating mistaken identities, kidnapping, and a secret underground society, this is a fun, humorous adventure.—Mairead McInnes, Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School, NY
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About the Author
Mac Barnett is the author of the Brixton Brother series and several picture books, including Guess Again! and Chloe and the Lion (both illustrated by Adam Rex), and the New York Times bestseller Extra Yarn. He’s on the board of directors of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center, and founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers. Mac lives in Oakland, California.
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I have seen a number of reviews and comments designed to market this book to "boys and reluctant readers". Lots of times that's a category filled with fart/booger/underpants books, which is unfair to boys, farts, and reluctant readers, (whatever, exactly, that group might be). While I understand, sort of, why some books are marketed that way, it really does an injustice to this book. This book will appeal to boys, girls, reluctant readers, and avid readers, because it is a good book.
Actually, it seems that this book might be considered the modern version of the Hardy Boys. Probably everyone who was a young reader read a few Hardy Boys books, and most people remember them with a certain fondness. But, if you have tried one lately you might have been surprised by how slow and simple they are, and how dead the prose and characterization is. The Brixton books are hipper, leaner, funnier, better plotted and, of course, more current. The mysteries themselves are also better. So, if you think your young reader might like the Hardy Boys, you might want to consider putting this in his hands instead.
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