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Madhattan Mystery by [Bonk, John J.]
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Length: 304 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 8 - 12 Grade Level: 3 - 6

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*STARRED REVIEW* - The title rightfully includes mad because this is a madcap mystery—and a delight in every way. Lexi and her brother, Kevin, are staying in Manhattan while their father and his new wife are on their honeymoon. The kids’ theatrical Aunt Roz has signed them up for City Camp, which they’ll attend with Roz’s neighbor, Kim Ling Levine. That’s the plan, anyway. Coming into Grand Central Station, Lexi thinks she overhears information about a jewel heist in the Whispering Gallery. When she learns that a cache of Cleopatra’s jewels, scheduled for a Met exhibit, has been stolen, she puts two and two together. But has she come up with five? Some mysteries concentrate on plot, while others focus on characters, with the actual mystery an afterthought. What Bonk does so well here is give each its due. The who, why, and how of the missing jewels lead the kids through deliciously dark tunnels, busy train stations, and Central Park at night, and come complete with a nice turnaround. However, equally as developed is the cast. Would-be journalist Kim Ling is bright, caustic, and knows how to toss in a Yiddish word when appropriate; Kevin is the quintessential 10-year-old; and Lexi’s dynamic first-person narrative shows her evolution—to readers and herself. That it also beautifully fits in the story of Lexi’s late mother gives this caper even more heft.
Ilene Cooper

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“Bonk casts and contrasts his sparky characters deftly. He good-humoredly portrays Kim (purple haired, and loud of both mouth and clothing) as a stereotypical New Yorker and Lexi as a quiet brooder who is nonetheless capable of holding up her end of a tumultuous relationship. Her new personal insights and the adventure itself ultimately work to thaw her frozen emotional state. A pleaser for fans of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and like New York odysseys.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 1650 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (May 22, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 22, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007DD9MT2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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By C. Wong VINE VOICE on July 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Madhatten Mystery by John J. Bonk is the perfect mystery for young kids to seniors! This book sparkles with creativity and character.

I couldn't ask for better characters. Lexie and her younger brother, Kevin who live in the small town of Cold Springs, New York are shuttled off to New York. Lexie missed her mother and is suspicious of her new step mother. Her younger brother is started to regress to a younger age and she has taken up mothering him. They stay with their colorful Aunt Roz, an ex Rockette,
and actress looking for parts. They are already signed up for Day Camp but are not looking forward to it.

Lexie meets Kim Ling Levine who has "a brain the size of Utah. The adventure starts from the moment that Lexie and her brother are in Grand Central Station. They experience the subway, the mole people, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the homeless and being really sacred.

The writing is engaging and won't let you stop reading until you have met the final twist of the mystery. All the characters are so memorable and well developed that I hope to join them on other adventures.

I highly recommend this mystery to all book lovers, young and old. This is perfection!

I received this book as a part of the GoodReads Program but that in no way influenced my review.
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For a full synopsis please see above.

Lexi and her brother Kevin are spending a few weeks with their aunt in Manhattan while their dad and new stepmom enjoy their honeymoon. Right off the train in Grand Central Station Lexi overhears snippets of a conversation that she soon realizes are clues to the disappearance of Cleopatra's jewels that were to be on exhibit at a New York museum. Along with new friendemy Kim Ling Levine, a girl Lexi's age that lives in their Aunt Roz's building who just wants to be an investigative journalist, Lexi and Kevin set out to find the jewels and claim the reward money.

The three kids travel around New York City with Kim as their guide. She is a Chinese Jewish American girl and I loved her as she made me laugh out loud with her Yiddish sayings (many of which I grew up with). New York highlights include the theatre and Central Park as well as Grand Central Station. Lexi and Kevin have such a wonderful sibling relationship and they help each other heal from the death of their mother. Although gone about 2 years, their mother's influence is prevalent throughout the story and we know she is watching over her children.

The mystery aspects of the story twist and turn and yet Bonk lets us really learn about Lexi. The writing is well paced and exciting although as a mother my heart breaks for the Lexi and Kevin. Recommended for readers in grades 4 and up and for fans of mysteries, adventures, and stories that take place in New York City.

Read as an ebook arc courtesy of Bloomsbury Children's Books via Netgalley.
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Format: Hardcover
Read from April 30 to May 04, 2012

I won this from the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

I really felt a little bad for winning this when it was meant for an audience 20 years younger than I am. I am so glad I did though! This was a fantastic book. I thoroughly enjoyed it! The characters were interesting, the dialogue was believable and well done. The pacing was good. I would recommend this book to anyone with kids who love to read, and any adults who still enjoy reading a good book regardless of target audience.

I was very impressed that this book wasn't dumbed down the way some books in this age range are. The author managed to insert a large amount of vocabulary and meanings as part of the story and I liked that.
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The latest title by John J. Bonk, Madhattan Mystery, is like being back in the city; the overwhelming hubbub, the news, the landmarks, the summer heat, all through the eyes of three tweens smack dab in the middle of it all.

The McGill siblings are being sent to City Camp so their Dad and his new wife can take a long honeymoon in Europe; their own mother having died two years earlier. No sooner do twelve-year-old Lexi and her ten-year-old brother, Kevin, arrive at Grand Central Station, receive a warm welcome from their quirky, loveable, actress Aunt Roz then Lexi, standing in The Whispering Gallery outside a restaurant, overhears two men planning what could only be a very costly crime. She's willing to dismiss the entire conversation until the newspaper headlines the next morning announce the theft of jewels en route from the Cairo Museum on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the upcoming "Queen of the Nile" exhibit. City Camp orientation gets out earlier than expected so their new smart, sassy "friend" Kim Ling Levine, daughter of the owners of their aunt's apartment building, leads them on an excursion to Central Park.

Using courage, intelligence and taking risks beyond their capabilities Lexi, Kevin and Kim Ling are on a roller coaster ride of events. Taking more twists and turns than a cab in the city the storyline speeds toward an ending filled with surprises right up to the very last page.

What sets this narrative above others in this genre is the vitality in the writing of John J. Bonk. I found myself laughing out loud and marking passages for their true voice, humor and detail.
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