- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 4
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Walker Childrens (May 14, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802734707
- ISBN-13: 978-0802734709
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,632,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Madhattan Mystery Paperback – May 14, 2013
"Bonk skillfully peppers his dialogue with plenty of wit as well as Yiddish and Chinese phrases (courtesy of Kim Ling) and creates a spirited plot with more twists and turns than a New York taxi ride." - Children's Literature, Lauren Abbey Greenberg
"Incredibly entertaining." - MysteriousReviews.com
"Bonk uses the Manhattan setting with aplomb, adding a touch of mystery and humor to create a page-turner for young sleuths." - CourierPress.com, Karen MacPherson
"Fun, free-spirited, and fantastic..." - Pamela Thompson, Texas librarian & reviewer for El Paso Times
"One of the best reads of 2012, it ranks as one of my all time favorite mysteries. Weaving the flashbacks within the story was touchingly brilliant." - Librarian's Quest, Margie Myers-Culver
“Both an involving mystery and a treat for fans of well-developed characters, Madhattan Mystery is also a fun tour of New York City that fans of Scott Mebus’ fantastical Gods of Manhattan will enjoy.” – Seattle Public Library
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Can the crime of the century be solved in a New York minute?
While their father honeymoons with his new wife, Lexi McGill and her younger brother, Kevin, are spending their summer in New York City with their actress aunt. Fitting into the hustle and bustle of city life is tough enough for these small-town kids, but when Lexi overhears a secret plot to hide Cleopatra's famous jewels after they're stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, their low-key summer turns into a high-stakes adventure.
With the whole world waiting for the crime to be solved, Lexi and Kevin join forces with New York native and budding investigative journalist, Kim Ling Levine, to track down the thieves and rake in the reward money. But after countless dead ends, a death-defying journey deep below Grand Central Station, and a run-in with a feisty runaway, can Lexi, Kevin, and Kim solve the mystery of the missing treasure before the Big Apple bites back?
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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.
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.
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. Each of the three main characters are lively, wise in their own ways with frailties and flaws; Lexi, sensible, superstitious and haunted by the past, Kevin, fearful, optimistic and innocent and Kim Ling, a walking dictionary, brimming with intelligence and too sharp-tongued for her own good.
Madhattan Mystery penned by John J. Bonk is as fast-paced, spirited and filled with a mixture of personalities as the city in which it is set. One of the best reads of 2012, it ranks as one of my all time favorite mysteries.