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The Real McCoys
The Real McCoys Series, Book 1
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Her name's Moxie. Moxie McCoy.Bold, opinionated, and haplessly self-confident, the world's greatest fourth-grade detective faces her biggest challenge! When someone kidnaps beloved school mascot Eddie...
Her name's Moxie. Moxie McCoy.Bold, opinionated, and haplessly self-confident, the world's greatest fourth-grade detective faces her biggest challenge! When someone kidnaps beloved school mascot Eddie...
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  • Her name's Moxie. Moxie McCoy.

    Bold, opinionated, and haplessly self-confident, the world's greatest fourth-grade detective faces her biggest challenge! When someone kidnaps beloved school mascot Eddie the Owl, Moxie is on the case—but she's forced to fly solo now that her best friend (and crime-solving partner) has moved away.

    Moxie must interview her classmates—both as potential new best friends and as possible suspects. She finds clues and points fingers but can't save the owl on her own. Enter Moxie's little brother, Milton. Quiet, cautious, and boring as a butter knife, he's a good listener.

    Can the Real McCoys form an unlikely alliance and solve the crime of the century?

    Bursting with interactive illustrations on every page, Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr's The Real McCoys delivers clever storytelling, laugh-out-loud humor, and heartwarming insight. This is the first book in a series.

    An Imprint Book

    "Readers will breeze through this ingenious combination of text and art, eager for Moxie and Milton's next case." —School Library Journal, starred review

    "Swanson's witty text is enhanced exponentially by Behr's bold, original artwork to create a uniquely told whodunit with wide appeal ... An exceptional book." —Booklist, starred review

    "Delightfully topsy-turvy...readers will hope to see more of both siblings soon." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

    "An exceptional middle-grade read packed with giggles for young sleuths who love to explore a little off the beaten path." —Kirkus Reviews

    "An ingenious new series...an innovative reading experience that surprises and delights. Wordplay, witty descriptions and visual jokes abound." —The Washington Post

    "Swanson and Behr have created a gem with this hilarious elementary-level read with graphic novel tendencies." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

    "This clever, funny, delightful book is just what this crazy world needs. The surprising and inventive interaction between text and illustration shows that two brains are, indeed, better than one—especially when they belong to Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr." —Andrea Beaty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Ada Twist Scientist

    An Amazon Best Book of the Month

    A Junior Library Guild Selection

About the Author-

  • Author/illustrator, husband/wife duo Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr spend all day, every day, making stuff together, including their debut trade picture book Babies Ruin Everything, picture book Everywhere, Wonder (February 2017), and the middle grade series The Real McCoys (fall 2017). In addition to speaking and teaching on collaboration and creative entrepreneurship, raising three small children, and fishing commercially for sockeye salmon on the Alaskan tundra each summer, Matthew and Robbi run Bobbledy Books (an indie press offering picture books and music for kids) from the hayloft of their home/barn/studio on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Reviews-

  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from September 25, 2017
    Swanson and Behr—the husband-wife creators of Everywhere, Wonder and Babies Ruin Everything—track a delightfully topsy-turvy day at Tiddlywhump Elementary in this heavily illustrated and impressively designed story. Their heroine is the hugely self-confident and aptly named Moxie McCoy, a 10-year-old aspiring sleuth inspired by an intrepid fictional detective. As the novel unfolds, Moxie interviews candidates to replace a best friend who moved away, attempts to identify the person who stole school mascot Eddie the Owl, and expects to clinch the award given to the student “who has best lived up to Eddie’s ideals of courage, patience, and wisdom.” Quick to judge and jump to conclusions, she doesn’t mince words: a pair of twins vying for the award “are about as lovable as the bumps on the end of an alligator’s nose.” Snappy analogies, similes, and double entendres play out in Behr’s energetic illustrations, a rambunctious jumble of cartoons, fonts, and dialogue balloons. At the heart of the story is Moxie’s deepening rapport with her bookish younger brother, Max, and readers will hope to see more of both siblings soon. Ages 8–12. Agent: Meredith Kaffel Simonoff, DeFiore and Co.

  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from August 1, 2017

    Gr 3-5-A lot can happen in one day when you're the world's greatest fourth grade detective. Moxie McCoy aims to find both her school's stolen mascot and a new best friend while surviving multiple trips to the principal's office. Moxie's biggest surprise of the day? A new appreciation of her "boring as a butter knife" younger brother Milton, who reveals detective skills of his own. Moxie knows the meaning of her name, and embraces it as a mantra. With fictional girl detective Annabelle Adams as her muse, Moxie crackles with enthusiasm and ideas that leave her hair literally standing on end. Heavily illustrated, the book's design makes it a standout: playful interactions between text and black monochromatic cartoon art create a visual treat. Moxie bumps her head in frustration against a line of text; on another page, she's buried under her principal's angry word bubble. Drenched in slapstick humor, hyperbole, and wit, Behr's artwork makes every page unique and keeps a longer book within reach of younger readers. Adding depth to the fun is Moxie's glossary of vocabulary ("happenstance") and phrases ("go for the jugular") along with wrap-up questions encouraging personal reflection and understanding of the book's characters. VERDICT First in a series, readers will breeze through this ingenious combination of text and art, eager for Moxie and Milton's next case. A first purchase for all middle grade collections.-Marybeth Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    September 1, 2017
    Fourth-grader Moxie McCoy must solve the crime of the century when the school mascot goes missing. She's aptly named, but the spunky white girl prefers to go by Slim while she's on a case. When the stuffed owl mascot, Eddie, is taken from a display case, the entire school is in an uproar. Moxie, whose entomologist mother has named an insect after her, takes it upon herself to find the culprit. Like any good detective with "high standards and excellent taste," she narrows down her suspects by process of elimination. Trouble is, Moxie is a tad impulsive and has a tendency to jump to conclusions. With some behind-the-scenes help from her little brother, Milton, and a lot of patience from the school principal, illustrated as a black woman, Moxie comes to examine what she did right and where she might need improvement. More Pippi Longstocking than Nancy Drew with her sassy gumption, unflappable enthusiasm, and wild imagination, Moxie has a flair for the frequent offbeat declaration: "I am fairly certain that a dilemma is a kind of ferocious desert animal. I am surprised that Principal Jones thinks I might have one." Each page is ebulliently decorated with hurly-burly fonts and rambunctious graphics. Questions to readers in the form of an "official debrief" prompt critical thinking about Moxie's narrative. An exceptional middle-grade read packed with giggles for young sleuths who love to explore a little off the beaten path. (glossary) (Fiction. 8-12)

    COPYRIGHT(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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