Synopses & Reviews
The third in a contemporary series just like Encyclopedia Brown, but with a little more brawn, and a lot more brainteasers!
Super-sleuth Charlie Collier is thinking about taking a hiatus from his detective agency to play a private eye in a school playbut when some real robberies stump the police, Charlie realizes that detective work really is his true calling.
He and his sidekicks Henry and Scarlett team up with Charlies grandma and her old buddy Eugene to set a trap for the robberone theyre sure will catch him. But the trap doesnt work out quite the way they thought it would, leaving Charlie, Henry and Scarlett in grave danger.
This high-stakes adventure is filled to the brim with brainteasers. Charlie can solve them allcan you?
What people are saying about Charlie Collier's first caper:
I loved reading The Homemade Stuffing Caper. The mystery is challenging. The many characters in the book are great fun. I look forward to reading the next Charlie Collier story, and the next, and the next, and the . . .”David A. Adler, author of the Cam Jansen mysteries
The Homemade Stuffing Caper is an exciting mystery, full of jokes and puns, as well as brainteasers and lots of detective work. This may be the first mystery you dont want the detective to solve, because you wont want it to end!”Bookpage
Brisk and absorbing, author John Madormos debut tips its fedora to hard-boiled classics with its sixth-grader meets Sam Spade narration.”FamilyFun Magazine
With mysteries to solve, codes to decrypt, and an extended cast of colorful characters in tow, this first in a new series offers lots of mystery fans to chew on and will leave them hungry for the next installment.”Booklist
A Bookpage Top Ten Summer Reading Selection for 2012
"Barnett's coolly hysterical sendup of the Hardy Boys is peppered with excerpts from Bailey Brothers books and (too few of) Rex's tongue-in-cheek black-and-white illustrations and will entertain all who have outgrown the originals. Pray for sequels." Kirkus Reviews
"A smart, amusing mystery, this promising first novel is a fine start for the Brixton Brothers series." Booklist
"There is abundant humor...especially in the frequent quoting of the Bailey Brothers' Detective Handbook, a tongue-in-cheek mockery of vintage detective stories chock full of exclamation points....Rex's comic-like full-page illustrations, styled with a retro flair, offer additional punch." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"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." School Library Journal
Steve Brixton always wanted to be a detective... until he found out he already was
It all starts here: The thrilling story of Steve Bixton's first case. Our hero has a national treasure to recover, a criminal mastermind to unmask, and a social studies report due Monday — all while on the run from cops, thugs, and secret-agent librarians.
Since when can librarians rappel from helicopters? Does Steve have any brothers or sisters? If not, then why is this series called The Brixton Brothers? You will solve all these mysteries and many more by the time you finish The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity.
We think you'll agree: Steve Brixton's first adventure is his best adventure yet.
Steve Brixton is an average 7th grader. Until one Saturday at the library when he finds himself caught up in America's most top secret case.
Steve Brixton is an average seventh grader. Until one day at the library when he finds himself caught up in America's most top secret case. The only way to solve the mystery is to work with his Bailey Brothers Handbook. Illustrations.
Seventh-grader Steve Brixton is an avid reader of the Bailey Brothers series, and heand#8217;s about to get a chance to put the detective tactics heand#8217;s read so much about into practice. Heand#8217;s out to solve a mystery being investigated by Americaand#8217;s most secret crime solving agency: the United States Department of Library Sciences. It will take all of Steveand#8217;s skills to navigate this story of intrigue and crime as he tracks down the missing quilt (yes, quilt) containing all of Americaand#8217;s secrets.
Hes got a talent for unraveling the most tangled mysteries
Charlie Collier is back solving mysteries out of his parents' garage, and this one's a doozy! Charlies friend Shermans brother is missing and its up to Charlie to track him down. And then there's a series of robberies in town involving masked teenagers. Could they be related? Charlie has to get himself in a heap of troublelike getting thrown in juvie! to figure out what's going on.
About the Author
Mac Barnett is a rising star in the literary industry. He is the program director of 826 LA, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students with their creative and expository writing skills. He lives in Los Angeles.
Adam Rex has written and illustrated several picture books, including Tree Ring Circus and Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich as well as the novel The True Meaning of Smekday. He and his wife live in Philadelphia.