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Publisher's Note:  

All set to spend their summer in New York City with their aunt while their father is honeymooning with his new wife, Lexi and her younger brother Kevin’s snoozy summer plans turn into high-stakes adventure when Lexi overhears a plot to steal Cleopatra’s famous jewels from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Joining forces with budding investigative journalist Kim Ling Levine, they ditch day camp to track down the thieves and rake in the reward money. Can Lexi, Kevin, and Kim find out who’s behind the jewel heist without getting into too much trouble themselves?

For fans of the classic From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler comes a hilarious whodunnit that will keep readers guessing to the very end.



This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bloomsbury Children's Books


Madhattan Mystery

by John J. Bonk

Review Date:
05/20/2012

Recommended Age:
9+

Overall Rating:
****

Profanity / Language Rating:
***

Violence / Gore Rating:
*

Sex / Nudity Rating:
*

Overall Review:  

In Madhattan Mystery, John J. Bonk delivers a zany, action-packed adventure with a lot of heart. Lexi's voice is pitch-perfect, and her story drew me in right away! I loved timid, motherly Lexi, quirky Kevin, and verbose teen journalist Kim Ling Levine. Madhattan Mystery had me turning pages right up until the last word! This book is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good mystery, great characterizations, and a story with more twists and turns than a Manhattan taxi ride!

 

(This is a review of an uncorrected proof.)


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language: 24 religious exclamations. There was also 1 religious exclamation in Spanish and a few instances of mild British profanity ("bloody").

 

Violence/Gore: A pair of teenage girls gets into a brief scuffle. A teenage girl tells another teenage girl that she will "rearrange her face."

 

Sex/Nudity: An adult women flirts with grown men on one occasion.



Mature Subject Matter:  

Death of a parent, remarriage of a parent, anxiety, robbery, disobeying and lying to guardians.



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

***



Reviewed By CindyB
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