12. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fiction, Mystery

Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking: A 14 Day Mystery by Erin Dionne, 256 pages, read by Angie, on 11/11/2013

Moxie Fleece is looking forward to “the best summer ever” with her best friend Ollie. They will be starting different high schools in the fall and this is the last chance they will have to spend a lot of time together. One morning she opens the door, thinking it is her mother, and finds a red-head woman who tells Moxie that Sully Cupcakes wants his stuff back or else. Moxie’s grandpa, Grumps, used to be in the business. He would hide stuff for local criminals. Grumps has Alzheimer’s now and lives in a nursing home. He has his good days and his bad days, but he still won’t talk to Moxie about Sully Cupcakes. Moxie has 14 days to figure out what Grumps hid and where he hid it. Moxie and Ollie set off on a geo-chaching, mystery tour. They discover that Sully Cupcakes stole 12 items from the Sally Gardner Museum and Grumps hid them around Boston in places where he was working. Their hunt takes them to the State House, Trinity Church and the Green Monster itself (Fenway Park). The red-head dogs their steps all the way, but Moxie is determined to find the art and make sure her family stays safe.

I really enjoyed this mystery. Moxie and Ollie are smart and resourceful and adventurous. Sure there were times when I really wanted them to be a little smarter and tell an adult what was going on, but that would have ruined the story. I enjoyed the fact that the mystery was based on a true crime. The Sally Gardner Museum was really robbed in March 1990, but the art has never been found. I also really enjoyed Moxie’s relationship with Grumps. I thought the depiction of Alzheimer’s was really well done and realistic. This is definitely a book I would recommend to kids.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.

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