I really enjoyed this book, especially the parts with the librarians. I always knew that librarians were awesome (I am one, after all), but I never realized that librarians were the “most elite, best trained secret force in the United States of America. Probably the world.” Cool.
This first offering in the Brixton Brothers series is great for kids who love mysteries with a bit of humor. Steve Brixton falls prey to every private detective stereotype there is, but he still manages to solve a couple of cases, mainly by bumbling his way through. Steve is a likable character that many kids will relate to, primarily because they’re used to adults not listening to them and they often wonder if there’s more to their teachers–and librarians–than they realize.
I’m glad this book is a nominee for this year’s South Carolina Children’s Book Award. Otherwise, I may not have picked it up.
Two more Brixton Brothers books are already available: #2, The Ghostwriter Secret; and #3, It Happened on a Train. For more information on these books and author Mac Barnett, visit http://www.macbarnett.com/.