The Real McCoys

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Book Information
Rating: Excellent
Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Matthew Swanson
Illustrator: Robbi Behr
Publisher: Imprint
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9781250098528
Pages: 323

Eddie, the prized stuffed owl mascot of Tiddlywhump Elementary School, has gone missing, and Moxie McCoy is on the case. Her best friend and partner has just moved away, so she’s looking for a replacement while trying to figure out who’s done it. After a few false accusations, evidence finding, and multiple trips to the principal’s office, the case is finally solved by Moxie’s observant little brother, Milton.

A fun blend of text and art, this book combines the narrative style of chapter books with the picture-filled graphic novel style to create an engaging work. This story is geared toward elementary school kids who will enjoy trying to solve the grade school mystery. The humor and perspective definitely fit the intended audience as well. Entertaining readers throughout, this book also teaches some lessons on learning from mistakes and how to be a good friend and sibling. Funny, sweet, and simple—a book kids will love.