Monday, May 2, 2016

Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking

Dionne, Erin.  Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking.  NY: Puffin Books, c2013.  248 pages.  Iowa Teen Award reading list for 2016-2017.

Can doing things wrong turn out right?  Moxie (aka Margaret Mildred Fleece) has always been pretty good about following rules but a mysterious red-headed stranger changes all that.  The stranger seems to think that Moxie can get her information about some missing items that may be related to an unsolved art theft at a Boston museum.  Moxie is worried that her grandfather's gangster connections are catching up with him and he is in an Alzheimer's care center with only a few rare days when his memory still functions.  The stranger has threatened to hurt Moxie, her family and even her friends if she doesn't get "the goods."

Moxie finally got an important summer privilege (a pass for the T) from her over-protective Mom but she has to break the attached rules almost right away in order to track down clues to the whereabouts of the stolen objects.  She and her friend, Ollie, travel all over Boston in search of the locations her grandfather worked at, hoping the objects will be there.

Her friend Ollie is obsessed with Geo-caching and that plays a role in solving the mystery.

A good mystery, filled with humor and close calls.  Recommended for junior high and above.  Review by Mrs. Belknap

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