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IT HAPPENED ON A TRAIN by Mac Barnett

IT HAPPENED ON A TRAIN

From the Brixton Brothers series, volume 3

By Mac Barnett (Author) , Adam Rex (Illustrator)

Age Range: 10 - 14

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4169-7819-0
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The Brixton Brothers Detective Agency is no more.

Kid gumshoe Steve Brixton (who actually doesn’t have a brother, he just picked the name because it mirrors his beloved Bailey Brothers detective stories) has, at the ripe old age of 12, retired from the detecting game. He became disenchanted upon discovering, during his last adventure (Ghostwriter Secret, 2010), that the author of those inspiring books was actually a criminal mastermind. So Steve’s given up his agency, and now his best chum Dana is spending entirely too much time with Other Dana, his girlfriend. Little does Steve know that signing up for the Model U.N. with Dana and Other Dana will place him on a train rocketing toward detecting destiny! When meeting a mysterious young lady onboard gets Steve invited into the mysterious last car on the Sunset Coastliner, Steve and Dana (but not Other Dana) find themselves invited to protect Mr. Vanderdraak’s new, vintage motor car from serial car thieves! Can Steve solve the case? More importantly, can he go more than five minutes without getting trapped somewhere? Barnett’s sly and often silly Hardy Boy parody chugs along with plenty of laughs and enough honest-to-gosh mystery to please any lover of boy detective fiction. Rex’s black-and-white pencils (which also parody the Hardy tales) are still a fine match for the goofiness. 

Mention of the next adventure at mystery’s close will make Brixton fans smile. (Humorous mystery. 10-14)