Girl's Best Friend (Maggie Brooklyn Mystery Series #1)

Girl's Best Friend (Maggie Brooklyn Mystery Series #1)

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by Leslie Margolis
     
 

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Dogs are disappearing in her neighborhood, and Maggie Brooklyn Sinclair knows all about it. After all, she has a semi-secret after-school gig as a professional (okay, amateur) dog walker. Maggie may have a lot of leads, but she never suspected her crush Milo could be involved. . . . Margolis's fans are flocking to this stylish tween series featuring a clever and

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Dogs are disappearing in her neighborhood, and Maggie Brooklyn Sinclair knows all about it. After all, she has a semi-secret after-school gig as a professional (okay, amateur) dog walker. Maggie may have a lot of leads, but she never suspected her crush Milo could be involved. . . . Margolis's fans are flocking to this stylish tween series featuring a clever and lovable new heroine.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the first book in the Maggie Brooklyn Mystery series, Margolis (Boys Are Dogs) introduces dog-walker Maggie Brooklyn Sinclair, a 12-year-old whose middle name proclaims her parents' move from Manhattan to Brooklyn, which was necessitated by the birth of Maggie and her twin brother, Finn. Filled with authentic borough references, the book opens with standard tween concerns--getting the courage to talk to a crush, fuming over a friend's betrayal--and slowly develops the mysteries Maggie must solve. The principal whodunit concerns a dognapping, and dogs are key characters in secondary story lines, which include the progression of Maggie's crush and the increasingly strange behavior of her eccentric landlady. Margolis tries to make up for the dawdling start (the main mystery isn't introduced until nearly a third of the way in) by including a few red herrings and then rapidly tying up all the loose ends in a speedy, though credible, resolution. Maggie is a friendly and thoughtful narrator with a sharply logical mind; readers who stick with her through the opening chapters will appreciate her intellect and bravery, and applaud her success. Ages 8–12. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Maggie Brooklyn seems to find herself in one mysterious situation after another, but being the clever seven-grader that she is, it's no problem for her to follow the clues. This entry in the series centers on finding out who's stealing and reselling dogs, but Maggie also works on finding the courage to talk to Milo, her school crush, and deal with her ex-best friend now turned mean girl, Ivy. But whom does Ivy turn to when her dog is stolen? Maggie, of course. Ivy's way of getting Maggie's help is to try to steal $100 from her. After many mishaps and misunderstandings, Maggie, figures out what is really going on. This is a bright and cheery read, with lots of action and plot twists and Maggie is by no means a perfect person, so readers can relate to her and her problems. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—Twelve-year-old Maggie Brooklyn is a dog-walker and a wannabe Nancy Drew. She gets her first chance to sleuth when neighborhood dogs begin disappearing. The dognappings are mysteriously introduced in the prologue, but more crimes slowly appear as readers meet and get to know the protagonist. The pacing keeps kids looking for additional clues and gives Maggie a chance to prove what they suspect. Not only does she expose the thief, but she also solves a second mystery—her landlady's missing fortune. That mystery weaves quietly in and out of the chapters as Maggie deals with the missing pets, her crush on Milo, her friend-enemy Ivy, and her busy schedule of dog-walking (plus, keeping it a secret from her parents). Characters are well-developed, typical preteens. Readers will easily identify with these seventh graders, and they will love the eccentric landlady who adds a bit of humor. Mystery fans will enjoy this lighthearted whodunit.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
Kirkus Reviews

In this series debut, Maggie Sinclair tracks down a dognapper and solves a mystery about the noises in the walls of her Brooklyn brownstone apartment building. The 12-year-old heroine, who shares a middle name—Brooklyn—with her twin brother, Finn, is juggling two dogwalking jobs she's keeping secret from her parents, and somehow she attracts the ire of the dogs' former walker. Maggie tells her story in the first person—she's self-possessed and likable, even when her clueless brother invites her ex–best friend, now something of an enemy, to their shared 12th birthday party. Maggie's attention to details helps her to figure out why dogs seem to be disappearing and why there seem to be mice in the walls of her building, though astute readers will pick up on the solution to at least one mystery before Maggie solves it. There's a brief nod to Nancy Drew, but the real tensions in this contemporary preteen story are more about friendship and boy crushes than skullduggery. Still, the setting is appealing, and Maggie is a smart and competent heroine whose personal life is just as interesting as—if not more than—her detective work. (Mystery. 10-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599905259
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Series:
Maggie Brooklyn Mystery Series, #1
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

LESLIE MARGOLIS is the author of more than fifty books for young readers, including two Annabelle Stevens books: Boys Are Dogs and Girls Acting Catty. She lives with her family in Brooklyn-which is also the setting of her new series, the Maggie Brooklyn Mysteries.

www.lesliemargolis.com

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, i have read so many good books but this one tops the charts. It is about a girl named maggie who is suddenly trapped in the middle of an intriguing case. The dogs in the city are disappearing one at a time. Trust me you have to read it. At first maggie thinks that her adorable crush milo is the culprit. Then she has second thoughts. I loved this book. it is amazing and if you like suspensful mysteries then you will to. I have only one more thing to say. BUY IT. And trust me, its not who you think it is at first.
JenniferVG More than 1 year ago
Just read it! Absorbing & adorable with wonderful characters... awaiting another one from Ms. Margolis!
Kelly O'Connor More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it was the best book ever.I read it every day anf when i was done i wanted another book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! At night my parents kept yelling at me to go to bed but as soon as they left i would turn the brightness down hide under my blankets and read on! Great book! Cant wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You must read the book, i love Leslie Margolis's books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was in my school library and i read both of them and they were amazing wish there were more books in the series!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sooooooooooo cute.My sister read it and she did not like it she said it was weird
book4children More than 1 year ago
This book is super cute. I've really started to fall in love with middle grade mysteries. The mystery starts right at the beginning and kept me guessing. I really didn't know who the crook was until the end. There are several mysteries all wrapped up together and happening at the same time. This would be confusing, but the author does a great job of keeping everything straight. Plus, it gives the story a little extra something because you have to figure out which mystery each clue is relevant to. It was a pretty fun read that middle grade children will enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a great book! ;D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Itll have tweens reading the book to there tail-wagging freinds like it did to me and my dog!!:)
Kisha Lear More than 1 year ago
I had to do a report on mystery and from page to page it got better and made me want to finsh it. This book was awsome!!!
The_smart_warriors_reader More than 1 year ago
Somebody wrote a review that this was for ages 6 and up. That is SO not true. I bet they didn't even read it seeing as that remark was followed by "I bet." This book is amazing and I highly recommend it. I am anxiously awaiting a sequel from Leslie Margolis. It was very well written. I liked that Maggie was like me! This book is probably good for girls ages 10 and up. You should definitely read it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the first of a new series. It lloks like the series will be a winner. I like the premise of a girl who walks the neighborhood dogs to earn a little extra money for things she wants.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent read for younger and older readers alike!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found to be more of a younger persons read but found it cute and enjoyable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever. I started it and im half way through in 1 day. Its aaaammmmaaaazzxiiinnngggggg:)
Jackie Harris More than 1 year ago
this book was so good
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This is a great book
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