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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Imagine a young Nancy Drew-with a dog-walking business, a twin brother, and a thoroughly modern, fresh perspective

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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)

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Bloomsbury USA
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Maggie Brooklyn Mystery Series , #1
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