It Happened on a Train (Brixton Brothers Series #3)

It Happened on a Train (Brixton Brothers Series #3)

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by Mac Barnett, Adam Rex
     
 

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For a great detective, the best part of retiring is coming out of retirement.

Retired private detective and current seventh grader Steve Brixton has a new job: He takes out the trash for five bucks a week. But it’s hard to leave the old game behind, and on a train trip down the California coast, Steve and his best chum, Dana, are pulled into a

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Overview

For a great detective, the best part of retiring is coming out of retirement.

Retired private detective and current seventh grader Steve Brixton has a new job: He takes out the trash for five bucks a week. But it’s hard to leave the old game behind, and on a train trip down the California coast, Steve and his best chum, Dana, are pulled into a mystery involving a fleet of stolen automobiles, a vanishing girl, and a phantom train car. Oh, and there might just be some romance….
This laugh-out-loud mystery is a witty, modern-day companion to the adventures of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew that brims with humor and intrigue.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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."—Kirkus Reviews

"An amusing addition to the Brixton Brothers series."—Booklist

Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
In the third "Brixton Brothers Mystery," seventh grader Steve Brixton has decided to retire from his detective agency and throw away his complete set of the Bailey Brothers Mysteries, from which he learned his detecting skills. He has become disillusioned with the author who became a criminal himself. However, despite his efforts to retire, he is drawn into a mystery when he travels with his best friend Dana by train to attend Model UN in San Diego. First, he meets a mysterious girl who inexplicably vanishes from the train while it is in motion. Then, he and Dana are caught snooping and find themselves in a special, secret, train car with Claire, her uncle, and the wealthy Mr. and Mrs. Vanderdraak. The uncle is a detective who was hired by Mr. Vanderdraak to guard a very special vintage automobile that is being transported on the train. When the car vanishes, Steve decides that now is not the time to retire. A daring chase over the top of the moving train and a kidnapping ensue before the resurrected Brixton Brothers Detective Agency, with Steve as the only Brixton, solves the case. Adam Rex's cartoonish drawings add to the hilarity of Steve's adventures in detecting. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416978206
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
09/18/2012
Series:
Brixton Brothers Series, #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
232,435
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.28(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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CHAPTER I THE END

IT WAS WEDNESDAY EVENING, a.k.a. trash night. Steve Brixton, seventh grader, formerly of the Brixton Brothers Detective Agency, plodded along his driveway, dragging a maroon bin behind him. The bin’s wheels rumbled and popped as they rolled over pebbles on the blacktop. This week the Brixton family’s bin was very full. The lid would not close tightly; it bounced up and down, making an irregular, slow clapping sound. And the trash was heavy—Steve could feel the can’s weight in his elbow, and he kept switching the arm he used to drag it: right, then left, and back again. He sighed. Tonight was a particularly difficult trash night, and that’s because the garbage bin contained fifty-nine shiny, red-backed books: a complete set of the Bailey Brothers Mysteries, a series of detective novels that until a week and a half ago had been Steve’s favorite books of all time.

Steve pulled the bin down off the curb. It hit the street hard, and its lid bounced open like a clam’s shell, revealing the can’s contents. Steve stood underneath a streetlamp. Its orange bulb flickered and hummed, even though the sun was just now setting and there was still plenty of light in the sky.

There they were, neatly stacked in a cardboard box atop a week’s worth of kitchen scraps and dental floss: Bailey Brothers #1 to #58, and of course The Bailey Brothers’ Detective Handbook, which was jam-packed with Shawn and Kevin Bailey’s Real Crime-Solving Tips and Tricks. (Shawn and Kevin Bailey, as pretty much everybody knows, were the sons of world-famous detective Harris Bailey and the heroes of the Bailey Brothers books—they had their own crime lab and fixed their own cars and were basically the acest sleuths around.) The handbook had chapters full of things every serious gumshoe would need to know: stuff like “Tailing Baddies,” “Making Your Own Blowgun,” and “Modus Operandi, Portrait Parlé, and Other Funny Foreign Phrases for the American Sleuth.”

Steve stood and stared at his books. He looked around. Identical maroon bins stood like sentries outside every home on the street. The neighborhood was quiet. Assured that he was alone, Steve reached out and picked up a book: Bailey Brothers #15: The Phantom of Liar’s Bluff, which started like this:

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From the Publisher
"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."—Kirkus Reviews

"An amusing addition to the Brixton Brothers series."—Booklist

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