Ivy and Bean Take the Case: Book 10

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Watch out, you diabolical masterminds! There's a new detective on Pancake Court: Bean! She laughs at danger! She solves even the most mysterious mysteries! What? There aren't any mysteries? Then Bean and her assistant, Ivy, will make some!
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Overview

Watch out, you diabolical masterminds! There's a new detective on Pancake Court: Bean! She laughs at danger! She solves even the most mysterious mysteries! What? There aren't any mysteries? Then Bean and her assistant, Ivy, will make some!
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Watching a film noir with her mother inspires the ever-rambunctious Bean to become a freelance detective. Unfortunately for her, she doesn't live in a crime-ridden neighborhood and she soon comes to realize that before she can search for clues, she must first find a case. When she spots a mysterious bright yellow rope on Dino's property, our pint-sized Sherlock Holmes knows she's on the case. But what she and her precocious partner, best friend Ivy discover, or don't, is only a small part of the pleasure of this Pancake Court caper. Editor's recommendation.

From the Publisher
"Another fun-filled conundrum for these beloved characters."--The San Francisco Chronicle

"These early chapter books continue to please: cleverly entertaining stories, and illustrations to match."-The Horn Book Magazine

"Only a stooge couldn't love Ivy and Bean."-Kirkus Reviews

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"Only a stooge couldn't love Ivy and Bean."-Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews
The intrigue swirls thick 'round Pancake Court. Inspired by a black-and-white movie her mother watches with her even though it's not on the list of 10 movies without mean people, smoking, bad words and tiny clothes, Bean goes into the PI business. Donning an old fedora, in no time she attracts the attention of the other neighborhood children, including best friend Ivy. Bean solves a couple of mysteries--what's under the cement lids in all the lawns, why the letter carrier takes a two-hour nap every day--but the kids are not particularly impressed. Then a real mystery arises: A bright yellow rope appears, tied around Dino's chimney and trailing onto his lawn. Incredibly, each day it lengthens, sprawling around the cul-de-sac and evidently evading the notice of every adult there. Bean's reputation is at stake. Her efforts to nab Mr. Whoever-ties-the-rope involve lots of shared speculation and a midnight stakeout with loyal Ivy…but no perp. As always, Barrows' keen understanding of children yields scenarios that are right on the money: Bean cheerfully watches her mother's favorite noir classic and gleans only the details her mother would rather she not have noticed; she sets and resets a kitchen timer four times in order to wake up at midnight. And her nonsolution results in a conclusion that will madden adults but that is wisely, perfectly childlike. Only a stooge couldn't love Ivy and Bean. (Fiction. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452106991
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Series: Ivy and Bean Series , #10
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 58,288
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Annie Barrows
Annie Barrows is the author of many children's books, including the Ivy + Bean series and The Magic Half, as well as several books for adults, including the bestselling novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.

Sophie Blackall has illustrated over 20 books for children and adults. Her illustrations have won awards ranging from the Ezra Jack Keats Award, the BCCB Blue Ribbon Picture Book Award, and the Founders Award from the Society of Illustrators and can be found everywhere from the New York Times to the transit posters on the New York Subway. Originally from Australia, she now lives in Brooklyn.

Biography

A voracious reader (but an admittedly poor speller!), Annie Barrows grew up in northern California. One of her first jobs, while she was still in school, was re-shelving books in one of her favorite haunts, the public library. She attended the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with a degree in Medieval History. After graduation, she went to work for a publisher, editing books in many different fields.

Bitten by the writing bug, Barrows received her M.F.A in Creative Writing from California's Mills College. She wrote several books on such diverse topics as fortune telling, urban legends, and opera before branching into children's literature. In June of 2006, she released Ivy and Bean, the first award-winning book in a series about two young girls who become best friends in spite of their differences. In 2007, she published The Magic Half, a standalone children's fantasy about the middle child (between two sets of twins) who travels back in time and befriends a young girl in need of her help.

In addition, Barrows and her aunt, the late Mary Ann Shaffer, collaborated on a post-WWII epistolary novel entitled The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Conceived by Shaffer, the novel was accepted for publication in 2006, shortly before Shaffer fell ill. Barrows stepped in to complete the project, and the book was published in 2008 to positive reviews.

Good To Know

Here are some fascinating outtakes from our interview with Annie Barrows:
  • I can read palms. I learned when I was researching a book on fortune-telling, and I figure it's my back-up career if this writing thing doesn't work out. I can also read head lumps, but no thanks.

  • In my house, we have a Museum of Despair. The collection includes a burst pipe; the wire hanger that was being used to open my car when I surprised the thief; the stitches from my daughter's knee; a bottle of vodka so old that it's a product of the Soviet Union; and a broken thermometer.

  • There are two quotations stuck to the wall over my desk. Here they are: .

    "But how could it be true, Sir?" said Peter.
    "Why do you say that?" asked the Professor.
    "Well, for one thing," said Peter, "if it was real why doesn't everyone find this country every time they go to the wardrobe? I mean, there was nothing there when we looked; even Lucy didn't pretend there was."
    "What has that to do with it?" said the Professor.
    "Well, Sir, if things are real, they're there all the time."
    "Are they?" said the Professor; and Peter did not know quite what to say.
    --from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis

    "Behold, you look on a man that is soon to be dust. Yet because love endures all things, tell me, I pray you, how fares the human race: if new roofs be risen in the ancient cities, whose empire is it that now sways the world; an if any still survive, snared in the error of the demons."
    --from "The Life of St. Paul the Hermit"

    Most of the time, I don't do anything but work and hang out with my family, but I just got back from a three-week trip to England, where I got a chance to indulge some of my secret fascinations: Neolithic standing stones, haunted battlefields, out-of-the-way castles, and Victorian anthropological collections.

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      1. Also Known As:
        Ann Fiery Barrows; Ann Fiery
      2. Hometown:
        Berkeley, CA
      1. Date of Birth:
        August 24, 1962
      2. Place of Birth:
        San Diego, CA
      1. Education:
        University of California at Berkeley, B.A. in Medieval History; Mills College, M.F.A. in Creative Writing

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 28, 2013

      My 10 year old niece in 5th grade has patiently awaited the publ

      My 10 year old niece in 5th grade has patiently awaited the publication of Book 10 preordered with September delivery date.  In preparation for Book 10 adventures, she reread Book 9.  The author writing Ivy and Bean chapter books created a loyal fan sharing with family, friends and relatives the adventures of this duo team.  My sincere appreciation to the author for excellent writing skills capturing the hearts of a third grade reader encouraging her love of reading achieving fluent reader status in 5th grade.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 30, 2013

      It is a ok book.

      I recomened 6 to 8


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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 28, 2014

      LOVE this series

      I really love the series i was kindoff disapontid that the book was only 73pages long i liked it when the books were150 pages long but overall great job please make many more books. I can't wait to read more great job.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 3, 2014

      Love it.

      I love this series.i love the sence of adventure!well.....bye now

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 21, 2013

      Okay

      Not as well written as the others .

      2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 3, 2013

      God Od GOOD not best

      It is good not the best tough but still good! 12345graders reading level appropeate perfect for kids but not for me good job though srry puting bad update

      1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 23, 2014

      Ok

      It was very good until the ending expect the longer book they never solved the mystery and I didn't like that is the next book it doesn't state who did it then I will be very disappointed

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