The Maltese Mummy (Chicagoland Detective Agency Series #2)

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A friend has vanished, a mummy's amulet is missing, and there's a weirdo out there looking for human brains and hearts. The Chicagoland Detective Agency—run by Megan, Raf, and his talking dog Bradley—have more than enough cases on their hands (and paws). But where to start?

Megan's too busy for private-detecting. Her haikus won her tickets to meet the drop-dead gorgeous rock star Sun D'Arc. Raf is sure that Sun is too good not to be really bad. He must be involved in one of ...

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Overview

A friend has vanished, a mummy's amulet is missing, and there's a weirdo out there looking for human brains and hearts. The Chicagoland Detective Agency—run by Megan, Raf, and his talking dog Bradley—have more than enough cases on their hands (and paws). But where to start?

Megan's too busy for private-detecting. Her haikus won her tickets to meet the drop-dead gorgeous rock star Sun D'Arc. Raf is sure that Sun is too good not to be really bad. He must be involved in one of their cases. And what about Sun's suspiciously familiar manager? Or the pushy new girl at school? Can Bradley, dog genius, pull his team together and sniff out what suspect goes with which case?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
How can the arrival of a rock star and the disappearance of a mummy from the Art Institute have anything in common? Megan invites Raf (referred to as the Prince of Nerds) to see and hear a famous rock idol named Sun. She won two tickets by submitting her haiku poems to the newspaper. When Raf could not go, she took William instead. At the show, things take a turn when William is told he can have a private interview with Sun and is allowed to bring Megan with him. In the dressing room, Sun goes on a rampage when he does not get his special herb tea. Questions that are asked by Megan are ignored and Sun is busy asking William questions like his height, background information, and finally gives him a frock coat to wear and tells him to keep it. This all seems very strange to Megan. The mystery has presented itself and it is up to Megan and Raf to solve both cases. The story is amusing, fresh, and interesting, but the mystery itself does not quite make it. There were just too many coincidences. The illustrations are absolutely fantastic and add much to the story. Both boys and girls will enjoy this second book in the "Chicagoland Detective Agency" series. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—If Rob Reger's Emily the Strange accessorized, swept her bangs to the side, and got an extra-strength dose of perkiness, she would be very much like Megan Yamamura, one of the partners in the Chicagoland Detective Agency. Megan's adventures with Raf and his talking dog, Bradley, continue in this installment when a teen rock idol has a suspicious connection to a mummy at the museum's ancient Egyptian exhibition. While the characters are in high school and the black-and-white artwork at first glance seems to lean toward edgier fare, the Goth look is actually cheerful and supports the juvenile humor quite well. Examples of tween-centric touches include Bradley collapsing a dinosaur skeleton because he cannot resist a bone, riffs on Humphrey Bogart-inspired film noir, obvious red herrings, and an easily recognizable villain from the previous book. Those who want plots that are more Scooby Doo than Nancy Drew will enjoy this silly romp of a mystery.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761346159
  • Publisher: Graphic Universe
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Series: Chicagoland Detective Agency Series , #2
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,025,224
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: GN580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Tyler Page lives in Minneapolis with his wife Cori Doerrfeld (who is also an artist) and their daughter. He was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2003 and received a Xeric Foundation grant in 2007 to publish the first volume of Nothing Better. To date he has created and published 6 books of his own in addition to doing comics and illustration work for a variety of commercial clients. When he's not drawing he serves as the Director of Print Technology Services at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2011

    Megan, Raf, and "doggy Einstein," Bradley, once again join forces to solve a freaky mystery ...

    Raf Hernandez and "doggy Einstein," Bradley were gaming on the Raf-box when Megan Yamamura walked in chattering about her invitation to a press conference. There hadn't been much business (none actually) at the Chicagoland Detective Agency and so Raf, "the prince of nerds," was busy designing video games. Megan was excited because she was going to the conference to see Sun D'Arc, an awesome singer, and she had an extra ticket to offer Raf, her one and only friend.

    Raf suddenly came down with the flu and Megan decided to invite William Johnson instead. When they arrived, Megan pushed through the crowd with William and snagged a couple of saved seats. When Sun D'Arc and his manager, Vora Schak, came out the questions began to fly from all directions, but Vora quickly told them to all "SHADUP." They were only going to pick one reporter to ask questions and that was none other than . . . William! Megan quickly got in their good graces and was able to get them agree to let her go along.

    Megan began to pop some questions, but was put on ignore. "Sun, about the rumors that your father is a wizard--" Mysteriously, he was only interested in William and asked if he'd try on his frock coat, a coat that turned out to be a "perfect fit." Vora quickly clapped his hands and showed them to the door. Once outside Megan put her ear to the door and listened as they talked about William. "The boy is exactly the right size, shape, everything! I feel the blood of my homeland flowing through his veins!" Back on the home front Raf and Bradley had discovered Ra-Hotep, a mummy at the Art Institute, was missing his amulet. The sudden disappearance of William deepened the mystery. Were they somehow connected? It looked like there was going to be a case for the Chicagoland Detective Agency to solve!

    Megan, Raf, and "doggy Einstein," Bradley, once again join forces to solve a freaky mystery. This book is drawn in black and white, the typical manga format, one that I find quite appealing. This is the second in the "Chicagoland Detective Agency Series," a quirky mystery that won't disappoint the young reader. This mystery highlights Megan Yamamura who is wowed by Sun D'Arc a teen singing idol, who turned out to be a lot weirder than she ever expected. Of course the Chicagoland Detective Agency claims that there is "no case too weird" for them to tackle and this mystery certainly fits the bill. Both the author and the illustrator are Eisner Award nominees and are packing a punch with this series. Next up in line is case #3, "Night of the Living Dogs."

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