Max & Maddy and the Chocolate Money Mystery (Max and Maddy Series)

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Max and Maddy Twist have a flair for solving crimes. You might even say it's in their blood. That's because their parents once ran a thriving detective agency—until the notorious Professor Claude Sardine shut them down. But now Max and Maddy are ready to pick up where their parents left off.

When a Swiss businessman asks for their help in catching a bank robber, Max and Maddy can't wait to take on the case. But little do they expect to find ...

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Overview

Max and Maddy Twist have a flair for solving crimes. You might even say it's in their blood. That's because their parents once ran a thriving detective agency—until the notorious Professor Claude Sardine shut them down. But now Max and Maddy are ready to pick up where their parents left off.

When a Swiss businessman asks for their help in catching a bank robber, Max and Maddy can't wait to take on the case. But little do they expect to find themselves hot on the trail of a gang of thieving St. Bernards!

Bestselling novelist Alexander McCall Smith introduces readers to a delightfully funny new set of heroes—and the tricky villain who's always keeping them on their toes.

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"Fast-moving, lighthearted mystery." —Publishers Weekly

"Featherweight yet fun fare for those just mastering chapter books." —Booklist

Children's Literature - Naomi Milliner
Meet Max and Maddy Twist, a pair of brother and sister detectives. The siblings' vocation is in the genes. Their parents had run the best detective agency in the country until one of their cases incurred the wrath of the evil Professor Sardine, who was wicked since birth. Ruined by their nemesis, Mr. and Mrs. Twist now run an ice cream parlor. Their offspring, however, fresh from winning the grand Cluedo competition, are just embarking on their first case. It seems someone is taking most of the money out of Swiss banks! With their folks' blessings, the kids fly to Switzerland, where they are astonished to learn that the robbers are, in fact, St. Bernards. Recruiting their own spy St. Bernard, the siblings follow him (and his shifty new owner) to the villains' hideout, and find an even bigger surprise. Will they alert the authorities? Capture him themselves? Outwit him? Avenge their parents? Win a chocolatey reward? You will have to read it to find out! This reissue is a fun tale with clever, likeable heroes. Most of the illustrations were unavailable in this review copy, but the few there were adequate. The chapter titles tend to give away the story, thereby reducing the tension and surprise, but it is still enjoyable to see this resourceful pair of siblings in action.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599900360
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Series: Max and Maddy Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander McCall Smith has written more than fifty books, including the bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries, The Sunday Philosophy Club series, and many children's stories. A professor of medical law at Edinburgh University, he was born in what is now Zimbabwe and currently lives in Scotland.

www.alexandermccallsmith.com

Macky Pamintuan is an animator, graphic illustrator, and fine artist. He has illustrated several chapter books, and a picture book. He lives in Dinuba, California.

www.mackyart.com

Biography

Alexander McCall Smith was born in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) and went to school in Bulawayo, near the Botswana border. Although he moved to Scotland to attend college and eventually settled in Edinburgh, he always felt drawn to southern Africa and taught law for a while at the University of Botswana. He has written a book on the criminal law of Botswana, and among his successful children's books is a collection of African folk tales, Children of Wax.

Eventually, Smith had an urge to write a novel about a woman who would embody the qualities he admired in the people of Botswana, and the result, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, was a surprise hit, receiving two special Booker citations and a place on the Times Literary Supplement's International Books of the Year and the Millennium list. "The author's prose has the merits of simplicity, euphony and precision," Anthony Daniels wrote in the Sunday Telegraph. "His descriptions leave one as if standing in the Botswanan landscape. This is art that conceals art. I haven't read anything with such unalloyed pleasure for a long time."

Despite the book's success in the U.K., American publishers were slow to take an interest, and by the time The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency was picked up by Pantheon Books, Smith had already written two sequels. The books went from underground hits to national phenomena in the United States, spawning fan clubs and inspiring celebratory reviews. Smith is also the author of a detective series featuring the insatiably curious philosopher Isabel Dalhousie and the 44 Scotland Street novels, which present a witty portrait of Edinburgh society

In an interview on the publisher's web site, Smith says he thinks the country of Botswana "particularly chimes with many of the values which Americans feel very strongly about -- respect for the rule of law and for individual freedom. I hope that readers will also see in these portrayals of Botswana some of the great traditional virtues in Africa -- in particular, courtesy and a striking natural dignity."

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As a professor at Edinburgh Law School, Smith specializes in criminal law and medical law, and has written about the legal and ethical aspects of euthanasia, medical research, and medical practice.

When he isn't writing books or teaching, Smith finds time to play the bassoon in the candidly named amateur ensemble he co-founded, The Really Terrible Orchestra.

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