The Quick Fix

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In this much-anticipated sequel to The Big Splash, junior high detective Matt Stevens is back on the case, bringing us another hilarious middle school noir.
When the star of the basketball team is blackmailed, it’s up to Matt, the lone voice for justice in a morass of middle school corruption, to figure out who’s behind the scheme. Is it eighth-grade crime lord Vinny “Mr. Biggs” Biggio, who has made his name peddling forged hall passes and leading a crew of social assassins who...
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Overview


In this much-anticipated sequel to The Big Splash, junior high detective Matt Stevens is back on the case, bringing us another hilarious middle school noir.
When the star of the basketball team is blackmailed, it’s up to Matt, the lone voice for justice in a morass of middle school corruption, to figure out who’s behind the scheme. Is it eighth-grade crime lord Vinny “Mr. Biggs” Biggio, who has made his name peddling forged hall passes and leading a crew of social assassins who send enemies to the Outs with a humiliating squirt-gun blast below the belt? Or is it his lieutenant and Matt’s former best friend, Kevin? Or a pair of scheming twins who sell Pixy Stix to sugar-addicted classmates? One thing’s for sure: There won’t be a quick fix for the trouble at this middle school.

Praise for The Quick Fix
"The quick-moving plot and interesting characters give this detective story plenty of reluctant-reader appeal."
School Library Journal

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Winner - Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Fiction

Winner of the 2013 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile

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School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—Seventh-grader Matt Stevens is in demand as a private eye. Melissa Scott, a respected cheerleader, hires him to find out why her basketball-star boyfriend is behaving strangely. It is up to Matt to follow the clues while avoiding the dangers that lurk at his middle school, including a team of bullies led by Vincent Biggio, aka Vinny Biggs, and Kevin, Matt's former friend. The bad guys wait in the corners with water guns to supply an embarrassing stream of water to unsuspecting students and thus putting them in "the Outs," the lowest group on the social ladder. With humor and wit, this intrepid, tough-talking, wise-cracking detective works toward unraveling two mysteries, one about a wooden ornament that everyone wants to get their hands on and the other about his dad, who disappeared more than six years ago. The quick-moving plot and interesting characters give this detective story plenty of reluctant-reader appeal. Although a sequel to The Big Splash (Abrams, 2008), there are enough clues from the previous book to allow for stand-alone reading.—Denise Moore, O'Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls, SD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810997257
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 702,211
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack D. Ferraiolo is the author of The Big Splash and Sidekicks. As the head of development at a children’s animation production company, he co-created and writes for WordGirl on PBS, for which he won an Emmy Award. He lives in northern Massachusetts. Visit him online at www.jackferraiolo.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Will there be a nex book?

    Loved it

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  • Posted October 31, 2012

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    Awesome slice of noir set in middle school!

    I loved The Big Splash and was so excited to read this one!
    This book opens with a femme fatale. Right on the first page. One of the most beautiful girls in the school leaning against Matt's locker. Just as if she was walking into a private eye's office. Perfect start to this story!

    There is also a "bar" where the middle school kids can go to drown their sorrows or celebrate their victories--they drink root beer and cream soda. When Matt describes the bar he lets us know there are "only two rules: no fighting and no fighting." Again, pitch perfect.

    And then there is a set of creepy twins who peddle "designer Pixie Stix." The kind that cheerleaders use right before a game and many a middle schooler is addicted to the sugar high.

    We've also got a picked on nerd who rises to the top of the MS heirarchy by controlling the candy flow, stolen tests answers and gambling and who has a ruthless way of getting rid of people who cross him--he sends them to the Outs. (This is described in the first book in detail)

    I love that every kid has a backstory, some of them hard luck.
    There is also a squirt gun shoot out in the school hallway.

    I adored Max's description of school, "It was the main source of thrills and dread in every student's life. We never wanted to be there, but we didn't want to not be there and miss something."

    The awesomeness of this book and this author explodes out of every page. I just cannot recommend it enough. If you have never read The Big Splash, start there. You will not want the fun to end!

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