Secrets at the Chocolate Mansion

Secrets at the Chocolate Mansion

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by Leslie Margolis
     
 

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"Take your cookies elsewhere." That's what the note said in neat, block-like print, attached to a box of Girl Scout Cookies. Someone is out to sabotage the new sweet shop in the neighborhood, and Maggie Brooklyn is on the case. If only she weren't so freaked out herself lately. Maggie's new dogsitting gig has her and her twin brother Finn hanging out in what

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"Take your cookies elsewhere." That's what the note said in neat, block-like print, attached to a box of Girl Scout Cookies. Someone is out to sabotage the new sweet shop in the neighborhood, and Maggie Brooklyn is on the case. If only she weren't so freaked out herself lately. Maggie's new dogsitting gig has her and her twin brother Finn hanging out in what they fear may be a real haunted mansion. And it's hard to solve real life mysteries when you think you're seeing ghosts!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Maggie is delighted to attend the opening of a retro ice cream shop, but a series of mishaps sours the day. Maggie, Finn (her twin brother), Milo (her boyfriend), and Lulu (her friend) go to Sonya’s Sweets that is named after their friend, Sonya, whose mother owns the business. When Maggie tastes the just-baked strawberry rhubarb pie, her taste buds are attacked with a salty flavor. During the Sonya’s Sweets’ opening, someone shatters the shop window and Maggie finds a threatening note on the shop floor. She is determined to look into the matter along with finding out the about the ghost at the Chocolate Mansion. Caroline and Lisa hire Maggie to babysit their son, Beckett. While babysitting, Beckett tells Maggie that the ghost visits him. Maggie uncovers the truths behind the ice shop mishaps and the ghostly encounters. Readers who enjoy mysteries where secrets are revealed will probably like to read this book along with others in the “Maggie Brooklyn Mystery” series. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung; Ages 11 to 13.
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 4–6—Maggie Brooklyn, dog walker and sleuth extraordinaire, adds babysitter to her résumé in this action-packed story that involves two mysteries. On the day of the grand opening of her friend's mother's old-fashioned soda shop, everything goes wrong. At first, it seems coincidental, but when Maggie finds a note stating, "Take your cookies elsewhere," she realizes that someone is out to sabotage the business, and she is determined to find out who. Meanwhile, Maggie stumbles upon another mystery during her first babysitting job. Is Beckett, her young charge, really seeing a ghost? After some sleuthing, Maggie figures out what is frightening him. The mysteries are cleverly interwoven throughout the narrative as the protagonist deals with both friend and boyfriend drama. Maggie is smart and witty, with an inquisitive mind. Secondary characters are well developed, and there are a lot of surprises and twists throughout the story. A solid choice for mystery fans.—Megan McGinnis, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY
From the Publisher

“Witty and resourceful, compassionate and lovable, Maggie is just the kind of girl you want . . . to relate to. And she lives right next door.” —Park Slope Reader on Vanishing Acts

“Perfect for fans . . . of Judy Moody or Allie Finkle.” —School Library Journal on Vanishing Acts

“This is my kind of book! . . . It's surprise after surprise, with lots of twists and turns--and chilling suspense.” —R.L. Stine on Girl's Best Friend

“A barking good mystery.” —Discovery Girls on Girl's Best Friend

“While the well-crafted mysteries are foremost, it's the relatable, witty protagonist that makes this novel stand out.” —Horn Book on the Maggie Brooklyn Mysteries

“Leslie Margolis has found the perfect mix--a city story, a tween story, and a mystery that truly keeps you guessing.” —Gordon Korman, author of The 39 Clues: The Emperor's Code and Framed, on the Maggie Brooklyn Mysteries

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619631779
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,037,843
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

LESLIE MARGOLIS is the author of the successful Annabelle Unleashed series, including Boys Are Dogs, Girls Acting Catty, Everybody Bugs Out, and One Tough Chick; and two other books in the Maggie Brooklyn Mysteries: Girl's Best Friend and Vanishing Acts. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, CA. www.lesliemargolis.com
LESLIE MARGOLIS is the author of more than fifty books for young readers, including two Annabelle Stevens books: Boys Are Dogs and Girls Acting Catty. She lives with her family in Park Slope, Brooklyn-which is also the setting of her new series, the Maggie Brooklyn Mysteries. www.lesliemargolis.com

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The Secrets at the Chocolate Mansion 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
book4children More than 1 year ago
The Maggie Brooklyn Mystery series is a light and fun collection of books for middle grade readers. While nothing in the book is very heavy or dark, kids are treated to a mystery (or two) complete with clues, interrogations, and problem solving. Maggie is a sweet girl and she makes a wonderful heroine for this series. This particular book is much like the others in the series in that we get to see a bit of Maggie's social life, a teensy bit of her school life, and quite a bit of her after-school working life. Light is shed on each of the mysteries throughout the book as Maggie meets new people and makes connections. Some clues are blatantly obvious, while others are less so. It's a quick and easy read that kids will enjoy. While the book is part of a series, it can be read in its own. Content: Clean
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are all these books in this series LendMe? Luv this series Ps Leslie Margolis make a 4th book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my room... u can come in i guess
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My name is Maggie. :)