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The Greek Who Stole Christmas (Diamond Brothers Series #7)

The Greek Who Stole Christmas (Diamond Brothers Series #7)

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by Anthony Horowitz

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Tim Diamond is the worst detective in the world—he couldn’t find his nose with both hands and a road map. Luckily, his younger brother, thirteen-yearold Nick, is the real brains behind the operation! It’s Christmastime, and once again, Tim and Nick are flat broke. Luckily for them, a famous Greek pop singer and movie star, Minerva, has been getting


Tim Diamond is the worst detective in the world—he couldn’t find his nose with both hands and a road map. Luckily, his younger brother, thirteen-yearold Nick, is the real brains behind the operation! It’s Christmastime, and once again, Tim and Nick are flat broke. Luckily for them, a famous Greek pop singer and movie star, Minerva, has been getting death threats—and they’re the detectives hired to solve the mystery. Unfortunately for Nick, Tim’s busy fending off Minerva’s amorous advances, and the international star has made plenty of enemies on her way to the top, all of whom seem to want her dead. Can Nick track down the would-be assassin on his own?

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Gr 5-8

Tim Diamond, a clueless London private detective, and his intelligent 14-year-old brother, Nick, are down on their luck again. Surprisingly, they receive a job just before Christmas to protect a gorgeous Greek celebrity singer named Minerva from recent death threats. Turns out, she is a coldhearted beauty who only cares about two things-money and Minerva. When shots are fired and a body is found strangled, all kinds of trouble ensues between Minerva, her aging husband, her manager, the Diamond Brothers, and the police. There are a few suggestive references to Minerva's appearance and "her silver-plated breasts" but nothing more racy or graphic. The witty banter between the characters keeps this short novel moving at breakneck speed. Tim's literal misinterpretations of everything are absurdly funny, and Nick's skill at solving the crime before anyone else, including the police, is entertaining. Horowitz is a master of tongue-in-cheek wit and groan-worthy puns that both sophisticated young mystery readers and older fans will enjoy.-Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Diamond Brothers Series , #7
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9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Anthony Horowitz's life might have been copied from the pages of Charles Dickens or the Brothers Grimm.
Born in 1956 in Stanmore, Middlesex, to a family of wealth and status, Anthony was raised by nannies, surrounded
by servants and chauffeurs. His father, a wealthy businessman, was, says Mr. Horowitz, "a fixer for Harold Wilson."
What that means exactly is unclear — "My father was a very secretive man," he says— so an aura of suspicion and
mystery surrounds both the word and the man. As unlikely as it might seem, Anthony's father, threatened with bankruptcy,
withdrew all of his money from Swiss bank accounts in Zurich and deposited it in another account under a false name and
then promptly died. His mother searched unsuccessfully for years in attempt to find the money, but it was never found.
That too shaped Anthony's view of things. Today he says, "I think the only thing to do with money is spend it." His mother,
whom he adored, eccentrically gave him a human skull for his 13th birthday. His grandmother, another Dickensian character,
was mean-spirited and malevolent, a destructive force in his life. She was, he says, "a truly evil person", his first and
worst arch villain. "My sister and I danced on her grave when she died," he now recalls.

A miserably unhappy and overweight child, Anthony had nowhere to turn for solace. "Family meals," he recalls, "had calories
running into the thousands…. I was an astoundingly large, round child…." At the age of eight he was sent off to boarding school,
a standard practice of the times and class in which he was raised. While being away from home came as an enormous relief, the school
itself, Orley Farm, was a grand guignol horror with a headmaster who flogged the boys till they bled. "Once the headmaster
told me to stand up in assembly and in front of the whole school said, 'This boy is so stupid he will not be coming to Christmas
games tomorrow.' I have never totally recovered." To relieve his misery and that of the other boys, he not unsurprisingly made up
tales of astounding revenge and retribution.

So how did an unhappy boy, from a privileged background, metamorphose into the creator of Alex Rider, fourteen-year-old spy for
Britain's MI6? Although his childhood permanently damaged him, it also gave him a gift — it provided him with rich source material
for his writing career. He found solace in boyhood in the escapism of the James Bond films, he says. He claims that his two sons now
watch the James Bond films with the same tremendous enjoyment he did at their age. Bond's glamour translates perfectly to the 14-year-old
psyche, the author says. "Bond had his cocktails, the car and the clothes. Kids are just as picky. It's got to be the right Nike trainers
(sneakers), the right skateboard. And I genuinely think that 14-year-olds are the coolest people on the planet. It's this wonderful, golden
age, just on the cusp of manhood when everything seems possible."

Alex Rider is unwillingly recruited at the age of fourteen to spy for the British secret service, MI6. Forced into situations that most
average adults would find terrifying and probably fatal, young Alex rarely loses his cool although at times he doubts his own courage. Using
his intelligence and creativity, and aided by non-lethal gadgets dreamed up by MI6's delightfully eccentric, overweight and disheveled
Smithers, Alex is able to extricate himself from situations when all seems completely lost. What is perhaps more terrifying than the
deeply dangerous missions he finds himself engaged in, is the attitude of his handlers at MI6, who view the boy as nothing more than an
expendable asset.

The highly successful Alex Rider novels include Stormbreaker, Point Blank, Skeleton Key, and the
recent Eagle Strike.

Anthony Horowitz is perhaps the busiest writer in England. He has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age
of twenty. He writes in a comfortable shed in his garden for up to ten hours per day. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books,
he has also written episodes of several popular TV crime series, including Poirot, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders and Murder Most
. He has written a television series Foyle's War, which recently aired in the United States, and he has written the libretto of a Broadway musical adapted from Dr. Seuss's book, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. His film script The Gathering has
just finished production. And…oh yes…there are more Alex Rider
novels in the works. Anthony has also written the Diamond Brothers series.

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The Greek Who Stole Christmas (Diamond Brothers Series #7) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Kathy Kooda More than 1 year ago
Is this the 3rd book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
#1-The Falcons Malteser #2-Public Enemy Number 1 #3-South By Southeast #4-6-Three of Diamonds (Three of Diamonds has three stories in one) #7-The Greek Who Stole Christmas I hope this helps you and anybody else wondering
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book, but i cannot find seies number 3-6.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate to break it to you but the vol no. was staring you in the face! It was in the bit in brackets bellow/with the name of the book. Havent read but will read soon with any luck. P.S.vol 7
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an... Interesting read. It's pretty short (about 60 pages), and the humor isn't topnotch, but the plot was good enough to keep me going. Definitely gonna read the Australian adventure if it ever comes out.
Kyle Vedder More than 1 year ago
i havn't read it but the dimond brothers along with all of horowitz's work so i'll read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt like this book was good and its funny how a 14 year old boy solves the mystery