It Happened on a Train (Brixton Brothers Series #3)

It Happened on a Train (Brixton Brothers Series #3)


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It Happened on a Train (Brixton Brothers Series #3) by Mac Barnett, Adam Rex

The Bailey Brothers Adventures continues in this modern, comic mystery series starring Steve Bailey. Steve is in the seventh grade and is obsessed with the Brixton Brothers, a pair of sibling sleuths who solve crimes in a mystery book series. Steve has read all 58 Brixton Brother mysteries, sent away cereal box tops for his Brixton Brothers Detective's License, and he studies the Brixton Brothers Detective Handbook. He inadvertantly becomes America's top sleuth by practicing the tactics (not always so successfully) that he has learned from his fictional heroes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416978190
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Series: Brixton Brothers Series , #3
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 900,509
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Mac Barnett is a rising star in the literary industry. He is the program director of 826 LA, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students with their creative and expository writing skills. He lives in Los Angeles.

Adam Rex has written and illustrated several picture books, including Tree Ring Circus and Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich as well as the novel, The True Meaning of Smekday. He and his wife live in Philadelphia.

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It Happened on a Train THE END
IT WAS WEDNESDAY EVENING, a.k.a. trash night. Steve Brixton, seventh grader, formerly of the Brixton Brothers Detective Agency, plodded along his driveway, dragging a maroon bin behind him. The bin’s wheels rumbled and popped as they rolled over pebbles on the blacktop. This week the Brixton family’s bin was very full. The lid would not close tightly; it bounced up and down, making an irregular, slow clapping sound. And the trash was heavy—Steve could feel the can’s weight in his elbow, and he kept switching the arm he used to drag it: right, then left, and back again. He sighed. Tonight was a particularly difficult trash night, and that’s because the garbage bin contained fifty-nine shiny, red-backed books: a complete set of the Bailey Brothers Mysteries, a series of detective novels that until a week and a half ago had been Steve’s favorite books of all time.

Steve pulled the bin down off the curb. It hit the street hard, and its lid bounced open like a clam’s shell, revealing the can’s contents. Steve stood underneath a streetlamp. Its orange bulb flickered and hummed, even though the sun was just now setting and there was still plenty of light in the sky.

There they were, neatly stacked in a cardboard box atop a week’s worth of kitchen scraps and dental floss: Bailey Brothers #1 to #58, and of course The Bailey Brothers’ Detective Handbook, which was jam-packed with Shawn and Kevin Bailey’s Real Crime-Solving Tips and Tricks. (Shawn and Kevin Bailey, as pretty much everybody knows, were the sons of world-famous detective Harris Bailey and the heroes of the Bailey Brothers books—they had their own crime lab and fixed their own cars and were basically the acest sleuths around.) The handbook had chapters full of things every serious gumshoe would need to know: stuff like “Tailing Baddies,” “Making Your Own Blowgun,” and “Modus Operandi, Portrait Parlé, and Other Funny Foreign Phrases for the American Sleuth.”

Steve stood and stared at his books. He looked around. Identical maroon bins stood like sentries outside every home on the street. The neighborhood was quiet. Assured that he was alone, Steve reached out and picked up a book: Bailey Brothers #15: The Phantom of Liar’s Bluff, which started like this:

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"Barnett’s sly and often silly Hardy Boy parody chugs along with plenty of laughs and enough honest-to-gosh mystery to please any lover of boy detective fiction. Rex’s black-and-white pencils (which also parody the Hardy tales) are still a fine match for the goofiness. Mention of the next adventure at mystery’s close will make Brixton fans smile."—Kirkus Reviews

"An amusing addition to the Brixton Brothers series."—Booklist

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It Happened on a Train 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Verity_K More than 1 year ago
This book made me laugh out loud! It is hilarious and mysterious until the final page. I have read the whole series and can't wait for the next book! If you love Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys, here is Steve, another reader of mysteries who wishes he could be just like his favorite detectives. Of course, nothing ever turns out exactly how he plans...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have only read the sample so far but it is still totally awesome. Ihave read the other books of this series and they are great and they keep getting better and better so i cant wait to read this one.
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Ive read the 2 one but not this one. Is it worth the money?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book It's so good
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This is a Awesome book, You have to read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best mystety book ever!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the brixton brothers books
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Nice try,But your still in prison!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was the best brixton brothers i have read in a long while. it is choc-fullof mystery, comedy, and romance. i think this is a great read for anyone and everyone. thank you alex barnett!
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