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Riley Mack Stirs Up More Trouble
     

Riley Mack Stirs Up More Trouble

by Chris Grabenstein
 

Briana Bloomfield, the talent Jake Lowenstein, the genius "Mongo," the muscle Jamal Wilson, the fifth grader —and—Riley Mack, the fearless leader

Together, these five are the Known Troublemakers, stirring up trouble in the name of justice. Wherever a wrong needs righting or an innocent kid needs protecting, Riley and his friends will be there,

Overview

Briana Bloomfield, the talent Jake Lowenstein, the genius "Mongo," the muscle Jamal Wilson, the fifth grader —and—Riley Mack, the fearless leader

Together, these five are the Known Troublemakers, stirring up trouble in the name of justice. Wherever a wrong needs righting or an innocent kid needs protecting, Riley and his friends will be there, ready to use their problem-causing expertise for the greater good.

Only this time, injustice strikes a little too close to home. School's out for the summer, and somebody's polluting the gang's favorite swimming hole. And if that wasn't enough to ruin the vacation, one of the Troublemakers is in serious trouble, and all of Riley's efforts to help are only making things worse. With ten thousand dollars and the fate of his friends and family on the line, Riley will have to think fast if he hopes to pull off his most daring caper yet!

Editorial Reviews

James Patterson
“Riley Mack is smart and funny, but what makes him very special is that he always tries to do the right thing. We need more Riley Macks in this world.”
Children's Literature - Mary Thompson
Crises abound at Fairview Middle School and Riley and his crew—tech savvy Jake, theatrical genius Brianna, strong and loyal Mongo, and boy magician Jamal are there to right injustices wherever they see them. This time they uncover a plot to sabotage the talent show where Brianna plans to sing her way to a college scholarship. The local country club is hosting the event. The gang's nemesis, Sarah Paxton, whose father runs the club, is also competing. At the same time Riley and friends stumble upon an ecological disaster at their favorite swimming hole where all the fish are found belly up. They trace the source of the toxins to the newly built golf course at the country club. The kids know Mr. Paxton is up to no good and to prove it they need to find out what is underneath the nineteenth hole. This is a grand mystery caper with something to please everyone—impersonations, chemical lab tests, nighttime digging, disguises, shady corporate deals, and more. These clever, resourceful, detention-worthy middle schooler students will have readers on the edge of their seats. Do not miss a grade A blast of the best kind of troublemaking. Reviewer: Mary Thompson
Kirkus Reviews
This latest installment in the continuing comic adventures of 12-year-old fix-it artist Riley Mack (Riley Mack and the Other Known Trouble Makers, 2012) finds Riley trying to expose environmental polluters. Megaclever Riley rights wrongs and thwarts evildoers. That's good, since his town contains an assortment of evildoers, such as Mr. Paxton, the pompous head of the local country club and owner of Xylodyne Dynamics, a company that supplies pancake mix to American forces overseas. Riley's helped in his endeavors by a trio of confederates. An actress and singer, Briana provides convincing voices that fool bad guys. Nerd extraordinaire Jamal supplies information, and Hubert, alias Mongo, adds the muscle. First, Riley needs to deal with Paxton's daughter, who is trying to keep Briana out of a talent contest. Then the gang learns that their favorite swimming hole has been polluted by chemical runoff from Paxton's golf course. Finally it's revealed that the pancake mix in Afghanistan has been deliberately tainted. The authorities accuse Riley's soldier dad, but Riley learns that the evidence lies buried in the golf course. Can Riley devise a plot to help Brianna win the talent contest, reveal the truth about the runoff and get his dad off the hook? Grabenstein keeps the comedy flowing and the pages turning. His characters are just goofy enough to entertain but not completely strain credulity--except, of course, for the over-the-top villain. A lighthearted caper. (Fiction. 8-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 5�7—Riley Mack and his madcap gang, the Known Troublemakers, are back with a new mystery to unravel. School may be out for the summer, but the friends smell something fishy at the local pond, which means that they have to dust off their biology and chemistry skills. Fish are dying, there is an obvious cover-up, and they feel somehow that the father of their nemesis, Sara Paxton, is behind it. Mr. Paxton is the CEO of Xylodyne Dynamics and president of the country club. With Briana's disguises, Riley's elaborate plans, and a little luck, the young detectives hope to expose what's buried at the golf course. When Riley's dad, stationed in Afghanistan, gets embroiled in the scheme and his mom steps in to help, it is up to Riley to solve the mystery before it is too late. The plot is more than a little far-fetched, but readers might enjoy following the kids' sleuthing.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062026224
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/09/2013
Pages:
325
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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James Patterson

“Riley Mack is smart and funny, but what makes him very special is that he always tries to do the right thing. We need more Riley Macks in this world.”

Meet the Author

Chris Grabenstein is a New York Times bestselling author and the winner of multiple awards for his Haunted Mystery series. He lives in New York City with his wife, JJ, two cats, and a dog named Fred, who starred on Broadway in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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