The first book in an illustrated middle-grade series in which a precocious detective solves mysteries with her super-smart little brother.
Her name’s Moxie. Moxie McCoy.
Bold, opinionated, and haplessly self-confident, the world’s greatest fourth-grade detective faces her biggest challenge! When someone kidnaps beloved school mascot Eddie the Owl, Moxie is on the casebut she’s forced to fly solo now that her best friend (and crime-solving partner) has moved away.
Moxie must interview her classmatesboth as potential new best friends and as possible suspects. She finds clues and points fingers but can’t save the owl on her own. Enter Moxie’s little brother, Milton. Quiet, cautious, and boring as a butter knife, he’s a good listener.
Can the Real McCoys form an unlikely alliance and solve the crime of the century?
Bursting with interactive illustrations on every page, Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr’s The Real McCoys delivers clever storytelling, laugh-out-loud humor, and heartwarming insight. This is the first book in a series.
An Imprint Book
"Readers will breeze through this ingenious combination of text and art, eager for Moxie and Milton’s next case." School Library Journal, starred review
"Swanson’s witty text is enhanced exponentially by Behr’s bold, original artwork to create a uniquely told whodunit with wide appeal ... An exceptional book." Booklist, starred review
"Delightfully topsy-turvy...readers will hope to see more of both siblings soon." Publishers Weekly, starred review
"An exceptional middle-grade read packed with giggles for young sleuths who love to explore a little off the beaten path." Kirkus Reviews
“An ingenious new series…an innovative reading experience that surprises and delights. Wordplay, witty descriptions and visual jokes abound.” The Washington Post
"Swanson and Behr have created a gem with this hilarious elementary-level read with graphic novel tendencies." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This clever, funny, delightful book is just what this crazy world needs. The surprising and inventive interaction between text and illustration shows that two brains are, indeed, better than oneespecially when they belong to Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr." Andrea Beaty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Ada Twist Scientist
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
A Junior Library Guild Selection
About the Author
Author/illustrator and husband/wife duo Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr spend all day, every day, making stuff together, including the Real McCoys series and their picture books Everywhere,Wonder and Babies Ruin Everything. In addition to speaking and leading workshops on collaboration and creative entrepreneurship, raising four small children, and fishing commercially for sockeye salmon on the Alaskan tundra each summer, Matthew and Robbi run Bobbledy Books (an indie press offering picture books and music for kids) from the hayloft of their home/barn/studio on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.