Cover image for The magic box
Title:
The magic box
Author:
Falcone, L. M. (Lucy M.), 1951- , author.
Publication Information:
Toronto : Kids Can Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
87 pages ; illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
"Ghost and Max Monroe case #1" - cover.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
470 Lexile.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781771381536

9781771380171
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

In this first title in the detective fiction series by L. M. Falcone, ten-year-old Max Monroe is intrigued to discover that the carriage house behind his grandpa's home was once the office of the Monroe Detective Agency. Then he learns the agency had belonged to his grandpa's dead brother, Larry. But Max didn't know he had a great-uncle. ?Well, he's dead,? says Grandpa Harry, ?but his ghost still haunts the detective agency.' It seems Uncle Larry died of a broken heart because he ?never solved one measly case.' However, a surprise phone call from a magician named Marty the Magnificent with an offer of a detective job seems like the second chance Larry has been begging for. Except, Larry is a ghost --- he can't work a case in the real world. But Max can! With Larry's help, of course.



The offbeat idea of a boy detective with a ghost as a sidekick provides this story with lots of opportunities for inside jokes and misunderstandings. This is a terrific chapter book series for newly independent readers who are ready for something more challenging than a first reader, with simple sentences, humorous dialogue and very short chapters, designed to make the reading experience less daunting. The limited black-and-white illustrations (around one per chapter) by Kim Smith provide details that enrich the story. The series provides a great introduction to the mystery genre, perfect for honing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.


Author Notes

L.M. Falcone has worked as a teacher, a private investigator and a screenwriter. Her writing credits include television's popular preteen series Are You Afraid of the Dark?, as well as the novels Walking with the Dead, The Devil, the Banshee and Me and The Midnight Curse. She lives in Toronto.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Max is spending the summer with his eccentric grandfather, who lives in a spooky old house that Max loves. One day, as the child is out exploring, he finds a small, run-down house with a sign that reads, "The Monroe Detective Agency." That's how he learns that he had a great-uncle who was a detective. Poor Larry died with a bad reputation and a broken heart. Now he is a crying ghost who wishes for a second chance to show that he is more than a "bumbling detective." With Max as his partner, Larry gets his chance. Marty the magician calls the agency with an emergency and they are off to solve the case. This beginning chapter book will engage youngsters who like mysteries mixed with silly characters. Black-and-white line drawings add a comic edge.-Annette Herbert, F. E. Smith Elementary School, Cortland, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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