Bound To Stay Bound

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 Magic box
 Author: Falcone, L. M.

 Publisher:  Kids Can Press (2014)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 87 p., ill., 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 321036 ISBN: 9781771381536
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Magic tricks -- Fiction
 Mystery fiction

Price: $6.50

Ten-year-old Max Monroe becomes a detective, with Uncle Larry's ghost as his sidekick. Marty the Magician is in a pickle. He's been hired to do Daisy Dee's birthday party, and his most popular trick goes terribly wrong when the birthday girl actually goes missing when he does his disappearing act.

 Illustrator: Smith, Kim
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.20
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 171316

   School Library Journal (10/01/14)

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School Library Journal - 10/01/2014 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 - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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