Monday, April 29, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: MADHATTAN MYSTERY, by John J. Bonk--and a giveaway!

Okay, I promised an MMGM guest post today--and this time I made time to put it together. Huge thanks to the ever-awesome  Deb Marshall for covering for me.  And she's chosen to feature MADHATTAN MYSTERY, by John J. Bonk.

Here's how the publisher describes it:

All set to spend their summer in New York City with their aunt while their father is honeymooning with his new wife, Lexi and her younger brother Kevin discover their snoozy summer plans turn into high-stakes adventure when Lexi overhears a plot to steal Cleopatra's famous jewels from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Joining forces with budding investigative journalist Kim Ling Levine, they ditch day camp to track down the thieves and rake in the reward money. Can Lexi, Kevin, and Kim find out who's behind the jewel heist without getting into too much trouble themselves?

For fans of Chasing Vermeer, comes a hilarious who-done-it that will keep readers guessing to the very end.

And like always, here's Deb explain for herself why all of us need to read this one. Take it away Deb!

I am here to say that I totally agree with this being a book I would hand to fans of Chasing Vermeer. I’d also give it to readers who enjoyed When You Reach Me, mostly for the absolute wonderful development and representation of a New York setting. Add in a likeable main character, a mystery complete with Egyptian artifact thieves and an utterly annoying, New York savvy, smart aleck, know-it-all fourteen year old sidekick and you have a book that you will sink further and further into with each page turn. There’s even an uber cool, actress aunt. Oh. And the kids are attending a music camp, which they sort of kind of skip out of. All this while the mc is trying to still deal with the death of her mother and her dad off on a honeymoon with the new wife a.k.a stepmom. Lots of things happening in this book and initially I was wondering if maybe there were too many things going on. Too many things introduced. But as I read everything blended so well together that it wasn’t an issue, in fact I found it really appealing to my ten year old self who would have loved this. Life is full and crazy sometimes and kids going through a difficult time can also find themselves in the midst of an adventure. Young fans of From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler might quite enjoy this one, too. Happy to have Madhattan Mystery on my bookshelves and looking forward to book talking it to my before and after school group!
Wow--this one sounds amazing. I actually *blush* hadn't heard of it until today--sounds like I need to grab myself a copy . Thanks so much for pointing it out, Deb!

And in the meantime, I'm giving away a copy to one of you guys!  To enter, make sure you leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PST on Sunday May 5th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Monday, May 6th. International entries welcome.

For more awesome middle grade recommendations, check out these other MMGMs floating around the blogosphere.*

-11-year-old Xander is back with a feature on FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER. Click HERE to see what he thought. 
- Akossiwa Ketoglo is interviewing author Geoff Rodkey--with an ARC GIVEAWAY of his new book, NEW LANDS. Click HERE for details.   
- Gina Carey is intrigued by LIAR AND SPY. Click HERE to see why. 
- Katie Fitzgerald is cheering for FAMILY TREE #1: BETTER TO WISH. Click HERE for her review.  
- Flash, the Feline Extraordinaire, (and Professional Mews to Cindy Strandvold) recommends A WHOLE 'NOTHER STORY. Click HERE to see what that's all about.   
- Rosi Hollinbeck is featuring THE TRUTH OF ME--with a *double* GIVEAWAY of an ARC and a writing book. Click HERE for details.  
- Mark Baker is spotlighting THE DOG DAYS OF MARGARET HAYES. Click HERE for his review. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is cheering for BETTER NATE THAN EVER. Click HERE to see what he thought.  
- Dorine White has an interview with author Adam Sidwell--with a GIVEAWAY!. Click HERE to see what they talk about.     
- Wendy McDonald is raving about THE WESTING GAME. Click HERE to see why she loves this classic. 
- Deb Marshall is an MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week. 
- Michelle Isenhoff is always part of the MMGM fun. Click HERE to see what she's talking about today.  
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week. 
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome!    
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week!
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week. 

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so I see it)

NOTE: I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. BUT, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you!

*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen posts ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me ahead of time


  1. Thanks for featuring this one, Shannon and Deb. It sounds like o much fun!

  2. Ooooh, Madhattan Mystery sounds like one I would have loved as a kid. I still have my battered copy of "Mixed Up Files." I'll definitely be on the lookout for it. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. Ouh!!! A must read. Definitely. :)
    Thanks for the links.

  4. While mysteries aren't my fave genre I do enjoy those that are well written. And I love the cover.

  5. This one sounds like a blast. I do love a good mystery. Thanks for running the giveaway.

  6. I think my family and I will love it.

  7. Egyptian artifacts?!!! *fangirls crazily* This sounds fantastic!

  8. This book sounds INCREDIBLE. Seriously.

  9. I love Middle-grade mysteries! Madhattan Mystery sounds like a great book; the summary sounds a lot like Mixed-Up Files! The Met, raking up money; I bet this book will be very enjoyable. Thank you for the review, Deb, and thanks for the giveaway! Can't wait to see if I win!

  10. Enter me please!!! I love a good mystery!

  11. Love to win this one. Museums are great places for a mystery, don't you think?

  12. This looks like a fun read. The cover art alone grabs me.
    Thanks for offering a giveaway.

    Jill A.

  13. I think my son would love this, and I'd love to read it with him! Thank you :)

  14. Oh, hadn't heard of this before! Sounds like a fun read and reminds me of a similar book about a group of children solving a museum theft in Berlin. And I love the cover!

  15. Thanks so much for featuring my book, Deb and Shannon, and for all the kind words! Release of the paperback edition is in a few weeks and I'll be doing another giveaway on GoodReads to celebrate--so please stay tuned. Love your blog!

  16. Sounds like a great book! I need to check into this website more often... I just found out about this book!


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