The Real McCoys by: Matthew Swanson & Robbi Behr Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY

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A Middle-Grade Mystery

The Real McCoys

Synopsis 
 

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 case—but she’s forced to fly solo now that her best friend (and crime-solving partner) has moved away.

Moxie must interview her classmates—both 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.

 

Praise for THE REAL MCCOYS

“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

“An exceptional middle-grade read packed with giggles for young sleuths who love to explore a little off the beaten path.” —Kirkus Reviews

“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 one–especially when they belong to Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr.” —Andrea Beaty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Ada Twist Scientist

 

About the Authors

Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr

WE LIVE AND WORK AND MAKE STUFF TOGETHER IN THE HAYLOFT OF AN OLD BARN ON THE EASTERN SHORE OF MARYLAND.

Combining Robbi’s illustrations and Matthew’s words, we run two small presses— Idiots’Books (illustrated picture books for adults) and Bobbledy Books, (a picture book and music club for kids). Together, we have published more than 60 volumes, including titles with MacmillanChronicle Books and LB KidsWe speak, teach, and run workshops on collaboration and creative entrepreneurship (with appearances at TEDx, Mom 2.0,Alt Summit, and ICON7). And we blog about our ongoing adventures in creative mishap.

ROBBI BEHR is an illustrator/print maker/commercial salmon fisherwoman who earned a BA from Williams College and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. When she is not drawing stuff or eating ice cream or watching sappy late-90s chick movies, she is, in all likelihood, fast asleep.
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MATTHEW SWANSON is a writer/art director/blues harmonica player who has so far failed in every attempt to be swashbuckling. He managed to secure a BA from Williams but was summarily rejected from every MFA program to which he applied—thus emboldening Robbi to remind him almost daily that he is a master of nothing.
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My Review:
This is an adorable, fun and exciting middle grade read.  If your child is into solving mysteries, this is a great place to start.  Our mini sleuth Moxie has to solve even the smallest of mysteries and she will do anything to solve them.  I love the quirkiness of Moxi and her little brother Milton.  There is much more to the story then the mystery itself.  It is about friendship and family and caring more for someone else than yourself.
I also love that the story doesn’t end after the book is over.  There is more to read and look at online.  What a great interactive series.  The illustrations in this book are wonderful and detailed.  It is almost like reading a graphic novel.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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– 20 Winners will receive a Copy of THE REAL MCCOYS by Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr.

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Yoga Bitch by: Suzanne Morrison

Yoga Bitch

This was a fun read.  Suzanne has a way of bringing the reader along with her on her journey.  I could imagine the scenes that take place in Bali and I can feel the tension and then release of it after a good yoga session.

It reminded me a bit of Eat, Pray, Love but had more humor and less food.  This was a good read but to be completely honest, I don’t remember too much about it and I finished reading it exactly 1 week ago.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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Sugar and Iced by: Jenn McKinlay

Sugar and Iced

This is my favorite cozy mystery series.  I was so excited to buy the series for my collection and I was in the mood to continue where I left off.  In this book, Mel and Angie are working with a beauty pageant to help promote their business and to support one of their close friends.  Of course, it isn’t as easy as that.  When one of the pageant’s own turns up murdered, all eyes turn to the outsiders as suspects.

I think these books are fun and I would recommend them to anyone.  This is a great series and even though this is the 6th book, the story lines do not get old.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Bridget Jones’s Baby by: Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones's Baby

I picked this up while I was on vacation to complete my Bridget Jones collection and I listened to the quick audio book of this in a few days once I was back at work.  This is very much like this movie and was a fun read.  I love the Bridget Jones series and so I was anticipating liking this book as well.

It wasn’t anything revolutionary, but it was enjoyable and had the same wit that the other books in the series do.

I gave this 4 crowns.

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Fitness Junkie by: Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Fitness Junkie  Publication Date: July 11, 2017

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My Review:
After having a few books that I added to my DNF list and reading a few mystery/thrillers, this book was the perfect book to read.  I laughed out loud and thoroughly enjoyed this book.  In today’s society we are all so obsessed with our appearances and this book really brought that to light in a humorous way.
Janey was a lovable character that was easy to relate to.  Her friends supported her in her decisions and were there with her through all of the crazy ways in which she attempted to lose weight.
This was an empowering story with a great ending.  I want to pick up the authors’ previous work.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received an E-ARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Simplicity of Cider by: Amy E. Reichert & GIVEAWAY

The Simplicity of Cider Publication Date: May 16, 2017

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Yiddish Yoga by: Lisa Grunberger

Yiddish Yoga

I recently purchased a bunch of yoga related titles from Bookoutlet.com and this was one that caught me eye.  It seemed like it would be a quick and fun read and I was right.  As I was stuck in bed one day with sciatica pain, I was able to read and laugh my way through this book.

This is the story of a widowed, Jewish grandmother and her experience with participating in a year of yoga classes.  Her granddaughter purchased these classes as a gift to try and help her grandmother through the grieving process.

This was a heartwarming story that was full of laughs.  The author combines both Sanskrit and Yiddish and the imagery is hilarious.  There is an adorable dictionary of sorts at the end of the book to help you interpret both languages.

I highly recommend this little nugget to anyone who enjoys yoga and or needs a bit of humor in their life.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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