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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.

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

"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 Author

Matthew Swanson

Matthew Swanson was born at the base of a dormant volcano in Colombia, South America, an unwitting child of the Peace Corps. He spent his formative years in Kansas, subsisting entirely on corn products and writing horrible rhyming poetry.

Now he is the author of books for children - including the picture books Babies Ruin Everything and Everywhere, Wonder (Feb 2017) and The Real McCoys, a densely illustrated middle grades series launching fall 2017 - all of which are illustrated by his wife Robbi Behr and published by Macmillan.

In addition to speaking and leading workshops on collaboration and creative entrepreneurship, Matthew and Robbi have produced three small children and more than 70 self-published picture books for children and adults.

They live together in the hayloft of an old barn on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.


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