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The sequel to the critically acclaimed The Real McCoys!

When a baffling mystery strikes Tiddlywhump Elementary, sibling detectives and absolute opposites Moxie and Milton McCoy are on the case. She's the doer. He's the thinker. She's the heart. He's her heartburn.

Moxie's friend Emily has received a suspicious letter signed with nothing but a sinister purple squiggle. Then more letters arrive -- along with more questions. Who sent them? What do they mean? Is the world on the brink of collapse?

Milton and Moxie are the perfect problem-solving team...if only they could get along.When their partnership falls apart, Moxie races to identify the mysterious Squiggler first -- while learning the hard way that two McCoys really are better than one.

With energetic illustrations on every page, Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr's Two's a Crowd is a vivaciously funny and irresistibly heartfelt mystery for young readers.

An Imprint Book

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

"Delightfully topsy-turvy...readers will hope to see more of both siblings soon." -- Publishers Weekly, 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

"An ingenious new series ... an innovative reading experience that surprises and delights. Wordplay, witty descriptions and visual jokes abound." -- The Washington Post

"Swanson and Behr have created a gem with this hilarious elementary-level read with graphic novel tendencies." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"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

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

A Junior Library Guild Selection

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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