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The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity (The Brixton Brothers #1)

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Steve Brixton always wanted to be a detective...
until he found out he already WAS one.

It all starts here: The thrilling story of Steve Brixton's first case. Our hero has a national treasure to recover, a criminal mastermind to unmask, and a social studies report due Monday -- all while on the run from cops, thugs, and secret-agent librarians.

Since when can librarians
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published September 14th 2009)
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Betsy
Kid walks into your library. Says he wants a mystery series. A new mystery series. You hand him Encyclopedia Brown. He withers you with a glance. You hand him Enola Holmes. His upper lip curls at the female protagonist (it happens). You hand him a recent Hardy Boys where they fight terrorists. He looks at you like he may be seriously doubting your sanity. You finally hand him The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett, the first in The Brixton Brothers series. He sighs in relief an ...more
Nan Sprester
Omigosh, I love this book. It's an homage to the Hardy Boys and a send-up at the same time. My fellow school librarians should read this first book in the series if for no other reason than to savor the notion of librarians as part of an elite force of secret agents. For students looking for humor with their mystery, this series should fit the bill.
Nicole
Jan 10, 2013 Nicole added it
The case of the case of Mistaken Idenity identiy is about a boy named steve brixten and his favorite writer is Mac Bart. I think that is realy cool that steve has a favortie writer because you can read the whole seres or just the one book and know they are good because it is your favortie author. He writes letters to Bart and one day he gets one back form Mac. I was really exited when i heard that he gets a letter because it is so awsome that he got a letter from his favorite author,then he gose ...more
Sophia
The boys in my elementary library would not leave this book on the shelves long enough during the school year for me to read it. And when they kept coming in asking me for more like it, I knew I had to read it myself just so I would know what they are looking for!

This book has all the classic elements that boys are looking for in a book -- mystery, detective work, a little humor, and lots of very SHORT cliffhanger chapters that will leave them saying, "OK, just one more chapter!"

The illustration
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Treasa
Twelve-year-old Steve Brixton has always dreamed of being a detective. He hopes one day to be like the Bailey Brothers, the heroes of his favorite books. When Steve is assigned a topic for an essay, his life gets very strange very quickly. Suddenly he finds himself in the middle of a mystery as the suspected criminal, and he needs to use all those skills he learned from the Bailey Brothers to save himself and the world. Who knew early American needlework could be so interesting?

This book cracked
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Michael
Part Encylopedia Brown, part Hardy Boys homage and parody, the first installment in the Brixton Brothers mystery series is a lot of fun and one of those books that kids will get a kick out of while older readers smile at the jokes and references.

Steve Brixton is an ordinary kid who loves reading the fictional adventures of the Baily Brothers (his favorite is whichever in the 50 plus series he's reading at the time). Steve is assigned a school project to write about the history of quilt making, s
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Cameron G.
I recently finished the book, The Brixton Brothers by: Mac Barnett. It is about a young student named Steve Brixton who goes on an in expected adventure. One day, Steve was at the library to check out a quilting book for a school report. He thought that it was just a normal book, but it turns out that it holds all of the government's secrets. When he checked the book out his life changed for ever. Everything went black and he got kidnaped by a bunch of librarians who claimed that they were the n ...more
Melissa K.
Dec 06, 2012 Melissa K. marked it as to-read
Steve Brixton always wanted to be a detective, until he found out he was one. Just giving cereal box tops and $1.95 for handling and shipping you get a detective lisence. One day, Steve was given a homework assignment on needlework, though he would have rather written about detectives whom his best chum, Dana got. When Steve goes to the library, he shows the librarian his "detective lisence" and wants to get the book on american needlework, things start to go wrong. The library thinks Steve work ...more
Amy
This was fun! Sort of Hardy Boys meets Nate the Great meets Leave it to Beaver. Steve (never Steven!) consults his Brixton Brothers (like the Hardy Boys) Detective Handbook for advice on everything. This comes in handy with the Librarians accuse him of trying to steal one of America's great knowledge secrets- a quilt-- from the library. (Because Librarians are more skilled than FBI or CIA agents, didn't you know). Meanwhile, the evil schemer trying to get the quilt, Mr. E (like mystery, get it?) ...more
Cara
“Dear Mom,
I won't be home this weekend because I'm wanted for treason and I have to clear my name. Also, I took the last Sprite from the fridge.
Love, Steve”

The audio version of this book was very well done. The narrator does a good job.
The story itself was funny. Steve loves detective stories, so when he gets caught up in a mystery he is well prepared.
He is up against librarians, the police, and a mysterious bad guy named Mr. E.
With the help of his chum, Steve tackles "The Case of the Case of
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Rebecca
What fun! This is what happens when a boy who loves the Hardy Boys--uh, I mean, the 'Bailey Brothers'--finds himself caught in a mystery that could have come straight from one of his favorite books. Good thing he has his Bailey Brothers Detective Handbook with him! Bad thing is he's being chased by fifteen secret agent librarians...and all because his teacher wanted him to do a report on early American needlework. Well, we all know that research is not for the faint of heart.
Jackson


The BRIXTON BROTHERS case #1 had a slow beginning. The main character, Steve Brixtion, tells the reader how he became a detective and how he thinks that he has another brother. The middle starts to become more intense when Steve and his partner are abducted from the public library. Bad guys hide Steve and his partner in the last level of a cargo ship. After the men wake up, and discover that they are trapped on a boat near the ocean, Steve and his partner try to escape, but are caught by the hea
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Brittany Standard platz
We listened to this Texas Bluebonnet Book on the way back from Amarillo with our nine-year-old-son. It is a definite must if you have a reluctant reader or a child who loves a great action packed mystery. My husband and I loved it too!
Michael
Solid YA mystery. Not as funny as it perhaps thinks it is, but then again, I'm not 10 years old. Probably works better for the target audience than for adult YA lovers, which is not at all a bad thing. Still, fun and light.
Ms. Foley
If you read the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, or Boxcar Children series, you will appreciate this book. It's kind of a play on those kid detectives. Also, librarians are super spies, so that's kind of cool.
Jan
Steve is an ordinary 7th grader who loves the Bailey Brothers Detective Handbook. He is assigned a social studies project on early American needlework. He isn't thrilled about the assignment but he goes to the library to do research. He checks out An Illustrated History of American Quilting for his project and the next thing you know, the building is being invaded by ninja librarians who hold a gun to his head. They accuse Steve of using this book to sell secrets to the enemy. The book has secre ...more
Molly
Librarians...they're everywhere!

A fun read for kids and grownups alike. Especially, if you happen to be a librarian.

Try this with fans of Fake Mustache
Charlyn  Trussell
May 01, 2011 Charlyn Trussell rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Charlyn by: Texas Bluebonnet Award Reading List, 2011-12
At school, Steve Brixton really wanted to do his report on the subject his chum Dana was given, detectives. Steve's "career" as a detective is modeled upon the Bailey Brothers, a rather hokey fictional duo whose adventures and advice guide Steve. But Steve drew the topic early American needlework and Ms. Gilfeather would NOT let him exchange it. And that's how Steve ended up at the local library researching needlework in a book on quilts that led him to be charged with treason against the U.S. Y ...more
Christina G
My coworkers and I each chose a genre of books to read and study up on over the next few months, and I chose "books marketed to tween boys." Here's the first one I picked up.

*skip the next two paragraphs if you want to read about the book rather than my feelings on boys and reading*
I have a lot of opinions on the "boys' reading problem" and labeling books as "boy books" or "girl books." People moan about how boys don't read as much as girls, they do worse on reading skills tests, they aren't goi
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Linda
This is the first book of a new mystery series. I really enjoyed it. I gave it 4 stars because it's an obvious parody of the older series books, namely the Hardy Boys, but it isn't plagiarized in any way- it's a book and series of its own. It even has the little pictures of adventures on the end pages like the Hardy Boys books do. I found it humorous. It was a quick read for me.

Steve Brixton, age 12, dreams of being a detective like his favorite mystery series of 59 books, the Bailey Brothers. H
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Alex Boyle
Hmmm... I actually have no idea why I decided to read this book, maybe it was the review on the front cover, from Jeff Kinney,"Action!Adventure!Humor!..." which made me grab this book off the public library shelf and drop it into my trolley.

The category that this book crosses off on my bingo board is 'A book with a male main character'. This category was interesting because I could relate to the everyday conflict, problems and interest as a male would. Just like the combat in this book, I don't
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Marfita
May 19, 2012 Marfita rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone - just ANYone
Recommended to Marfita by: Some kid who was looking for vol 2. We'd better buy it!
Shelves: children-s
Steve Brixton reads too many mystery books - now people have mistaken him for a private detective and he's on the run. He must clear his name somehow and preserve National Security - if the reader can stop laughing. Ohhhh, this book, the first in a promising series, is soooo precious! I hope Barnett can keep this up.
This send-up of mystery series books for kids walks an absolutely straight line, only to occasionally veer off into lunacy. The excerpts from The Bailey Brothers Detective Handbook
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Heidi
Aug 03, 2011 Heidi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ages 8 - 12
Shelves: juv-mystery, series
Steve Brixton, a 12-year-old wanna-be detective, has been studying “The Bailey Brothers’ Detective Handbook” and is a huge fan of the 58 books in the series “Bailey Brothers Mysteries” (a Hardy Boys style series). However, Steve is about to rely on those sleuth skills/tips when he is assigned an essay on early American needlework (not his 1st choice). While checking out the book “An Illustrated History of American Quilting” at the public library, Steve stumbles unknowingly into a mystery about a ...more
Ms.Gaye
A fabulous book for boys! Humorous and adventurous! I found it listed on Guys Read.
The first book in the Brixton Brothers series,The CaseOf The Case Of Mistaken Identity, by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Adam Rex,is full of hilarious adventure.

It begins, "Steve Brixton, A.K.A. STEVE" washaving trouble getting comfortable while reading on his bed, for a few good reasons, withthe main reason being - "he was lying on an old copy of the Guinness Book of World Records, which was 959 pages long, and
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Melanie
Twelve-year-old Steve Brixton, like so many 12-year-olds, has a passion. His happens to be the Bailey Brothers detective novels. He has read every single one in the series at least once. He longs to be a dective himself. He's not to bad when it comes to solving riddles and small crimes. For example, when his mother's boyfriend, the police detective, is having trouble figuring out who stole an old lady's jewelry out of her house with no forced entry, Steve is able to deduce that it was a crow. Ju ...more
Pranav Murali
Title: The Case of the Case of Mistaken
Author: Mac Barnett
Genre: Mystery/Adventure
Pages: 179
Date started: Feb 2nd
Date ended: Feb 16th


Steve Brixton has gotten himself into big, BIG, trouble. He’s now on the run from secret-agent librarians. Wait-librarians? Yup, librarians. It all started in the 1700s when Washington was president. He had too many secrets to maintain, and he needed people who were trustworthy. He needed people who were never to be suspected. He needed librarians. He had given a
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Tami
I read this as a bedtime story with my kids. The main character, Steve Brixton, is a drop-dead fan of the Bailey Brothers Detective Series of books (kind of like the Hardy Boys—i.e. slightly outdated in terminology and theory). Steve does indeed have a gift for deduction—and proves it by inadvertently solving a baffling crime for his mother’s new boyfriend—a police detective, who dismisses Steve’s theory only to have it proved correct later on.

It firmly held the attention of my 8 & 9 year ol
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Amy Musser
You might think that Steve Brixton is just an ordinary kid who would rather read all 59 books in the Bailey Brothers mystery series instead of write an 8 page research paper on early American needlework. But that’s where you’d be wrong. Steve is actually a detective or at least he will be after he figures out the whereabouts of a valuable piece of American history. In the meantime, he has to dodge Rick the less-than-bright policeman who is dating his mother, a squad of secret government agents ( ...more
Allison
As an adult reader who has read many Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, I know that Mac Barnett has done his homework. He respectfully and cleverly pokes fun at the formulaic mysteries that many of us read as kids.

For young readers, Brixton Brothers is fast-paced, clever, fun, and funny. Steve Brixton worships the Bailey Brothers, the young supersleuths who star in the mystery book series that Steve has read over and over again. He has a secret notebook, a magnifying glass, a secret book hiding p
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Jeremy
This review is on the book “The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity” by Mac Barnett. I would recommend this book to readers who like mystery books with humor and non-stop action. This book is now one of my favorite books, but unfortunately it’s one the very few books of its genre. It has many positive traits that make the book very interesting, one of which being its humor. This trait made the book very unique and fun to read. On page 64, when steve was at the police station after being tied ...more
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“He checked out his surrounding. More books. A drinking fountain. A poster showing a guy slam-dunking a basketball with one hand and holding a book in the other, urging kids to READ! Weird, thought Steve. How can he even see the hoop?

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You see, Steven, Librarians are the most elite, best trained secret force in the United States of America. Probably in the world."
"No way."
"Yes way."
"What about the FBI?"
"Featherweights."
"The CIA?"
Mackintosh snorted. "Don't make me laugh. Those guys can't even dunk a basketball andd read a book at the same time.”
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“Dear Mom,
I won't be home this weekend because I'm wanted for treason and I have to clear my name. Also, I took the last Sprite from the fridge.
Love, Steve”
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