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Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking

(14 Day Mysteries #1)

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Edgar Award Finalist

For fans of The Westing Game and From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler comes a clever, treasure-hunt mystery based on a real-life art heist.


Moxie Fleece knows the rules and follows them--that is, until the day she opens her front door to a mysterious stranger. Suddenly Moxie is involved in Boston's biggest unsolved mystery: The Isabella
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 11th 2013 by Dial Books
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Alice in Readerland
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Originally posted on aliceinreaderland.com: Since this book involves a treasure hunt, I’ll be doing this review with “Map/GPS Direction” headers. Because, hey, why not?

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I can never resist a good mystery, or a good treasure hunt. So a book that combines both, as well as mentioning From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
in it’s synopsis, was a sure-to-read for me! (Yes, I totally love
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. I used to read it all the time and
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Kristen
May 19, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a cute little mystery...and I liked it even more once I read the Author's Note and discovered that the Gardner Museum heist referenced in the book was a real crime--one that was never solved. Moxie is a fun narrator, and the mystery is intriguing and engaging without being scary. I like my mysteries with a bit more edge, but this is perfect for younger students looking for a not-so-terrifying mystery.
Ms. Yingling
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Moxie lives in Jamaica Plain near Boston with her mother and grandmother. Her grandfather, Grumps, is in a rest home because he has Alzheimers. When Moxie is approached by a red haired woman who gives her a message for her grandfather that Sully Cupcakes wants his stuff back. Grumps doesn’t have enough lucid days to give Moxie any clues; he just tells her that Sully is dangerous. Moxie and her friend Ollie have a great summer after 8th grade planned- they have been given train passes and ...more
Julie Williams
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Moxie has always known her grandfather “Grumps” was in “the business” but when an old associate comes looking around for some missing items she finds out just how involved he was. Moxie has 14 days to locate the missing items…or else. Unfortunately, Grumps has Alzheimer’s and can’t help her out. Using her skills as a mathematician and with the help of her best friend, Ollie she investigates the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist and the role her grandfather played. Moxie’s investigation ...more
Brandy Painter
I usually enjoy Erin Dionne's books more than I did this one. I think my disappointment was magnified because I had my hopes rather high for this one and was mostly unimpressed. I can see kids loving it though. It has that sort of kid adventure movie feel to it. Kids versus the mobsters, and the kids actually have a chance of winning. The danger never materializes quite like it would in reality. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I could have liked Moxie herself, but I was rolling my eyes ...more
Ellicia
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Calling this book delightful, enjoyable, and satisfying doesn’t feel fair towards the book. Reading about Moxie Fleece and how she follows the rules that is, until the day she opens her front door to a mysterious stranger. If I were to focus on one other character than Moxie, it would be her best friend, Ollie, a geocaching addict who loves to find stuff. Moxie and Ollie did everything together, from homework to bad sci-fi movies, considering the fact that they’ve been friends since second ...more
Cathy
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I was pleasantly surprised to find that this story was historical fiction -- sort of. I loved that it was based on a real robbery in Boston and that the setting of the story was centered around places I've visited before. The relationship with Moxie and her grandparents, especially her Alzheimer's-stricken grandfather, was sweet. Other than that, I was a little disappointed in the predictability of the events and the characters. Still, it was a good story. I could see my 8th graders who enjoy ...more
Lisa Fabiano
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Moxie has just discovered that her Grandfather helped thieves hide the art work stolen during the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist. The problem is, the thieves want it back and her Grandfather has Alzheimer's. Thus it is up to her to find it fast or her family will be in big trouble. With the help of her geocaching loving friend, Ollie, she is determined to solve the mystery. This suspenseful ride through some of Boston's most famous landmarks, makes for a fun read.
Nora
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Loved the friendship of Moxie and Ollie, and the teamwork. It was a bit far-fetched at times and adults may find themselves yelling at the book, "Moxie, tell your mother what is going on!" like I did... but it was a fun mystery and the Boston setting added to the adventure. I will recommend to 5th-8th graders for a good mystery.
Norrie ☔️
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The plot and ideas were really good, but I was not very impressed with the writing. It was not very descriptive and a little bit TOO much like a teenager, like how she has a lot of weird words and one-word sentences. Not really the best way to write a book.
Miranda
May 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was a let down. I heard good things, but it disappointed.
Oliver James
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty good read.
Ellen
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Terrific Bostonian adventure - a firecracker lead character, snappy writing and an excellent puzzle that's exciting all the way through.
Kaylin
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It's really hard to find mystery books for kids in middle school and I am so glad I found this. I recommend this 100 %.
Amalia
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was a good book from what I can tell from the cover so I want to read it.
Dixie Lynne
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
I DNF'ed this book. I just did not enjoy the plotline. I couldn't get attached to the book.
Elizabeth C
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
February Book Review
Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne is an adventurous and mysterious novel. Moxie, the main character, is surprised with a ringing doorbell at her house. Unconditionally, she answered it and a red-headed woman shocked the 14-year-old. She asked for her grandfather, Grumps, who had alzheimer's. He was at a memory care center in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. With a little attitude, Moxie closed the door and the red-head put a foot on the doorway. She said she
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Now that I've read Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking, I can fully appreciate this adorable cover, because it fully captures this book. The only inaccurate part is that Moxie's best friend Ollie is Asian (though I guess this guy could be) and overweight, which I definitely do not think he is. However, the items in purple are part of the plot and that is exactly how Moxie dresses, crazy tights and all. If you could see her from the front, she'd be wearing a concert shirt for sure. Like the cover ...more
Kerry
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been anxiously awaiting the release of Dionne’s latest novel, a mystery surrounding the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum art heist. Although the story is fictional, the timing of the release is superb, coinciding with the real heist ‘s reemergence in the news after the theft in 1990 (the FBI has recently claimed they know the people responsible). Anyway, back to the story. Moxie is a rule-follower who is excels in math and appreciates its consistency: “No matter what you do—how many plus ...more
Cassandra Smith
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book "Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking" by Erin Dionne follows around a girl named Moxie in a quest to find priceless pieces of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Moxie's grandfather, now suffering from Alzheimer's, was a criminal in his younger days. Moxie believes he might have hidden the art stolen in the infamous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist after being menacingly confronted by a criminal who wants the paintings "back." Moxie looks for clues and ignores both her ...more
Rhiannon
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is a mystery about a young girl who wants the best summer ever with her best friend Ollie but her grandfather who has Alzheimer's past is getting in the way. Moxie and Ollie are getting ready to graduate junior high and will be going to separate high schools and they know that once they start they will be sucked into their new social life and friends. As the school year comes to an end Ollie and Moxies parents decide to give them some freedom they both get a T(card subway card) that ...more
Angie
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Moxie Fleece is looking forward to "the best summer ever" with her best friend Ollie. They will be starting different high schools in the fall and this is the last chance they will have to spend a lot of time together. One morning she opens the door, thinking it is her mother, and finds a red-head woman who tells Moxie that Sully Cupcakes wants his stuff back or else. Moxie's grandpa, Grumps, used to be in the business. He would hide stuff for local criminals. Grumps has Alzheimer's now and ...more
Beth Dailey Kenneth
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Kate
Sep 05, 2013 rated it liked it
When Moxie answers the door one Saturday morning in June, she's expecting to see her best friend Ollie. Instead, there's a redheaded woman asking to speak to her grandfather. There's just one problem - her grandfather is in a nursing home and suffers from Alzheimer's disease. So Moxie lies, saying he's not home, and the redhead threatens to come back and find him. Little does Moxie know just how much this woman wants to find her grandfather - he used to do "jobs" for the Southie mob, and now ...more
Sarah
Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, arcs
I was pretty excited to get an ARC for this through netgalley. I've only read one other book by Erin Dionne and it was decent, but the plot and setting of Moxie seemed like they would create an instant hit.

The book starts off pretty slow. You meet Moxie, a typical "alternative" junior high girl who wears tights in the summer. Her best friend, ollie, is obsessed with geocaching, and they're working on making it the best summer ever together, before they start separate schools in the fall. I don't
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Nancy
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Just when Moxie Fleece is looking forward to an exciting summer before starting high school, she opens her door to a mysterious redheaded woman. She demands that Moxie's grandfather retrieve something he had hidden for her boss, mobster Sully Cupcakes, and he has 14 days to do so! Only thing is, Grumps is now in a nursing home suffering from Alzheimer's. Moxie knew he had some past unsavory connections in his job as a carpenter and his memory of what he had hidden and where is foggy at best but ...more
Diane
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014, mystery
A 2014 Edgar Award nominee

"The events that ruined not only what was supposed to be the best summer ever, but my family and life as I knew it, began with a bell: a ringing doorbell."

Moxie knew the second she answered the door that "The Redhead" was bad news. But it was too late. "Sully Cupcakes wants his items back. By the fourth. Or he’ll take something of equal …” She paused and looked me up and down, real slow. “... or lesser value.” Now Moxie is caught in a mystery that involves secrets that
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Laura
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I learned of Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting through some geocaching friends. I ordered the book then learned that it was the second book in a series. So I ordered this book.

I'm teaching 6th grade this year so I was quite pleased to find a book and series which is clean, features a mystery, and introduces geocaching. Moxie is a fun kid with a good heart. Ollie, her sidekick, is also refreshing as a loyal friend.

I also liked the touch of a kid who is dealing with a beloved grandparent
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Linnae
So Moxie has a best friend named Ollie, and the two of them have an awesome summer planned out. Then a mysterious and mean redhead shows up at Moxie's door demanding things that Moxie doesn't know anything about. She has a pretty good idea who hid the things, though: her Grandpa. He helped some big-time crooks hide stuff back in the day--though he's been out of that business since she was a baby.

Moxie delves deeper into the mystery, and realizes that the missing items were stolen from the
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Ann
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
13-year-old Moxie Fleece is smart, funny and determined to solve the (real-life) heist of famous artwork from Boston's Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum. This fast-paced mystery gives just enough tension to keep readers wondering if Moxie and her best friend, Ollie, are in over their heads since some very shady characters (including a gangster) are determined to stop Moxie and Ollie from discovering the whereabouts of the art or take the paintings and other famous art objects from them as soon as ...more
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