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Mystery on Museum Mile

(Eddie Red Undercover #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  918 ratings  ·  190 reviews
Art, mystery, fun and friendship, combine in this illustrated middle grade series debut. Sixth grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, codename "Eddie Red," has a photographic memory and talent for drawing anything he sees. When the NYPD is stumped by a mastermind art thief, Eddie becomes their secret weapon to solve the case, drawing Eddie deeper into New York's famous Museum Mile ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Marcia Wells Hi Emily, So glad you like Eddie! I personally think the other books are just as good, but then again, I wrote them- lol. The case from book 1 is cont…moreHi Emily, So glad you like Eddie! I personally think the other books are just as good, but then again, I wrote them- lol. The case from book 1 is continued in book 3, and you can skip book 2 without missing much plot. Book 2 is a fun adventure in Mexico, where Jonah is extra ridiculous. Happy reading:)(less)
William D. Matthews You have to go to the library and then check it out then you can read it!

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Alex  Baugh
Jun 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: randomly-reading
Sixth grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot has an amazing ability. He has a photographic mind and the artistic ability to be able to draw people he has mentally photographed. Which is how Edmund ended up working undercover for the NYPD.

It all began the day his dad had to break the bad news to Edmund that he would not be returning to his private Upper East Side school Senate for 7th grade; they just couldn't afford it anymore. But just as this conversation was starting, Edmund and his dad heard a woman's
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-books
Finally, a black protagonist for a cool middle grade series! I half want to praise the publishers, half want to ask them what took so long.
The book is fun and my kids will love it. I'm going to book talk the crap out ta this one.
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I think kids will really like this book. I liked the mystery, the main character, Edmund, and his best friend Jonah.
Fleur Bradley
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great mystery for kids, with a perfect voice. Recommended!
Karen Arendt
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Clever mystery with plenty of action and plot twists.
Terry Johnson
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Hilarious caper. Loved Edmond's voice. Thoroughly enjoyed this one. ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good story with witty writing. My son read this for a book report and loved it so much I decided I needed to read it to!
Meghan Geary
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Seems like the start of a great series! Eddie is an interesting and endearing character and I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure of his. The book offers a diverse cast of characters without being a “multicultural” story. Great book for kids, and the NYC setting is just fabulous. Reminds me why I love the city!
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thinking about using this as a summer reading read-aloud for school, and it has many qualities that make it a good choice: 1) the main character is an 11-year old black boy who has a photographic memory, and he has a best friend with diagnosed ADHD & OCD (the book discusses-in a lighthearted way- his struggles) 2) suspense! There's always something to keep you guessing at the end of each chapter 3) the plot mystery is engaging & difficult to figure out, even as an adult! ...more
Mischa Temaul
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
“A clanging noise echoes in the alley, a hollow machine clank like a robot zombie is coming. My hand grabs Grant’s and tugs on him urgently. He’s not much help. More rattling. I peer down the dark path; something is definitely there. The robber? A zombie? Or worse? I curse the red strobe light shining behind me from the car, which is clearly calling the attention of whatever evil is stirring in the darkness beyond. Bang!” (110).

Author Marcia Wells creates a must-read book, Eddie Red Undercover:
Ms. Yingling
Nov 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Edmund Lonnrot lives in New York City with his parents, attends an expensive private school, Senate, and has a photographic memory. This isn't all that useful, but when he and his father are getting ice cream and his father gets tangled up with a man who turns out to be part of an art crime ring, his ability to draw the man's face from memory astounds the police. Reluctantly, Detective Bonvano hires "Eddie Red" to hang out at museums, pretending to draw but in reality looking for certain faces t ...more
Marcia Scurfield
Our local uber-indie bookstore in Wichita, KS, Watermark Books held an Event for Middle School Educators to meet authors and hear about their books. I was especially intrigued with Marcia Wells' "Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile" when she told me that #1--she wrote it for reluctant readers (boys) #2--the main character is an excellent artist with a photographic memory and #3--the mystery involves an impending heist at NYC art museums. I bought the book and read it over just a few nig ...more
Jun 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very much looking forward to discussing this with 3rd-5th graders in July for our book group.

It was delightful to have such a diverse main character whose family is so connected to their African ancestry (I'd love more on that - but it'll be a great discussion point, as many of the participants in our group have immigrant parents who may be very similar to Edmund's parents).

I enjoyed the photographic memory aspect as well - haven't read a mystery with a character of that ability since Cam Jans
Anna-Maria Crum
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun, adventure-filled middle grade mystery. Eddie Red has a photographic memory. His father has been laid off from his library job and Eddie will have to leave his wonderful, expensive, private school unless he can earn the money for the tuition. Fortunately, when Eddie draws a perfect picture of a fleeing suspect he's hired to help the police. But the last thing Detective Bovano wants on his special task force is a kid. Eddie knows he has to figure out who the suspects are and what th ...more
Dan Rogers
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it
A fairly good story with an interesting "twist", Eddie Red has a photographic memory. He only needs to look at someone once and he can recall the details accurately enough to draw a picture of them. I'm sure my students will enjoy reading this story. There is, however, one "problem" I had with it. Not sure how to explain it, maybe it's because I spent 20 years in the military, maybe it's because of the way I raised my sons, maybe it's something else altogether. But, I have some difficulty accept ...more
Dec 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mystery fans
This was nicely written. Goodness knows we need some decent mystery series. The genre got swamped by fantasy after Harry Potter...and I love HP but this is still true. It is also great that the hero detective is a person of color. He is portrayed as a person of color on the cover, but it is a small part of the cover. I guess it is some improvement....

The kid is very kidlike. He wants an active part of the investigation even when the cop tries to protect him. He also can't resist pushing those fa
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a pleasant little surprise! I wasn't expecting much from a middle grade mystery, particularly one where an 11-year-old gets hired by the police, but it was really fun. I love Edmund's voice--it's got the humor and sarcasm I love, but is appropriate for younger readers. I like the quirky side characters: his hyper best friend and odd-couple parents are my favorites. Officer Bovano is a LITTLE too cliche for me to really like him, but Edmund's descriptions of him and interactions with him ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Edmund has a photographic memory. After becoming a witness to a stabbing/after a robbery, Eddie gets a job to watch and remember the Picasso Gang. He's up against a stubborn cop leading the investigation that won't share info and possibly not paying for his private school. I really enjoyed the age appropriate problems, the sketches and that he is an African-American main character. Bullying, don't see stabbing, but one officers is shot, fears of possible death, bully refers to friend as girlfrie ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was quite the fun, fast read. I enjoyed all the humorous interactions and dialogue between Eddie (or Edmund as he prefers to be called), and his best friend Jonah. The terrific illustrations were an added bonus that really helped bring the story alive for me. I would definitely recommend this to students looking for a book with lots of mystery and adventure.
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Eddie Red undercover is full of twists and turns. It is in the point of view of a child but it involves pretty serious action. Eddie has a photographic memory. Once he snaps a picture in his mind he can draw it perfectly. He gets a job at the police office. Solving crime with his friends and his mind.
Tracy Bailey
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fun, fast read. I would highly recommend to 6th and 7th graders. Great for figurative language, plot, and characterization.
Angela Germany
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great fun read. I'm glad it's a series and enjoyed the fact that the main character is African-American. ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: j, mystery
Nice. Fun and easy to read. Would easily recommend to the 4th grade crowd.
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells is a 4-6th grade juvenile fiction novel about a smart kid who teams up with the police to catch art thieves. 

Sixth grader Edmund, aka Eddie Red, has a photographic memory and some really great art skills, which makes him the perfect tool for the NYPD to use to catch a renowned group of art thieves called the Picasso Gang. But not everyone is as thrilled as Eddie is to be working with the police. 

As Eddie continues to work the case, he
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Edmund Xavier Lonnrot has photographic memory and he's a skilled artist. That comes in handy when he and his dad witness a knife attack in the park. Edmund wows the detective at the police station with his detailed sketch of the suspect. The police offer Edmund a job. They need him to work undercover at some of the museums on Museum Mile in New York to help catch an internationl art thief. His undercover name: Eddie Red.

It's not every 6th-grader that gets to work undercover with the police. At
Eddie Red is a talented artist with photographic memory. When he finds himself in the middle of a crime scene, he put his talents to use and joins the case! Some members of the NYPD are less than thrilled to have a kid join the team, but Eddie persists (for better or worse). Kids will love Eddie's sense of humor and realistic banter with best friend Jonah. At one point Eddie witnesses a shooting; this scene may be frightening for younger tweens, but it also drives home the importance of listenin ...more
Sixth grader Edmund Lonnrot has a gift that the NYPD want to utilize: he has both a photographic memory AND the ability to draw what he sees.
The NYPD is desperate to solve a case, so they call on Eddie to be a "camera" and to draw who he sees at the museums where he's posted. Eagerness to solve the crime and make enough money to stay at his school for gifted kids causes him to take stupid risks and raises the suspense level for readers.
An excellent voice, good plot and good sense of pacing mak
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Third grade could do this book as well, but second is a little young. Bright, new premise of a kid with a photographic memory helping the police in New York City crack an art thief case. Good insight into a gifted child's mind and attitude as well as his ADHD and OCD best friend. The police detective a well done curmudgeon. Good characterization, good story line, and enough adventure thrown in. I appreciated how the author showed fear mixed with the bravery and uncertainty in action. Well done. ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. The characters were great, the parents weren't too annoying/negligent, and the romance was realistic for the character's ages. As a teacher of many students with ADHD I also appreciated how the author handled one of the character's ADHD and the choice to medicate or not and how the choices effect how the child feels. I think it is a realistic representation of what some of my students go through and such representation is important. The mystery itself was also decent fo ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A title this year for OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books). I picked it up as a team coach. Of the four titles I had read up to this point, this was my favorite. I could get into the story line and writing and not making comments in my mind about how improbable it was. The characters strike a real feeling that they could be real people. The story wasn't predictable. It was also the favorite of two of my OBOB team kids. ...more
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