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The Real McCoys

(The Real McCoys #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  334 ratings  ·  102 reviews
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 classm
Published November 7th 2017 by Imprint (first published 2017)
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Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiddo
From my 8 year old:
I loved that it was a mystery and that the brother and sister worked together. I liked how the pictures and the words went together and that there were pictures on every page.
Ms. B
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Is it a mystery or is it a story about the special bond between two siblings; fourth grade sister Moxie and first grade brother Milton? Even though the chapters are long, there are plenty of illustrations to keep this story about a missing stuffed owl moving.
I received this book to review as I am participating in the Blog Tour for this book!

One girl, an amateur detective, a missing mascot (Eddie), and a few suspects. Who stole Eddie? Will Moxie find out? And will she find a new best friend as her old friend moved away? And who will win the Eddie Award or the Owl Award?

Well, this book started off really well, but as the book continued I got more and more frustrated with our MC, Moxie. This girl is supposedly a detective, she i
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg, read-in-2018
A fun mystery! I know my students will love the format of text and drawings.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Something

This first book in a new series is narrated by the aptly named Moxie, "a one-person wrecking ball of problem-solving fury," who aspires to be the greatest detective in history. Emulating her fictional hero, she is on the case of a missing mascot while seeking to find a new best friend and win an award for courage, patience, and wisdom (readers discover she quite humorously lacks that second trait).

The rich text (full of metaphors, similes,
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first thing that caught my attention with this read was the cover, and I know I shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but it was absolutely worth doing so. Once I received my copy and looked inside, I knew I was going to really enjoy getting into the story, and my kids were not far behind. The illustrations made it even more of an engaging read, which my kids loved the most. I couldn’t get enough of the cuteness involved.

“Having a best friend who doesn’t like avocados would be li
Robyn Arend
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun and funny read. Moxie is every person who ever thought they were 'all that'. She is also a little younger than most Middle Grade main characters. Moxie is a fourth grader who believes with all her heart that she will win an award at the upcoming assembly, until that assembly is cancelled. Someone in the school has stolen the school's beloved mascot, a stuffed owl named Eddie. 

Moxie is a detective. She studies detective stories, especially the stories of Annabelle Adams
Ms. Yingling
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Fun for elementary school students, but a 4th grader at Tiddlywhump Elementary would be a hard sell for my students. The illustrations are fun, but this is a longer book (300+ pages), so would be a challenge for my struggling readers, yet look too childish for my ones who read on grade level. Definitely would purchase for elementary school, but will pass for middle.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Absolutely charming with lovely illustrations and a keen insight into kid-logic that kept you chuckling even as it imported fantastic advice for any budding detectives - or kids looking for a new close friend.
Maggie Carr
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable tween mystery with pictures throughout breaking up all the text. "...or maybe it means that even if all the evidence seems to point to one direction, there's another, completely different way of looking at things that will help you see the truth..." -page 217
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
This fully illustrated novel had me laughing out loud . . . a lot! And the mystery is tip-top.
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Real McCoys was an entertaining, cute Middle Grade story. Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr made the story come alive with interesting characters Moxie and Milton were both very smart children with big imaginations that I believe many children, who read this story, would relate to and love, and even want to be like. I loved the distinct personalities of all of the characters.

Robbi Behr's illustrations were absolutely amazing, and I believe would hold younger children's attention, and th
Paula Lyle
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I love the illustrations and the way the book looks, kudos to Robbi Behr. Unfortunately, I did not find the writing to be as strong. Moxie does not read like a fourth-grader. She is way too old to believe that the principal tortures students and I did not like her glee that other students seemed to be afraid of her. She should also understand that you can have multiple friends that you like for multiple and different reasons. Some of this was cute and the ending was redeeming, but if you want a ...more
Fourth grader Moxie McCoy is like many of us, somewhat deluded about her abilities and prone to jump to conclusions. Since she regards herself as a great detective, following in the footsteps of fictional character, Annabelle Adams, she is sure that she's read enough and has enough deducing skills to solve any mystery. Still, as the book opens, she sorely misses her former detective partner, Maude, who has recently moved. As a consequence, she's not only looking for a new partner--and yes, she h ...more
Diane Hernandez
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Cute humorous mystery for middle grade readers with perfect artwork.

Move over Encyclopedia Brown, Moxie McCoy is the new detective in town! Moxie is in fourth grade at Tiddlywhump Elementary School. She is also the sole remaining partner at M&M Inc. detective agency. Her partner, and best friend, Maude moved to California at the worst possible moment. Tiddlywhump's mascot, Eddie the wise, and stuffed, owl has been stolen and only a great detective like Moxie can solve the crime.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
School Library Journal

A lot can happen in one day when you're the world's greatest fourth grade detective. Moxie McCoy aims to find both her school's stolen mascot and a new best friend while surviving multiple trips to the principal's office. Moxie's biggest surprise of the day? A new appreciation of her "boring as a butter knife" younger brother Milton, who reveals detective skills of his own. Moxie knows the meaning of her name, and embraces it as a mantra. With fictional girl det
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a Goodreads giveaway win.

This book was AMAZING! I was reading it while my students were taking a math test, and I'm afraid my laughter was a tiny bit distracting. Luckily, after I read them a few snippets, they (and I) can't wait to start reading it aloud to them during homeroom.

This is the story of Moxie McCoy, her brother Milton, and a missing owl named Eddie. Without Eddie, there would be no awards ceremony this afternoon - or possibly ever again! Moxie is working hard to find Eddi
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
When the school's mascot Eddie the Owl dissappears, the top detective team from Tiddlywhump Elementary School know they have a serious case to solve. immediately. The expressive, highly entertaining cartoonlike illustrations accompanying The Real McCoys give this humorous adventure/mystery a creative energy that never stops. The over the top enthusiasm of mystery loving Moxie, detective extraordinaire, often lead to impulsive decisions that send her right to the principal's office. Her younger b ...more
The text I give 4/5 but combined so brilliantly with creatively embedded illustrations bumps this one up to a 5/5 for me. Husband and wife team Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr collaborated to create an engaging mystery and adorable characters with a unique blended genre style (picture book, graphic novel, novel) that will be a hit with many readers. We meet Moxie McCoy who loves to solve mysteries (though she's a tad too impulsive), relying on knowledge gained from reading the Annabelle Adams mys ...more
Michele(mluker) Luker
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Moxie starts out the school day on a find a new best friend. Her best friend moved away, and Moxie desperately needs a new best friend and fellow detective. However, this mission gets put to the side when Eddie, the school mascot, has been stolen...and Eddie needs to be found or the highly anticipated award ceremony won't take place.

Moxie gathers her clues, and using her investigating skills she has learned from her idol, tries to make the pieces fit to find the culprit
Melissa Mcavoy
An illustrated fiction, mystery spoof, with an imaginative, quirky heroine. Moxie McCoy’s best friend and partner in detection has moved out of town and the timing couldn’t be worse. The beloved school mascot has been stolen, Moxie’s timid brother has been accused and the evidence keeps pointing towards the only viable best-friend replacement candidate. There is some clever writing, lots of exuberant drawing and plenty of opportunities for readers to know more than Moxie. I can see this being a ...more
Beverly Clyde
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book filled with fun in both the story and the presentation. Moxie McCoy’s best friend and detective buddy has moved away. Moxie and her friend were trained by the fictional detective Annabelle Adams and can solve any mystery according to Moxie. The school mascot goes missing and Moxie decides it is her job the find the thief. Without her friend’s help, Moxie is jumping to conclusions and getting into more trouble than the thief. Moxie needs help, but who can help her? An unexpected helper arr ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Moxie is a girl with focus, drive, and determination. Even so, she needs the help of her little brother and a few others along the way in her quest to determine who took the beloved school mascot, Eddie the Owl.

Author Matthew Swanson and illustrator Robbie Behr deliver a book sure to appeal to many readers. The combination of illustration and text makes for a delightful trip through Moxie's world and her imagination.

I took a copy on a camping trip, and in spite of it getting completely water-l
Moxie (who shares her wonderful name with an appalling soft drink) is a detective. There is no case too big, or too small, for Moxie McCoy. So when the school mascot goes missing, Moxie leaps into action to find the culprit and bring them to justice. Once she has the right culprit, that is. Which she'll determine with her fine detective skills, and maybe a little help from her super-annoying little brother.

Text and story are inextricably linked--more cohesive than Wimpy Kid and that
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this boook about a girl named Moxie who is in fourth grade and a detective. One day at school while trying to find a new best friend as hers has moved away the school mascot is stolen. She tries to find the thief while also trying to find a new best friend. While interrogating her classmates she is also asking them questions to see if they will work as her best friend. I love the questions she has for finding a new friend. During her investiagtion she has a lot of problems and ...more
Meag McKeron
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a funny, silly story that occasionally hits you in the feels, too. Moxie is such a fun narrator, and her words literally come to life through the accompanying illustrations (I wanted to give Milton a hug whenever he appeared on the page!). I had the pleasure of seeing the author & illustrator speak at a library event when I was only 30 pages into this (yeah, I hadn't completed my homework), and I actually felt compelled to finish once I heard them explain their creative process that res ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Moxie McCoy is a spunky, impulsive and enthusiastic 4th grade detective. When her best friend and co-sleuth, Maude, moves away, Moxie is somewhat adrift as to how to survive without her. At school, it is almost time for the Owl awards, and Moxie is anticipating winning the Eddie Award when the actual mascot himself, Eddie the Owl, turns up missing from the display case. With no best friend to help her, Moxie must embark on this independently- until her big-headed brother, Milton, proves to be th ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read all the Hardy Boys books growing up so this book reminds me of those days. The heroine is 4th grader Moxie McCoy who aspires to be a Nancy Drew-like character called Annabelle Adams, Girl Detective, and has read the dozens of books in a series about her idol, snippets of which are included in the story. The Real McCoys is a work of art really. There must be 3 illustrations per page on each of the 300. Words interwoven with art, and in some cases the art is telling more than the words. I w ...more
Kelly Veatch
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
So cute and funny! It’s told from the viewpoint of Moxie McCoy, a 4th grade girl, who is a detective. Someone has stolen the school mascot Eddie the Owl, and she sets out on a quest to solve the mystery. She has several false accusations until the end when her little 1st grade brother comes to her rescue and helps her solve the case. I love the way the author has written each page. It has fun fonts, illustrations, and cool designs on each page which will keep students engaged throughout the enti ...more
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-2019-msba
This is an illustrated novel by a husband-and-wife writer/illustrator team. Moxie McCoy is determined to be a detective just like her favorite fictional detective. She is hindered though because her best friend and business partner has just moved away. With her scientist Mom off on an extended expedition, she must help take care of her anxious younger brother while trying to find a new best friend when someone steals school mascot Eddie the Owl. How will she solve the crime? While nominated for ...more
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