The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity

(Book #1 of Brixton Brothers)
Illustrated by: Adam Rex
For Ages: 8 - 12
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Seventh-grader Steve Brixton is an avid reader of the Bailey Brothers series, and he’s about to get a chance to put the detective tactics he’s read so much about into practice. He’s out to solve a mystery being investigated by America’s most secret crime solving agency: the United States Department of Library Sciences. It will take all of Steve’s skills to navigate this story of intrigue and crime as he tracks down the missing quilt (yes, quilt) containing all of America’s secrets.
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 208 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416978169 | 
  • May 2010 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7 | 
  • Lexile 590
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CHAPTER I
America’s Favorite Supersleuths


STEVE BRIXTON, A.K.A. STEVE, was reading on his too-small bed. He was having trouble getting comfortable, and for a few good reasons. His feet were hanging off the edge. Bedsprings were poking his ribs. His sheets were full of cinnamon-graham-cracker crumbs. But the main reason Steve was uncomfortable was that he was lying on an old copy of the Guinness Book of World Records, which was 959 pages long, and which he had hidden under his mattress.

If for some reason you were looking under Steve’s mattress and found the Guinness Book of World Records,... see more

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Q. how did you come to write The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity?

A. After it became clear I was never going to make it as an actual private detective (I am allergic to fingerprint powder), writing this book seemed like the next best thing.

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