The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity

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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The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity 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... see more
The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity CHAPTER II An Exciting Case
THE BAILEY BROTHERS’ DETECTIVE HANDBOOK tells you how to size up suspicious characters, which is useful if you’re eating dinner with safecrackers, or cat burglars, or your mom’s new boyfriend. Here’s what the handbook says about identifying crooks:

Hey, sleuths! Shawn and Kevin are always on the lookout for lawbreakers! You should keep your eyes peeled too. There are scoundrels everywhere! Spotting baddies is easy. They... see more

About the Author

Mac Barnett
Photograph © Shawn Harris

Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett is the author of the Brixton Brother series and several picture books, including Guess Again! and Chloe and the Lion (both illustrated by Adam Rex), and the New York Times bestseller Extra Yarn. He’s on the board of directors of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center, and founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers. Mac lives in Oakland, California.

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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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