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The Curious League of Detectives and Thieves: Egypts Fire by Tom Phillips (Hardcover)

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The Curious League of Detectives and Thieves: Egypts Fire by Tom Phillips (Hardcover)

$32.99
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Why Should I Like It?

The Short Reason

Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection• Mad cap detective story• Set in New York

The Longer Reason 

After twelve-year-old John Boarhog’s mother dies, the last thing he wants is to be schlepped off to the Jersey Home for Boys, where kids are forced to make skinny jeans for hipsters and are fed nothing but kale. Instead, he makes himself a snug home in the ceiling of the New York Museum of Natural History, where he reads anything he can get his hands on and explores the artifacts after hours.
 
But when a rare Egyptian ruby—the highlight of the museum’s new exhibit—goes missing, John is accused of the crime. That is until the unpredictable Inspector Toadius McGee sweeps in to wrestle control of the case, certain that the true culprit is a notorious criminal he’s been tracking for years.
 
John quickly becomes the Watson to Toadius’s Holmes as they race from Broadway to back alleys to a speak-easy that only serves root beer. And along the way, John uncovers secrets about his own past, including that he’s a lot more involved in this web of endearing ne’er-do-wells than he ever could have imagined.
 
A love letter to classic middle grade, Egypt’s Fire introduces a remarkable new duo that will steal your heart as surely as it leaves you begging for their next grand adventure.

This is the first book in a new series

You can watch the book trailer here

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

Goodreads rating (as of July 2022) 4.5/5

Reviews

The Curious League of Detectives and Thieves is a great ride, but you don’t have to take my word for it.” —LeVar Burton

“[A] rollicking debut. . . . this laugh-out-loud caper, reminiscent of Lemony Snicket’s work, sits well among its madcap mystery cohort.”—Publishers Weekly

“This fast-paced mystery, sprinkled with humour and life lessons, has enough twists, turns, red herrings, and secrets to keep readers guessing. A strong series starter for fans of clever mysteries.”—Booklist

“[A] fast-moving cinematic madcap detective mystery. . . .”—School Library Journal

“A brisk romp chock-full of tricky twists and daffy doings.”—Kirkus Reviews


 Age: 8-12 

Format: Hardcover

Publication date: June  2022

Comes gift-wrapped

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