It Happened on a Train

It Happened on a Train Cover

It Happened on a Train

By Mac Barnett; Adam Rex (Illustrator)

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781416978190, 288pp.

Publication Date: October 4, 2011

Retired private detective and current seventh grader Steve Brixton has a new career: taking out the garbage on Wednesdays for five bucks a week. But it's hard to leave the old game behind, and on a train trip down the California coast, Steve finds himself pulled back into sleuthing. Soon he's in over his head in four feet and eleven inches of mystery involving a fleet of priceless automobiles, a deadly assassin (or maybe just a faulty lock on a sauna door), and a secret train car filled with intrigue. Plus there's a girl involved, which complicates everything. I mean she's just Steve's friend. And really, they barely even know each other. It's not like they re boyfriend or girlfriend or anything, okay?

Praise For It Happened on a Train

"Barnett’s sly and often silly Hardy Boy parody chugs along with plenty of laughs and enough honest-to-gosh mystery to please any lover of boy detective fiction. Rex’s black-and-white pencils (which also parody the Hardy tales) are still a fine match for the goofiness. Mention of the next adventure at mystery’s close will make Brixton fans smile."--Kirkus Reviews

"An amusing addition to the Brixton Brothers series."—Booklist