The Real McCoys (Hardcover)

By Matthew Swanson, Robbi Behr (Illustrator)

Imprint, 9781250098528, 336pp.

Publication Date: November 7, 2017



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 classmates--both as potential new best friends and as possible suspects. She finds clues and points fingers but can't save the owl on her own. Enter Moxie's little brother, Milton. Quiet, cautious, and boring as a butter knife, he's a good listener.

Can the Real McCoys form an unlikely alliance and solve the crime of the century?

Bursting with interactive illustrations on every page, Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr's The Real McCoys delivers clever storytelling, laugh-out-loud humor, and heartwarming insight. This is the first book in a series.

An Imprint Book

"Readers will breeze through this ingenious combination of text and art, eager for Moxie and Milton's next case." --School Library Journal, starred review

"This clever, funny, delightful book is just what this crazy world needs. The surprising and inventive interaction between text and illustration shows that two brains are, indeed, better than one--especially when they belong to Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr." --Andrea Beaty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Ada Twist Scientist

About the Author

Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr are the author-illustrator, husband-wife duo behind Ten Thousand Stories (Chronicle Books, 2013), Babies Ruin Everything (Imprint, 2016), Everywhere, Wonder (Imprint, 2017), The Real McCoys (Imprint, 2017), and more than sixty illustrated books for children and adults. They run two small publishing companies and a letterpress shop out of their Maryland home/barn/studio, teach and speak on creativity and collaboration, and have three small-but-obstreperous children.