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Vanishing Acts (A Maggie Brooklyn Mystery) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-15 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 44 user ratings
ISBN:1599909812
LANGUAGE:English

" It was okay. I kinda of figured out what would happen half way through but I enjoyed it none the less. " said.

" It was good. One problem, it says it is a mystery. Not enough mystery on my standards , but that's coming from a girl who's first big books were Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys! :D " said.

" OMG this was the best mystery book ever there are 2 mysterys going and they really are good mysterys the girl is just a normal four but a great detective! " said.

" Another incredibly enjoyable Maggie Brooklyn Mystery book. This book was no less enjoyable than the first book, and the next book will no doubt be just as enjoyable. We got to know Milo better in this book, and his relationship with Maggie is more concrete in this book. We also find out what's going on between Lucy (Lulu) and Finn. I had no idea who the culprit was until the end, which was very satisfying. I would recommend this to any girl who enjoys a good light mystery. " said.

"I really liked this book! My favorite thing about it is that it is a mystery that takes place in our time and all the details and how it seemed real. I thought that the author used a lot of details to describe Maggie's life and not just her perspective, but all her perspectives, too. Also, she foreshadows a lot which was good and bad. The author didn't really give away the ending but it was kind of obvious that her twin brother and her best friend have started dating. But, I think the most important thing is that she didn't give the end away. That doesn't mean there aren't any clues though! I would recommend this book mostly to girls who like mysteries and a little mushiness. " said.

"As posted on Outside of a Dog:

Maggie Brooklyn Sinclair is back with two more mysteries to solve (three if you include the ongoing mystery that is boys). First of all, someone is egging dogs in the park, and Maggie is put on the trail by an older classmate. Secondly, super famous movie star Seth Ryan has gone missing from the set of his latest movie, filming in Brooklyn, and Maggie is on the hunt to track him down. Could the two cases possibly be related? All this and more is packed into the slim volume of the second Maggie Brooklyn mystery, which is just as enjoyable as the first. Though I figured out both mysteries fairly early on, I was entranced enough by Maggie's moxie to finish the book in one sitting. The mysteries could have been a bit more mysterious, but Margolis' handle on her characters is spot on, getting the downright oddness of adolescent behavior, girls and boys, in an entertaining way. This is a great book to recommend to animal lovers who like digging in to a mystery.
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"From the Publisher:
When a movie starring tween heartthrob Seth Ryan starts filming in Park Slope, everyone gets movie mania-including Maggie Brooklyn Sinclair. Though her plans to become a movie extra don't quite work out, Maggie manages to capture Seth's attention and he seeks her out at the Pizza Den to talk. But just when Maggie's life is feeling like a romantic comedy, Seth disappears! Everyone thinks he's been kidnapped, but Maggie knows better. . . .
This young Nancy Drew is back, along with her twin brother and dog-walking business, in a second mystery that shines a spotlight on her super-sleuth skills. Leslie Margolis's pitch-perfect tween voice will leave fans begging for more of this lovable heroine.

My Thoughts:
Vanishing Acts is the second Maggie Brooklyn mystery in a series and I have to confess I didn't read the first volume. But that's OK. Like all series books, this was a pretty good stand alone story and references from the first book were easily understandable.Seventh-grader Maggie Brooklyn live in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY. Having earned a reputation as an amateur sleuth in the neighborhood, one chilly October morning Maggie is confronted with another mystery. Some has been throwing eggs at the dogs being walked in Prospect Park and now Maggie's former best friend Charlotte demands that she solve this mystery, too. And that is just the beginning.

Oh, wait, egged dogs aren't the beginning. The beginning is when a life-sized man-shaped balloon, dress in a black suit and tie, hits Maggie on her way to school in the morning. Before she knows what's hit her (and the dogs), Maggie find herself with three mysteries to solve - balloon man, egged dogs and the disappearance of Seth Ryan, teen heartthrob, who just happens to be making a movie in Prospect Park.

Of course, the mysteries aren't terribly difficult to solve. Maggie is more of a junior league Nancy Drew, but there is lots of other action apart from the mysteries. There is Maggie's twin brother, Finn, her friend Lucy, who seem to be much friendlier with each other lately. And there's Milo Sanschez, a boy with a big crush on Maggie. But will Maggie notice of what is going on right up her eyes or is she too wrapped up in her cases.

Vanishing Acts is a fast, fun story about a smart, sassy girl who life is good, but far from perfect. In fact, at times it feels like a situation comedy, but that's fine. This isn't meant to be a terribly serious book. As an adolescent character, Maggie is funny, clever, resourceful, responsible, but not overly so, and she's also a bit of an entrepreneur with her dog walking business as a way to earn some extra money. Brooklyn is my hometown (I'm from Flatbush, not Park Slope) and one of the things I really liked was how Margolis captured that diversity that is so very Brooklyn. In fact, I think this is a perfect middle grade book, ideal for some light reading whenever time allows in the busy lives of middle schoolers.

Maggie Brooklyn has her own website where you can learn more about Maggie and her world (be sure to check out the map that shows all the important places in her life.)

This book is recommended for readers age 9+
This book was obtained from the publisher

Vanishing Acts was originally reviewed on http://randomlyreading.blogspot.com/2012/09/vanishing-acts-by-leslie-margolis.html/a>
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" Another cute mystery for lower middle grade girls who love Nancy Drew but want something a bit more updated. Dogwalker & sleuth Maggie Brooklyn is not as excited about being an extra in a movie being filmed locally as her friends, who all have huge crushes on the star. But then he's kidnapped, & now Maggie is on the case, along with help from her friend-crush Milo, her best friend Lucy, & her brother Finn.I'd probably recommend this to anyone who liked the Suzanne Snow mysteries. " said.

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