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Marty Frye, Private Eye: The Case of the Missing Action Figure (Paperback)

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By Janet Tashjian, Laurie Keller (Illustrator)
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This is book number 1 in the Marty Frye, Private Eye series.


Broken into three short stories of poetry and petty crime, this charming chapter book will have young readers in search of a rhyme in no time. Book 1 in the Marty Frye series!

Marty Frye is not your ordinary sleuth. Marty Frye is a poet detective—he makes up rhymes as he solves small crimes. When his friend Emma's diary is missing, Marty is on the case. When Katie's flour is nowhere to be found, Marty tracks it down. And when the brand-new Action Chuck figures mysteriously vanish from the toy store, Marty unravels the mystery. Will there ever be a case too hard for Marty to solve? Or a word too impossible to rhyme?

A poet detective saves the day in this first book in the illustrated Marty Frye, Private Eye series.

A Christy Ottaviano book

Titles in the Marty Frye, Private Eye series:

Marty Frye, Private Eye: The Case of the Missing Action Figure
Marty Frye, Private Eye: The Case of the Stolen Poodle

More from Janet Tashjian:

The Einstein the Class Hamster series:
Einstein the Class Hamster
Einstein the Class Hamster and the Very Real Game Show
Einstein the Class Hamster Saves the Library

The Sticker Girl series:
Sticker Girl
Sticker Girl Rules the School

The My Life series:
My Life as a Book
My Life as a Stuntboy
My Life as a Cartoonist
My Life as a Joke
My Life as a Gamer
My Life as a Ninja
My Life as a Youtuber

More from Laurie Keller:

The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut:
Arnie, the Doughnut
Invasion of the Ufonuts
The Spinny Icky Showdown

The Scrambled States of America:
The Scrambled States of America
The Scrambled States of America Talent Show

Do Unto Otters
Open Wide
Grandpa Gazillion's Number Yard
Birdy's Smile Book
Fooled You!

About the Author

Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who’s been writing books for children for over two decades. Her first novel Tru Confessions was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. The Gospel According to Larry series is a cult favorite and Fault Line is taught in many middle and high schools. Her bestselling My Life As a Book series is illustrated by her son, Jake. They also collaborated on the Einstein the Class Hamster series.

Janet collaborated with fellow Macmillan author Laurie Keller on the chapter book series Marty Frye, Private Eye. Janet currently lives in Los Angeles and made her new home city the setting of the Sticker Girl series, which details the adventures of Martina who overcomes being shy with the help of her magical stickers that come to life.

Laurie Keller is the bestselling author-illustrator of many books for kids, including Do Unto Otters; Potato Pants!; The Scrambled States of America; the Geisel Award-winning We Are Growing!; and Arnie the Doughnut, as well as three books in the Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut chapter book series.

Growing up in Michigan, Laurie always loved to draw, paint and write stories. She earned a B.F.A. at Kendall College of Art and Design, then worked at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City as a greeting card illustrator for seven years. One night, the idea for a children’s book popped into her head and after showing the story to several publishers in New York City, she quit her job and moved there. The following year, that story idea was a published book—The Scrambled States of America. Laurie loved living in NYC, but she returned to her home state, where she lives in the woods along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Praise For…

Praise for Marty Frye, Private Eye:

"The cadence of Marty's rhyming dialogue is somewhat infectious, and has the added benefit of helping young readers tackle unfamiliar (but rhyming) words. . . . A fun and bouncy young kids' book, that's sure to appeal with its big kids' look." —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250158802
ISBN-10: 125015880X
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: June 26th, 2018
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: Marty Frye, Private Eye

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Staff Picks

This book is a true treasure. This book has become one of our store's staples, and it is not only iconic, but presents a fantastic message about loving yourself just as you are, however that may be! Kelp the unicorn lives under the sea with his narwhal family, feeling quite at home and assuming he is just like them. But one day Kelp sees someone just like him—a land narwhal!! (unicorn!)—and Kelp becomes keenly aware that he is a bit different from everyone else. Kelp takes a journey of self-acceptance, and learns that you can be part of more than one world and still be loved for who you are. A picture book masterpiece!!!

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(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel