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Mac B. is back... and this time, a new enemy is after the Crown Jewels! Will Mac solve this locked-room mystery in time? An instant New York Times bestseller! The Crown Jewels are in danger... again! When the jewels go missing from inside a locked room, Mac's spy skills are put to the test. How did the thief break in? Where did the jewels go? And will Mac be able to solve th Mac B. is back... and this time, a new enemy is after the Crown Jewels! Will Mac solve this locked-room mystery in time? An instant New York Times bestseller! The Crown Jewels are in danger... again! When the jewels go missing from inside a locked room, Mac's spy skills are put to the test. How did the thief break in? Where did the jewels go? And will Mac be able to solve this locked room mystery before the thief escapes? This mystery isn't just a whodunit... it's a howdunit! The action in this new adventure is nonstop, as Mac travels to an ancient Irish castle to solve the mystery. There, he encounters everything from killer king cobras to bizarre ice sculptures... and even a revenge plot dating back hundreds of years! Will you be able to solve the mystery before Mac does? Also features historical facts masterfully woven throughout the plot, and full-color illustrations on every page. Don't miss the newest installment of this totally smart and sidesplittingly funny New York Times bestselling series, Mac B., Kid Spy.

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Mac B. is back... and this time, a new enemy is after the Crown Jewels! Will Mac solve this locked-room mystery in time? An instant New York Times bestseller! The Crown Jewels are in danger... again! When the jewels go missing from inside a locked room, Mac's spy skills are put to the test. How did the thief break in? Where did the jewels go? And will Mac be able to solve th Mac B. is back... and this time, a new enemy is after the Crown Jewels! Will Mac solve this locked-room mystery in time? An instant New York Times bestseller! The Crown Jewels are in danger... again! When the jewels go missing from inside a locked room, Mac's spy skills are put to the test. How did the thief break in? Where did the jewels go? And will Mac be able to solve this locked room mystery before the thief escapes? This mystery isn't just a whodunit... it's a howdunit! The action in this new adventure is nonstop, as Mac travels to an ancient Irish castle to solve the mystery. There, he encounters everything from killer king cobras to bizarre ice sculptures... and even a revenge plot dating back hundreds of years! Will you be able to solve the mystery before Mac does? Also features historical facts masterfully woven throughout the plot, and full-color illustrations on every page. Don't miss the newest installment of this totally smart and sidesplittingly funny New York Times bestselling series, Mac B., Kid Spy.

30 review for The Impossible Crime

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kaytee Cobb

    Still a super fun read, but even my 5 year old is getting a little tired of the repetitive jokes that he cracks over and over. Still a solid read aloud choice!

  2. 5 out of 5

    RedPoppyReading

    “Mac B., Kid Spy: The Impossible Crime” by @macbarnett and illustrated by @mikelowerystudio , is the second book in the Mac B. Kid Spy series and perfect for kids ages 7-10. My second grader and I read it together and both loved it. Full of humor and suspense, it’s the kind of MG book that you don’t want to put down. Mac B. is requested by the Queen of England to protect the Crown Jewels, but they are stolen right in front of the kid spy. Can Mac B. figure out who stole them and how? I am not go “Mac B., Kid Spy: The Impossible Crime” by @macbarnett and illustrated by @mikelowerystudio , is the second book in the Mac B. Kid Spy series and perfect for kids ages 7-10. My second grader and I read it together and both loved it. Full of humor and suspense, it’s the kind of MG book that you don’t want to put down. Mac B. is requested by the Queen of England to protect the Crown Jewels, but they are stolen right in front of the kid spy. Can Mac B. figure out who stole them and how? I am not going to give it away so look for this book when it hits shelves on December 26, 2018. Thanks to @scholasticinc and @macbarnett for sharing this MG book with #kidlitexchange and thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book – all opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Mac is calmly playing mini golf when the queen of England phones him yet again for help. She is afraid that someone will steal the crown jewels, so wants Mac on the case. He ends up in her castle in Scotland, where all manner of things go wrong, including the jewels being taken from a locked room. That's a new and exciting type of mystery for Mac, who has to use all of his skills to solve it. Strengths: This is just the right level of 6th and early 7th grade goofy (but wo E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Mac is calmly playing mini golf when the queen of England phones him yet again for help. She is afraid that someone will steal the crown jewels, so wants Mac on the case. He ends up in her castle in Scotland, where all manner of things go wrong, including the jewels being taken from a locked room. That's a new and exciting type of mystery for Mac, who has to use all of his skills to solve it. Strengths: This is just the right level of 6th and early 7th grade goofy (but would be good for younger students, too), and the formatting is really brilliant. The font is sanserif, there are better-than-average spaces between lines, and the pictures are inserted into the text where they make the most sense. For students with reading problems, this is the best book I have seen yet. I love that the author made up all of these stories years ago. Weaknesses: The mystery is a tad weaker than the first book, but I applaud the desire to construct a locked room mystery. I now what it was! It reminded of Kin Platt's Big Max: the World's Greatest Detective (1965). What I really think: Do enjoy this series, but wish it weren't paper over board. Definitely purchasing, and I wish there were a Time Travel Mart in my own neighborhood. Good for you, Mr. Barnett. Diversifying. And yes, I have a time travel outfit, although I still need a wool shawl and a pair of boots without zippers. (If anyone gets close enough to my skirt to see the zipper, I figure I have bigger problems!)

  4. 5 out of 5

    zapkode

    {My thoughts} – Mac is back in his all new Spy Adventure. The Queen of England once again sends him off on another mission. This time he is to try and prevent the theft of the Crown Jewels. However, he fails at preventing that and then has to figure out who took them, how they took them and where they went with them. The illustrations in the book are bright and fun. They help to add to the quality of the story as they go hand and hand with the words presented on each page. This isn’t a long book {My thoughts} – Mac is back in his all new Spy Adventure. The Queen of England once again sends him off on another mission. This time he is to try and prevent the theft of the Crown Jewels. However, he fails at preventing that and then has to figure out who took them, how they took them and where they went with them. The illustrations in the book are bright and fun. They help to add to the quality of the story as they go hand and hand with the words presented on each page. This isn’t a long book to read and all the illustrations help to make it much shorter then it originally appears. Throughout this book there are also many facts listed when the characters are having conversations. I think that is an important aspect of any book, to have facts listed within the fictional work. I do find it annoying though when as I am reading the book says something to the effect you can look it up too. I would much rather not be told to look something up, but it is a fun little book. I recommend this book and the series for any child that enjoys spy novels. I also think that children that enjoy going on adventures within their imaginations will also enjoy reading this book and or the series. I look forward to seeing where the next book in the series is going to take Mac.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lovable Library

    @kidlitexchange #partner . Mac's spy skills are tested once again by the Queen of England in this adorable book. This time the crown jewels have been stolen, but by whom and how? Mac must use his deductive skills to find out how the jewels were taken from a locked room, that he was in. And he was with a Queen's guards. . The action is ever present and nonstop. Not only does Mas travel to England and the Tower of London, but his ventures to an ancient Irish castle as well. There is even another lock @kidlitexchange #partner . Mac's spy skills are tested once again by the Queen of England in this adorable book. This time the crown jewels have been stolen, but by whom and how? Mac must use his deductive skills to find out how the jewels were taken from a locked room, that he was in. And he was with a Queen's guards. . The action is ever present and nonstop. Not only does Mas travel to England and the Tower of London, but his ventures to an ancient Irish castle as well. There is even another locked door mystery to solve in Ireland. Mac encounters killer cobras and odd ice sculptures. After reading the book you will know why it is so bizarre that he should find a snake in his room. . Mac B. Spy Kid is just a fun independent read or read aloud for a kid that likes action. This book moves fast and keeps the reader wanting more. When I read it with my boys they didn't want me to put it down...therefore we read it one sitting. It was that fun, both for the listener and reader! . Thank you @kidlitexhange for this copy. All opinions are my own. Publication date : December 2018.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Mac B. Kid Spy: The Impossible Crime by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Mike Lowery, 149 pages. Orchard Books, 2019. $13. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3) - ESSENTIAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH Mac is playing video games at the local arcade when The Queen calls and requests his help guarding her jewels from a potential thief. A dog delivers a plane ticket and he is on his way to an epic adventure. Mac faces a series of mysteries that he must solve to retri Mac B. Kid Spy: The Impossible Crime by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Mike Lowery, 149 pages. Orchard Books, 2019. $13. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG. BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3) - ESSENTIAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH Mac is playing video games at the local arcade when The Queen calls and requests his help guarding her jewels from a potential thief. A dog delivers a plane ticket and he is on his way to an epic adventure. Mac faces a series of mysteries that he must solve to retrieve the jewels that were stolen out from under him. This book is so much fun. The humor is subtle and in true Mac Barnett style, completely on point. There are illustrations on most pages, but enough writing to challenge most early readers. Some chapters are long and some are very short and this variety adds to the humor and playfulness of this book. Jen Wecker, HS English Teacher https://kissthebookjr.blogspot.com/20...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Leave it to Mac Barnett to create this zany series about his childhood adventures as a spy. (You read that right. Whether you believe it is up to you.) In this second book he describes the case of stolen Crown Jewels. Imagine being a kid and having the Queen of England send for you to help her out. Of course, it is a bummer that the summons came just as Mac was about to win at a nearly impossible video game. Instead, "The screen flashed the saddest two words in the English language: Game Over." B Leave it to Mac Barnett to create this zany series about his childhood adventures as a spy. (You read that right. Whether you believe it is up to you.) In this second book he describes the case of stolen Crown Jewels. Imagine being a kid and having the Queen of England send for you to help her out. Of course, it is a bummer that the summons came just as Mac was about to win at a nearly impossible video game. Instead, "The screen flashed the saddest two words in the English language: Game Over." But there is plenty of humor to offset such sad scenes. Readers will learn that in British English pants = underwear, so don't ever say that you will beat the pants off someone. Besides tracking down the missing jewels and dodging assassination attempts, Mac also gives the Queen some advice about gifts. "The best gifts are those you can read -" he explains. Combine a young Mac with a Queen who thinks the nest gifts are wearable, a Corgi named Freddie (along with quite a few other Corgis), a beefeater named Holcroft, and the odd cobra or so ... and you get a rollicking adventure with illustrations designed to make you laugh your pants, uhm, trousers off. As Mac says, "This message will now self-destruct, unless the publisher decided we didn't have the budget for that." Hand this to fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and other heavily illustrated stories of childhood exploits. I read an advance copy provided by the publisher for review purposes. Any quotes may change in wording in the finished edition of the text.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I read this one with my so , and it was a perfect fit for my 2nd grader and his sense of humor. I really enjoy this new series a lot! The mysteries that Mac B solves are fun and challenging enough that neither of us could figure it out right away, but we both had some good guesses. It also has a good sense of humor and teaches history (to me too!) along the way. We already look forward to the third book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Harrison

    Another day, another crime. The first book in this series felt fresh and entertaining....this one just feels like a continuum of the first without much in the way of new features and ideas. For example--why or why are we looking for the Crown Jewels again?? The concept of a locked room mystery is one that could be explored in-class and with escape rooms being so popular this could be easily talked up to kids.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    @kidlitexchange #partner Elementary! As an adult, I closed the book and said, “Okay......” BUT this is perfect for emerging readers! This early middle grade chapter book has lots of fun drawings and humor. I’ll be buying this for my library, no doubt!! Thanks to #kidlitexchange for a review copy of Kid Spy: the impossible crime by @macbarnett! 🧐 #kidspy #macbarnett #middlegrade #bookstagram #librariansofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #elementarylibrary

  11. 5 out of 5

    heather

    My reluctant reader (9yrs old) enjoys these books and is sad he has to wait until September for the next in the series. Barnett has a great sense of kids. This book included locked room riddles which matches what my kids is current interests. It uses a lot of dialogue which is great for shared reading and also matches writing concepts my kid is working on in school. I still wonder if some of the 1980s references are missed by kids, but that makes it fun for the parents.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Kids are going to love this “whodunit”/“howdunit” mystery, featuring Mac B. Kid Spy (Mac Barnett). The second book in this series casts Mac, the Queen of England, and 11 corgis (that’s a lot of dogs!) who try to keep the Crown Jewels safe. Funny and fun for the whole family! (Make sure you read the author’s notes.) Publishing date Dec. 26, 2018 by Orchard Books.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Bookfairs

    Second book in Mac Barnett's Kid Spy series - The Impossible Crime is another fun romp through Mac's youthful adventures as an underage spy helping out the Queen of England. The book is great for strong early readers as well as older kids 5th-7th grade who want a simpler yet enjoyable read. I am looking forward to Number 3

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    When you read to your kids every night, a really good book stands out. Mac Barnett quickly jumped to the top! We have read all of his books! As my kids are getting older we tried this chapter book series and loved it! Plus any time one gets to use a bad British accent is just bonus.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mikey Golczynski

    Still a good read. I think the humor is too subtle and understated for many young people, but it's still a fine story/mystery. I don't think it's as fun as the first one, but it's still worth checking out.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    E-ARC provided by Edelweiss Mac Barnett knows exactly how to hook my third graders, and this second Spy Kid book is as good as the first. I love his humor, and I hope there are more of these planned!

  17. 5 out of 5

    JP

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was funny and it seemed like a hard case but it isn't and I knew that the guard was the robber.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    This one didn't make me laugh like the first book did, but it was still really good. My 4th graders are going to love it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    An entertaining addition to the Mac B., Kid Spy series features a howdunit. How did the crown jewels get stolen from a locked cell with Mac B and a Beefeater locked inside guarding them? Once again, the queen and her Corgis are a key part of the story. A well-illustrated and humorous story for kids in grades 2-5. Barnett makes funny asides to reader drawing them in and making them feel included. Includes quality illustrations and short chapters that keep the action moving. Will you figure out wh An entertaining addition to the Mac B., Kid Spy series features a howdunit. How did the crown jewels get stolen from a locked cell with Mac B and a Beefeater locked inside guarding them? Once again, the queen and her Corgis are a key part of the story. A well-illustrated and humorous story for kids in grades 2-5. Barnett makes funny asides to reader drawing them in and making them feel included. Includes quality illustrations and short chapters that keep the action moving. Will you figure out whodunit before Mac B does?

  20. 5 out of 5

    The Read Master

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  22. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Allison Ornst

  24. 4 out of 5

    Holly Kroh

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jess

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lesley

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Bush

  28. 5 out of 5

    Quintina

  29. 4 out of 5

    alicia

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan H.

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