Matt Stephens is back on the case in his unique middle school, “The Frank,” that is run by an underground crime lord known as Vinny Biggs. This time, the action centers around a mysterious piece of wood that everyone is looking for, but the only people that seem to know its location are Matt, his cheerleader client, and her basketball star boyfriend. When approached by the big boss, Matt knows there is more to this artifact than meets the eye, and as he picks up more clues, there even seems to be a relationship to the mystery of Matt’s missing father. Although the crime is fresh and many of the characters are new, Quick Fix is the same noir mystery that had you laughing in The Big Splash. Readers not starting with The Big Splash will still pick up on the plot and atmosphere of this very distinct story. However, it is recommended that you start with the first book, as mysteries left unanswered are finally solved here!
ISBN: 9780810997257 291 pages Ages 11-13
Recommended by Carrie Shaurette, Librarian, New York City USA
Spunky, funny, clever, and quirky, The Big Fix is a hilarious mix of middle school angst and super-sleuthing. Matt Stevens is back on the job doing what he does best: solving mysteries. Pretty cheerleader Melissa hires Matt to follow her basketball star boyfriend and try to figure out what he’s up to. She doesn’t suspect he’s cheating, but he’s clearly worried about something, and he gave her a certain something to hold onto and hide for him.
Vinny, a fat, brutal middle school scumbag thug, also hires Matt to find a certain something. Matt is confused. Is Vinny looking for the “thing” that Melissa was asked to hold? Vinny has quite a crime enterprise with his candy sales and gambling ring. He uses his “muscle” to force Matt into working for him.
Matt is a sarcastic wit with biting charm and a keen vocabulary to match. Vinny, try as he might, cannot keep up with Matt’s adept brain power. The worst thing that could happen for Matt is if Vinny or one of his thugs puts Matt on the “Outs”—basically kids on the “Outs” become social outcasts and whispers of their former selves. Adult supervision is non-existent at Matt’s middle school, so he’s going to have to watch out for himself.
As he gets closer to the truth and solving the cases, danger lurks everywhere. Just what is going on and who is calling the shots?
Highly, highly recommended grades 6-up. Reluctant readers will enjoy this one! You do not have to read the first book The Big Splash first, but readers will enjoy both books. If you know a reluctant reader, buy both books for him/her for Christmas.
Recommended by: Pamela Thompson, Librarian, Texas USA