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Marty Frye, Private Eye

Marty Frye, Private Eye

The Case of the Missing Action Figure

Marty Frye, Private Eye (Volume 1)

Janet Tashjian; illustrated by Laurie Keller

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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 Ame… More…

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
Toys!
Fooled You!

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Praise for Marty Frye, Private Eye

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

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Janet Tashjian; illustrated by Laurie Keller

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.

Laurie Keller is the acclaimed author-illustrator of Do Unto Otters, Arnie, the Doughnut, The Scrambled States of America, and Open Wide: Tooth School Inside, among numerous others. She grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, and 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 as a greeting card illustrator for seven-and-a-half years, until one night she got an idea for a children’s book. She quit her job, moved to New York City, and soon had published her first book. She loved living in New York, but she has now returned to her home state, where she lives in a little cottage in the woods on the shore of Lake Michigan.

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Janet Tashjian

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