The Real McCoys (series)

Middle-Grade Mystery / Humor

by Matthew Swanson, illustrated by Robbi Behr
#1: November 2017 – Imprint / Macmillan US

From the duo behind Babies Ruin Everything and Everywhere, Wonder comes an interactively-illustrated and engaging middle grade mystery.

Bold and opinionated Moxie McCoy considers herself the world’s greatest detective. She has, after all, read the Annabelle Adams mystery series over 37 ½ times. When Eddie the Owl, the beloved mascot, goes missing at her school, Moxie is determined to solve the crime and catch the culprit!

Blinded by enthusiasm and determination, Moxie collects clues, identifies suspects, and accuses one innocent classmate after another. Try as she might, though, she just can’t do it on her own. Moxie reluctantly accepts help from her little brother, Milton. Cautious, thoughtful, and detail-oriented, Milton is Moxie’s complete foil—and the perfect partner to help her solve the biggest crime of the century!

Told in an exuberant voice with laugh-out-loud humor, The Real McCoys is a must-read mystery and sibling tale.

Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr are the author/illustrator, husband/wife duo behind Ten Thousand Stories (Chronicle Books, 2013), Babies Ruin Everything (Imprint, 2016), and more than sixty illustrated books for children and adults. They run two small publishing companies and a letterpress shop out of their Maryland home/barn/studio, teach and speak on creativity and collaboration, and have three small-but-obstreperous children.


« Swanson and Behr […]track a delightfully topsy-turvy day at Tiddlywhump Elementary in this heavily illustrated and impressively designed story. […]Snappy analogies, similes, and double entendres play out in Behr’s energetic illustrations, a rambunctious jumble of cartoons, fonts, and dialogue balloons. At the heart of the story is Moxie’s deepening rapport with her bookish younger brother, Max, and readers will hope to see more of both siblings soon. »—Publishers Weekly, STARRED

« Swanson’s witty text is enhanced exponentially by Behr’s bold, original artwork to create a uniquely told whodunit with wide appeal … An exceptional book. »—Booklist, STARRED

« Readers will breeze through this ingenious combination of text and art, eager for Moxie and Milton’s next case. »—School Library Journal, STARRED

« An exceptional middle-grade read packed with giggles for young sleuths who love to explore a little off the beaten path. »—Kirkus Reviews

« This clever, funny, delightful book is just what this crazy world needs. The surprising and inventive interaction between text and illustration shows that two brains are, indeed, better than one–especially when they belong to Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr. »—Andrea Beaty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Ada Twist Scientist