By Marcia Wells

Art, secret, enjoyable and friendship, mix during this illustrated heart grade sequence debut. 6th grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, codename "Eddie Red," has a photographic reminiscence and ability for drawing whatever he sees. whilst the NYPD is stumped via a mastermind artwork thief, Eddie turns into their mystery weapon to resolve the case, drawing Eddie deeper into New York's well-known Museum Mile and toward a deadly felony workforce often called The Picasso Gang.

With page-turning experience and enjoyable characters, this primary installment within the Eddie pink sequence is a must-read for any fan of puzzles and mystery.

A Spring 2014 Indies Introduce New Voices choice

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Perhaps he is aware ten languages and will paintings on the CIA if he desired to. might be he does paintings on the CIA. perhaps he’s a overseas undercover agent himself, posing as a cop within the urban, ready to take over the realm. possibly (and the idea makes me shiver less than my heavy blankets)—maybe he's über-smart. excellent, even. For a few cause, it’s unsettling. bankruptcy eleven The IPODICU January 26 My first day at the activity! Earpiece in, sleeve microphone on. i'm hooked up, synchronized, prepared. Armed with . . . an iPod. “Son, there isn't any method on God’s eco-friendly earth that we will offer you a weapon! ” Detective Bovano bellowed at me in his workplace this morning while I requested him concerning the chances. i assumed a pleasant jackknife or dagger on my hip will be lovely important. “What a couple of Taser? ” I stated after he shot down the pointy blades inspiration. “Don’t i would like safeguard? ” i attempted to cajole him with a hopeful and successful smile. a grin that even my mother can’t say no to. Detective Bovano isn't my mom. He began to snort, jowls shaking like Jell-O. “I’m gonna provide an eleven-year-old a bit? That’s humorous. That’s hilarious. No method, child. You’re a vacationer. An artist. You’re in, you discover, you’re out. You watch them, we’ll watch you. It’s that straightforward. ” finish of debate. so that they gave me an iPod. other than it isn’t for track. I’m plugged in like I’m hearing a tune, yet there’s no tune and the reveal is clean. Its face really encompasses a digital camera and a tiny microphone, recording me and my atmosphere whereas I do my factor. An ear bud sits in my ear in case i would like directions. and each twenty mins I’m imagined to whisper “All transparent” into my sleeve, yet fake to be wiping my nostril or scratching my chin. The police are parked in a van simply open air the museum, tracking every little thing. The iPod is extra like an “i-Pod-I-see-you,” or in textual content messaging, “iPod-I-C-U. ” I’ve made up our minds to name it an IPODICU, stated iPod-eh-Q. I’m going to paintings on patenting the identify. Detective Bovano used to be now not inspired whilst i discussed it to him at the motor vehicle experience over, throwing a scowl and a grumble my method. i feel he’s warming to me. They ship me to Museum Mile. sometimes called 5th road, it’s the bite of highway that runs alongside critical Park East. It doesn’t look like something targeted as you process: grey constructions mirroring the grassy hills of the park, a hectic long island road like all different. abruptly you stumble onto the stairs of the large Metropolitan Museum of artwork. after which the Guggenheim. The Frick (not a swear observe, yet a eu paintings museum). The Whitney. World-famous giants all alone, jointly they're a powerful assortment. Housing round 11 museums overall, Museum Mile is an artwork lover’s dream. And a thief’s. The museums have state of the art safeguard structures, entire with thermal tracking, recorded surveillance, and facial acceptance software program. yet Bovano acknowledged the desktops continue making fake positives, mistakes which are expensive and time-consuming. And the thieves we’re searching are identified to significantly switch their appearances with high-tech disguises or even cosmetic surgery.

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