The Big Splash

The Big Splash

Book - 2008
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Matt Stevens, an average middle schooler with a glib tongue and a knack for solving crimes, uncovers a mystery while working with "the organization," a mafia-like syndicate run by seventh-grader Vincent "Mr. Biggs" Biggio, specializing in forged hall passes, test-copying rings, black market candy selling, and taking out hits with water guns.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, c2008
ISBN: 9780810970670
Branch Call Number: J FIC FER
Characteristics: 277 p. ;,22 cm.


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BeccaBB Jul 11, 2016

The Big Splash has a wonderful noir feel. It has all the pieces; the hard detective, the damsel in distress, the harried newspaper man, the scared sources, the neighborhood bar, the crime boss, the thugs. All of it. It has the fun narration by the detective complete with colorful similes like ‘a bully without intimidation was like a new car without a motor: It may look impressive, but it wasn’t going anywhere,’ and ‘they rolled around my brain like billiard balls on a table with no pockets; nothing was sinking in.’ The story is peopled with interesting people. Most of the transitions from noir to middle school work well; the sugar habits instead of drug ones, the assassins with water instead of bullets. It has a fun lighthearted feel a lot of the time but it also has a hard edge as you see the kids pounce on someone when they are down and the consequences that humiliation has on their lives. It’s an interestingly convoluted mystery with lots of clues and suspects and twists right up until the final denouement. But it isn’t just about the mystery. It also manages to work in the problems of growing up with friendship and romance and trying to fit in. The only problem is that sometimes it pushes a little too hard and it goes a bit too far and they don’t sound like kids anymore. But that can easily be forgiven because you get wrapped up in the feeling of the book.

JCLDennisR Jul 08, 2013

This is a very fun book!

111222dsa Jun 30, 2011

This is a very good book. Although I wish they would have put more detail.

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Sep 26, 2012

YasirNur thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 14


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