Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking (14 Day Mysteries #1) by Erin Dionne

Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking (14 Day Mysteries #1)

Edgar Award FinalistFor fans of The Westing Game and From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler comes a clever, treasure-hunt mystery based on a real-life art heist. Moxie Fleece knows the rules and follows them--that is, until the day she opens her front door to a mysterious stranger. Suddenly Moxie is involved in Boston's biggest unsolved mystery: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist. Moxie has two weeks to find the art, oth...

Details Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking (14 Day Mysteries #1)

TitleMoxie and the Art of Rule Breaking (14 Day Mysteries #1)
Release DateJul 11th, 2013
PublisherDial Books
GenreMystery, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Adventure, Realistic Fiction, Art

Reviews Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking (14 Day Mysteries #1)

  • Alice in Readerland
    Originally posted on Since this book involves a treasure hunt, I’ll be doing this review with “Map/GPS Direction” headers. Because, hey, why not?START HEREI can never resist a good mystery, or a good treasure hunt. So a book that combines both, as well as mentioning From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweilerin it’s synopsis, was a sure-to-read for me! (Yes, I totally loveFrom the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Bas...
  • Kristen
    This is a cute little mystery...and I liked it even more once I read the Author's Note and discovered that the Gardner Museum heist referenced in the book was a real crime--one that was never solved. Moxie is a fun narrator, and the mystery is intriguing and engaging without being scary. I like my mysteries with a bit more edge, but this is perfect for younger students looking for a not-so-terrifying mystery.
  • Ms. Yingling
    Moxie lives in Jamaica Plain near Boston with her mother and grandmother. Her grandfather, Grumps, is in a rest home because he has Alzheimers. When Moxie is approached by a red haired woman who gives her a message for her grandfather that Sully Cupcakes wants his stuff back. Grumps doesn’t have enough lucid days to give Moxie any clues; he just tells her that Sully is dangerous. Moxie and her friend Ollie have a great summer after 8th grade pl...
  • Julie Williams
    Moxie has always known her grandfather “Grumps” was in “the business” but when an old associate comes looking around for some missing items she finds out just how involved he was. Moxie has 14 days to locate the missing items…or else. Unfortunately, Grumps has Alzheimer’s and can’t help her out. Using her skills as a mathematician and with the help of her best friend, Ollie she investigates the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist ...
  • Brandy Painter
    I usually enjoy Erin Dionne's books more than I did this one. I think my disappointment was magnified because I had my hopes rather high for this one and was mostly unimpressed. I can see kids loving it though. It has that sort of kid adventure movie feel to it. Kids versus the mobsters, and the kids actually have a chance of winning. The danger never materializes quite like it would in reality. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I could hav...
  • Ellicia
    Calling this book delightful, enjoyable, and satisfying doesn’t feel fair towards the book. Reading about Moxie Fleece and how she follows the rules that is, until the day she opens her front door to a mysterious stranger. If I were to focus on one other character than Moxie, it would be her best friend, Ollie, a geocaching addict who loves to find stuff. Moxie and Ollie did everything together, from homework to bad sci-fi movies, considering t...
  • Cathy
    I was pleasantly surprised to find that this story was historical fiction -- sort of. I loved that it was based on a real robbery in Boston and that the setting of the story was centered around places I've visited before. The relationship with Moxie and her grandparents, especially her Alzheimer's-stricken grandfather, was sweet. Other than that, I was a little disappointed in the predictability of the events and the characters. Still, it was a g...
  • Lisa Fabiano
    Moxie has just discovered that her Grandfather helped thieves hide the art work stolen during the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist. The problem is, the thieves want it back and her Grandfather has Alzheimer's. Thus it is up to her to find it fast or her family will be in big trouble. With the help of her geocaching loving friend, Ollie, she is determined to solve the mystery. This suspenseful ride through some of Boston's most famous landmar...
  • Nora
    Loved the friendship of Moxie and Ollie, and the teamwork. It was a bit far-fetched at times and adults may find themselves yelling at the book, "Moxie, tell your mother what is going on!" like I did... but it was a fun mystery and the Boston setting added to the adventure. I will recommend to 5th-8th graders for a good mystery.
  • Norrie ☔️
    The plot and ideas were really good, but I was not very impressed with the writing. It was not very descriptive and a little bit TOO much like a teenager, like how she has a lot of weird words and one-word sentences. Not really the best way to write a book.
  • Miranda
    This was a let down. I heard good things, but it disappointed.
  • Ellen
    Terrific Bostonian adventure - a firecracker lead character, snappy writing and an excellent puzzle that's exciting all the way through.
  • Oliver James
    Pretty good read.
  • Kaylin
    Loved this book. It's really hard to find mystery books for kids in middle school and I am so glad I found this. I recommend this 100 %.
  • Elizabeth C
    February Book Review Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne is an adventurous and mysterious novel. Moxie, the main character, is surprised with a ringing doorbell at her house. Unconditionally, she answered it and a red-headed woman shocked the 14-year-old. She asked for her grandfather, Grumps, who had alzheimer's. He was at a memory care center in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. With a little attitude, Moxie closed the door and the ...
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    Now that I've read Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking, I can fully appreciate this adorable cover, because it fully captures this book. The only inaccurate part is that Moxie's best friend Ollie is Asian (though I guess this guy could be) and overweight, which I definitely do not think he is. However, the items in purple are part of the plot and that is exactly how Moxie dresses, crazy tights and all. If you could see her from the front, she'd be...
  • Kerry
    I have been anxiously awaiting the release of Dionne’s latest novel, a mystery surrounding the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum art heist. Although the story is fictional, the timing of the release is superb, coinciding with the real heist ‘s reemergence in the news after the theft in 1990 (the FBI has recently claimed they know the people responsible). Anyway, back to the story. Moxie is a rule-follower who is excels in math and appreciates ...
  • Cassandra Smith
    The book "Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking" by Erin Dionne follows around a girl named Moxie in a quest to find priceless pieces of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Moxie's grandfather, now suffering from Alzheimer's, was a criminal in his younger days. Moxie believes he might have hidden the art stolen in the infamous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist after being menacingly confronted by a criminal who wants the paintings ...
  • Rhiannon
    This book is a mystery about a young girl who wants the best summer ever with her best friend Ollie but her grandfather who has Alzheimer's past is getting in the way. Moxie and Ollie are getting ready to graduate junior high and will be going to separate high schools and they know that once they start they will be sucked into their new social life and friends. As the school year comes to an end Ollie and Moxies parents decide to give them some f...
  • Angie
    Moxie Fleece is looking forward to "the best summer ever" with her best friend Ollie. They will be starting different high schools in the fall and this is the last chance they will have to spend a lot of time together. One morning she opens the door, thinking it is her mother, and finds a red-head woman who tells Moxie that Sully Cupcakes wants his stuff back or else. Moxie's grandpa, Grumps, used to be in the business. He would hide stuff for lo...
  • Beth Dailey Kenneth
    Just when Moxie Fleece is looking forward to an exciting summer before starting high school, she opens her door to a mysterious redheaded woman. Moxie has always known her grandfather “Grumps” was in “the business” and had some past unsavory connections in his job as a carpenter. Unfortunately, Grumps has Alzheimer’s and can’t help her out; his memory of what he had hidden and where is foggy at best but he knows one thing: Sully & the...
  • Kate
    When Moxie answers the door one Saturday morning in June, she's expecting to see her best friend Ollie. Instead, there's a redheaded woman asking to speak to her grandfather. There's just one problem - her grandfather is in a nursing home and suffers from Alzheimer's disease. So Moxie lies, saying he's not home, and the redhead threatens to come back and find him. Little does Moxie know just how much this woman wants to find her grandfather - he ...
  • Sarah
    I was pretty excited to get an ARC for this through netgalley. I've only read one other book by Erin Dionne and it was decent, but the plot and setting of Moxie seemed like they would create an instant hit.The book starts off pretty slow. You meet Moxie, a typical "alternative" junior high girl who wears tights in the summer. Her best friend, ollie, is obsessed with geocaching, and they're working on making it the best summer ever together, befor...
  • Nancy
    Just when Moxie Fleece is looking forward to an exciting summer before starting high school, she opens her door to a mysterious redheaded woman. She demands that Moxie's grandfather retrieve something he had hidden for her boss, mobster Sully Cupcakes, and he has 14 days to do so! Only thing is, Grumps is now in a nursing home suffering from Alzheimer's. Moxie knew he had some past unsavory connections in his job as a carpenter and his memory of ...
  • Diane
    A 2014 Edgar Award nominee"The events that ruined not only what was supposed to be the best summer ever, but my family and life as I knew it, began with a bell: a ringing doorbell."Moxie knew the second she answered the door that "The Redhead" was bad news. But it was too late. "Sully Cupcakes wants his items back. By the fourth. Or he’ll take something of equal …” She paused and looked me up and down, real slow. “... or lesser value.” ...
  • Linnae
    So Moxie has a best friend named Ollie, and the two of them have an awesome summer planned out. Then a mysterious and mean redhead shows up at Moxie's door demanding things that Moxie doesn't know anything about. She has a pretty good idea who hid the things, though: her Grandpa. He helped some big-time crooks hide stuff back in the day--though he's been out of that business since she was a baby. Moxie delves deeper into the mystery, and realizes...
  • Laura
    I learned of Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting through some geocaching friends. I ordered the book then learned that it was the second book in a series. So I ordered this book.I'm teaching 6th grade this year so I was quite pleased to find a book and series which is clean, features a mystery, and introduces geocaching. Moxie is a fun kid with a good heart. Ollie, her sidekick, is also refreshing as a loyal friend.I also liked the touch of...
  • Ann
    13-year-old Moxie Fleece is smart, funny and determined to solve the (real-life) heist of famous artwork from Boston's Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum. This fast-paced mystery gives just enough tension to keep readers wondering if Moxie and her best friend, Ollie, are in over their heads since some very shady characters (including a gangster) are determined to stop Moxie and Ollie from discovering the whereabouts of the art or take the paintings a...
  • Barbara
    Thirteen-year-old Moxie has the carefree summer she planned to spend with her best friend Ollie disrupted by several encounters with a mysterious woman who claims Moxie's grandfather has something he needs to return. As Moxie unravels the mystery, she discovers that her beloved grandfather, Grumps, who has Alzheimer's, was involved tangentially in a real-live art heist from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Readers will enjoy trying to so...
  • Liz Padula
    Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Clare This book is about a girl named Moxie and her fascinating adventures in the summer after eighth grade. All her adventures start when a mysterious red headed stranger rings the doorbell to Moxie’s house. This redheaded tells Moxie that she has exactly two weeks to return the ART…. stolen pieces of art from the Gardner museum heist that her grandpa hid for an evil gangster, Sully Cupcakes. Meanwhile ...