The Cooke Agency

Erin Dionne
Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking
(A 14-Day Mystery)





Moxie and the Art of Rule BreakingRules:
1. Family business is family business—don’t talk about it to ANYONE
2. No sneaking out
3. No going into Boston alone

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, otherwise she—and the people she loves—will be in
big-time danger.

Her tools? Her best friend, Ollie—a geocaching addict who loves to find stuff; her Alzheimer’s suffering grandfather, Grumps—who knows lots more than he lets on; and a geometry proof that she sets up to sort out the clues.

It’s a race against the clock through downtown Boston as Moxie and Ollie break every rule she’s ever lived by to find the art and save her family.



Praise for Erin Dionne’s Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking:

Iowa State Teen Book Award (2016-2017)
Nominee, Volunteer State Book Award (2015)
Nominee, Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award (2014)
Nominee, Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award (2014)
Selected, Dedham MA Reads Together (2014)
Selected, Groton MA town reads program (2014)


". . . the believable dialogue and characters, complicated family dynamics, and threat of danger make this mystery hard to put down."
Publisher's Weekly

"Aptly nicknamed Moxie is a smart, spunky, street-savvy protagonist ... Plot and character drive this lively book. Teens will like Moxie and Ollie for their believable adolescent responses and admire them for their sophisticated Internet skills and geocaching expertise" —Booklist

“This fast-paced, National Treasure–style mystery puts an imaginative spin on the real story behind the infamous theft of several masterpieces from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum . . . Moxie narrates the breathless, action-packed tale in a humorous first person, maintaining the suspense almost to the end.” —Kirkus Reviews

“. . . readers will . . . get caught up in the breathless thrill-ride.”
School Library Journal


Praise for Erin Dionne’s The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet:

Nominee, Keystone Pennsylvania State Reading Association Young Adult Book Award (2011)

“I totally, untragically LOVE Hamlet. I’ve always fantasized about going back to middle school armed with beyond-middle-school smarts—I just never imagined doing so as a seven-year-old child genius. And I certainly never imagined being the older sister of said Child Genius, and having her end up in eighth grade with me. But Hamlet, Dezzie’s older sis, is forced to deal with this very insanity . . . and she does so in a way that is hilarious and painful and made me cry big, goofy, happy tears. Huzzah for Hamlet Kennedy!” —Lauren Myracle

“Some sisterly bonding, the sweet flutterings of a first romance, and a creatively contrived comeuppance for the mean girls make this a cheerful read for younger middle-schoolers.” —Booklist

“Hamlet believably grows to fit the new challenges in her life, and her frustrations, presented in a good-humored, first-person narrative, are entertainingly contained within the three Shakespearean(ish) acts of this amusing tale, which captures some of the pitfalls of middle school.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Hamlet’s narration is charming, and readers will empathize entirely . . . an excellent choice for middle school readers.” —School Library Journal

“To Be Read or Not to Be Read? There Is No Question . . . Erin Dionne’s irresistible new novel . . . With its dramatic ‘scenes’ written from Hamlet’s hilariously astute point of view, this crowd-pleaser will have readers shouting, ‘Huzzah!’” —Family Fun Magazine

The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet would be an excellent choice for any preteen—and her parents. Girls will love Dionne’s accurate descriptions of middle-school life, from the two prissy bullies intent on humiliating our heroine to her crush on the most popular boy in school. Parents will appreciate the novel for its focus on the importance of accepting yourself and on open communication among family members.” —BookPage




Genre/Category: Middle Grade Fiction (Ages 9-13)
Length: 288 pages (pb)
Publication date: July 2014 (pb)



North American rights, Dial Books for Young Readers

For all other rights contact The Cooke Agency.



  Erin Dionne

Photo Credit: Aran Gilmore

ERIN DIONNE writes novels that feature mysteries, marching bands, Shakespeare, cookies, annoying family members, and the heart and humor that come with growing up. She's also a mom, wife, college professor, and Red Sox fan. Erin Dionne's website can be found at www.erindionne.com.