History of a Criminal Mastermind

Today I have a book that takes kids back to the history of a criminal mastermind.  Yes Mattie Larimore was once a nice boy, and now kids can see how the thrill of a caper caused Mattie to realize that following the rules is not always the best course of action!

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Title: Munchem Academy: The Boy Who Knew Too Muchmunchem Academy history of a criminal mastermind

Author: Commander S. T. Bolivar III

Target: Grades 4-6

Series: This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about:

Mattie has always been one of the good kids, until he gets arrested for stealing a train. Now a momentary lapse in judgement has sent him to the school attended by his good for nothing brother, Munchem Academy, the world’s top reform school. In his quest to prove his “goodness” he stumbles upon the unique way that the school is reforming its students. His brother may be the next victim and Mattie and his friends have to stop the transformation before they all risk becoming “reformed.”

Why I love this book:

  • Mattie is one of the good guys and readers will start rooting for him from page one. Whether his brother is calling him by every famous canine name, Lassie, Snoopy, Scoobie Doo, or he is working to impress his teachers you want the best for this kid.
  • The premise of the book is that Mattie becomes a criminal mastermind and we the reader get to see his humble beginnings. It is a fun way to set up the story and the author uses a somewhat sarcastic tone which plays well.

Who this book is for:

Good for kids who like a mystery and a little sarcasm. Kids who liked Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions should enjoy this one.

Final thoughts:

I liked this book but it just felt like many of the books I had read before. This will not bother kids, but the author is good so I wish she had picked a more original premise.

To purchase this book:

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