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MAC BARNETT

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WHY HOST MAC?

"[Mac Barnett is] a great young writer of books for young people. If you haven't read his work, run somewhere and do that. Books for young people have a rich and I daresay limitless future--knock anyone who says otherwise into a ditch--and Mac has a central place within that limitless future. Don't bet against him or anyone like him." -- Dave Eggers

"[In Barnett's books] there is no magic solution to any problem: The characters stumble through their dilemmas just as every one of us does. The world is a difficult yet good place, and there is no need for the typical rose-colored lenses that other children's books put on situations in order to fend off the bad stuff." -- Yiyun Li

“RIOUTOUS…. Goofy, two-color pictures by Lowery ramp up the silliness of this adventure which should SNARE EVEN THE MOST HESITANT READERS.” —Publishers Weekly

ABOUT THE BOOK: MAC B., KID SPY #3: TOP SECRET SMACKDOWN

Multi-award winning author Mac Barnett and acclaimed illustrator Mike Lowery are back with another side-splittingly funny not-so-true tale of European espionage in MAC B., KID SPY #3: Top Secret Smackdown (On sale September 17, 2019; Ages 7-10). About Mac’s “real life experience” as a kid spy for the Queen of England, this thrilling third installment—that, against Mac’s wishes, will be shelved as fiction—will keep readers guessing, and giggling, until the very last page.

It’s a Saturday in 1989 when Mac receives his third mission from the Queen. Ravens have been stolen from the Tower of London and it’s up to Mac to travel to Iceland and get them back…or Britain, and the Queen’s rule, are ruined.

In Iceland, which, contrary to popular belief is actually quite icy, Mac discovers secret submarines, hungry polar bears, mysterious blueprints... and his old archnemesis! Is the KGB man behind this birdnapping? Can Mac get the ravens to safety? It's time for an epic, top secret smackdown between these two secret agents!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mac Barnett is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for children, including Mac B., Kid Spy: Mac Undercover; Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse, a New York Times bestseller; and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award. He is the co-author, with Jory John, of the New York Times best-selling series The Terrible Two. Mac Barnett lives in California.

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ORDER FORMS

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Educators: please DO NOT give books to students who say they have ordered online. Vroman’s will be bringing online orders to the campus, if placed and confirmed, BEFORE the author visit.

 

 

Top Secret Smackdown (Mac B., Kid Spy #3) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Mike Lowery (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338143713
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orchard Books - September 17th, 2019

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Mac B. is on a madcap adventure in this New York Times bestseling series! This time a stolen raven threatens to topple the Queen... and it's up to Mac to smackdown his KGB rival once and for all!

Ravens have been stolen from the Tower of London! Mac B.'s top-secret mission? Travel to Iceland and retrieve the ravens... or Britain is ruined! In Iceland, Mac discovers secret submarines, hungry polar bears, mysterious blueprints... and his old archnemesis! Is the KGB man behind this birdnapping? Can Mac get the ravens to safety? It's time for an epic, top secret smackdown between these two secret agents! With full-color illustrations on every page and fascinating historical facts woven throughout, this series offers adventure, intrigue, absurdity, history, and humor. Catch the latest in the totally smart and sidesplittingly funny series, Mac B., Kid Spy.


The Impossible Crime (Mac B., Kid Spy #2) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Mike Lowery (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338143683
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orchard Books - December 26th, 2018

The Crown Jewels are in danger... again! When the jewels go missing from inside a locked room, Mac's spy skills are put to the test. How did the thief break in? Where did the jewels go? And will Mac be able to solve this locked room mysterybefore the thief escapes? This mystery isn't just a whodunit... it's a howdunit!

The action in this adventure is nonstop, as Mac travels to an ancient Irish castle to solve the mystery. There, he encounters everything from killer king cobras to bizarre ice sculptures... and even a revenge plot dating back hundreds of years! Will you be able to solve the mystery before Mac does? Also features historical facts masterfully woven throughout the plot, and full-color illustrations on every page. Don't miss the installment of this totally smart and sidesplittingly funny New York Timesbestselling series, Mac B., Kid Spy.


Mac Undercover (Mac B., Kid Spy #1) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Mike Lowery (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338143591
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orchard Books - September 11th, 2018

Before Mac Barnett was an author, he was a kid.

And while he was a kid, he was a spy.

Not just any spy.

But a spy...for the Queen of England.

James Bond meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid with this groundbreaking fully-illustrated chapter book series Mac B., Kid Spy. The precious Crown Jewels have been stolen, and there's only one person who can help the Queen of England: her newest secret agent, Mac B. Mac travels around the globe in search of the stolen treasure...but will he find it in time?

From secret identities to Karate hijinks, this fast-paced, witty and historically inspired chapter book will keep readers guessing until the very last page. With full-color illustrations and fascinating historical facts masterfully sprinkled throughout, this series offers adventure, intrigue, absurdity, history and humor. Discover this totally smart and side-splittingly funny series, and experience what it's really like to be a kid spy.