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Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile
紅帽艾迪歷險記——揭穿神秘博物館怪盜
版本: 平裝256頁  2014 年 4 月 1 日  HMH Books for Young Readers出版
內容介紹

 Edmund Xavier天生有項與眾不同的能力,不論是數字、影像、文字、面孔,只要進入他的眼簾,他都能過目不忘。這位小學六年級生的特殊才能,很快被紐約警察局看上⋯⋯

 

一切始於一天下午,Edmund和爸爸在桌邊告訴他,家裡再也無法支付私立學校昂貴的學費。Edmund無法繼續在上城中學讀七年級了。但正當這對父子開始談話,窗外便傳來女子呼喊救命的聲音。爸爸趕緊叫Edmund打電話報警,自己匆匆趕去救援。正巧,Edmund看到了逃犯的面孔,在警察趕到之後,他協助警局,畫了一張比警用藝術家更精準、神似的肖像。

 

可想而知,警局怎會放過這位小才子呢?Edmund立刻被指派為偵探Bovano的臥底,化身成——紅帽艾迪。即便脾氣暴躁的Bovano恨透了這個小跟班在警局裡參與第一線任務,他還是無法阻止艾迪的幫忙。因為當時就連艾迪也不知道,他正是協助警局辦案的關鍵資源⋯⋯

 

艾迪每個週末都在第五大道活動,時而在九十二街交叉口的猶太博物館;時而在八十六街交匯處的紐約新畫廊。他假裝自己是一個學生藝術家,成天泡在美術館裡練習。但是他真正的工作,是觀察一位他幾乎只有用眼角掃過照片的逃犯,有沒有在美術館裡出沒。

 

起初,艾迪總是笨手笨腳的。資源不足的他,根本弄不清楚自己在做什麼,總是一天到晚幫倒忙。但是很快地,他也了解到這樁案件對他的重要性,因為唯有破案,他才有可能受到警局的捐款回到私立學校念書。在好友Jonah一個超級強迫症的嘮叨鬼的幫忙下,艾迪逐漸推敲出他所追蹤的逃犯究竟是何方神聖,還有這一切又是為了什麼。

 

他所追查的正是「畢卡索幫」,這個神秘組織正計謀要搶下紐約市各大美術館的名畫,唯有倚靠艾迪的能力,警方才能把這批重罪犯送進法庭。當艾迪了解了事情的嚴重性,以及緊迫性之後,卻又瞬間變得寸步難行,找不到任何下一步的線索。同時,一面遭遇著家中和學校的困難,這位可愛又可憐的小神童,能夠在好友Jonah的合作下,順利協助警方破案嗎?

 

這部風趣、幽默、機智的小說,將要帶各位年輕讀者展開一場有趣的都市冒險。本書問世之後,立刻造就Marcia Wellst寫作生涯的成功。本書不但獲得《愛倫坡獎》(Edgar Allan Poe Awards)青少年組提名,更有眾多書迷深深被緊張又有趣的情節吸引,渴望看到艾迪的下一場冒險。「艾迪系列」第二部曲:《紅帽艾迪歷險記——墨西哥馬亞文化之旅》(Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Mayan Mexico)將於2015年四月出版。在新的一集中,艾迪、Jonah和艾迪的家人到墨西哥度假,卻遇到腐敗政府的誣控,莫名被送進了監牢。這一次,艾迪又要如何發揮他超強記憶的本領,和Johan同心協力,一起帶家人脫離險境呢?

作者介紹

 Marcia Wells 是一位中學教師。是童書作家與插畫家協會(SCBWI)成員。並持有西班牙文學碩士學位。她現在與丈夫和兩個孩子居於佛蒙特州。《紅帽艾迪歷險記——揭穿神秘博物館怪盜》為她出版的第一本著作,該系列第二集:《紅帽艾迪歷險記——墨西哥馬亞文化之旅》(Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Mayan Mexico)將於2015年四月出版。

 Marcos Calo為一位國際喜愛的西班牙插畫家。他曾為多間西班牙動畫公司創作動畫,並自行接各種插畫案,包含書本、廣告及漫畫。他的作品以數位繪圖為主,但他總會先用鉛筆打草稿,再進電腦製圖。他參與過的電影作品包含《星球51號》及《神偷奶爸》。

書評

 From School Library Journal

Gr 46Edmund Xavier Lonnrot has a photographic memory and amazing art abilities, but in lots of ways he is just an ordinary sixth gradergrowing tongue-tied and sweaty-palmed around a crush, playing video games with his best friend, and trying to convince his parents to give him more independence. His remarkable skills come to the attention of the local police, after he witnesses a man fleeing an altercation. Eddie can draw the suspect from memory and he is hired to help with a complicated art-theft case. Now known as "Eddie Red"the codename he is givenhe is eager to help, hoping to earn money to keep attending the school he loves in the wake of his father's recent layoff. Although he assists the police, his realistic sixth-graderness leads to some problems: using an officer's taser just like in the movies, getting really bored during stakeouts, and getting tied up after underestimating the real dangers involved. The plot moves along at a good pace, and though at times it strains belief, most readers won't mind. Eddie's portraits are sprinkled throughout the book, giving it added visual appeal and filling in some of the gaps in character development. "Eddie Red" is bound to be a series that will appeal to fans of fast-paced mysteries who have outgrown David A. Adler's "Cam Jansen" (Viking) books, but are not quite ready for the nuance of Blue Balliett's Chasing Vermeer (Scholastic, 2004).Gesse Stark-Smith, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

 

From Booklist

Sixth-grader Edmunds photographic memory and drawing talent have propelled him into service with the NYPD to help solve a series of mysterious art thefts. Nicknamed Eddie Red by the annoyed detective assigned to work with him, Eddie is reminded that he is just a human camera, nothing else. Sitting in art museums drawing vases and watching black-and-white surveillance footage for hours on end is less than glamorous, but Eddie takes his job seriously . . . sometimes too seriously. Debut author Wells creates engaging characters, teen and adult, and the friendship between Eddie and his hyperactive OCD friend, Jonah, is well drawn. Readers will be rooting for Eddie to solve the crime and earn the tuition money he needs to stay enrolled in the private schoolfor gifted children he attends with Jonah. Full-page character sketches, presented as Eddies drawings, illustrate the mystery, and a quick art lesson in capturing faces closes the book. This is a strong start to a promising mystery series, and as Eddie would say, its über-cool. Grades 4-7. --Cindy Dobrez

 

Review

"A sure pleaser for Cam Jansen grads or anyone fond of knotty, lightweight capers solved with brainpower (and a little luck)."

Kirkus

 

"Eddie Red is bound to be a series that will appeal to fans of fast-paced mysteries"

School Library Journal

 

"This is a strong start to a promising new series, and as Eddie would say, it's uber-cool."

Booklist

 

"In Wells's lighthearted, voice-driven debut novel, first in a planned series, Eddie never truly seems in danger, but his audacity and persistance, a clever mystery that unfolds atmospherically, and Calo's sly pencil portraits result in a fun sleuthing story."

Publishers Weekly

得獎紀錄

  本書獲得2015年《愛倫坡獎》(Edgar Allan Poe Awards)青少年組提名