The Maypop Kidnapping

A Quinnie Boyd Mystery

From the Series Quinnie Boyd Mysteries

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

In the coastal village of Maiden Rock, Maine, Quinnie Boyd’s teacher has disappeared. Quinnie thinks it’s a kidnapping case, but her mom, the town sheriff, just thinks the teacher has left town. Still, Quinnie’s going to follow her instincts that something’s wrong.

Her investigation takes her through a damp and smelly marsh, a lobster pound, and more of Maine’s messiest places. She even gets help from her glamorous new neighbor, Mariella. As the girls hunt for clues around Maiden Rock, they encounter a cast of unlikely characters. And if Quinnie’s hunch is right, the search may lead them right into danger . . .

This hilarious and page-turning debut is the perfect whodunit story for middle school sleuths.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 304
Publication Date 2016-03-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.3
Text Type Fiction—Mystery
BISACS JUV028000, JUV030060, JUV039060
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.125 x 7.5
Lexile 690
Guided Reading Level V
ATOS Reading Level 4.4
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 181026
Accelerated Reader® Points 8.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed

Author: C. M. Surrisi

C. M. Surrisi is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina. The Maypop Kidnapping is her first novel.


Cindy Norris of Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

“C. M. Surrisi’s Quinnie Boyd is one of the cleverest most memorable young teen protagonists I’ve met in quite a while! Set in a small coastal village in Maine, much of the humor in this fast-paced read revolves around the quirky villagers, particularly the two elderly nuns who drive like NASCAR racers. Surrisi’s debut novel is an engaging cozy mystery, with unpredictable twists and turns and an ending you’ll applaud!” —Cindy Norris, Author Event Coordinator, Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe


“[A] sweet mystery that manages to have suspense, bad guys, and danger but avoids gore and being too scary. . . . This book is recommended for upper elementary mystery collections.”—VOYA


“Red herrings aplenty will keep readers guessing about the identity of the criminals. . . . Middle-grade readers looking for an unusual protagonist and setting will be well served by this.”—Booklist Online

School Library Journal

“[A] tale that captures readers’ attention within the first few pages and keeps up the pace through the last chapter. The characters are relatable, refreshingly human, and very funny. . . . [T]his title hits just the right note of suspense without being too scary. . . . Here’s hoping the next installment of this planned series keeps Quinnie on her toes.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Quinnie is a memorable protagonist with an engaging voice. . . . Surrisi’s debut novel is a delightful cozy mystery, snugly mixing intrigue and humor, with an unpredictable and satisfying resolution.”—Kirkus Reviews