Summer Book Review

Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers

By Chris Grabenstein

July 15, 2012

Genre: Mystery

Number of pages: 320

What’s the basic story line?

Riley Mack and his friends Mongo, Briana, Jake and Jamal try to save Mongo’s dog from an evil dognapper. During the rescue, they find 57 other whimpering dogs in tiny cages and realize that Mongo’s dog was not the only one stolen. The friends hatch a plan to save the dogs, with the help of animal lovers Ms. Grabowski and her boyfriend.


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Are the characters believable?

Almost all of the characters in this story are very believable. Riley is not a perfect child, and he disobeys his mom when he tries to save the dogs. Still, he does it for a good cause, and that makes it seem very real. Another believable character is Mongo, who sometimes gets angry. His outbursts make him believable because everyone sometimes gets angry—Mongo just gets frustrated more often. The only character I did not find believable is Chief Brown, because it's hard to imagine that any policeman would ever be as selfish and greedy as he is and still have that kind of authority.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being best), how would you rate this book?

I would rate this book a 10. It has many cliff-hangers, which made me want to keep reading, and it is very fast-paced. Riley’s ideas are really creative. For example, he covers the rescue truck in dog food ads so the dognappers won’t know where the dogs are. I also enjoyed how each of the kids has a special talent. This is by far one of my favorite books, and I would recommend Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers to anyone who enjoys mysteries.

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