Howard Wallace, P.I.

Howard Wallace P I What s with the get up Is that the company uniform or something This All P I s wear a trench coat Dude that s a brown bathrobe I shrugged and straightened out my sleeves First rule of private investi

  • Title: Howard Wallace, P.I.
  • Author: Casey Lyall
  • ISBN: 9781454919490
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What s with the get up Is that the company uniform or something This All P.I.s wear a trench coat Dude, that s a brown bathrobe I shrugged and straightened out my sleeves First rule of private investigation, Ivy work with what you ve got Twelve year old Howard Wallace lives by his list of rules of private investigation He knows than anyone how to work What s with the get up Is that the company uniform or something This All P.I.s wear a trench coat Dude, that s a brown bathrobe I shrugged and straightened out my sleeves First rule of private investigation, Ivy work with what you ve got Twelve year old Howard Wallace lives by his list of rules of private investigation He knows than anyone how to work with what he s got a bathrobe for a trench coat, a makeshift office behind the school equipment shed, and not much else least of all, friends So when a hot case of blackmail lands on his desk, he s ready to take it on himself until the new kid, Ivy Mason, convinces him to take her on as a junior partner As they banter through stakeouts and narrow down their list of suspects, Howard starts to wonder if having Ivy as a sidekick and a friend is such a bad thing after all.

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    1. Casey Lyall

      Casey Lyall 5 4 , brown hair, blue eyes, no known aliases is a middle grade writer from Southwestern Ontario She works at her local library where she runs a number of teen groups and waits for management to discover they re actually paying her to have fun When she s not writing, Casey loves to bake, watch an unhealthy amount of movies and television, and of course, read She d consider adding detective work to the list if she could find a proper coat.

    254 thoughts on “Howard Wallace, P.I.”

    1. The first thing I noticed about HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. was the voice.Now, I'm not a detective, but even I spotted the brilliant noir flourishes in this adorable MG debut. One reason I love middle grade so much--and one reasons it's such a challenging thing to write--is that middle grade books have to function on those two Shakespearean levels: something for the balcony and something for the pit. (Kids and adults--or I suppose sometimes vice versa.) HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. is a great example of this.T [...]

    2. I LOVE these characters. I LOVE the voice in this story. I LOVE that I was totally drawn in, waiting to see what would happen next.The author has woven together a story that both kids and adults will absolutely adore. Howard Wallace is charming, entertaining, and funny, funny, funny! Add in his new (junior) partner, Ivy, and you've got quite the team. Even his bike takes on an important role in this story.From the way the story is told to the quirks and soft spots of each character, it all comes [...]

    3. I was fortunate to read an advance readers' copy of Howard Wallace, P.I. This was a humorous, clever, warm-hearted middle grade story. Howard, the narrator and main character, is funny and smart. His obsession with private investigation is believable and amusing, and he actually makes a pretty good P.I.! There's also a case with clues that drives the plot--something I think middle grade readers would find particularly intriguing. I like the way the middle school social dynamics are woven into th [...]

    4. What a charming and fantastic book! Howard Wallace is an old school gumshoe private investigator — and a middle schooler. And he's got a big case to solve…d a new junior partner to help him do it….This book is such a great, fun read, in no small part because of the wonderful way the author uses the language of old detective movies to tell the story. Plus there is a real, genuine mystery at the heart of it, complete with clues, spying missions, and anonymous threats. But the best part is th [...]

    5. This was such a fun, creative, hilarious book! Between a mystery full of cool twists and turns, an abundance of extremely clever humor, and characters you want to be your new BFFs, prepare to get totally hooked. Families are going to need to buy multiple copies because it's the kind of book that grown-ups are going to want to "borrow" (aka steal) from their kids. I absolutely loved Howard and sassy sidekick Ivy; their voices completely shine from beginning to end. Highly, highly recommended! Mak [...]

    6. THIS. BOOK.Between the voice, the characters, and the ridiculously fun plot, I haven't read a MG this fun and entertaining in a long time! I won't say any more because I don't want to spoil the book for future readers, but you'd be making a huge mistake if you didn't add this to your to-read! Casey Lyall killed her debut, I can't wait to hold a copy in my hands!

    7. Imagine if Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes decided to have one of his classic extended fantasies as a Humphrey Bogart hard-boiled detective type and you’re halfway to understanding the absolute joy that is Casey Lyall’s Howard Wallace, P.I.From the very first line, Howard’s distinctive voice grabs and throws you into a clever world that blends middle school life and noir tropes. He’s got a brown robe to serve as his trenchcoat, a gum addiction he can’t kick and a dear old bike named Blue [...]

    8. HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. is the hilarious and delightful story of a lonely, well-meaning kid who desperately wants to be the Sam Spade of his middle school--and manages it, more or less, with varying degrees of success ranging from actual success inevitable disaster. I laughed out loud several times, and I was cheering for Howard and Ivy's friend (and detective partnership!) to work out all the way. The mystery is suitably light-hearted, with enough characters of all ages to make guessing at the ans [...]

    9. If there's something to investigate in his hometown of Grantleyville, kid detective Howard Wallace, P.I is on it. Who needs friends when you can fill your time scoping out the scene of the crime, interviewing suspects, and tracking down stolen goods in the local pawn shop? But when new girl Ivy (of the cop father) arrives on the scene, practically begging to join Howard, can he really say no?Well, he does. Many times. But that doesn't stop Ivy. If there's one thing Ivy is, it's persistent. (Okay [...]

    10. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Howard Wallace, PI is an absolutely delightful middle grade read from start to finish! The main character, Howard, is sweet, smart, vulnerable, and obsessed with gumshoe detective movies. It is so much fun to watch him in action as he works to solve a big case for a fellow middle school student! With his sidekick Big Blue (his barely ridable bike) and dependable allies (the local pawnbroker & school janitor), he' [...]

    11. How much do I love Howard Wallace and Ivy? As much as I love Humphrey Bogart, great middle grade fiction, and a story of friendship, that's how much. What a charming jewel f a book this is. The mystery is well done, the characters are three dimensional, and I fell madly in love with Howard, our world weary detective/hero. Kids (and their parents and teachers) are going to love this book. Can't wait for the next case!

    12. Move over, Encyclopedia Brown! Here comes Howard Wallace! He and his friend Ivy Mason are stepping into your shoesd taking huge strides in a new direction!This funny, lively Middle Grade caper gives us a cast of characters with real-life problems to deal with, who turn to our twelve-year-old detectives for solutions. And the detectives have plenty of problems themselves!Author Casey Lyall modernizes the genre with true touches, giving backstory and complexity to Howard and Ivy that make them muc [...]

    13. I don't review books, but I do blog about them.It’s been a long time since I’ve read a send-up of detective noir books. You know the kind: slick private eye who’s down on his luck meets questionable dame. She begs for his help and before you know it, he’s up to his fedora in the toughest case of his life.Then guess who sauntered into my life and onto my bookshelf? A pint-sized gumshoe with no friends, a beloved but decrepit pair of wheels, and a bad case of middle school blackmail. Meet [...]

    14. Move over Hardy Boys! Step aside Nancy Drew! There's a new detective in town: Howard Wallace and his intrepid sidekick, Ivy Mason! Wow - this book was a delight. Great voice (think hardboiled detective meets middle grade fun) and excellent banter. I loved reading this book and cheering Howard and Ivy as they worked to solve the case. (and the brown bathrobe - ha! Still chuckling about that)The only mystery left unsolved? If there will be more Howard Wallace books. This reader really hopes that t [...]

    15. This book: SO. MUCH. FUN. It's been said in other reviews, but the voice in Howard Wallace, P.I. is amazing. The author does such a great job blending classic detective with middle grade kid and making it all believable, accessible, and fun to read. There is so much clever and creative language in this book, the story is tight, and the characters are lovable. I can't wait to find out what Howard and Ivy get themselves into next!

    16. Howard's narration is spectacular and spot-on from start to finish. A detective novel for young readers with all the right elements including chewing gum instead of cigarettes and a bike instead of a car. And Howard and Ivy's delightful dialogue crackles with humor. This book is smart and super fun—a great combination!

    17. Howard Wallace lives, breathes, and talks private investigation. The P.I. mindset oozes from his every pore. He has a number of tried and tested rules that he follows to solve cases – and solve them he does. But enter the case of the stolen school council checks along with the new girl at school and Howard has his work cut out for him.The idea behind this book is great, and the execution and voice had me hooked the whole way through. It’s sweet and funny and the dynamic between Howard and Iv [...]

    18. The Maltese Falcon for middle-graders, this book is an absolute hoot. The author captures the voice of the world-weary, twelve-year-old detective perfectly. But it's far more than a parody of the detective genre. Howard Wallace might model himself on Sam Spade, but underneath he's his own person, defensive and stubborn, afraid of the school bullies yet brave enough to get himself into some terrific scrapes when it comes to detective work. The more I found out about him, the more I liked him. His [...]

    19. This book is perfect for mini-detectives. They'll love the voice, like I did, and the fantastic detective details. Great humor, well-drawn adorable characters with believable conflict. Lyall must have read a hundred great old P.I. novels before she wrote this. She really has the lingo and the feel of a good detective story, but she also brings something fresh to the genre (not only moving it to the middle school!). Howard Wallace is totally charming and quirky, and his "junior partner" Ivy is to [...]

    20. Did you find this review helpful? Find more of my reviews at Pop! Goes The Reader!She didn’t knock, just barged through the door like she owned the place. She did own it, but that was beside the point. I knew my rights, and privacy was at the top of the list. Planting herself in the middle of the room, she scowled as her eyes swept across the floor. Dirty cups and rogue pieces of laundry were noted and filed away on her mental list of grievances. With a hand clamped over her nose, she turned t [...]

    21. Some books grab you from page one and the goodness never stops. This is one of those! I was laughing from page one and more than once I had to explain to my husband what was so funny. Howard Wallace is a young Private Investigator with an obsession for all things old school. He wears the trench coat (well, brown bathrobe), can't kick his bad habit (chewing gum), and talks just like the all the cliched detectives from the bygone movie era (Film Noir). And the voice is spot on. So when up-and-comi [...]

    22. This book was delight from start to finish! Lyall perfectly balances a compelling mystery, fantastic characters, and a spot-on narrative voice in the form of Howard’s hard-boiled twelve-year-old detective. I knew from the reviews that this book would be funny and that I would fall in love with the characters; what I didn’t expect was how heartfelt it would also be, as it confronts head-on the issue of friendships changing – sometimes painfully – in middle school, and the drastic measures [...]

    23. Howard Wallace is a character many students will be able to relate to while in elementary & middle school. His two closest friends drift away, and he uses his detective work to keep him busy and keep his mind off of the loss of a friendship. A new girl moves into town and quickly partners with Howard. They work together to solve a case, and while that is their focus, they both gain a much needed new friendship. You will laugh while reading this book and cheer for the likable character, Howar [...]

    24. Howard Wallace and his sidekick Ivy are fun characters! Love the voice and the mystery is age appropriate. Hope there will be more books featuring this duo.

    25. A ridiculously fun mystery book populated with fantastic characters. What's so engaging here is Howard Wallace feels like a real sleuth. He's hilarious at times, but Lyall plays his character so straight and serious that his eccentricities are even more entertaining. This book is going to make a lot of kids start carrying pocket notebooks and noting clues they see in their everyday lives.

    26. I loved everything about this middle grade noir detective book! It was a true pleasure to read about Howard Wallace hoofing it through the town of Grantleyville, solving cases and snapping his gum. Hilarious dialogue, great mystery, and perfect characters.

    27. I was lucky to read an ARC of Howard Wallace, P.I.Reading this book was the most fun I've had with a middle grade novel in such a long time. I cry-laughed more times that I can count. I think Howard will be a hit with bookworms and reluctant readers alike.Huge recommendation.

    28. I’ve always been a big fan of film noir! In HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. Casey Lyall seamlessly meshed the older style with a modern middle grade scenario. Bringing in elements of “the trench coat”, his crude office, and Blue -brilliant!The banter between Howard and Ivy are classic as Ivy works her way in to temporary Junior Partner. The situations they get into while investigating can have you on the edge of your seat and then laughing. Throughout this mystery the reader wonders, “Hmm. Can it b [...]

    29. When I read this book, the entire time, all I could think about was Calvin's alter ego in Calvin and Hobbes - Tracer Bullet. Tracer Bullet is a hard-boiled private investigator styled after film noir and detective fiction stereotypes, such as Sam Spade of The Maltese Falcon (who, incidentally, is cited in Howard Wallace). Like Calvin, Howard is a wise-talking middle schooler who says things like "dame" and "toots" and "subject" because he takes his investigator persona very, very seriously. He o [...]

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