The Family Hitchcock


Maddy and Benji Hitchcock have plans for the summer … and so does their dad. The Hitchcocks of Chicago are swapping houses with the Xavier Vadim family of Paris, France. Tres fun, oui? Everyone but Dad sees it as a disaster, and their fears are confirmed when the Vadims arrive in Chicago early: Mom, Dad, goth teen girl, and 3-year-old boy! What on earth will they find when they get to Paris? Let’s just say its an adventure!

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Any preteen who has a younger sibling will love this! Parents of pre-teens and teens will enjoy it, too! Suspense and mystery are balanced and yet keep pace with the events themselves.

Content Awareness Factors:

None. I hope there are more adventures coming.

Parent Reaction

The family dynamics are spot on, and the story moves fast with plenty of day-in-the-life humor. What makes the story particularly fun is the way that many of the misconceptions – often dropped into the story by Maddy – unravel. Upon arriving in Paris, the Hitchcocks unwittingly land in the middle of an international police investigation. The best part of the story is that not only do you learn more about the characters, you see that they learn about themselves and each other, too!

Type of Book:
This is a mystery / spy novel for preteens.
Educational Themes:

This is a book meant to be read aloud for fun. There are plenty of chances to talk about the characters\' personalities and also try to predict what will happen next.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 10
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This would make a great gift for a pre-teen mystery lover.

Title The Family Hitchcock
Author Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett
Publisher Katherine Tegen Books, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2011
ISBN 9780061893940
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Adventure, Family, Mystery, Europe | European People
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