Kyle and Corey and the Game-Story Mystery

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Kyle and Corey and the Game-Store Mystery

by Joe Stephens


GENRE:   Juvenile (or Y/A) fiction



Kyle & Corey Holley (15 and 12) live in Fairly Springs, a small southern beach town. Kyle is a budding engineer; Corey is impetuous, funny and sports-crazy. Like most brothers, they fight often, but they also solve crimes—like the rash of recent robberies around town. When Kyle and Corey investigate, they learn that in each robbery, the thieves stole a high-end desktop computer. Why? What are they looking for? And how soon till they find it? Other complications include Corey’s wheelchair-bound math tutor, Kyle’s after-school job in a local game store and a revolutionary new video game launching soon.

Kyle and Corey: Brothers. Best Friends. Detectives. They don’t go looking for trouble; it has them on speed dial!



That night at dinner, sitting at their comfortable round oak dining table at

home, Mrs. Holley said to Corey, “She thinks you’re a pathological liar.”

“He is a pathological liar,” Kyle said, helping himself to more mashed

potatoes and pouring a generous helping of brown gravy over them.

Corey, sitting across the table from him, glared over his plate of sliced roast

beef, steamed broccoli, and a smaller helping of mashed potatoes. “Liar is a

strong word. I know the difference between truth and a lie, you turd.”

“Corey!” his mother said in warning.

“Well, I do. I only lied at the end a little, when I said the whole thing was a


“I know,” Mrs. Holley said. “Ms. Morrison hasn’t lived here long enough to

know what happened this summer.”

“That’s why I did it. If she’d thought it was really true, she’d have asked all

kinds of questions and probably made me write a whole other paper. She’s that


Mrs. Holley looked affectionately at her younger son. Corey had a knack for

picking out the essential personality traits in everyone he met, almost instantly.

He knew things about people after a ten-minute conversation that took therapists

months to root out.

Her husband Donald was proud of Kyle for his math and science abilities, his

kind and forgiving nature, his loyalty to friends and his gift for taking raw

materials and turning them into something new and unexpected. He was proud

of Corey for his people smarts, his vivid personality, and his natural ability as an

athlete. “I wouldn’t trade either of ‘em for a million bucks,” he told his wife

often, and she always answered, “Wait till someone makes you an offer.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

JOE STEPHENS has been a fan of boys’ adventure books all his life, and in

this, his first series book, he’s created two boys as memorable as Frank and Joe

Hardy. He has a background in education and has also visited more than thirty

countries while pursuing his passion for scuba diving. He lives in Georgetown

with his growing family and three thoroughly spoiled cats.

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My Review

Kyle & Corey love to go looking for trouble, and they find plenty of it in the Game Story Mystery. The older brother, Kyle, gets really good grades in school and Corey loves playing baseball. They both love video games and Kyle even gets a part-time job in the local game store. He wonders why so many kids at school were fired after just working there for a short time.

Kyle starts to feel like something there might be illegal. He becomes even more curious when a string of burglaries come to their normally-peaceful town. Corey and Kyle have a history of trying to solve mysteries in their town, and now they begin their own investigation. They even try to get information from the police chief.

After another school-mate is brutally attacked by the burglars, Kyle decides to set a trap and try to catch the criminals. He thinks he knows who they are, but is he right? Could he be in danger? The reader will be in for quite a few surprises in this suspense-filled book for juveniles and young adults.

You’ll find 2-3 mild curse words. This is well-written and a real page-turner that young people will enjoy.

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