Jack Ferraiolo

Jack D. Ferraiolo is the author of the Edgar Award nominee The Big Splash, which the New York Times called ³entertaining and thrilling² and Publishers Weekly called ³ingenious junior high noir.² His second book, Sidekicks, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and was named one of Kirkus Reviews¹ Best Books for Kids 2011. His third book, The Quick Fix (a sequel to The Big Splash) is coming out in October 2012. Jack is also the developer and two-time Emmy Award-winning writer for the PBS show WordGirl. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two kids. Visit him online at www.jackferraiolo.com. And send him an email sometime... He misses you...

Quirky writing habit: 
I like to sit and gain weight while I write.

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In this much-anticipated sequel to The Big Splash, junior high detective Matt Stevens is back on the case, bringing us another hilarious middle school noir.

When the star of the basketball team is blackmailed, it’s up to Matt, the lone voice for justice in a morass of middle school corruption, to figure out who’s behind the scheme. Is it eighth-grade crime lord Vinny “Mr. Biggs” Biggio, who has made his name peddling forged hall passes and leading a crew of social assassins who send enemies to the Outs with a humiliating squirt-gun blast below the belt? Or is it his lieutenant and Matt’s former best friend, Kevin? Or a pair of scheming twins who sell Pixy Stix to sugar-addicted classmates? One thing’s for sure: There won’t be a quick fix for the trouble at this middle school.