The Big Splash [With Headphones]

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ISBN-13: 9781606406816
Publisher: Findaway World
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Series: Playaway Children Series
Product dimensions: 4.60(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Jack D. Ferraiolo grew up in southern Connecticut and still considers middle school to be the toughest time of his life.  He currently lives in northern Massachusetts with his wife, Teryse, and daughter, Emily.  He has been writing and editing for television animation for close to ten years.  He recently developed, and currently writes for WordGirl on PBS, for which he won an Emmy.  The Big Splash is his first novel.

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The Big Splash 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Robin_Brande More than 1 year ago
I adore this book. Clever from beginning to end. First, the idea: a noir detective story, a la "The Big Sleep," set in middle school. And the world these characters inhabit is complete: the detective, the case to solve, the kingpin, his lackies, the swell girl--even the neighborhood "bar" where they can all hang out (I won't ruin what it actually is, because it's one of the many ingenious touches throughout this ingenious book). Not only is the story flat-out funny and yet also sweet when it comes to family and friend relationships, the writing itself is first rate. There were so many choice phrases I had to go back and reread, just to savor them. I finished this book a few days ago, and have already recommended it to at least ten people. Boys will love it, girls will love it, grown men and women will love it. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
lenoreva on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Matt Stevens, Middle School Private Eye, is hired by Vinny Biggs, Franklin¿s Underworld Boss, for a seemingly simple job. But in a school where one well placed squirt gun shot can ¿kill¿ your reputation forever, Matt has only a few days solve a case with ¿more twists than a candy addict on a swivel chair.¿The Big Splash is a clever mafia/crime underworld spoof with a fast paced, twisty plot and a big heart. You have the boss and his goons who deal in forged hall passes and the like, his femme fatale squirt gun assassin Nikki Fingers (think a 12 year old Angelina Jolie), kids who dared to cross the boss and are now on the ¿outs¿ (social death), and even Pixy Stixers, kids who will do anything to get another (sugar) fix.I absolutely adored the writing, the humor, the characters and the realizations Matt came to during the case such as, ¿Waking up at 5:00 means you¿re industrious, an early riser; waking up at 4:45 means you have trouble sleeping.¿ And ¿Once you¿re convicted by a jury of your peers, it¿s hard to get a new trial.¿ And my favorite (because it is sooo true): ¿I had recently come to realize that it was extremely rare to find friendships in which doing nothing special was the most fun thing you could ever hope to do.¿
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Classic Raymond Chandler noir recast in middle school with squirt guns.Enjoyable, but probably better if you're either a) a kid, or b) fond of noir.
mjsbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clever transplant of the hard-boiled detective novel (a la Raymond Chandler) to a middle school campus, complete with imaginative metaphors. Some of the elements work OK: the head hall monitor for the local cops, the school bullies for the crime boss's henchmen. Others stretch credulity, such as the kid who runs a sandwich shop out of his garage, for the corner bar. But overall, a comic romp as our narrator Matt Stevens tries to uncover who is behind a water-gun "hit."
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A noir-ish style mystery with a quick-talking, fast-thinking detective channeling Mickey Spillane. This tough guy is planted firmly in middle school, however. His case? A tough nut to crack, someone has put Nicky Fingers, the school "boss's" toughest hit woman, in the Outs with a well-targeted super-soaking. Private eye Matt Stevens doesn't have much to work with, and too many suspects. But he's on the case, and he's got connections.A fun, fast read, but I question the appeal for a middle-school audience unfamiliar with the genre.
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It was very funny book and the authir must've made a huge effort to make this book because it's really goodm but it left me wanting more. I also suggest the book sidekick. Its just as funny as the big splash - wait no. It is more funny and its just plain better.
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JUSTYN_F More than 1 year ago
Wow this is a great book...this is my favorite book now .......dairy of a wimpy kid better step up
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slimikin More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of hard-boiled detective stories, so when I saw The Big Splash---the first one of that sort that I've ever seen written for a juvenile audience---I really, really wanted to read it. After all, where else but in middle school will you find the situation so ideal for the noir-style mystery? And Jack D. Ferraiolo includes just about all the elements of the genre: there's an organized crime boss, bully boys, assassins, dangerous dames, a story-hungry reporter, and the law, represented by the orange sash of a hall monitor, of course. I really enjoyed the combination---and the mystery---but I'm not so sure The Big Splash will hold the interest of its intended juvenile audience. After all, how much fun is it to read a book written in Humphrey Bogart's voice when you don't even know who Humphrey Bogart is? There are also a few more adult themes hovering behind the story---the relationship between the hero's mom and his best friend's married dad, for example. Perhaps a juvenile reader won't think anything about that detail, but I'm more inclined to err on the side of caution and recommend The Big Splash to a slightly older audience, just in case.
Firebolt More than 1 year ago
Okay, I wasn't totally convinced with the story plot at first. The thought of somebody wetting another child's pants.... It seemed kind of childish, immature. But I do like a good detective book so I gave it a try. I'm glad I did!!  The main character Matt Stevens is the kind of character that readers will instantly like: brilliant, comical, sassy, compassionate. But unlike other characters,  Matt Stevens does have his flaws. I really liked that Jack D. Ferraiolo didn't portray the main character as this perfect role model because we all know that  reality isn't like that. Matt Stevens felt like a real person to me because of his flaws.                   After getting used to the idea of kids humiliating other kids by wetting their pants, I found the middle school mob very comical! Kids with water guns, placing bets,  selling under the table candy, blackmailing.. oh my! Jack D. Ferraiolo somehow spends these notorious actions into a comical idea. I enjoyed this book thoroughly but I cannot give it a five star rating due to the fact that it took a hundred pages to convince me that "The Big Splash" was worth a read. So forget that the whole concept seems childish and indulge on Franklin's middle school mob.... because you'll never know when your going to be put in the Outs.     
Bwitchd3 More than 1 year ago
BRILLIANT! Seriously, this book is pure genius. Adults will laugh out loud, children will devour the story, and everyone goes home happy. The most genius part about this idea is that the kids in the book take themselves seriously. There’s no winking at the audience, no subtle phrasing to show that forged hall passes aren’t that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things, and no sense that these kids realize how much scarier the world can be. Ferraiolo touches on some big issues for this age group including bullying, peer pressure, fitting in, and finding your own way. The dialogue snaps like a wet towel in the locker room, and the story isn’t dumbed down for the audience. There are twists and turns that even the adults won’t see coming. This is truly a sophisticated debut novel for all ages.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
"The Frank" may seem like a typical middle school, but it's actually run by Vinny Biggs and his gang. Need a stolen exam? Or want a sugar high? You'll have to go through Vinny. Cross Vinny, and you'll be facing one of his "hired assassins."

Vinny's "hired assassins" hold your social life fate in their hands. These assassins hide water guns, and with one quick shot you'll look like you peed your pants, face social humiliation, and immediately are put in "the outs."

Nikki Fingers used to be the fastest and most feared shooter at "The Frank," but at the beginning of seventh grade decides for a fresh start. But when Nikki is taken out, seventh grade detective Matt Stevens is hired. Could it have been her former boss, Vinny? The boy who had a crush on her? Or one of the many students at "The Frank" with a reason to hate Nikki? Matt only has a week to find out or he might find himself in "the outs" as well.

I can't say enough good things about this book! It's wonderfully written in a clever noir style that kept me laughing and guessing all night. It reads just like an old pulp detective novel and includes many of the characters you would expect to be there - the mob boss, the hired guns, the detective, the girl crush - only this time they're in sixth and seventh grade. At times it reminded me of one of my favorite old movies, Bugsy Malone, in which kids play the gangsters.

There were so many things sprinkled in this story that made me smile. The kids who would do anything for a pixy stick rush, the frazzled newspaperman, and the kid-owned sandwich shop all added to the style, and I felt like I really was transported back into one of those old pulp detective novels.

The mystery had plenty of twists and turns and kept me guessing and second-guessing who did Nikki in. The dialogue is witty and snappy and is full of humor.

Although the setting is middle school, readers who have gotten through their middle school years are sure to enjoy THE BIG SPLASH, as well. Fans of great detective novels or gangster stories should add this one to their reading pile!

I'm looking forward to reading more from Jack D. Ferraiolo - and hope that Matt Stevens is on another case soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very interesting and is full of different personalities. In some scenes, this book really twists and turns. Great book overall!
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