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Kudo Kids: The Mystery in Manhattan

Kudo Kids: The Mystery in Manhattan

Illustrated by Yaoyao Ma Van As


Kudo Kids: The Mystery in Manhattan

About the Book

The Kudo Kids are back in this fun filled, fast-paced middle-grade mystery from two-time Olympic bronze medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, perfect for fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library.

Andy and Mika are about to take a bite out of the Big Apple.

When the Kudo Kids travel to New York City for the first time, they're ready to hit the ground running and see the sights. But the siblings quickly realize that they're excited for very different reasons--Mika wants to take photos of iconic landmarks and visit a famous camera store, while Andy can't wait to try out an escape room that one of his friends told him about.

Both of their plans get shaken up when they learn that Aunt Kei is in desperate need of assistance as she prepares for an important fashion presentation. Not wanting to pass up an opportunity to explore, Andy and Mika enthusiastically volunteer to help run errands with their cousin, Jenny.

When a very special dress, the centerpiece of Aunt Kei's collection, goes missing, they find themselves on a chase around the city to find it in another unforgettable mystery that will leave readers guessing until the very end.

Product Details

On sale: May 4, 2021
Age: 8-12 years
Grade: Grades 3-7
Page count: 224 Pages
ISBN: 9780593113769
Reading level: Lexile: 750L | Fountas/Pinnell: T

Author Bio

Maia and Alex Shibutani (aka the ShibSibs) are two-time Olympic bronze medalists, three-time world medalists, Four Continents Champions, and two-time US National Champions. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, they became the first ice dancers of Asian descent to medal at the Olympics and are only the second sibling duo in the history of the sport to share an ice dancing medal.

Off the ice, the ShibSibs are known for sharing their personalities, experiences, and interests on social media to bring new audiences to their sport. They travel the world and enjoy spending time together (most of the time), eating food (all of the time), and meeting new people (any time!). They are also the authors of The Mystery of the Masked Medalist.

Find Maia and Alex on Twitter and Instagram: @MaiaShibutani @AlexShibutani @ShibSibs

Yaoyao Ma Van As is an illustrator, art director, vegan, and dog lover. She has a BFA in art and design and an MFA in animation. Between working on animated television shows, she likes to relax by illustrating quiet little moments in life. Yaoyao currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and four-legged baby.


“A gratifying, fashionable mystery set amid the iconic backdrop of New York.” Kirkus Reviews

“A great summer read with an engaging mystery and iconic New York City imagery.” School Library Journal
“A sparkling romp through the vibrant sights, sounds, and tastes of New York—every page is packed with adventure, sweet family bonding, and so much fun.” —Sarah Kuhn, author of From Little Tokyo, With Love

“With heart and humor at every turn, the Kudo Kids explore Manhattan in this twisty, clever mystery that will thrill readers until the very end.” —Michelle Kwan, most decorated figure skater in US history
The Mystery in Manhattan is a total page turner—seriously, every reader will be asking themselves, whodunnit??—and I loved seeing Andy and Mika experience so much of what makes New York City one of the best places in the world.” —Preeti Chhibber, author of Marvel's Avengers Assembly series
“Full of tasty food, stylish characters, and plenty of adventure, this journey through New York City is for mystery lovers everywhere!” —Phillip Lim, creative director, co-founder of 3.1 Phillip Lim, and author of More Than Our Bellies

Kudo Kids: The Mystery in Manhattan is a compelling and entertaining read that makes you wonder if there is anything Maia and Alex can’t do. Fun and thoroughly enjoyable!” —Jeanne Yang, celebrity creative director