Book Feature And GIVE-AWAY: RILEY MACK and the Other Known Troublemakers By Chris Grabenstein “Mischief Monday”

Happy “Mischief Monday” all! 

If you notice the title of the blog today, I have a “Book FEATURE”  instead of a “Book REVIEW” Why? Because Mom didn’t have time to read this book to me!!!

Instead of doing a normal “REVIEW” I am going to give you information about the book: RILEY MACK and the Other Known Troublemakers by Chris Grabenstein ( perfect for Mischief Monday!) that was sent to Mom and I by the publisher, HarperCollins, and we are going to give YOU a chance to win a copy!

From the publisher:

In this merry, mischievous romp, master storyteller Chris Grabenstein introduces Riley Mack-a twelve-year-old hometown hero with a talent for plotting schemes in the name of justice. Like an Ocean’s Eleven for tweens, this mystery-comedy features an uproarious cast of “known troublemakers” including aspiring actress Briana, tech wiz Jake, *vocab-obsessed lockpicker Jamal, and the large-but-sweet Mongo.

*FROM DAKOTA: “vocab-obsessed” Savannah and Jet they are talkin’ to YOU!! BOL!!!!

As Riley leads his gang through a series of capers that ultimately results in a foiled bank robbery and the rescue of fifty-seven adorable puppies, readers will enjoy the dramatic interplay of the characters and the unfolding of the mystery as well as the fast-paced action and humor.


Chris Grabenstein is the Agatha-and Anthony Award-winning author of the Haunted Mysteries series, including The Crossroads, The Hanging Hill, and The Smoky Corridor. He’s also the author of the adult titles Tilt a Whirl, Mad Mouse, and Whack a Mole. Chris lives in New York City with his wife, JJ, three cats, and a dog named Fred who starred on Broadway in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. You can visit Chris (and Fred) online at

ISBN: 9780062026200

Ages 8-12

Available on

GIVE-AWAY OPEN TO EVERYONE!! Want to win this book? Leave a comment (and a way for Mom to contact you, if we have no way to contact you and you are the winner, guess what? YOU LOSE!)  telling me about YOUR mischief by Monday, September 3, 2012 at 11PM EASTERN. Winner will be announced WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2012. 

Good luck!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota


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  1. Great review! Have a great Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

    • Molly Hi! We are assuming you aren’t entering? If we are wrong, please let us know. Thanks! Barks and licks and love, from Dakota and “Mom”

  2. That book sounds made for Jet! BOL!


    • lol!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  3. It sounds like Mika’s book.

    I don’t think I can tell you anything about my mischief as there is NONE at all. Mom said there are many telltales that she can tell you but I already told her to hush hush. Hope she won’t tell you secretly. By the way, I hope she has NO TIME for any blogging until 5th September.


    • Eva, you have me worried!No mischief at all??!!! You must hold up the Sheltie reputation of causing mischief!! BOL! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  4. Looks like a fun book, we have tons of neices and nephews that would like to read it.

    • Yay Roxy!!!! Good luck!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  5. Me thinks this is the purrfect book for my hairy slobbery sister Cinnamon!
    Mommy says she is rivalling me for the title FROM HELL

    • BOL Nellie!!! Good luck to you! I bet Cinnamon would love it! Barks and licks and love Dakota

  6. My mischief is chronicled at my blog. It’s not really my mischief. There’s a big ball of mischief brewing in the gulf, causing trouble for a lot of my friends. 😦

    • Flea! We didn’t know you HAD a blog! You should share your link with us. Mom is going to see if she can help me find it. Thanks! Barks and licks and love Dakota

  7. No entry here, just wanted to say thanks for helping to encourage kids to read by giving away such a great book!

    • Will and Eko how kind of you! We couldn’t agree more! I always knew that Eko was a smart doggy!! Barks and licks and love Dakota

  8. Bullet here, I’m very mischevious! Borderline bad! I pee on something when I get mad at my mom or dad, usually when they don’t take me somewhere when I want to go with them!

    • Ohhhh Bullet!! That is EXTREMELY mischievous! OMD!!! Your Mom may need to put you in diapers!! BOL!! Good luck! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  9. Hey Dakota,

    This looks just like my kinda book, right?! Maybe they could join us Mischief Makers? I’d love to list all my Mischief, but you know there’s just too much – I’ll save it for my book! 🙂 Tee Hee

    Wags to all
    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Hi Snoopy! It sure does! BOL!!! The DID join you in Mischief Makers BOL!!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  10. Sounds like a great book, and I think I know of a 10 years old boy that this would be perfect for!

    • Jen ohhhh yessssssssss!!! Best of luck! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  11. Wez just loves books and being sooo poor and all, wez don’t really have any 😦 we only just about have enough for food!!! do youz fink wez will win it, wiff that Alf??? bol 🙂
    Have a great day Dakota and Mommy xx00xx

    • Hi Mollie and Alfie! Ohhhhh I love how you worked the sympathy vote! BOL!! The winner will be chosen by wishing you the BEST of luck!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  12. She threatened me with those diapers but im too cute. I got her wrapped around my lil paw

    • BOL Bullet! Thanks for the laugh! I know you sure DO have your Mom “wrapped around your paw!” BOL! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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