Ivy and Bean Take the Case (Book 10)
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Watch out, you diabolical masterminds! There's a new detective on Pancake Court: Bean! She laughs at danger! She solves even the most mysterious mysteries! What? There aren't any mysteries? Then Bean and her assistant, Ivy, will make some!
time. “I sure did,” Ivy said. She lifted her face and looked into the distance in a learning sort of way. “I’ll never do it again.” “Okay,” said Bean. “I guess that’s that.” She looked at Trevor and Ruby and Prairie and Sophie S. and Dino. “So we’re done!” she said loudly. “The end! Case cracked! Mystery solved!” There was a pause. Then Dino said, “But why? Why did you do it?” “To scare you,” said Ivy. “To terrify you. Sorry.” There was another pause. “I wasn’t scared,” said Ruby. “Me
Sophie S. “It’s not mysterious,” argued Prairie. “It’s just pipes in the dirt.” The nerve! Bean made her eyes into slits. “Look, I’m almost a private investigator, so I know about what’s a mystery and what’s not.” Prairie made a snorty sound. “Hey, Dino!” she called as he zipped by on his skateboard. “Guess what Bean and Ivy are doing?!” He skidded into the grass. “What?” “We’re solving mysteries,” said Bean firmly. Dino looked around. “What mysteries?” Bean looked at Prairie. “The
was good. There couldn’t be any bad words. There couldn’t be any mean people. There couldn’t be anyone smoking a cigarette or wearing tiny clothes. There were only about ten movies that followed all these rules. Luckily, Bean liked all ten of them. She watched them over and over. Bean’s mom said ten movies were plenty. She said kids Bean’s age should be using their imaginations instead of watching TV. She said fresh air was more important than movies. And then what did she do? She made Bean
clothes, but that was the only rule they didn’t break. “I can’t believe you’re letting me watch this,” said Bean. “Seven Falls is a classic,” said Bean’s mom. “It’s one of the greatest movies ever made.” “Don’t be a stooge,” said Al Seven to another movie guy. That was pretty mean, but Bean pretended not to notice, because this was one of the greatest movies ever made. Al Seven was also in black and white, but Bean knew she was supposed to imagine he was in color. “What is it about dames?”
faces. She smiled toughly. “Don’t be stooges,” she said. “Zombies don’t carry ropes. And werewolves can’t tie knots. They have paws.” She tried to talk without moving her lips. “And you should stop worrying about it, because I’ve got a plan. A good plan. Maybe even a great plan.” “What?” said Dino. “She said she has a plan,” Ivy explained. “A good plan, maybe even a great plan.” “Tell it,” said Ruby. Trevor and Prairie and Sophie S. nodded. Bean looked around at their scared faces. It was her