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Boy Detective (Encyclopedia Brown) Paperback – 13 Sep 2007
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About the Author
Donald J. Sobol was the author of the highly acclaimed Encyclopedia Brown series and many other books. His awards include a special Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his contribution to mystery writing in the United States, and the Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Readers’ Choice Award for Encyclopedia Brown Keeps the Peace.
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Encyclopedia Brown, born Leroy Brown is a ten year old detective from Idaville. He has a great gift for seeing through the straw and finding the needle. It all started one night when his father the Chief of Police shared details of a case over dinner and Encyclopedia pieced it together quickly. That summer he decided to open his own business the sign reads:
Brown Detective Agency
13 Rover Avenue
Leroy Brown, president
No case too small
25Cents per day
And with that the adventure begins. The cases in this volume are:
The Case of Natty Nat
The Case of the Scattered Cards
The Case of the Civil War Sword
The Case of Merko's Grandson
The Case of the Bank Robber
The Case of the Happy Nephew
The Case of the Diamond Necklace
The Case of the Knife in the Watermelon
The Case of the Missing Roller Skates
The Case of the Champion Egg Spinner
I had to read the solution for a few but after that I slowed down paid closer attention and figured them out. I am really looking forward to reading these with my son and oldest daughter. They are fin light easy to read mysteries.
My criteria for enjoying a book intended for young reads are 1. did I enjoy it as an adult, 2. do I want to share it with my children or children I know, 3. can I say yeah this was a good read regardless of intended audience? This book hits all three. And as such it was a great read. I have already gone on and read book two in this series and know I will read some more soon.
So what kind of cases does Encyclopedia solve? There's a thief who was on a cross country road trip when the crime took place. A bank robbery takes place in town, and Encyclopedia fingers the robbers. And for the kids in the neighborhood, he proves who really owns a tent, determines if a sword is really from the Civil War, and steps in at an egg spinning contest.
I read this book years ago, but I must admit I had forgotten many of these cases. A couple came back to me as I read, but for the rest, I must admit I could often almost guess the solution, but I didn't really know for sure what the clue was.
Since this book is now 50 years old, some of the references are dated, as is the amount of money Encyclopedia charges for his services. The characters are also a little flat, but I didn't mind as a kid, and I doubt today's kids would mind either.
So you still can't go wrong with this detective. Encyclopedia entertains, amazes, and astonishes all while wearing sneakers.
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