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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Series: Encyclopedia Brown
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Slp edition (October 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142409855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142409855
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I remember enjoying these books as a boy and love sharing them with my son. Besides being enjoyable stories with admirable characters they are great for teaching reading. Solving the puzzles requires reading with attention to the details, logic and imagination. Sometimes young readers would rather skip difficult to read details but with these books they know they need to get each word.
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I have decided to be the book grandma, and this is the perfect starter for my 7 1/2 year old grandson. I am striving to get him as excited about reading as I did his mother 30 years ago.
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This is a wonderful book for boys who like adventure. My son is dyslexic and doesn't like to read but is required to read 3 over the summer. It's hard to get him interested in any book, but he liked these, and they are a fairly easy read but still sophisticated enough to keep a 10 year old interested.
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Mrs. Parker, my fourth grade teacher, read to us every day. I'll never forget the few times she would read mysteries from the Encyclopedia Brown series. As children, we would sit back and imagine the story unfold in our minds. Everyone would do their best to solve the crimes and mysteries but none of us were a match for Encyclopedia Brown. These books will challenge young readers. They are ideal for the 9-12 age group to read, but do well when read to younger groups of children.

When my son's school took a break for the summer season, his teacher recommended that we read and have him read a few times each week. I am now reading from the box set and I must say, he thoroughly enjoys the stories. They are a wonderful inspiration for young people and provide a great bonding activity for the parents.

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My daughter (almost 8) loves these. They are fun to read and solve and also good for developing logical thinking skills. It really impresses her when I solve a case that she can't! They are old-fashioned, which I mean in a positive sense here, but it seems lots of kids - or their parents - aren't interested in reading "old" stuff. I say, bring on the bullies and the civil war swords. I want my kid to know there was life before playstation.

(That said, I'd love to see a similar modern series. Any recommendations?)

Each book has 10 mysteries, which makes them great for stopping and starting. Or would, if my kid could stop reading them! I am rationing them out, one book each Saturday. Just gave her book three, and she read one of them to me at bedtime last night because even after reading the solution, she didn't understand it. (In the case where Bugs Meany was kidnapped, pay attention to the hinges!)

I'd love it if the others in the series came in boxed sets. We have to pay per item for overseas shipping, and I'd obviously rather pay once than 4 times.

A great intro to detective work!
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I enjoyed reading these books as a boy and my son's like them as well. They are a bit dated, but the kids don't seem to notice it. "Put a quarter down on the gas can." Kids today are a bit brighter and more worldly than we were back in the day. My 9 year old son had legal questions with jumping to conclusions, probable cause and illegally obtaining evidence done by Enclyopedia Brown, but for an easy read, starter, chapter, kids mystery these are good.
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These books are awesome! My son can't wait to the end of each story so he can go to the back of the book to see if he solved the mystery correctly :)
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I read these when I was a kid and got them for my 9 year old niece. She loved them.
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