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Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch Paperback – September 6, 2007

4.6 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
Book 2 of 28 in the Encyclopedia Brown Series

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These are just some of the ten brain-twisting mysteries that Encyclopedia Brown must solve by using his famous computerlike brain. Try to crack the cases along with him--the answers to all the mysteries are found in the back! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 600 (What's this?)
  • Series: Encyclopedia Brown (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (September 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142408891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142408896
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on October 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
Leroy's back! Ten all new cases! He still solves them for his dad(chief of police)and has his own detective agency. This is good for kids my age since it really gets your brain thinking. This is the second book in the series and it's just like the first one except there's different cases.

I liked this and recommend this for anyone who:

1.likes Mysteries or

2.is ten years old

If you read this book then you will like it too!
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Encyclopedia Brown is a 5th grade boy who solves puzzles, crimes and mysteries as easily and as unconsciously as breathing.
Each book is a series of short mysteries (5-10 pages each) ending with a question - usually "how did Encyclopedia know that X was responsible for the crime". The answer to each mystery is at the back of the book. Solving the mystery takes no special knowledge, but it does require paying attention to detail. Don't turn to the answer too fast.
This book is the second in the series, but the books do not have to be read in order. I loved the Encyclopedia Brown books when I was growing up. I am reading them again before I give them to my nephew who I hope will enjoy them as I did.
Adults who like this series may also enjoy the Lateral Thinking Puzzles books.
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Format: School & Library Binding
Donald J. Sobol has done it again with another great collection of 10 mysteries that his hero, Encyclopedia Brown, must solve. From the obvious to the scientific you'll have to use your wits to figure out these stories. From a kidnapping to stolen diamonds to a local bitter drink contest this book is a great get-away for those who like to think out solutions as they read.
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By A Customer on February 10, 1999
Format: Turtleback
You should read Encyclopdia Brown and the Case of the Seceret Pitch.It's exciting!! It's about a boy that solves mysteries.You should read it to find all the good funny mysteries in it.That's why I gave it five stars. Everybody should have one.
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By A Customer on February 10, 1999
Format: Turtleback
You should read Encyclopdia Brown and the Case of the Seceret Pitch.It's exciting!! It's about a boy that solves mysteries.You should read it to find all the good funny mysteries in it.That's why I gave it five stars. Everybody should have one.
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Format: Paperback
This is a really awesome book! It is 10 stories (chapters) in which Encyclopedia Brown solves a particular case. Encyclopedia Brown is a young boy, smart because he reads a lot. He is very intelligent, clever, and attentive to detail. He sees/detects things that the ordinary person would not.

I loved all 10 cases, but my favorite was "The Case of Bug's Kidnapping". I figured that one out before I read the answer at the back of the book. I was proud of myself, because I don't usually figure them out!

The author is very clever and witty indeed. I love these books. They are for "children" but they are "chapter" books. Even adults can enjoy these fun books.

P.S. I just saw where the author of these books, Donald J. Sobol, died last Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at age 87. What a coincidence to have just discovered his books right before he died.
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A Kid's Review on November 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a good book.The cases are about a secret pitch,a balloon man accused of kidnapping,a cowboy that's ambushed,stolen gold,a hitchhiker who is a witness to a holdup gang,a boy poet who gets in a fight,a boy who gets shot by an air gun,a stolen penknife named Excalibur,a man who gts tricked out of his violin by a glass of ginger ale,and a stolen bike.
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Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved the Encyclopedia Brown Series growing up. I read and reread them so much people called me Encyclopedia Jones. Actually, I did get pretty good at helping people find things. Too bad I didn't charge 25 cents!
This book, like all of Donald J. Sobol's Encyclopedia Brown books, makes you think, and pay attention, but each case is lots of fun. Leroy Brown, son of the chief of police, is the only boy detective in Idaville. He is so good at solving problems, locating missing items, and investigating crimes, that he starts his own detective agency.
Each book in the series has about ten cases. All of the clues needed to solve the case are provided in the story. The answers are in the back of the book. But what fun is it to peak at the answers?
I hope that any one reading, the Case of the Secret Pitch, one of my favorites, is sure to enjoy it, even if, like me, you need a little help from the answer pages.
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