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Two Minute Mysteries Paperback – May, 1987

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Scholastic (May 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590412922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590412926
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,946,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Gummelt on May 4, 2012
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I have been reading my son (and having him read) Encyclopedia Brown books for several months. We've read at least 5 or 6 of them, each with several stories in them. I began to feel that my son was getting a little tired of the formula of Encyclopedia Brown and began looking for a new, non-Encyclopedia Brown book of short mysteries.

There are many out there, but I felt some were above the head of a 7-8 year old or too old or too acedemically-focused.

Since I knew that Donald Sobol had written mysteries at just the right level for my son, I thought it was perfect that he had another, non-Encyclopedia Brown series.

Unfortunately, as soon as I opened it to the first story, I realized these stories are just recycled, abridged versions of the Encylopedia Brown stories! (I don't know which one came first, but they are the same mysteries, nevertheless). This was a big disappointment, as I was looking for *new* stories. As it is, I will not be reading any of these to my son because he either already knows the answers or I wouldn't want to ruin the longer Encyclopedia Brown stories we haven't read yet. So the book is essentially useless to me.

I realize my situation is probably not usual, but I thought it important to share this information with others who might want to choose between these condensed stories or the fuller Encyclopedia Brown stories.

As for the mysteries themselves, they share the same plusses and minuses as the Encyclopedia Brown stories (clever, concise, but dated and sometimes obtuse). The only difference is the stories are shorter and you get 79 of them in one book than about 9 or 10. Each story is about 1/3 to 1/4 as long as the Encyclopedia Brown stories, with an adult inspector and no illustrations.
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A Kid's Review on April 19, 2001
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Sobol does a great job with these mysteries. They appear challenging at first, but when you think about it, the answer, often a slip of tongue or too much evidence, that gives the culprit away is very simple. When you read this book, read "between the lines" and you will be able to solve some of them right away.
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By A Customer on July 31, 1999
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This is an extraordinarily entertaining book for older kids. It has an amusing sameness of stylistic conventions throughout, and occasional recurring characters that help make you want more. The other two volumes of two-minute mysteries are equally fun.
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I bought this book mostly out of nostalgia - I remember reading it when I was younger. The mysteries are fairly easy, although one or two stumped me. A great book for amusement, or an older (11-13) child.
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We bought this book for our eleven year old son. We have seen him with the book in hand more often than we'd imagined. It's currently taken up residence in the car, and our son keeps us all entertained as we travel. The mysteries are a challenge for someone his age, but not too difficult.
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This reminds me so much of my childhood. I love Donald Sobol mysteries. It challenges young as well adult minds to think. Which so much missing in today society. Which consist of video games and television. Reading has become a lost art. I recommend this everyone. Discover the world of reading again. Read this today.
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By A Customer on February 16, 2000
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I first cault wind of these Two Minute Mystery storys in one of my classes at school. They where fun to try and figer out there, but I enjoyed it even more reading them myself amd trying to finde the answer. At first, I couldn't crack a case, not one! Then, as Iread more into the book, i began to key into the way the aouthor thinks, and started getting closer and closer in my answeres. These are very cleaverly written, not only in diolog and charictor personalitys, but in the way the clues are hidden in the text. I came to like reading about the charictors- like Inspector Winters, Cyril Makin,and especialy Dr. Halendjian-as much as the mystery itself.r The Dr.is quite cleaver, both in deduction and speech, and the stories invovling his friends are pleasant and, almost humerous. I must warn you, though, if you're the type who speed reads, go slow! In afew of these, the key is hidded in the rest of the story. Don't let that stop you, though. Just this day I read afew of these stories in a groop, and not only was someone able to figer it out or get close every time, but i belive we all enjoyed it. (I know I did). I only share stoies with people when I think they are enjoyable enough, and beleive me, as far as I'm concerned, these are! Keep up the good work, Mr. Sobol!
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Our children and grandchildren have all been fans of Encyclopedia Brown, so this was a great gift for the youngest. She loves it. Each mystery is about 2 pages and the answer is upside down at the bottom of the story. Great for the young reader.
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