As a kid I read Encyclopedia Brown. I could relate to him, but not because of his photographic memory and attention to details, but because he was a nice kid. Every town needs one of him to help solve burglaries and crime!
When 5 Minutes for Books offered up a Children's Classic Mystery Challenge, I immediately knew I wanted to check out Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective from the library. Written by Donald J. Sobol, it's a fun read. Each SHORT chapter is a different mystery, but also moves the story along. Encyclopedia Brown (his parents call him Leroy) is a fifth grader, and the son of the police chief. He solves each mystery by the end of the chapter, but you have to turn to the end of the book to find out how he solved each crime.
This is a fun read, and is even great as a read-aloud. My husband and I read a couple out loud to one another. There are always clues in the story to help you solve it, too. (There was only one case I didn't know the answer to, but my husband did.)
This book is less than 100 pages long and would hold most children's interest, even if they don't like to read. This would be a great read aloud to school-aged children, too! Getting to solve the mystery yourself certainly has perks!
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