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Encyclopedia Brown, boy detective
Sobol, Donald J., 1924-2012.
Publication Information:
New York : Bantam, [1994?]
Physical Description:
111 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Fifth-grader "Encyclopedia" Leroy Brown solves ten mysteries and, by putting the solutions at the back of the book, challenges the reader to do the same.
General Note:
"Copyright 1963 by Donald J. Sobol. Cover art copyright 1994 by Eric Velasquez."

"A Bantam Skylark Book."
Reading Level:


560 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.1 1.0 5415.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.9 6 Quiz: 03587 Guided reading level: P.
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X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf

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A Civil War sword... A watermelon stabbing... Missing roller skates... A trapeze artist's inheritance... And an eyewitness who's legally blind! Theses 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 answer to all the mysteries are found in the back!

Author Notes

Donald J. Sobol was born in the Bronx, New York on October 4, 1924. During World War II, he served in the Army as a sergeant in a combat engineer battalion in the Pacific. He received a B.A. degree from Oberlin College. He worked as a copy boy and then a reporter at The New York Sun and The Long Island Daily Press. In 1959, he began writing a syndicated fiction column called Two-Minute Mysteries.

He is the creator of the Encyclopedia Brown series. His first book, Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective, was published in 1963. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 80 books. In 1976, he won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the Encyclopedia Brown series. He died from gastric lymphoma on July 11, 2012 at the age of 87.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6. The first in a well-known series, this introduces Encyclopedia Brown, the knowledgeable boy detective who helps his father solve criminal cases in the town of Idaville.

Table of Contents

1. The Case of Natty Natp. 1
2. The Case of the Scattered Cardsp. 13
3. The Case of the Civil War Swordp. 23
4. The Case of Merko's Grandsonp. 31
5. The Case of the Bank Robberp. 41
6. The Case of the Happy Nephewp. 51
7. The Case of the Diamond Necklacep. 61
8. The Case of the Knife in the Watermelonp. 71
9. The Case of the Missing Roller Skatesp. 81
10. The Case of the Champion Egg Spinnerp. 91