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The Case of the Exploding Plumbing and Other Mysteries (Encyclopedia Brown #11)

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Match Wits With The World's Greatest Boy Sleuth A huge footprint in the soft earth . . . counterfeit money in a bird's nest . . . a threatening letter . . . an exploding toilet . . . a missing silver dollar . . . and a stolen newspaper clipping that could be valuable! These are the only traces left at the scene of ten brain-twisting crimes that Encyclopedia Brown must solv ...more
Paperback, 73 pages
Published 1974 by Scholastic
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Feb 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are all fun reads that make you think. RL3 or thereabouts; so it's like the detective above Nate the Great. I have started to give these books to my eldest nephew (who is now 7) and he is enjoying them.
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Maria Carmo
Another adventure with the best 10 year old detectives Encyclopedia and Sally!!!

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon, 8 January 2018.
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Soooo dated. The mysteries are sometimes unsolvable for a 21st century kid. But Pete still enjoyed the silly, square fun.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i liked it
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man, I loved these books as a kid! I'm glad my kids are at an age where they can appreciate them, so I have a good excuse to re-read. The mysteries are quirky and short enough to keep even the flightiest of readers interested. I love Sobol's ability to give the reader all the clues they need without playing his hand too obviously. There are a couple of cases in this one that would be virtually unsolvable by a modern generation (because they deal in technologies that are now obsolete), but I stil ...more
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I recommend Encyclopedia Brown. I was 8 when I first encountered this series. I loved it. It was recommended by a boy that I liked. What I liked about these books is that it taught me how to think before making wild guesses. Each book had several cases which were easy to read and follow for a child. I recommend this to any parent looking for helping their child to use logic and deductive reasoning. Great on how to look at relevant facts at a child's level.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read so many of these books with Hinton in the past year or so, but finally!! We came across the one case that stands out so clearly in my mind from when I read these books myself as a kid.

(The girl in the tight skirt did it! There was no way she was playing the cello in that short tight skirt like she said she was! Alibi busted.)

Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can never figure out any of the Encyclopedia Brown mysteries before I finish them!
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Donald J. Sobol was an award-winning writer best known for his children's books, especially the Encyclopedia Brown mystery series. Mr. Sobol passed away in July of 2012.
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