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Super Sleuth

(Encyclopedia Brown #25)

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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  640 ratings  ·  48 reviews
1. The Case of the Hollow Tree
2. The Case of the Headless Ghost
3. The Case of the Stolen Moonstone
4. The Case of the Disappearing Hundreds
5. The Case of the Patriotic Volunteer
6. The Case of the Stolen Watch
7. The Case of the Gym Bag
8. The Case of the Supercomputer Brain
9. The Case of the Giggling Goldilocks
10.The Case of the Shoeless Sam

With a knack for trivia, Encycloped
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Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 16th 2010 by Puffin Books (first published July 10th 2009)
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Matt
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neo and I enjoy reading these sets of Encyclopedia Brown mysteries, having read almost all of the books. We quickly read this group of stories, filled with some unique mysteries we can process in a few minutes, connecting with one another as we guess the all but obvious solutions. The kid detective still works his magic in Idaville, USA, keeping the town crime-free and collecting his coins from those who can pay. Encyclopedia assists proving that Bugs Meany is a liar, helps a citizen achieve a h ...more
Cheryl
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brief mentions of computers doesn't distract from the classic feel of the book. And the boy still only charges 25 cents a day. I'll continue to read these, so that I can feel as smart as a fifth-grader. ...more
Kristina Marie
Dec 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2020
3. Cute and fun to read a few at a time.
Neo
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-me
My dad and I enjoy reading these sets of Encyclopedia Brown mysteries, having read almost all of the books. We quickly read this group of stories, filled with some unique mysteries we can process in a few minutes, connecting with one another as we guess the all but obvious solutions. The kid detective still works his magic in Idaville, USA, keeping the town crime-free and collecting his coins from those who can pay. Encyclopedia assists proving that Bugs Meany is a liar, helps a citizen achieve ...more
Stacy  Natal
I wasn't a huge fan of Encyclopedia Brown as a kid because the books weren't cohesive and I found the format choppy. But, one of my students wanted me to recommend one of the books in the series to the class (I give a chapter book recommendation every Monday as a way to introduce different genres). So I read this one to remind myself of what they were like. Since each chapter stands alone, I can see the appeal for kids that aren't quite to the point where they have the staying power to get throu ...more
Katja
3 stars. I enjoyed this book! I was able to solve several of the cases which made me pretty happy. ;) These stories all had strong ’50s-’60s vibes which I enjoyed. :)

A Favourite Quote: “Chief Brown waited for a moment. ‘Now, tell me what happened—’
“Fleet and Baldy both started to talk at once. 
“‘Once at a time, please,’ Chief Brown said, holding up his hands. ‘Fleet, you go first.’
“‘Why does he get to go first?’ Baldy whined.
“Because he’s not holding a gym bag over my head,’ Chief brown said cal
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Anthony
Leroy "Encyclopedia" Brown returns with ten new cases involving theft, attempted robbery, con games, and an assortment of petty crimes in and around the seaside town of Idaville. No crimes to large or small for witty sleuth. ...more
Brian
Jan 15, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
1/11/2021 - 6/10

After reading the first book, my 6 year old and I jumped ahead to a more recent version. It does seem like the author might be milking it a bit. The setting seems a bit out of time and place now. There were some interesting cases, but some seemed a bit too contrived.
Roslyn
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My almost-6-year-old is tearing through these books. I like how they make him pay attention to details. Also good lessons in the ways people can be tricky.
Shannon Cunningham
Fun. Exciting. Mysterious.
8 year old boy
Brandon
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book...I love good old Encyclopedia Brown
Moriah
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good
Joy Banks
Not as what I expected.
Betsy Moss
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read aloud. Good syntax. I loved saying, "How did Encyclopedia know? Turn to page __ for the solution.... The Solution to The Case of Shoeless Sam is..." ...more
Leanne
I enjoyed this just as much as I did reading Encyclopedia Brown as a kid.
Miranda
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: landon
Audiobook on a trip with three year old. I think my husband and I enjoyed the little mysteries as much as our son did.
Patty Marvel
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just had to get this new (well, 2009) edition of Encyclopedia Brown mysteries! I got turned onto these books back in the sixth grade and may help explain why this 42-year-old woman still likes a rerun of "Law and Order" now and then. Many of the mysteries here are solved by understanding human behavior (good - kids SHOULD learn to use their built-in B.S. detectors), a few involve factual knowledge and ONE requires physical evidence.

The whole gang is here - boy detective Leroy "Encyclopedia" B
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Annabel
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great concept for a book series. I love that these mysteries are in short-story version. It is fun for kids to have a couple try's at guessing various mysteries and not just have one overly complicated and drawn-out story; these stories are great for socializing with, discussing with others and sharing because they are so short, everyone is able to guess and then look to the back for the answer. Besides super popular children's series, there aren't many kids books that are structured f ...more
Arthur
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I choose this book because I had to read it for lit. 4 success class.Brown always solves the case by exposing this inconsistency, in the "Answers" section in the back of the book.Encyclopedia solves these cases by briefly closing his eyes while he thinks deeply, then asking a single question which directly leads to him finding the solution."the stamp collecter is leaving town at five o'clock. it's aready four-thirt.I'll have to hang on to the gym bag and the stamp collection until i can identify ...more
Alyssa
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I really enjoyed Encyclopedia Brown! I think that this series is fun and makes children think outside of the box as they have to solve these mysteries. I think that the fact that he is 10 years old makes the series more relate able and shows children that just because your kid does not mean that can't achieve something great. This series shows that when you study something out in your mind and work hard you can accomplish things that others wouldn't think were possible. I think that this series ...more
Lauryn Carroll
This is a good series of mysteries for young readers. I think it is very appropriate for kids because it deals with relateable things. It is a compilation of short story mysteries and I like how readers have to flip to the back of the book to find out the solution. When I was reading it I even skipped over some details because I was maybe reading too fast. It really teaches readers to pay close attention to what they are reading. I think that is something a lot of children need help with improvi ...more
Elisabeth

With a knack for trivia, Encyclopedia solves mysteries for the neighborhood kids through his own detective agency. But his dad is also the chief of police, and every night Encyclopedia helps him solve his most baffling crimes. Join Encyclopedia Brown as he solves ten new and even more confounding mysteries, including a case of a stolen watch, disappearing money, a headless ghost, and more. And with the clues given in each case, you can solve these mysteries too! Interactive and chock-full of int

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Staci Browning
I really liked this book! I loved the way the readers had the opportunity to solve the mystery before they read what and how Encyclopedia solved it. I was really confused at first at how they organized it but once I read a couple of the mysteries I felt I knew what Encyclopedia would be looking for so I would look in the same way. I think this would be great for introducing analyzing and getting meaning from the stories we read because this is a book that has the answer hidden within the story. ...more
Cassie Paries
This is a great book for children in the 2nd grade. It is a fun read and is good for those who are learning how to read. It is interesting but also not too complicated. The mysteries are fun to solve and allow you to think. They are appropriate for younger children and use educational knowledge to solve the mysteries. I like how these books also teach important facts about history and other fun skills younger children should learn in elementary school. I also like how at the end of the book it t ...more
Mackenzie Piper
This is a super fun book! I like the subtle underlying messages that dictate that good will always prevail, bullying stinks, etc. This is a great added bonus to the already clever content that this book presents. It's a wonderful twist on mystery books that is designed to encourage the child to be observant and on the lookout for clues throughout each story. I highly recommend this for reading time in any younger elementary classroom. ...more
Brittany
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
I really think that this book is great for the classroom. I really liked being able to read each case and find the solution in the back of the book. I thought that was fun, and I know that children would really enjoy this book! I did think the situations were a little bit unrealistic for that age group, but other than that, it was a great book! It was very well written and a fun read! I give it 5/5 stars!
Ciara Bean
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
I remember reading these when I was a kid and I loved them because some of the mysteries stump and others you're able to solve. It was just the right amount of difficulty to make the books interesting without being too hard where I wanted to give up reading them. Plus I always felt like a super genius detective when I could piece together all the clues before looking in the back of the book for the answer to the mystery. ...more
Madi Sharp
I wasn't a huge fan of Encyclopedia Brown. I thought that the stories were very random and didn't go together. I didn't like how it was so choppy. Though I do think that it would be fun for the children to try and guess what happens before they read the answers in the back of the book. I think you could take it even further and act out a mystery, this book inspires that. Overall, it was an okay book. ...more
Casey Harris
Wow...did I get smarter, or did the books get dumber? I remember not being able to solve any of these as a kid, but I got most of them this time around. We listened to this with the kids on the way back from a vacation, and it was kind of fun as a family to "read" it together. But, man, is this stuff corny. I think I'll leave the Encyclopedia Brown books to my kids in the future. Consider me finally graduated. ...more
Alissa Sparks
This book is a wonderful book that I would like to have on my bookshelf for third graders, because as we read it as a group I can ask questions on how they think the mysteries are solved before they find out how he really did it. This would be a good book for them to learn how to write their own stories.
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