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Mysteries According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
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A mystery is like a puzzle. It can be something unsqueakably scary, like a thing that goes THUMP in the night.

Synopsis: It's hamster Humphrey's second year in room 26 of Longfellow School, and by the beginning of October, he's getting to know his new classmates. Mrs. Brisbane has just started reading "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League", and Humphrey is just as disappointed as everyone else when she stops in the middle of the story to move on to another lesson. Disappointment turns to dismay when Mrs. Brisbane doesn't return to school the next day, then is replaced (temporarily, Humphrey hopes!) by a substitute teacher named Mr. E., who seems to want to play with the students instead of teach them. Humphrey decides to follow the example of Sherlock Holmes and sets out to investigate Mrs. Brisbane's disappearance as well as a few other mysteries as only a determined class pet in a cage with a lock-that-doesn't-lock can. And, maybe, along the way, he'll find out just what happens in that story about the man with the red hair.

Review:
This is the eighth installment of the "According to Humphrey" series, and he is just as charming as ever. Fans of the series will enjoy this new adventure, but reading all the previous volumes isn't strictly necessary. At the end of each short chapter, Humphrey shares something he's learned in his "Detectionary", and there is a list of the "Top 10 Tips for Beginning Detectives" at the end of the book.

Recommend to: Middle grade readers looking for a fun and funny light mystery, as well as fans of books in this series and other animal fiction series.

Source: E-book checked out from my public library (via Overdrive).
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Reading Progress

January 6, 2014 – Shelved
January 6, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
January 11, 2014 – Shelved as: books-for-kids
September 29, 2014 – Started Reading
September 29, 2014 – Shelved as: sherlockiana
September 29, 2014 – Shelved as: sherlock-for-kids
September 30, 2014 – Shelved as: read-in-2014
September 30, 2014 – Shelved as: fiction
September 30, 2014 – Shelved as: series-fiction
September 30, 2014 – Shelved as: library-books
September 30, 2014 – Shelved as: ebooks
September 30, 2014 – Finished Reading

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