Read On!

Mrs. Farquharson’s musings about books for children and young adults

Thank You Donald Sobol


From 1963 to 2012, Donald Sobol (1924-2012) brought the beloved character, Encyclopedia Brown, to life for children. His character, a boy detective who is infamous within his family because of his intelligence and intuition, has been a favorite of emerging readers right up to today. The author followed the same plot line in every one of his novels; the young readers follow along as Encyclopedia Brown collects his clues. Encyclopedia is the Idaville police force’s secret because who would believe that a ten-year-old could help solve cases? With the solutions for each case written at the end of each book, young readers can match their own skills as they enjoy one of their first chapter books.

Luck has nothing to do with it. – Encyclopedia Brown after solving a case

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