Is the first question your 7-10 year old will ask you. Once you get past the pain of that question, these books are almost an easy sell to your kiddos. Most of us probably remember Encyclopedia Brown from our youth. The boy whose Dad was a police chief who basically couldn’t solve a case without the help of his nine year old prodigy. The beauty of these stories is that each one is discreet and a few pages long. Each one contains all the information needed to “solve” the mystery, and in the back, the answer is provided (not that THIS parent ever had to peak to get the answer. . eh hem). The only downside is that the books are a little dated. They were re-released recently but not updated it seems. If you have girls who might dig the “you solve the mystery” genre but not go for a male protagonists, the Meg McIntosh series does the same, althought with one story per book. Meg is maybe slightly more current, but has more illustrations, so girls as young as 5 or 6 (kid dependent) may dig them (and their ‘rents!!). Anyway, back to Encyclopedia. Much to my dismay, and wholly in my opinion only, I’ve found that some kids books haven’t aged well. I think Encyclopedia makes the cut though. There have to be a dozen of them, and Donald Sobel is the author. Enjoy!!
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