By Donald J. Sobol

Leroy Brown, aka Encyclopedia Brown, is Idaville neighborhood’s ten-year-old big name detective. With an uncanny knack for trivialities, he solves mysteries for the local little ones via his personal detective employer. yet his dad additionally occurs to be the executive of the Idaville police division, and each evening round the dinner desk, Encyclopedia is helping him clear up his such a lot baffling crimes. And with ten confounding mysteries in each one publication, not just does Encyclopedia have an opportunity to resolve them, however the reader is given the entire clues in addition. Interactive and chock choked with attention-grabbing bits of information—it’s vintage Encyclopedia Brown!

“I enjoyed Encyclopedia Brown as a kid.”—Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The short Wondrous lifetime of Oscar Wao

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Exclaimed Encyclopedia. “That’s a difficult holiday, Chester. ” “Those Thompson twins are quickly runners,” acknowledged Chester. “But if apple pie is used, I’ll have a superb opportunity. Apple pie is my favourite. ” “Here’s to apple pie! ” stated Encyclopedia. “Thanks,” stated Chester, and grimly resumed his operating. the following morning Encyclopedia and Sally biked to the Idaville adolescence reasonable. It used to be a urban of tents and enjoyable rides crowded into one nook of the outdated airstrip. the 2 detectives watched the kite-flying contest and the puppy convey. At ten o’clock a whistle blew for the pie-eating contest. Fifteen boys covered as much as listen Mrs. Thompson, the mummy of the twins. She defined the recent principles. each one boy used to be to race to the desk contrary him. On each one desk have been pies. the lads have been to devour the pies, utilizing the knives and forks supplied, after which run a part mile direction one of the tents. “Most of the working could be out of view of the judges,” acknowledged Mrs. Thompson. “But a father may be stationed each 2 hundred yards to ensure no boy takes a quick lower. ” The knives and forks Encyclopedia. “Last yr Chester received bare-handed,” he stated to Sally. “Table manners will gradual him down. ” “The silverware is Mrs. Thompson’s idea,” stated Sally. “She stated consuming with the arms is a shame. ” “Chester nonetheless has an opportunity if the pies are made with apples,” stated Encyclopedia. “Apple pie is his favourite. ” “They’re blueberry pies,” stated Sally. “Mrs. Thompson baked them herself. She acknowledged she didn’t wish somebody getting unwell. ” Encyclopedia observed Chester’s percentages fading because the boys crouched on the beginning line. “On your marks,” stated Mrs. Thompson. “Get set ... pass! ” Fifteen boys dashed for the tables. Chester bought off to a nasty begin. He used to be the final to arrive the pies, and he fumbled his knife and fork. After the 1st mouthful, even though, he settled down. He started to devour easily, exhibiting the shape which had received him final year’s contest. Knife and fork flashed like lightning. He overtook the opposite boys speedily. “He’s forward! ” screamed Sally. “Go, Chester! ” “Say,” acknowledged Encyclopedia, frowning. “I see just one of the Thompson twins. ” Sally checked out the pie eaters conscientiously. “You’re right,” she stated. “Which dual is lacking, Jimmy or Johnny? ” “Don’t ask me,” stated Encyclopedia. “I can’t inform them aside. Come on, Chester! ” Chester used to be consuming like a real champion. He used to be the 1st to complete either pies. He wiped his face and commenced at the half-mile direction. In a second he used to be misplaced at the back of the rows of tents. the second one boy to complete consuming was once the Thompson dual. He wiped his face, jumped from the desk, and sprinted after Chester. “Go, Chester ! pass! ” screamed Sally. 3 different boys accomplished their pies. yet they can now not run greater than ten toes. the remaining gave up on the desk. The race used to be among Chester and the dual! “Chester has a minute headstart,” whooped Sally. “There’s no one who can carry his pies like Chester! ” So it appeared as Chester ultimately staggered into view back, nonetheless major. prior to him stretched 100 yards of open floor to the end line.

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