Georges has a lot going on. His Dad lost his job and his Mom has started working extra shifts at the hospital. His family had to sell their house and move into an apartment. New apartment. New School. New friends. (If he can find any.)
When Georges and his Dad see a note in the basement laundry room that says, “Spy Club Meeting — TODAY,” they laugh. How dumb. What good does it do you if don’t know the TIME of the meeting?
So Georges’ Dad writes underneath “What time?” Later, when Georges returns to the basement to get rid of some boxes he sees that someone has written “1:30?,” so Georges adds “OK.”
This mysterious conversation with unknown persons is the beginning of an unusual friendship between Georges and two kids who live in his building: Safer and his sister Candy. Safer is the eyes and ears of the apartment building. He knows stuff. Like how weird Mr. X is and how the Spy Club needs to find out exactly what he’s up to.
Why does Safer suspect Mr. X and how does he know so much about what goes on in the building? Georges is about to find out. As Safer reveals more and more about his techniques Georges has a diffiult time figuring out when what they are doing is real, or a game. Poking around in people’s business can be tricky, and awkward….and dangerous! And sometimes the REAL mystery isn’t what you were investigating at all. Author: Rebecca Stead
Also by Rebecca Stead, the Newbery Award winning When You Reach Me. Also try some of these other books about kids digging around, solving mysteries right in their own life. You don’t have to go far to find a mystery to solve:
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Donald Sobol, the author of the Encyclopedia Brown books, died July 11th. He was 87.
If you like mysteries you should give Encyclopedia Brown a try. His real name is Leroy Brown. He is 10 years old and he is a detective in his hometown of Idaville, Florida. His partner is Sally Kimble, who is tough and brave, which is a nice kind of partner to have.
I always liked these books because the solution to the mystery is at the back of the book, so you can try to follow the clues and figure it out, just like Encyclopedia Brown.
There are a bunch of them…and one more…in honor of the 50th anniversary of the series, and now, to honor Mr. Sobol, Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Soccer Scheme, will come out in October, 2012.
New York Times: Donald Sobol, Creator of Encyclopedia Brown, Dies at 87
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- Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
- Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch
- Encyclopedia Brown Finds the Clues
- Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man
- Encyclopedia Brown Solves Them All
- Encyclopedia Brown Keeps the Peace
- Encyclopedia Brown Saves the Day
- Encyclopedia Brown Tracks Them Down
- Encyclopedia Brown Shows the Way
- Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Case
- Encyclopedia Brown Lends a Hand
- Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Dead Eagles
- Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Midnight Visitor
- Encyclopedia Brown Carries On
- Encyclopedia Brown Sets the Pace
- Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Cake
- Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Mysterious Handprint
- Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Treasure Hunt
- Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Disgusting Sneakers
- Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Two Spies
- Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of Pablo’s Nose
- Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Sleeping Dog
- Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Slippery Salamander
- Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Jumping Frogs
- Encyclopedia Brown Cracks the Case
- Encyclopedia Brown, Super Sleuth
- Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret UFO
- Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Carnival Crime
Sixth grader Mo…A+ student, fry cook, best friend to Dale, arch enemy of Anna Celeste, kid to the Colonel and Miss Lana…turns detective when her town’s least likable citizen turns up dead. Who would want to kill Jesse Tatum? It’s true that nobody liked him much, but kill him? It can’t be anyone in Tupelo Landing can it?
A hot shot city detective shows up and ratchets up the anxiety by asking a lot of uncomfortable questions. Questions that start to point to the Colonel, and even Dale, who’s just a kid!
Starr studied us for one cold, flat minute. “Don’t leave town,” he told the Colonel. Then he nodded to me and headed for the door. We watched him climb into his Impala. “He’s going to be trouble,” the Colonel said, unplugging the jukebox. “Yes, sir,” I said, thinking of Dale. “If you ask me, he already is.” (page 84-85)
That slick Detective Joe Starr might have a cell phone and a computer but Mo has something he hasn’t got…the Cousin Information Network..and as long as she’s got good enough stuff to make a trade, she can find out everything she needs to know about Jesse Tatum, his girlfriend & his dead cousin. It’s all about who you know and Mo knows everyone…she just doesn’t know everything…can she figure it all out before the murderer strikes again? Author: Sheila Turnage
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|If you like reading about Mo and her detecting that revealed hidden information about mysterious happenings as well as information about her own family and herself…try one of these:
Just like books #1-3, this one doesn’t have any chapters in it. It’s a collection of letters and notes with a few newspaper articles thrown in here and there. You have to figure out who is who and what is going on by reading the letters the characters write to each other and by reading the newspaper articles that report the strange happenings at 43 Old Cemetery Road.
One thing I don’t like in books is when an author TELLS me what a character is thinking. I want them to SHOW me the character by having the character say or do things that reveal who that character is. This book is GREAT for that because the author as a narrator is absent. All you read are texts and letters from the characters to each other. There is no chance for anybody else, like a narrator, to get in the way!
This time around Olive is determined to keep letter writing alive. She loves getting fan mail about the books she writes with Iggy and Seymour. She is suspicious of cell phones in particular and is not happy at all that the post office in Ghastly is going to close. When threatening fan letters begin to arrive with the return address of a post office box at the Ghastly post office Iggy is concerned…and when more alive, becomes determined to find out who is behind the letters before Olive gets hurt. (Can a ghost get hurt?!) Love this one too although #1 is still my favorite.
Author: Kate and Sarah Klise
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|All of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series books are original and funny. You might especially like reading Book #1, Dying to Meet You, that way you can find out how Iggy, Olive and Seymour became a family in the first place. When you get done with these, try Billy Bones – he’s another ghost in hiding with a fun family.