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SAXBY SMART, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, BOOK 1 by Simon Cheshire

SAXBY SMART, PRIVATE DETECTIVE, BOOK 1

The Curse of the Ancient Mask and Other Case Files

By Simon Cheshire (Author) , R.W. Alley (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 12

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59643-474-5
Publisher: Roaring Brook

Saxby Doyle Christie Chandler Ellin Allan Smart wants to be a detective as good as the greats. Even though he’s only ten years old, he is observant and adept at using deductive reasoning. In the first of three “case files,” the tale of the Ancient Mask, Saxby, with the help of his friend Izzy, discovers that the mask’s real curse is a case of competitive sabotage. The second case file is a thinly disguised examination of human motivations and the effect of scare tactics as Saxby uncovers the secret behind the appearance of purple goo on his classmates’ projects. In the third mystery, Saxby sets out to find the thief of a valuable coat clasp. His progress is slowed by false suspects, but Saxby learns that it’s all really a case of bad attitude. The stories are liberally illustrated with Alley’s homey sketches plus representations of Saxby’s notebooks. While each short mystery is involving, the distinguishing aspect of this series opener is Saxby’s enthusiastic invitations to readers to participate in the sleuthing. A solid successor to Encyclopedia Brown. (Mystery. 7-12)