These books tell the story of Leroy “Encyclopedia” Brown, a young boy with a powerful brain and a photographic memory. This kid genius puts his skills to use as a private detective serving the good people in his town of Idaville. His father works as the local police chief, so Leroy routinely becomes involved with local crimes as well as disputes between his school friends. No case is too big, too small, or too hard for this kid detective!
There are almost thirty books in this series, but each one stands alone so you don’t have to worry about reading them in order. Also, the books themselves are collections of short stories which all feature clues and open endings. The best part about these books is how they let you read each story as you try to figure out the puzzle right alongside Encyclopedia Brown! Of course, if you’re like me and you always get stumped by mysteries, you can always find the solution for each story at the end of the book!
For a small town, it seems like Idaville always has a lot going on. I really appreciated how the setting was completely fictional, so you were free to imagine that mysteries like these could actually be happening in your own town. Have you ever thought that the town where you live might make a good setting for a story? Are there any people you know who have special talents like Encyclopedia Brown’s great brain?