Donald J. Sobol

Since 1963, generations of children have pored over the adventures of boy detective Encyclopedia Brown, who solves neighborhood mysteries for 25 a day and outsmarts meddlers with help from his tomboy sidekick Sally. Brown is "the boy I wanted to be--doing the things I wanted to read about but could not find in any book when I was 10," said the author, Donald J. Sobol, who died on July 11 at 87. He kept readers engaged by leaving a trail of clues while not explaining the whodunit; readers try to solve the mystery themselves, then flip to the back to check...

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