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My name is Saxby Smart, and I’m a private detective. I go to St. Egbert’s School, my office is in the toolshed, and these are my case files. Unlike some detectives, I don’t have a sidekick, so that part I’m leaving up to you—pay attention, I’ll ask questions.
My full name is Saxby Doyle Christie Chandler Ellin Allan Smart. Yes, believe it or not, I’m named after all of my dad’s favorite crime writers. The Allan is from Edgar Allan Poe.
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“The books give children the opportunity to solve the mystery or crime along with Saxby. He asks questions of readers, focusing on important clues or deductions and giving them a chance to follow his thought processes before continuing with the story. Young mystery fans will enjoy tagging along with him.” — School Library Journal“The reader-as-sidekick device works splendidly: Saxby’s scrawlings offer a window into his problem solving and invite the reader to do the same, and all three cases have some nice twists and less-than-obvious outcomes, requiring an element of deductive reasoning.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books“Saxby’s resourceful tactics and comedic overstatements will keep kids entertained; his classmates, excerpts from Saxby’s notebook and Alley’s cheery b&w line art further enliven these mysteries.” —Publishers Weekly“After reading this well-paced and sometimes funny first-person narrative, young mystery fans will be looking for the second volume in the Saxby Smart Private Detective series.” —Booklist“While each short mystery is involving, the distinguishing aspect of this series opener is Saxby’s enthusiastic invitations to readers to participate in sleuthing.” —Kirkus Reviews
SIMON CHESHIRE lives in Warwick, England. R.W. ALLEY is best known for "Paddington Bear" but has published more than 70 books with his wife Zoe. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island.
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