The Curse of the Ancient Mask and Other Case Files

Saxby Smart, Private Detective: Book 1

Saxby Smart, Private Detective (Volume 1)

Simon Cheshire, illustrated by R.W. Alley

Roaring Brook Press

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Solve It With Saxby, a new series aimed at unraveling the mystery of getting boys excited about reading.

Saxby Smart is no ordinary ten-year-old. He's the best detective in the world, or at least the best one who also happens to be in elementary school. In this brand new series--with three cases in each book--the reader solves the mystery alongside Saxby, getting peeks at pages of his casebook as the crimes unfold, and searching for clues rather than letting the main character do all the work and have all the fun.

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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


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About the Author

Simon Cheshire, illustrated by R.W. Alley

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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The Curse of the Ancient Mask and Other Case Files
Saxby Smart, Private Detective: Book 1
Simon Cheshire, illustrated by R.W. Alley

Hardcover

Hardcover
Roaring Brook Press
April 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781596434745
ISBN10: 1596434740
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 7 5/8 inches, 176 pages, Includes black-and-white line art
Age Range: 8 to 11
Grade Range: 3 to 6
$14.95

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
April 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312659394
ISBN10: 0312659393
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 192 pages, black-and-white illustrations thoroughout
Age Range: 8 to 11
Grade Range: 3 to 6
$6.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Roaring Brook Press
April 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429959780
ISBN10: 1429959789
Middle-Grade Fiction176 pages
Age Range: 8 to 11
Grade Range: 3 to 6
$4.98
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