Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Saxby Smart, Private Detective

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. With the help of his Thinking Chair and his two best friends, Saxby proves that age makes no difference when it comes to saving the day. In these children's mystery novels, 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.

Books in this Series

The Pirate's Blood and Other Case Files
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The Pirate's Blood and Other Case Files

Saxby Smart, Private Detective (Volume 3)
Simon Cheshire, illustrated by R.W. Alley
Roaring Brook Press

In this third volume of the Saxby Smart: Private Detective series, Saxby solves three more daunting cases: The Pirate's Blood, The Mystery of Mary Rogers, and The Lunchbox of Notre Dame. With the...

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The Curse of the Ancient Mask and Other Case Files
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The Curse of the Ancient Mask and Other Case Files

Saxby Smart, Private Detective (Volume 1)
Simon Cheshire, illustrated by R.W. Alley
Square Fish

Saxby Smart, boy detective extraordinaire, tackles three mysterious cases in this exciting series where the reader solves the cases, too.

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About the author

Simon Cheshire

Simon Cheshire is the author of numerous books for children, including the second Saxby Smart book The Treasure of Dead Man’s Lane and Other Case Files. He lives in Warwick, England.

R. W. Alley

My parents saved everything, so I know that I began drawing sometime around age two. I haven't paused since. In fact, my drawings now and my drawings then bear a rather strong resemblance. I have gotten slightly better at hands, but horses remain a problem. For an only child, growing up in New York, Texas, South Carolina and finally for most of the time in Annapolis, Maryland, drawing was fine self-entertainment. Then, as now, I have always enjoyed most making pictures that illustrate a story rather than hang on a wall. Today I live in Barrington, Rhode Island with the lovely Zoë B. Alley, author, wife and mother of our two clever children, Cassandra and Max.
I make my pictures in a studio that has a rolling ladder, more books than I can count and many tubes of half-used, rock-hard paint. For the last ten years one of my big projects has been to illustrate new and old stories of Paddington Bear. I have also made pictures for over one hundred other books since I started doing all this right out of college in 1979. I didn't go to art school, but received a BA in Art History from Haverford College and then spent four years as a staff artist at several greeting card companies. Since then, I have spent my working time in my slippers trying to avoid illustrating stories with horses.