Sly the Sleuth – Mystery Series, were created by Donna Jo Napoli and Robert Furrow. They introduce us to a delightful young girl who is also spunky and fun. Your young children will like the ten-years-old character and her friends. They will enjoy solving the mysteries with the girl sleuth (detective). Her cat named Taxi is a great helper. And of course, her next door neighbor, Brian, is a handful. He is just like the boy next door who is always getting into interesting circumstances.
Sly is short for Sylvia. She is an amateur detective. Sleuth for Hire is the name of her agency. Taxi is her cat and assistant. This pair uses their wits and reasoning to solve their friends and neighbors’ problems.
The Sly the Sleuth series contains three mystery stories in each book. These enjoyable stories are early reader chapter books. This type of book helps a child make the transition from picture to chapter books. Illustrations give the children some visual clues to the story's action.
Sly the Sleuth and the Pet Book is the first in the series. Sly opens her Sleuth for Hire agency. In this book, she solves her neighbors and friends’ problems even though she is a busy girl with school and chores, too. The Beta fish mystery is known as the Wish Fish mystery.
Sports play a prominent role in Sly the Sleuth and the Sports Mysteries. Do your children enjoy sports? – if so, they will enjoy these mysteries? This book’s three mysteries deal with soccer, ballet, swimming and basketball.
Sly the Sleuth and the Food Mysteries deals with food. These people food mysteries are intriguing. Sly the capable sleuth gets to the bottom of the problems.
In Sly the Sleuth and the Code Mysteries we find Sly and her cat, Taxi back in action. Someone needs help decoding codes, and who better can solve these problems?
The Sly the Sleuth Mystery series is appropriate for children six-years-old and older. The characters are believable and children enjoy reading about them and placing themselves in the mysteries. The chapters are short and easy to read. First try out a few books at the library. Read the book with the child and check reading comprehension, then be prepared for them to ask for the others.
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Note: Sly the Sleuth books are from the public library.