The Alvin Fernald books have delighted children for close to forty years. These funny, fast-paced mysteries featuring inventor and ace detective Alvin are just right for fans of Encyclopedia Brown and Homer Price--and, now, a new generation of readers. The Foolproof Burglar Alarm. The Sure Shot Paper Slinger. The Portable Fire Escape. Alvin Fernald invented them all. His brain's working a mile a minute--just ask his best friend, Shoie, or his little sister, the Pest. But even Alvin needs to think twice around the old Huntley place. It's like something out of a horror movie--especially because no one's seen Mrs. Huntley in days. Can Alvin and his inventions crack the case?
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The entertaining Alvin Fernald series, about a middle-schooler with a 'Magnificent Brain,' were written by an editor of the magazine Popular Mechanics who really knew his stuff. Kudos to Purple House Press for reissuing them for today's young inventors. -- --Joshua Glenn, coauthor of the UNBORED books
Starred review. Twelve-year-old Alvin is something of an oddity to his neighbors in the small mid-western town in which he lives. A dedicated inventor, Alvin has a way of making things work, sometimes to the menace of people and property. His eight-year-old sister, 'the Pest', adores him, and together they set out to employ some of Alvin's inventions while trying to uncover a crime and the criminals. The victim, a kindly old woman, is immensely grateful to Alvin's mechanical ability when she is saved from a plot instigated by a ne'er do-well nephew, by one of Alvin's most intricate devices. There is no doubt that he has cut the corners of well-defined child deportment, but with his characteristic good will and intelligence, he emerges a town hero. A funny book which contains the elements of a mystery, picaresque adventure, and science fiction. --Kirkus, March 1960
First published in the 1960s, these two mysteries feature a boy inventor. In the first book, Alvin uses a periscope to search out a missing neighbor; in the second, he learns about decoding and uncovers a mystery involving a hostage and buried treasure. Ages 8-12.
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Book Description Henry Holt & Company, Inc., 1960. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Charles Geer (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0030898935