Title: The Case of the Dead EaglesEncyclopedia Brown #12
Author: Donald J. Sobol
Illustrator: Leonard Shortall
Pages: 96
Reading Level: 9-12
Star Rating: ★★

Encyclopedia Brown returns!

The Stories.

  • The Case of the Dead Eagles. While out camping, Encyclopedia and Charlie Stewart heard a gunshot. When they went to investigate, they discovered a dead golden eagle. Who could have killed this legally protected bird?
  • The Case of the Hypnotism Lesson. Dave Foster has a case for Encyclopedia. Bugs Meany charged him one whole dollar to learn how to hypnotize a lobster – and now Dave is convinced the lesson was a fake. But can Encyclopedia prove Dave’s suspicions?
  • The Case of the Parking Meters. Bugs Meany has accused Encyclopedia and Sally of tampering with parking meters. Can Encyclopedia prove that he and Sally had nothing to do with this event?
  • The Case of the Hidden Will. Brandon King, owner of a large lumberyard, recently died, leaving his will hidden. Can Encyclopedia ferret out its hiding spot?
  • The Case of the Mysterious Thief. While Encyclopedia and Sally are waiting for their pizza and rootbeers to be served at Mario’s Restaurant, a scream erupts from the rear of the restaurant. It seems a woman has been robbed! But who had the opportunity to steal from her? Sally thinks she knows…
  • The Case of the Old Calendars. Big Butch Mulligan is in a fight with Bugs Meany – and all of Bugs’ Tigers! It seems that both Bugs and Butch are trying to claim a set of calendars from Idaville’s last math teacher. Can Encyclopedia prove that Bugs is at his wily schemes again?
  • The Case of Lightfoot Louie. Thad Dixon needs Encyclopedia’s help. It is Thad’s job to qualify worms for the statewide worm race, and he’s pretty sure that Hoager Dempsey will try to falsify his worm, Lightfoot Louie’s, results. Will Encyclopedia come along to mediate?
  • The Case of the Broken Window. A valuable stamp has been stolen from John Hall’s home. Because it occurred during a party, no one can pinpoint the exact time of the theft or who may or may not have had time to commit the burglary. Can Encyclopedia and Chief Brown deduce the thief from the scene of the crime?
  • The Case of the Gasoline Pill. Wilford Wiggins is at it again – promising to make the kids rich through investment, but actually planning to steal their money. Can Encyclopedia prove why the latest scheme is a fraud?
  • The Case of the Pantry Door. Someone has stolen money from Hilda Deaderick right from under Encyclopedia’s very nose! Can Encyclopedia solve the case and save his reputation?


I’ve said before that there are the three recurring themes in the Encyclopedia Brown series. True to form, they made their appearance here in The Case of the Dead Eagles.

1)      Encyclopedia’s father, Chief Brown brings home all of his most difficult cases home for Encyclopedia to solve because he’s so much smarter than all adults.

2)      Sally Kimball is described not only as the prettiest girl in fifth grade, but also as the best fighter. She punches out boys whenever she feels they deserve it.

3)      Children call each other names and get into shouting matches.

Encyclopedia enters into a second amendment debate and argues for stricter gun control.

‘Gosh’ is used twice.

Conclusion. While perhaps not the most constructive way for children to be investing their time, Encyclopedia Brown: The Case of the Dead Eagles is not evil and will sharpen younger readers’ skills of analysis and observation of details.

Note: This is a review of Encyclopedia Brown: The Case of the Dead Eagles, not the entire Encyclopedia Brown Series.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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