Young Adult Detective Bookfilter
February 13, 2014 10:09 PM Subscribe
Need help identifying a book from childhood.
posted by Ham Snadwich to Writing & Language (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My wife and I are compiling a list of all the books we enjoyed as children so we can pick up copies when we see them in used book stores. The ultimate goal being to have the books we liked for our daughter to read.
We were discussing the pre-teen/teen detective genre, and I had a vague recollection of a book I liked, but couldn't remember the title. Here's what I remember:
1. The main character was a teenage boy that was living with relatives for the summer, or at least non-permanently.
2. It was sort of Encyclopedia Brown-ish in the sense that he sets up a business in the barn solving problems. I distinctly remember his sign advertising "Pure and Applied Science". I don't recall any real crime stories, mostly people hiring the kid to find missing items or something similar and him using general scientific knowledge to solve the problem.
3. There was one story where the main character gets a bloody nose and lies down outside to wait for it to stop and is mistaken for a dead body.
4. It seemed like it was either written or set in the 50s or 60s.
5. It's not Encyclopedia Brown, the Great Brain, the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. I think there was more than one book featuring the same characters, but only maybe two or three.