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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 Priceùand, now, a new generation of readers. When Alvin and Shoie find a secret message, they first try to break the code themselves. Then, they visit a man who knows more about codes and ciphers than anyone in town: Mr. Link, a former spy. He teaches themùand readersùhow to be ace decoders. Soon theyÆre using...
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Overview

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 Priceùand, now, a new generation of readers. When Alvin and Shoie find a secret message, they first try to break the code themselves. Then, they visit a man who knows more about codes and ciphers than anyone in town: Mr. Link, a former spy. He teaches themùand readersùhow to be ace decoders. Soon theyÆre using their skill to solve a dangerous mystery! Clifford B. Hicks originally wrote the Alvin Fernald stories for and about his three sons. The books were the basis of two Disney television specials. Clifford Hicks and his wife live in Brevard, North Carolina.

Twelve-year-old Alvin and his best friend Shoie use their knowledge of codes and ciphers to solve a dangerous mystery.

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Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Alvin, AKA the "Magnificent Brain," is convinced the scrap of paper he has found contains a secret message written by a spy. He and his friend visit Mr. Link, who knows all about secret codes. Alvin and his buddies learn all about codes and ciphers from Mr. Link, knowledge that becomes invaluable when an important secret message does appear in town. The book was originally released in 1963, which is occasionally intrusive-for example, Alvin uses his code-cracking skill to discover the wholesale price of a "hi-fi set," something today's youth may only know from museums. Most of the text is timeless, and I suspect many readers will quickly invent their own codes and ciphers based on the material presented. The intergenerational friendship between Mr. Link and the children is welcome. 1998 (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141300559
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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