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. The Foolproof Burglar Alarm. The Sure Shot Paper Slinger. The Portable Fire Escape. Alvin Fernald invented them all. His brainÆs working a mile a minuteùjust ask his best friend, Shoie, or his little sister, the Pest. But even Alvin needs to think twice around the old Huntley place. ItÆs like something out of a horror movieùespecially because no oneÆs seen Mrs. Huntley in days. Can Alvin and his inventions crack the case?