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    13 Detective Book Series You Obsessed Over As A Kid

    Sorry, Sherlock. You've been replaced.

    How well did your inner sleuth solve the cases in these books?

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    1. Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

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    Yearling / amazon.com

    Synopsis: Young Nate solves crimes with the help of his trusty dog, Sludge.

    Year of First Publication: 1972

    Number of Books in Series: 26

    Fun Fact: There's a spin-off series featuring Nate's cousin, Olivia Sharp.

    2. Detective Dinosaur by James Skofield

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    HarperCollins / amazon.com

    Synopsis: Detective Dinosaur solves mini-crimes in these beginner-reader books.

    Year of First Publication: 1998

    Number of Books in Series: 3

    Fun Fact: In 2010, Detective Dinosaur Undercover won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award.

    3. Jigsaw Jones by James Preller

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    Sypnosis: Puzzling-loving Theodore "Jigsaw" Jones solves crimes revolving around his second-grade class.

    Year of First Publication: 1998

    Number of Books in Series: 32 in the original series

    Fun Fact: Originally, Jigsaw's name was Otis, not Theodore, as it appears in the series.

    4. A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy

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    Synopsis: Kid detectives Donald David "Dink" Duncan, Josh Pinto, and Ruth Rose Hathaway solve crimes in the fictional town of Green Lawn, Connecticut.

    Year of First Publication: 1997

    Number of Books in Series: 26 books in the original series

    Fun Fact: Roy was adamant about not including any violence in his work, and hoped to teach children to use their minds over their fists.

    5. Cam Jansen Mysteries by David A. Adler

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    Puffin Books / amazon.com

    Synopisis: Fifth grader Jennifer "Cam" Jansen uses her photographic memory to solve puzzling mysteries.

    Year of First Publication: 1980

    Number of Books in Series: 35 in the original series

    Fun Fact: In 2004, there was an off-Broadway play based on the series.

    6. Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol

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    Synopsis: Intelligent sleuth Leroy "Encyclopedia" Brown solves crimes using his vast array of knowledge.

    Year of First Publication: 1963

    Number of Books in Series: 29

    Fun Fact: The books spawned a short-lived TV show in the early '90s.

    7. Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus

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    Synopsis: Basil of Baker Street gets to the bottom of mysteries going on in the mouse community, which resides inside Sherlock Holmes' cellar.

    Year of First Publication: 1958

    Number of Books in Series: 5

    Fun Fact: Disney's The Great Mouse Detective is based on Titus' books.

    8. The Boxcar Children by Gerturde Chandler Warner

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    Albert Whitman & Company / amazon.com

    Synopsis: Four orphaned children solve mysteries while playing in a boxcar in their grandfather's backyard.

    Year of First Publication: 1924, but reissued in 1942

    Number of Books in Series: 139 in the original series — Warner only wrote the first 19 books, and the rest were written by various authors.

    Fun Fact: An animated movie was made in 2014, and included the voice talents of Martin Sheen and J.K. Simmons.

    9. Wishbone Mysteries by Various Authors

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    Synopsis: Wishbone helps his human friends solve mysteries happening in the fictional town of Oakdale.

    Year of First Publication: 1997

    Number of Books in Series: 20 in the original series

    Fun Fact: There were four Wishbone Super Mysteries that had longer page counts for older readers.

    10. The Baby-Sitters Club Mysteries by Ann M. Martin

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    Scholastic / amazon.com

    Synopsis: Members of the Baby-Sitters' Club must juggle school, their jobs, and mysteries that happen in the fictional town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut.

    Year of First Publication: 1991

    Number of Books in Series: 36 in the original series

    Fun Fact: Milton-Bradley made a Baby-Sitters' Club Mystery game in 1992.

    11. Sammy Keyes by Wendelin Van Draanen

    Random House

    Synopsis: Fiery and sassy Sammy solves crimes in her fictional town of Santa Martina, California, while living with her grandmother.

    Year of First Publication: 1998

    Number of Books in Series: 18

    Fun Fact: Van Draanen's first book in the series, Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief, won the Edgar award for Best Juvenile Mystery.

    12. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

    Simon & Schuster

    Synopsis: Teenage sleuth Nancy finds herself surrounded by numerous mysteries in the fictional town of River Heights.

    Year of First Publication: 1930

    Number of Books in Series: 175 in the original series

    Fun Fact: Carolyn Keene does not exist. The books were written by ghost writers, and the franchise was created by Edward Stratemeyer.

    13. The Hardy Boys by Frank W. Dixon

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    Synopsis: Teenage brothers Frank and Joe live with their mother and detective father, solving crimes in Bayport.

    Year of First Publication: 1927

    Number of Books in Series: 58 in the original series

    Fun Fact: Franklin W. Dixon also doesn't exist. He's another pseudonym crafted by Edward Stratemeyer for what's now Simon and Schuster publishing.

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