We wrote some mysteries about En. Brown and his detective service. We
hope you enjoy reading them. We had fun writing the stories.
Sally's Lost Glove
Sally left her baseball and money at Jim's house. She for got all about it. Next day she found the glove and money and went to a KISS concert. By Paul
Susan M. Clarke of the Boston Clarkes sent me this. It is from when she was in fourth grade and everyone had to write an Encyclopedia Brown story. The teacher mimeographed the stories and everyone got a copy! (Mmm, that smell!)
In Sally's Lost Glove, Paul writes of great loss, great apathy and great joy and does so in three concise sentences. The work serves as a glimpse into a simpler time– a time when fourth graders had little more to worry about than a lost baseball glove and a huge rock concert. Sally is worried about neither: "she for got all about it."
The character Jim has puzzled Encyclopedia Brown scholars for many years. This writer believes that Paul may not have been able to spell Encyclopedia and did not adopt the practice of other Brown biographers of his time who used the more colloquial Enc Brown, Ency Brown or En Brown. Had this not been the case, Sally might have chanced to lose her glove at Enc's house, which would have made for quite a different mystery indeed!
Made possible by a grant from the Susan M. Clarke Foundation. Boston, Mass 02134.