The Father Brown Reader by G.K. Chesterton (adapted by Nancy Carpentier Brown) written for ages 9-12 | recommended published in 2007 | Hillside Education | 147 pages
Fr. Brown is the most unlikely of detectives in these adaptations of Chesterton's mystery books. Four of the mysteries in the Fr. Brown series are included in this reader: The Blue Cross, The Strange Feet, The Flying Stars and The Absence of Mr. Glass.
Fr. Brown's perception and quick wits assist him as he outsmarts the clever criminals who evade local authorities. While I usually do not appreciate children's versions of adult literature, I could not help but be amused by this humble priest who has a knack for details and for understanding human nature. Its short and suspenseful chapters make this a great book for reluctant readers.
Jennifer Minicus is a mother and teacher living in Ridgewood, NJ.
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