Saxby Smart happened to drop by Bookbabblers this week and give us a little insight into his world….
My name is Saxby Smart, and I solve crimes. I go to St.Egbert’s School, my Crime HQ is in the garden shed, and I’ve written down 24 of my casefiles, which have been published in a series of 8 books.
To be totally honest, I’m not much good at practical things: when I do one of those plastic model kits I normally end up glued to a chair. Or next door’s dog. And at school my worst enemy is Maths. Can’t see the point. However, when it comes to being a detective, I’m pretty good. I mean, I make Sherlock Holmes look like a tortoise that’s just had its brain removed and replaced with a peanut. Seriously.
The thing is, unlike Sherlock Holmes, I don’t have a sidekick. I don’t have a Watson. That part, I leave up to YOU. Every now and again in my casefiles, the story stops and I’ll ask you a question. So pay attention!
I do have a couple of friends at school who help me out here and there. Isobel ‘Izzy’ Moustique is the girliest girl I know – all brightly coloured jeggings and glittery rings – and she’s also St.Egbert’s resident Queen Of All Knowledge. If I need something finding out, I go to Izzy. She’s a genius.
There’s also George ‘Muddy’ Whitehouse. We call him Muddy because he’s filthy. Oil stains, food stains, the lot, he’s a walking rubbish tip. He’s also the school’s Mr Fixit. If you want any top-notch gadgets to use in detective-type investigations, he’s the guy to see.
The latest volume of my casefiles is called “Secret Of The Skull”, and has a rather snazzy silvery cover. If you’re walking past a bookshop, and you’re dazzled by something reflective with a skull on it, that’ll be my book. Inside, you’ll find three mind-mangling mysteries, plus plenty of those questions I told you about earlier.
Right now, I’m just finishing off “Saxby Smart’s Detective Handbook”, which is all about real-life crimes and detection, and how you can be a brilliant schoolboy detective yourself. Or schoolgirl, of course. Anyway, look out for that in the Autumn.
Mrs Penzler’s class, St.Egbert’s School