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The Edison Mystery

The Edison Mystery

Qwerty Stevens, Back in Time

Illustrated by: John Ward
For Ages: 9 - 13
Robert Edwards Stevens, nicknamed "Qwerty," likes digging in his backyard when he's in a bad mood. He doesn't dig for anything special -- he just digs to get his mind off things. One day, when he's really angry and has a lot on his mind, he starts digging...and THUNK! He hits something, a wooden box with a famous signature:
Thomas A. Edison
Is this a phonograph created by the famous inventor himself? Or is it something even more incredible -- something that could take Qwerty right to Thomas Edison's doorstep? Get ready for one remarkable time-travel adventure!
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 208 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780689841255 | 
  • December 2002 | 
  • Grades 4 - 6
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Personal Notes of author Dan Gutman

Author of THE CHRISTMAS GENIE, Dan Gutman, offers an inside look at his life.

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Chapter 1: The Box

Qwerty Stevens found the box at four o'clock in the afternoon on October 18. He would always remember the date because it was the day after his thirteenth birthday.

He found the box right after he'd had another one of those arguments with his mother. She said he had gone over to Joey Dvorak's house without getting permission first. He said he had asked for permission. She said "maybe" did not mean "yes."

He said, she said. The next thing anybody knew, Qwerty's mother was saying that he was grounded.

Mrs. Stevens wasn't mean. She just seemed mean sometimes. It was hard for her,... see more

About the Author

Dan Gutman
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Dan Gutman

Dan Gutman hated to read when he was a kid, then he grew up. Now he writes cool books like The Kid Who Ran for President, Honus & Me, The Million Dollar Shot, Race for the Sky, and The Edison Mystery: Qwerty Stevens, Back in Time. If you want to learn more about Dan or his books, stop by his Web site:




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