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About the Author

Ron Roy was born in Hartford, Connecticut on April 29, 1940. After high school, he joined the Navy for two years. He received a Bachelor's degree in literature from the University of Connecticut and a Masters degree in teaching from the University of Hartford. He was an elementary school teacher show more for numerous years. His first children's book, A Thousand Pails of Water, was published in 1978. Soon afterwards, he stopped teaching and became a full-time writer, but he still visits schools around the country. He is the author of the A to Z Mysteries series, the Capital Mysteries series, and the Calendar Mysteries series. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Includes the names: Ron Ray, Ron Roy, Ron Roy, Ronald Roy


Works by Ron Roy

The Unwilling Umpire (2004) 1,312 copies
January Joker (2009) 915 copies
October Ogre (2013) 537 copies
September Sneakers (2013) 522 copies
May Magic (2011) 432 copies
A Spy in the White House (2004) 419 copies
June Jam (2011) 398 copies
New Year's Eve Thieves (2014) 342 copies
The New Year Dragon Dilemma (2011) 296 copies
July Jitters (2012) 280 copies
Kidnapped at the Capital (2002) 258 copies
The Castle Crime (2014) 240 copies
August Acrobat (2012) 226 copies
Three Ducks Went Wandering (1800) 217 copies
Operation Orca (2015) 197 copies
Fireworks at the FBI (2006) 143 copies
The Election-Day Disaster (2008) 138 copies
Who Broke Lincoln's Thumb? (2005) 134 copies
Secret Admirer (2015) 108 copies
Trouble at the Treasury (2006) 97 copies
April Fools' Fiasco (2017) 66 copies
A to Z Mysteries: Books A-D (2003) 63 copies
The Ghost at Camp David (2010) 62 copies
Trapped on the D.C. Train! (2011) 52 copies
Grand Canyon Grab (2019) 52 copies
Space Shuttle Scam (2020) 46 copies
Where's Buddy (1982) 43 copies
Whose Hat Is That? (1656) 36 copies
A to Z Mysteries: Books A-H (2008) 34 copies
A to Z Mysteries: Books A-C (2003) 27 copies
A to Z Mysteries: Books I-P (2001) 26 copies
Whose Shoes are These? (1988) 21 copies
The Shadow in the Pond (1980) 20 copies
A to Z Mysteries: Books Q-Z (2008) 19 copies
The Chimpanzee Kid: A Novel (1985) 16 copies
A to Z Mysteries: Books D-G (2003) 11 copies
A to Z Mysteries: Books S-V (2010) 10 copies
A Thousand Pails of Water (1978) 10 copies
Breakfast With My Father (1980) 9 copies
Million Dollar Jeans (1983) 8 copies
Avalanche (1981) 6 copies
Nightmare Island (1981) 5 copies
Old tiger, new tiger (1978) 4 copies
I Am a Thief (1982) 2 copies
Etranges disparitions (2014) 1 copy
The Great Frog Swap (1981) 1 copy


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Places of residence
Hartford, Connecticut, USA (birth)



hcs_admin | 1 other review | Jan 22, 2024 |
One of my reading goals is to pick up my old faves and relive the nostalgia of my youth. I was made fun of for being a reader when I was the age this book was geared towards, so why not have the fun now that I wasn't allowed as a kid?

A to Z Mysteries was a series I desperately wanted to read, but I often got scared out of because of the bullies at my school threatening me. But now? I'm free!

The Vampire's Vacation is an absolute delight. It made me smile, want to giggle, and I was very curious how a vampire was in this little town! The plot is an absolute delight and I can see why young middle grade readers would enjoy this book. It's fast paced, easy to read, and completely imaginable. I could see something funny like this happening in my little town.

Four out of five stars!
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Briars_Reviews | 4 other reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
Detective Camp is another great addition to the A to Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy.

I found that this book didn't live up to the previous ones I'd read, but I can easily see middle graders loving it. The mystery is set at camp this time and there's lots of drama and goofy camp stories/songs to go around.

I didn't like the mystery as much. Normally I find there's many ways the story can go and it leaves you guessing, but this one fell a little flat for me. It seemed obvious what was going on from the get go. Either way, it's still a fun ride and middle graders will love it.

Two out of five stars.
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Briars_Reviews | 9 other reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
I was seeking something easy and nostalgic to read with all the nonsense in the world right now, so why not jump back into some sweet middle grade reads I used to binge as a kid? A to Z Mysteries felt like just the book - it'll be easy, have a nice mystery and remind me of my school years.

I thoroughly loved these books as a kid and I still enjoy them. There are little twists and turns that you don't necessarily expect but are so good. They make you question what's going on the entire time and then give you a very reasonable ending. I really enjoyed The Bald Bandit since there was many ways the story could have gone. It set it up so you could have a good guess about what might happen but not be entirely sure until you got enough information (much like the little detectives we have in the story).

I highly recommend picking this book up if you're looking for a light chapter book for young readers. It's fun! It also has some pictures if you pick up the right edition!

Four out of five stars.
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Briars_Reviews | 8 other reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |



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