Mysteries are hard to find, let alone solve. That’s what 11-year-old Stuart Tennemeier, his best friend Brian, and his sister Violet find out when they start the EMU Club. But when they look really closely at the everyday mysteries all around them, they discover some amazing adventures.
Using Stuart’s tools below, you, too, can start your own mystery club…or any kind of club…and have some amazing adventures of your own!
My name is Stuart Tennemeier, and I'm the President of the EMU Club (Exploration-Mystery-Unbelievable Club). This is my report of our second mission.
Once you've solved one great mystery involving alien cats and a robotic dog, how do you find a second one that is just as awesome to solve? Not huge crimes or weird stuff, but everyday mysteries that happen to everyone, like why does time seem to pass more slowly right before school ends? And at other times, like when you're watching your favorite TV show it seems to pass really quickly?
There are tons of little mysteries all around us. Sometimes if you look really, really, closely at them, you find out some amazing, incredible things. And you just might save the world.
Let’s get your new club started by (preferably) setting off a huge explosion behind you while you walk in slow motion toward us. Ready? Oh ... well, it looks like we can’t do that right now. Something to do with “fire hazards.” So, how do you start your own club for solving mysteries (or for anything at all!)? Let’s start by creating your very own, very official certificate:
Nice! Judging by how well you filled out that certificate, it looks like your club is going to be a most excellent addition to the proud and mighty EMU Club Network of Awesome Clubs! Now that you're officially official (or, even if you haven’t done the certificate yet), let's get you some gear. Click here to download your Official Mystery Notes notebook! It's all the rage with our members. Like . . . they seriously love it. Can't get enough of it.
Great! Now that we got YOU all outfitted for an EMU Club-affiliated club, let's give your COMPUTER some official EMU gear!
( . . . assuming you didn't melt your computer with a laser beam already.) How about some screensavers?
Okay, so let's recap:
1. You’re officially official (congrats)!
2. You’re equipped with your notes notebook (excellent job)!
Now, let’s start solving some mysteries! Below are the case files you could get started on right now!
We love weird, crazy mysteries and questions here, so if you have any questions for us or any mysteries you'd like us to look into, just write our headquarters and ask!
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Whoa. Wait up. Did I not introduce you to the founding EMU Club members?
My mistake! Time to meet the team:
Stuart Tennemeir, President
Eleven years old. A born leader.
Career Goal: The first Major League starting shortstop to be elected president . . . of the world. And an astronaut, in my spare time. I'm a little short for my age, but I'm planning on a huge growth spurt in college.
Brian Hrznicz, C.E.O.
Eleven years old
Brian is my best friend, so I'm allowed to say that he is one weird dude. He's super-smart, but he's nutty. Like he has to wash his hands all the time. But when things get freaky (and they do, you'll see!), Brian is always totally cool and almost never gets scared.
Violet Tennemeier, no title.
Eight years old
Violet is my sister, and I haven’t given her a title, but she doesn’t seem to even care. She is the EMU Club’s official photographer, which means she takes all the pictures. She’s just my little sister, but even I have to admit she does some pretty amazing stuff. (Again... you’ll see!)
Ferdinand, Sergeant at Arms
Ferdinand is not taking questions at this time.
We had to have a compromise because I wanted to call it the Mystery Club, Brian wanted to call it the Exploration Club and Violet wanted to call it the Unbelievable Club. We combined all the letters to get the EMU Club. Sometimes as President and Unquestioned Leader, I have to let my underlings have a say in these kinds of things. But now I'm glad it's called the EMU Club, because an emu is a huge bird that lives in Australia and is totally cool.
I'm a little afraid, but I'm also really excited because I love to figure out mysteries and solve big problems! Mostly I'm afraid Stuart will hog all the credit and make it seem like he's the big hero when he writes his reports!!
I had NO CHOICE in letting my little sister Violet in my club. My mom made me do it. But it worked out great because I gave her a job (she's the photographer) and that kept her busy. Plus every now and then, she does something pretty cool for the club. Here's what I would do if I were you. If you want to keep your little brothers in the club, give them a good job to do. Then at least they're useful. If you want them out of the club, give them a bad job (guarding the door? running errands? PAPERWORK?), and they'll quit.
X-RAY GLASSES! That way, I could see through walls and doors and buildings and trees. But If I looked down, would I see through the Earth and look at people in China?And actually, it may be gross because I'd look right into people and animals and see their guts and everything. I'll go with an invisibility machine. People seeing less of me is better than me seeing too much of people.
I like taking pictures of our adventures. It's really cool to look back at the incredible things we've done. The problem is that then I'm not in enough of the pictures. I've got to do more selfies!
There should be no minimum age as long as a kid can help AND can keep a secret. If you think your little brother is cool, he can totally join. Smaller kids can surprise you. I thought that Violet was too young to join the EMU Club, but I have to admit she's done some pretty cool stuff!
Good job solving a case! One small thing: I’m not the “pest”! Violet is the pest! When I do something annoying, it’s always for the good of the Club! Even putting Violet in a dark closet would not be pesty, it would be a Science Experiment. Violet complaining about me slamming a closet door on her would be pesty because she doesn’t get that I do it all to expand human knowledge. It’s the burden I carry for being the leader of a super-secret world-saving club! By the way, watch for my next report on our most recent adventure, and you may find out something else about light and eyeballs!
Being the undisputed leader of the best club in the universe isn’t as amazing as you’d think it would be. For example, you have to deal with people in the club who think that THEY are the leader and don’t follow orders and refuse to go get you an apple juice when you’re working on a super-secret report. Or maybe they walk by when I’m writing something and look over my shoulder and say, “Stuart, you’re NOT the leader of the club, and you can get your own apple juice.” See, dealing with lowly club members like Brian can be exhausting.