Mystery and Suspense

 

 

 

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Gibbs, Stuart.   Panda-monium: a Funjungle novel

Teddy Fitzroy must solve the crime of the kidnapped rare and expensive panda, Li Ping. (Teddy Fitzroy: book 4)

2017

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Thompson, Lisa.   The Goldfish Boy

Emotionally crippled by his obsessive-compulsive disorder, teenager Matthew Corbin rarely leaves his room on a cul-de-sac in London, and he passes the day observing and writing down his neighbors doings from his window--but when a toddler staying next door disappears Matt is the key to solving a mystery and possibly saving a child's life...if he can manage to expose himself, and his secret guilt to the outside world.

2017

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Balog, Cyn.   Unnatural Deeds

Victoria Zell, a high school misfit coping with anxiety, is quite content with her homeschooled, agoraphobic boyfriend until she becomes obsessed with a charismatic new boy.

2016

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Avi.   School of the Dead

Starting at the Penda School after his uncle's death, Tony Gilbert starts seeing his uncle's ghost everywhere.

2016

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Beaufrand, Mary Jane.   Useless Bay

On Whidbey Island, north of Seattle, the Gray family's quintuplets join the search for a young boy gone missing and soon discover deep family secrets and that crimes have been committed.

2016

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Fox, Janet.   The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

In 1940, during the Blitz, Katherine, Robbie and Amelie Bateson are sent north to a private school in Rookskill Castle in Scotland, a brooding place, haunted by dark magic from the past--but when some of their classmates disappear Katherine has to find out if the cause is hidden in the past or very much in the present.

2016

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Gibbs, Stuart.   Spaced Out

In 2041 twelve-year-old Dashiell Gibson is a resident of Moon Base Alpha, and at the moment he is faced with a number of problems: coping with the nasty Sjoberg twins, finding out how the commander of the base has managed to disappear from a facility no bigger than a soccer field, and dealing with the alien Zan who communicates with him telepathically from afar--and who is hiding a secret which may threaten the whole Earth. (Moon Base Alpha: Book 2)

2016

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Gibbs, Stuart.   Spy Ski School: a Spy school novel

Twelve-year-old Ben's unexpected success outside the classroom causes the CIA to activate him for a mission to become friends with Jessica Shang, daughter of a suspected Chinese crime boss. (Spy School: Book 4)

2016

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Lyall, Casey.   Howard Wallace, P.I.

Twelve-year-old Howard Wallace lives by his list of rules of private investigation. He knows more than anyone how to work with what he's got: a bathrobe for a trench coat, a makeshift office behind the school equipment shed, and not much else--least of all, friends. So when a hot case of blackmail lands on his desk, he's ready to take it on himself...until the new kid, Ivy Mason, convinces him to take her on as a junior partner. As they banter through stakeouts and narrow down their list of suspects, Howard starts to wonder if having Ivy as a sidekick--and a friend--is such a bad thing after all. 

2016

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O’Reilly, Jane H.   The Secret of Goldenrod

Fifth-grader Trina, who has never lived anywhere long enough to call home, is excited about moving into Goldenrod, an abandoned mansion, with her dad. But soon Goldenrod brings its secrets to her attention, including a forgotten doll, leaving Trina wondering what the old house wants from her.

2016

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Poblocki, Dan.  The Gathering

Poppy Caldwell is an orphan who keeps seeing a figure standing behind her in the mirror at the group home where she lives, but she does not associate this ghost with the letter that mysteriously appears in her file, claiming to be from a long-lost aunt, and inviting her to Larkspur House--and she is just one of five children who find themselves gathered in this strange house with a deadly past, and apparently no intention of letting the children escape.

2016

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Podos, Rebecca.   The Mystery of Hollow Places

A mystery writer's daughter sets out to find her missing father and, along the way, begins to understand the loneliness that has gripped them both since her mother abandoned them years before.

2016

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Sands, Kevin.   Mark of the Plague

As the plague decimates London in 1665 and an assassin threatens the apothecary's life, apprentice Christopher Rowe and his faithful friend Tom, following a trail of puzzles, riddles, and secrets, risk their lives to untangle the heart of a dark conspiracy. (The Blackthorn Key: Book 2)

2016

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Stroud, Jonathan.   The Creeping Shadow

A terrible crime forces Lockwood to turn to Lucy for help, setting them on the trail of dark secrets at the heart of London society. Both professionally and personally, their investigation stirs up forces they may not be able to control. (Lockwood & Co.: Book 4)

2016

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Watson, Jude.   Sting

March and Jules are teenage twins, following in their father's footsteps as jewel thieves, but when their latest job goes wrong they end up with one jewel, a sapphire called the Morning Star, one of three cursed jewels--and the only way they can break the curse is to elude the FBI, Interpol, and a gang of international criminals, find the other two jewels, and reunite them. (Loot: book 2)

2016

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Chambliss Bertman, Jennifer.   Book Scavenger

Just after twelve-year-old Emily and her family move to San Francisco, she teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find, hoping to figure out its secrets before the men who attacked Emily's hero, publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends.

2015

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Hahn, Mary Downing.   Took: a ghost story

A witch called Old Auntie is lurking near Dan's family's new home. He doesn't believe in her at first, but is forced to accept that she is real and take action when his little sister, Erica, is 'took' to become Auntie's slave for the next fifty years.

2015

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Oppel, Kenneth.   The Nest

When wasps come to Steve in a dream offering to fix his sick baby brother, he thinks all he has to do is say yes. But yes may not mean what Steve thinks it means.

2015

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Sands, Kevin.   The Blackthorn Key

In 1665 London, fourteen-year-old Christopher Rowe, apprentice to an apothecary, and his best friend, Tom, try to uncover the truth behind a mysterious cult, following a trail of puzzles, codes, pranks, and danger toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart. (The Blackthorn Key:  Book 1)

2015

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Snicket, Lemony.   “Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?

Young Lemony Snicket investigates when the nightly train that goes to the city is instead redirected to a mysterious alternate location. (All the Wrong Questions: Book 4)

2015

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Stevens, Robin.   Murder is Bad Manners

At an English boarding school in the 1930s, crime-solving friends Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells struggle to find an exciting mystery to investigate until Hazel discovers the dead body of Miss Bell, the science teacher.

2015

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Stratford, Jordan.   The Case of the Missing Moonstone
Imagines an alternate 1826 London, where Ada Lovelace (the world's first computer programmer) and Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) meet as girls and form a secret detective agency. Their first case involves a stolen heirloom, a false confession, and an array of fishy suspects. (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency: Book 1)

2015

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Vaught, Susan.   Footer Davis Probably is Crazy

Eleven-year-old Footer and her friends investigate when a nearby farm is burned, the farmer murdered, and his children disappear, but as they follow the clues, Footer starts having flashbacks and wonders if she is going crazy like her mother, who is back in a mental institution near their Mississippi home.

2015

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Weeks, Sarah.   Honey

When she suspects that her father has a girlfriend, Melody and her best friend are determined to figure out who it is and why it is a secret.

2015

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Beil, Michael D.   Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits

In 1938, ten-year-old Henry Shipley must rely on a talking cat named Lantern Sam and a kindly conductor named Clarence to help solve the kidnapping of a young heiress aboard the Lake Erie Shoreliner passenger train.

2014

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Bell, Alex.   Frozen Charlotte

The haunting starts even before Sophie arrives on the Isle of Skye to spend the summer with her cousins, but when she arrives she finds a house haunted by the ghost of a girl who attended school there a hundred years ago, as well as cousin Rebecca who died young and is never mentioned by her family--and she must somehow solve the mystery of the frozen Charlotte dolls before the whole family is destroyed.

2014

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Benedis-Grab, Daphne.   The Angel Tree

Every Christmas in the small town of Pine River, a tree appears in the town square and people tie wishes to it, but nobody knows where the tree comes from--but this year four children are determined to solve the mystery of the Angel Tree.

2014

Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir.   Sherlock Holmes: the novels

Collected here are all four Holmes novels—A Study in Scarlet,The Sign of Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Valley of Fear—tracing the origins of the pair up through showdowns with their greatest archenemies, including the infamous Professor Moriarty.

2014

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Fairlie, Emily.   The Magician’s bird: a Tuckernuck mystery
In The Magician's Bird, the mystery Bud and Laurie must solve is much more serious than a treasure hunt—their beloved school founder, Maria Tutweiler, has been accused of murdering Marchetti the Magician! Can Bud and Laurie—with the help of enthusiastic Misti and evil but useful Calliope—prove Maria Tutweiler's innocence? Or will Tuckernuck Hall be closed down for good? (Sequel to The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck)

2014

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Fitzgerald, Laura Marx.   Under the Egg

Her grandfather's dying words lead thirteen-year-old Theodora Tenpenny to a valuable, hidden painting she fears may be stolen, but it is her search for answers in her Greenwich Village neighborhood that brings a real treasure.

2014

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Frederick, Heather Vogel.   Absolutely Truly

Twelve-year-old Truly Lovejoy's family moves to a small town to take over a bookstore. Soon, she has to solve two mysteries involving a missing book and an undelivered letter.

2014

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Gibbs, Stuart.   Poached

Twelve-year-old Teddy Fitzroy is the prime suspect when FunJungle's newly-acquired koala goes missing, thanks to a prank staged by middle school bully Vance Jessup.

2014

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Gibbs, Stuart.   Space Case

Dashiell Gibson, who lives on Moon Base Alpha, has to solve a murder of one of the moon's most prominent doctors.  (Moon Base Alpha: Book 1)

2014

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Hiaasen, Carl.   Skink No Surrender

With the help of an eccentric ex-governor, a teenaged boy searches for his missing cousin in the Florida wilds.

2014

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Horowitz, Anthony.   Moriarty

Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in London to help Scotland Yard Inspector Athelney Jones track down the sinister figure determined to be Moriarty's successor.

2014

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Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody.   Secret of the Mountain Dog

An adventure-hungry girl and an enormous Tibetan mastiff share a journey in the Catskill Mountains, where a boy and his teacher seek to reopen an abandoned monastery to find a mysterious statue.

2014

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Milford, Kate.   Greenglass House

At Greenglass House, a smuggler's inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing but soon guests are arriving with strange stories about the house sending Milo and Meddy, the cook's daughter, on an adventure.

2014

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St. Antoine, Sara.   Three Bird Summer

For as long as he can remember, Adam and his parents have spent their summers at his grandmother’s rustic cabin on Three Bird Lake. Adam meets Alice, the girl next door, who seems to want to become friends. Alice looks just like the aloof, popular girls back home—what could he and she possibly have in common?
Turns out, Alice isn't like the girls back home. She's frank, funny, and eager for adventure. And when Adam's grandma starts to leave strange notes in his room—notes that hint at a hidden treasure somewhere at the lake and a love from long ago—Alice is the one person he can rely on to help solve the mysteries of Three Bird Lake.

2014

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Turnage, Sheila.   The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

"When Miss Lana accidentally buys a haunted inn at the Tupelo Landing town auction, Desperado Detectives--aka Mo LoBeau and her best friend Dale--opens up a paranormal division to solve the ghost's identity before the town's big 250th anniversary bash"--

2014

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Ward, Matthew.   War of the World Records

When the rivalry between the Whipples and the Goldwins escalates to an all-out war as the World Record World Championships draw near, recordless Arthur Whipple and his unlikely ally Ruby Goldwin unravel the mystery of the Lyon's Curse and the secrets of their fathers' shared past.

2014

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Watson, Jude.   Loot: how to steal a fortune

When Alfie McQuinn, the notorious jewel thief, is killed on a job, his last words to his son, March, are to "find jewels," and this instruction leads the boy to Jules, the twin sister he never knew he had--and the perfect partner to carry on the family business.

2014

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Berk, Josh.   Strike Three, You’re Dead

Lenny Norbeck and his friends The Mikes set out to investigate the suspicious death of a young pitcher at a Phillies game.

2013

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Black, Holly.   Doll Bones

Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

2013

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Bullard, Lisa.   Turn Left at the Cow

Thirteen-year-old Trav feels like a fish out of water in rural Minnesota in this coming-of-age mystery about a boy who discovers his dad may have been a bank robber.

2013

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Gantos, Jack.   From Norvelt to Nowhere

After an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer, and the sad passing of the founder of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack accompanies his slightly mental elderly mentor, Miss Volker, on a cross-country run as she pursues the oddest of outlaws.

2013

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Hicks, Deron R.   Tower of the Five Orders

Thirteen-year-old Colophon Letterford and her cousin Julian continue their quest to uncover their family's treasure as new clues lead them to Oxford, England, seeking to unravel a connection to Christopher Marlowe. (The Shakespeare Mysteries: Book 2)

2013

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Lawlor, Joe.   Bully.com

Wrongly accused of cyberbullying, seventh-grader Jun Li, a brilliant student, more comfortable around computers than people, has seven days to find the real culprit or face explusion.

2013

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Rosoff, Meg.   Picture Me Gone

Twelve-year-old Mila travels with her father to upstate New York to visit friends and family, who may lead them to clues to the whereabouts of her father's best friend, who has gone missing.

2013

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Spencer, Octavia.   The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit

Twelve-year-old Randi, unhappy about moving from Brooklyn to Deer Creek, Tennessee, after her mother's death, soon finds new friends and a case to solve surrounding a stolen time capsule and rumors of a centuries-old treasure. (Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: Book 1)

 

2013

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Stroud, Jonathan.   The Screaming Staircase

Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London. (Lockwood & Co.: Book 1)

2013

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Carter, Ally.   Out of Sight, Out of Time
When seventeen-year-old Cammie wakes up in a convent high in the Alps, she slowly comes to realize that she's been tortured, the last four months have been erased from her mind, and an ancient terrorist organization is hunting for her. (Gallagher Girls Series: Book 5)

2012

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Grisham, John.   Theodore Boone: the accused

When Theodore Boone, kid lawyer, is accused of robbery, he vows to do whatever it takes to prove his innocence. (Paperback Collection)

2012

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Hiaasen, Carl.   Chomp

“Spending his days in a zoo beside his volatile animal wrangler father, Wahoo Cray struggles to control his father's temper when the latter takes a job with an egocentric reality nature show host.”…Baker & Taylor

2012

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Hicks, Deron R. Secrets of Shakespeare’s Grave

Twelve-year-old Colophon Letterford has a serious mystery on her hands. Will she discover the link between her family's literary legacy and Shakespeare's tomb before it's too late? (The Shakespeare Mysteries: Book 1)

2012

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Lawrence, Caroline.   The Case of the Deadly Desperados
In 1862 Nevada Territory, after finding his foster parents murdered and scalped, twelve-year-old Pinky Pinkerton, son of a railroad detective and a Sioux Indian, inherits a valuable deed and must hide from dangerous Whittlin Walt and his gang of desperados. (Western Mysteries: Book 1)

2012

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Margolis, Leslie.   Vanishing Acts: a Maggie Brooklyn mystery

Life is confusing for seventh-grader Maggie, who must track down a missing person and find out who is behind a string of dog eggings at the local dog run, while also dealing with issues involving her brother, two of her friends.

2012

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Snicket, Lemony.   “Who Could That Be At this Hour?”

Thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket begins his apprenticeship with S. Theodora Markson of the secretive V.F.D. in the tiny dot of a town called Stain'd By The Sea, where he helps investigate the theft of a statue.

2012

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Stead, Rebecca.   Liar & Spy

Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.

2012

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Turnage, Sheila.   Three Times Lucky

Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder. Newbery Honor Book 2013.

2012

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Angleberger, Tom.   Horton Halfpott, or, The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor, or, The Lossening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset

Horton, an upstanding kitchen boy in a castle in nineteenth-century England, becomes embroiled in a mystery surrounding a series of thefts, which is also connected to the pursuit of a very eligible and wealthy young lady's affections. (Paperback Collection)

2011

Avi.   City of Orphans

In 1893 New York, thirteen-year-old Maks, a newsboy, teams up with Willa, a homeless girl, to clear his older sister, Emma, from charges that she stole from the brand new Waldorf Hotel, where she works. Includes historical notes.

 

2011

Bosch, Pseudonymous.   You Have to Stop This

When a mummy disappears from the local history museum while Cass and her friends Max-Ernest and Yo-Yoji are there, they try to solve the case in order to clear their names and, they hope, discover the Secret they have been seeking.

2011

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Broach, Elise.   Missing on Superstition Mountain

When brothers Simon, Henry, and Jack move with their parents to Arizona, they are irresistably drawn to explore the aptly named Superstition Mountain, in spite of warnings that it is not safe.

2011

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Chari, Sheela.   Vanished

Eleven-year-old Neela must solve the mystery when her beautiful but cursed veena, a classical Indian musical instrument, goes missing.

2011

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Grisham, John.   Theodore Boone: the abduction

When his best friend disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, thirteen-year-old Theo uses his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April.

(Paperback Collection)

2011

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Horowitz, Anthony.   The House of Silk: a Sherlock Holmes novel

A year after Holmes's death, Watson--now in a retirement home--narrates a Sherlockian tale that could tear apart the very fabric of society, opening with a train robbery in Boston and moving to the innocuous setting of Wimbledon.

2011

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Delany, Shannon.   13 to Life

Jessica Gillmansen, a high school junior, is hiding information about her mother's death when she meets Pietr Rusakova, a new student with a family secret of his own, and the two bond as she investigates local news stories about werewolves and the Russian mafia.

2010

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Gibbs, Stuart.   Belly Up

Twelve-year-old Teddy investigates when a popular Texas zoo's star attraction--Henry the hippopotamus--is murdered. (Paperback Collection)

2010

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Grisham, John.   Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer

Thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone has always dreamed of being a great trial lawyer someday, but a sensational murder trial forces him into the arena sooner than expected, and he is determined to see that justice prevails.

2010

Kass, Mallory.   The Black Book of Buried Secrets

"The Black Book of Buried Secrets" lays bare each hidden fact, concealed strategy, top agent, lost founder, secret base and hushed-up scandal of the Clue hunt. This complete guide to the Cahills contains information on all five branches, including the notoriously elusive Madrigals. (The 39 Clues)

2010

Lane, Andrew.   Death Cloud

In 1868, with his army officer father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously "unwell," fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire, where he uncovers his first murder and a diabolical villain.

2010

Leck, James.   The Adventures of Jack Lime

Fifteen-year-old narcoleptic self-styled private eye Jack

Lime exposes the seamy underbelly of Iona High School as he investigates three mysteries.

2010

Lee, Y.S.   A Spy in the House

Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan and thief Mary Quinn is offered a place at Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls where she is trained to be part of an all-female investigative unit called The Agency and, at age seventeen, she infiltrates a rich merchant's home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships.

2010

Lee, Y.S.   The Body at the Tower

As a nearly full-fledged member of the Agency, the all-female detective unit based in Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls, Mary Quinn, disguised as a poor apprentice builder, must brave the sinister underworld of Victorian London in order to unmask a murderer. (The Agency: Book 2)

2010

Margolis, Leslie.   Girl’s Best Friend

In Brooklyn, New York, twelve-year-old dog-walker Maggie, aided by her twin brother Finn and best friend Lucy, investigates someone she believes is stealing pets.

2010

Park, Linda Sue.   Storm Warning

When Amy and Dan learn the truth about the Madrigals and Grace Cahill's alternate will, these discoveries lead to the revelation of a secret about their family and a showdown with the man in black who has been following them. Book 9 of The 39 Clues.

2010

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Selfors, Suzanne.   Smells Like Dog

When farm boy Homer Pudding's explorer-uncle dies and leaves him a droopy dog with a mysterious coin hidden on its collar, it leads him to The City, where they meet Madame La Directeur, the conniving head of the Natural History Museum, who is trying to steal the coin and take Homer's place in a secret society of adventurers.

2010

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Sherry, Maureen.   Walls Within Walls
When the Smithfork family moves into a lavish Manhattan apartment building, they discover clues to a decades-old mystery hidden behind the walls of their new home.

2010

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Barnett, Mac.   The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity

When twelve-year-old Steve Brixton, a fan of Bailey Brothers detective novels, is mistaken for a real detective, he must elude librarians, police, and the mysterious Mr. E as he seeks a missing quilt containing coded information.  (The Brixton Brothers: Book 1) (Paperback Collection)

2009

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Grabenstein, Chris.   The Hanging Hill

After narrowly escaping a malevolent spirit in The Crossroads, Zack and Judy are hoping to relax during the rehearsals for a show based on Judy's bestselling children's books. Little do they know that the director is planning to raise a horde of evil specters from the dead, and to accomplish this, he needs a human sacrifice . . . and Zack fits the bill perfectly. (A Haunted Mystery: Book 2, the gathering

Sequel to The Crossroads)

2009

Hiaasen, Carl.   Scat

Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing.

2009

Peacock, Shane.   Vanishing Girl

Young Sherlock Holmes, aspiring master detective, travels to the country, the coast, and a haunted lair of night creatures in his investigations into the disappearance of a wealthy young socialite.

2009

Potter, Ellen.   Slob

Picked on, overweight genius Owen tries to invent a television that can see the past to find out what happened the day his parents were killed.

2009

Springer, Nancy.   The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline

In late nineteenth-century London, fourteen-year-old Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, turns to Florence Nightingale for help when her investigation into the disappearance of a Crimean War widow grows cold.

2009

Stead, Rebecca.   When You Reach Me

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

2009

Watson, Jude.   In Too Deep

A hint from their parents’ past puts Amy and Dan on the trail of secrets their grandmother Grace would NEVER have wanted them to know. Awful memories begin to crowd in on Amy, just as her enemies circle closer. How far would she go to protect Dan? How much of a Cahill is she prepared to be? Perhaps Grace was right – some secrets are better left buried.  (The 39 Clues:  Book Six)

2009

Peacock, Shane.   Death in the Air

Young Sherlock Holmes finds himself immersed in a new mystery when he attends a trapeze performance at the magnificent Crystal Palace where the troupe's star falls to his death.

2008

Riordan, Rick.   The Maze of Bones

Dan and Amy Cahill are given the choice of receiving a million dollars or uncovering the thirty-nine clues hidden around the world that will lead to the source of the family's power, but by taking on the clues, they end up in a dangerous race against their own family.

2008

Runholt, Susan.   The Mystery of the Third Lucretia

While traveling in London, Paris, and Amsterdam, fourteen-year-old best friends Kari and Lucas solve an international art forgery mystery.

2008

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Smith, Roland.   I, Q: Independence Hall

Thirteen-year-old Q and fifteen-year-old Angela expect their lives to become complicated when his mother and her father, wildly popular musicians, marry, but not that they will face spies and terrorists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (I, Q series: Book 1)

2008

Springer, Nancy.   The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan:  an Enola Holmes mystery

While fourteen-year-old Enola Holmes endeavors to save her friend Lady Cecily Alistair from an unwelcome arranged marriage, she meets with some assistance from her older brother, Sherlock, and interference by the eldest, Mycroft.

2008

Stanley, Diane.  The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy

Eighth-grader Franny and her friends investigate why most of the students at their exclusive boarding school are brilliant, beautiful, and perfectly behaved.

2008

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Berlin, Eric.   The Puzzling World of Winston Breen

Puzzle-crazy, twelve-year-old Winston and his ten-year-old sister Katie find themselves involved in a dangerous mystery involving a hidden ring. Puzzles for the reader to solve are included throughout the text.

2007

Bosch, Pseudonymous.   The Name of This Book Is Secret

Two eleven-year-old misfits try to solve the mystery of a dead magician and stop the evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais, who are searching for the secret of immortality.

2007

Chatterton, Martin.   The Brain Finds a Leg
In Farrago Bay, Australia, thirteen-year-old Sheldon is recruited by a new student, Theo Brain, to help investigate a murder, which is tied not only to bizarre animal behavior but also to a diabolical plot to alter human intelligence.

2007

Dowd, Siobhan.   The London Eye Mystery

When Ted and Kat's cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye ferris wheel, the two siblings must work together--Ted with his brain that is "wired differently" and impatient Kat--to try to solve the mystery of what happened to Salim.

2007

Feinstein, John.   Cover-Up: mystery at the Super Bowl

Fledgling fourteen-year-old sports reporters Susan Carol and Stevie investigate suspicious activities at the Super Bowl after Stevie gets fired from his co-anchor job on a ground-breaking teen sports show.

2007

Morgan, Clay.   The Boy Who Returned from the Sea

Jack is reunited with his beloved sheepdog Moxie on the island where they first met, but the dangerous Blackburn Jukes is there too, searching for valuable amber that is hidden in the island's bogs.

2007

Peacock, Shane.   Eye of the Crow

Young Sherlock finds comfort studying the world around him and reconstructing events, but when he decides to snoop around for clues to solve a sensational murder, Sherlock is accused of the crime and now must use all his mystery-solving clues to save himself.

2007

Van Draanen, Wendelin.   Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things

While on her first hiking and camping trip, thirteen-year-old Sammy tries to solve a mystery involving endangered condors while avoiding scorpions, ticks, and embarrassment.

2007

Abrahams, Peter.   Behind the Curtain:  an Echo Falls mystery

An avid Sherlock Holmes fan, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill is kidnapped while investigating mysterious happenings in her home town.

2006

Allison, Jennifer.   Gilda Joyce:  the Ladies of the Lake

Having earned a scholarship to a private girls' high school, self-proclaimed psychic investigator Gilda Joyce investigates the circumstances surrounding the drowning death of a student whose ghost supposedly haunts the campus.

2006

Balliett, Blue.   The Wright 3

In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra, and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Robie House from being demolished.

2006

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McNab, Andy.   Boy Soldier

Danny's grandfather, Fergus, was a traitor. An SAS explosives expert who betrayed his country and was arrested and left to rot and die in a Colombian jail. But Danny knows something the army doesn't - Fergus is alive, living in secret. Burning with fury and desire for revenge, Danny sets out to track down his grandfather and expose him.

2005

Van Draanen, Wendelin.   Enemy Spy

When Nolan witnesses a serious crime, he realizes he may not be able to hide behind his Shredderman identity this time.

2005

Van Draanen, Wendelin.   Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen

When cats begin to mysteriously disappear in Santa Martina, thirteen-year-old friends Sammy and Holly start snooping around town to find out what is happening.

2004

Hoobler, Dorothy.   The Demon in the Teahouse
In eighteenth-century Japan, fourteen-year-old Seikei, a merchant's son in training to be a samurai, helps his patron investigate a series of murders and arson in the city of Edo, each of which is associated in some way with a popular geisha.

2001

Meehan, Kierin.   Hannah’s Winter

Australian teenager Hannah spends a semester in Japan with a Japanese family who are friends of her mother and, after finding a written message in a box and meeting a singing monk, is drawn into solving an ancient, mysterious riddle.

2001

Hoobler, Dorothy.   The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn

While attempting to solve the mystery of a stolen jewel, Seikei, a merchant's son who longs to be a samurai, joins a group of kabuki actors in eighteenth-century Japan. (Book one)

1999

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Kehret, Peg.   I’m Not Who You Think I Am

Thirteen-year-old Ginger becomes the target of a disturbed woman who believes that she is her dead daughter.

1999

Pullman, Philip.   Whodunit?: detective stories Unexplained disappearances, daring thefts, perplexing mysteries, and the greatest sleuths of all time combine in this page-turning read. From Sherlock Holmes to Hercule Poirot, famous detectives puzzle their way through a maze of alibis and motives in this superb selection of classic and contemporary crime fiction.  (Short Stories Collection)

1998

Roberts, Willo Davis.   Twisted Summer

Fourteen-year-old Cici hopes for a romantic summer at the beach but instead finds herself trying to solve a murder which had occurred there the previous year.

1996

Haddix, Margaret Peterson.   Running Out of Time

When a diphtheria epidemic hits her 1840 village, 13-year-old Jessie discovers it is actually a 1996 tourist site under unseen observation by heartless scientists.

1995

Jinks, Catherine.   Pagan’s Vows
Follows the adventures of Pagan, squire to Lord Roland, through the years 1188 to 1189, as he accompanies his master, now determined to be a monk, to the French monastery of St. Martin and uncovers a dangerous blackmail plot. (The Pagan Chronicles: Book 3) (Paperback Collection)

1995

Byars, Betsy.   The Dark Stairs: a Herculeah Jones mystery

The intrepid Herculeah Jones helps her mother, a private investigator; solve a puzzling and frightening case.

1994

Bauer, Marion Dane.   A Taste of Smoke

Thirteen-year-old Caitlan looks forward to the camping trip with her older sister in the woods of northern Minnesota, but she doesn't count on the intrusion of her sister's boyfriend or the ghost of a boy who died in the fire that destroyed the forest a century before.

1993

Hayes, Daniel.   The Trouble with Lemons

Tyler and Lymie, eighth grade misfits, discover a dead body in a quarry and work to uncover the mystery behind it. 

1991

Hahn, Mary Downing.   The Doll in the Garden:  a Ghost Story

After Ashley and Kristi find an antique doll buried in old Miss Cooper's garden, they discover that they can enter a ghostly turn-of-the-century world by going through a hole in the hedge.

1989

Avi.   Something Upstairs

When he moves from Los Angeles to Providence, Rhode Island, Kenny discovers that his new house is haunted by the spirit of a black slave boy who asks Kenny to return with him to the early nineteenth century and prevent his murder by slave traders.

1988

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Kehret, Peg.   Deadly Stranger
When twelve-year-old Shannon is kidnapped by a psychopath, her new friend, Katie, finds her life in danger when she unknowingly becomes the kidnapper's only witness. After twelve-year-old Katie Osborne's new friend Shannon Lindstorm is kidnapped, Katie herself is struck down by a hit-and-run driver and, while recuperating, is stalked in her own home by a would-be killer.

1987

Pullman, Philip.   The Ruby in the Smoke

In nineteenth-century London, sixteen-year-old Sally, a recent orphan, becomes involved in a deadly search for a mysterious ruby.

1985

Bellairs, John.   The Curse of the Blue Figurine

Johnny Dixon is plunged into a terrifying mystery-adventure when he removes a blue figurine called a shawabti from church.

1983

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Raskin, Ellen.   The Westing Game

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

 

1978

Bellairs, John.   The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring

Following clues in a mysterious deathbed letter, Rose Rita and a friendly witch, Mrs. Zimmerman, are lured into the sinister world of the occult.

1976

Duncan, Lois.   Summer of Fear

Insidious occurrences convince Rachel that her cousin, Julia, is a witch and must be stopped.

1976

Roberts, Willo Davis.   The View from the Cherry Tree

Rob admits having seen a murder, but no one believes him--except the murderer.

1975

Duncan, Lois.   Down a Dark Hall

Suspicious and uneasy about the atmosphere at her new boarding school, fourteen-year-old Kit slowly realizes why she and the other three students at the school were selected.

1974

Duncan, Lois.   I Know What You Did Last Summer

Four teenagers who have desperately tried to conceal their responsibility for a hit-and-run accident are pursued by a mystery figure seeking revenge.

1973

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Dixon, Franklin W.   A Figure in Hiding

While investigating the theft of a valuable idol, Frank and Joe encounter a terrified business woman, a walking mummy, and a weird glass eye. (Hardy Boys: Book 16)

1965

Keene, Carolyn.   The Secret of the Old Clock

Nancy Drew solves her first mystery when the accidental rescue of a little girl who lives with her two great-aunts leads on an adventurous search for a missing will

1959

Keene, Carolyn.   The Clue of the Velvet Mask

When a gang that uses parties as a cover for robberies victimizes a masquerade party Nancy is attending, the teen-age detective switches identity with her girl friend to solve the case.

1953