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Mysteries for Young Detectives

    The Parker Inheritance

    The Parker Inheritance - Varian Johnson

    Twelve-year-old Candice Miller is spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, in the old house that belonged to her grandmother, who died after being dismissed as city manager for having the city tennis courts dug up looking for buried treasure--but when she finds the letter that sent her grandmother on the treasure hunt, she finds herself caught up in the mystery and, with the help of her new friend and fellow book-worm, Brandon, she sets out to find the inheritance, exonerate her grandmother, and expose an injustice once committed against an African American family in Lambert.

    CHILDREN FICTION Johnson, V.
    The Game Masters of Garden Place

    The Game Masters of Garden Place - Denis Markell

    When five sixth-graders accidentally summon warriors from their favorite role-playing game to Brooklyn, they are taken on a wild adventure that tests their wits and their friendships.

    CHILDREN FICTION Markell, D.    
    King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth

    King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth - Dori Hillestad Butler; illustrated by Nancy Meyers

    Kayla places her tooth in a Tooth Fairy pillow, but it disappears before the Tooth Fairy has a chance to visit--can her dog King help Kayla find the missing tooth?

    EASY READER 3 Butler, D.
    Charlie & Frog

    Charlie & Frog - Karen Kane

    While staying with his grandparents in Castle-on-the-Hudson, Charlie stumbles upon a mystery but must learn American Sign Language to keep up with Frog, a deaf girl who wants to help solve it.

    CHILDREN FICTION Kane, K.
    Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe

    Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe - Jo Watson Hackl; illustrations by Gilbert Ford

    When Cricket's Aunt Belinda accidentally forgets her in the grocery store, Cricket decides to run away once and for all. But Cricket has to stay close by because even though her mama hasn't been in touch since she disappeared, she'll surely come back. And Cricket has to be there when she does. Because she needs answers.

    CHILDREN FICTION Hackl, J.
    Curse of the Werewolf Boy

    Curse of the Werewolf Boy - Chris Priestley

    Maudlin Towers School students Mildew and Sponge investigate the missing School Spoon and the appearance of two possible ghosts, one a Viking.

    CHILDREN FICTION Priestley, C.
    The Jigsaw Jungle

    The Jigsaw Jungle - Kristin Levine

    Claudia Dalton, twelve, embarks on an unexpected treasure hunt that she hopes will bring her missing father home and heal whatever is wrong with her family. Told through notes, emails, audio and video transcripts, and more from Claudia's scrapbook.

    CHILDREN FICTION Levine, K.
    The Haunted Serpent

    The Haunted Serpent - Dora M. Mitchell

    New kid in school Spaulding Meriwether teams with cool kid Marietta, her euphonium-playing sister Lucy, and popular jock Kenny to investigate a mysterious boa constrictor that lives next door to Spaulding that may have eaten its owner.

    CHILDREN FICTION Mitchell, D.
    The Alcatraz Escape

    The Alcatraz Escape - Jennifer Chambliss Bertman; with illustrations by Sarah Watts

    Sleuthing duo Emily and James engage in a literary escape-room challenge on Alcatraz Island, but soon find that an invisible enemy is trying to sabotage the team at any cost.

    CHILDREN FICTION Bertman, J.
    Out of the Wild Night

    Out of the Wild Night - Blue Balliet

    Mary W. Chase died on Nantucket Island just over one hundred years ago, but she is still there, in the house she once lived in, and she wants to keep it that way--but first she must somehow contact a group of children who are interested in preserving historic homes on the island.

    CHILDREN FICTION Balliett, B.
    The Misfits Club

    The Misfits Club - Kieran Crowley

    Nothing exciting ever happens in the small town of Newpark, where Brian, Hannah and twins Chris and Sam live. And when they start their summer vacation, they know it's the end of an era. The Misfits Club--a club they started when they were eight years old--is disbanding, and they still haven't managed to solve any real mysteries. But when they persuade new club member Amelia to go investigate a spooky old house, they unxpectedly discover some stolen goods. Could this be their chance for one last adventure? One thing is for sure, though: Newpark is decidedly more interesting now.

    CHILDREN FICTION Crowley, K.
    The Uncanny Express

    The Uncanny Express - Kara LaReau; illustrated by Jen Hill

    When their Aunt Shallot, aka Magique, Queen of Magic, goes missing on the Uncanny Express, Jaundice, Kale, and the famous detective Hugo Frommage seek to solve the mystery and rescue the magician.

    CHILDREN FICTION LaReau, K.    
    Zap!

    Zap! - Martha Freeman

    Eleven-year-olds Luis and Maura investigate the cause of a long-term, city-wide power outage in Hampton, New Jersey. Includes facts about electric power and instructions for assembling an emergency kit.

    CHILDREN FICTION Freeman, M.
    The Real McCoys

    The Real McCoys - Matthew Swanson & Robbi Behr

    Elementary school detective Moxie McCoy looks for a missing school mascot and a new best friend, with the help of her annoying little brother.

    CHILDREN FICTION Swanson, M.
    Digging for Trouble

    Digging for Trouble - Linda Fairstein

    When twelve year old aspiring detective Devlin Quick goes on a fossil dig in the badlands of Montana, she realizes that she's uncovering more than just dinosaur bones, but clues indicating that a crime is afoot.

    CHILDREN FICTION Fairstein, L.
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