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KCLS Recommends: Children's - Mysteries

The Big Splash
The Big Splash By Ferraiolo, Jack D. Book - 2008 J FERRAIOLO Available in some locations

Annotation:Matt Stevens, an average middle schooler with a glib tongue and a knack for solving crimes, uncovers a mystery while working with "the organization," a mafia-like syndicate run by seventh-grader Vincent "Mr. Biggs" Biggio, specializing in forged hall passes, test-copying rings, black market candy selling, and taking out hits with water guns. Ages 9-12

The Case of the Left-handed Lady
The Case of the Left-handed Lady An Enola Holmes Mystery By Springer, Nancy Book - 2007 J SPRINGER Available in some locations

Annotation:Pursued by her much older brother, famed detective Sherlock Holmes, fourteen-year-old Enola, disguised and using false names, attempts to solve the kidnapping of a baronet's sixteen-year-old daughter in nineteenth-century London. Series. Ages 9-12

The Case of the Lion Dance
The Case of the Lion Dance By Yep, Laurence, 1948- Book - 1998 J YEP Available in some locations

Annotation:When $2000 is stolen during the opening of a restaurant, Lily and her aunt, a Chinese-American movie actress, search for the thief throughout San Francisco's Chinatown. Ages 9-12

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls By Legrand, Claire, 1986- Book - 2012 J LEGRAND Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 13 copies

Annotation:Practically-perfect twelve-year-old Victoria Wright must lie, sneak, and break the rules when her investigation of the disappearance of her best--and only--friend, Lawrence, reveals dark secrets about her town and the orphanage run by the reclusive Mrs. Cavendish. Ages 10-13

The Curse of the Ancient Mask and Other Case Files
The Curse of the Ancient Mask and Other Case Files By Cheshire, Simon Book - 2009 J CHESHIRE Available in some locations

Annotation:Each of the three mysteries in this book invites the reader to solve the case along with the protagonist, Saxby Smart, by asking questions as the evidence accumulates. Ages 7-11

Explorer The Mystery Boxes : Seven Graphic Stories Book - 2012 J EXPLORER Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 27 copies

Annotation:An anthology of short graphic works on the theme of a mysterious box and the marvels, or mayhem, inside. Ages 9-12

The Fairy-tale Detectives
The Fairy-tale Detectives By Buckley, Michael Book - 2005 J BUCKLEY Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 60 copies

Annotation:Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead. Series. Ages 9-12

Framed By Cottrell Boyce, Frank Book - 2005 J COTTRELL Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 18 copies

Annotation:Dylan and his sisters have some ideas about how to improve the family business, but it is not until some strange men arrive in their small town in Wales with valuable paintings, and their father disappears, that they consider turning to crime. Ages 9-12

Ghost Canoe
Ghost Canoe By Hobbs, Will Book - 1997 J HOBBS Available in some locations

Annotation:"No survivors", the authorities say about the shipwreck at Cape Flattery, Washington, but Nathan thinks otherwise and while fishing with the Makah Indians, he looks for the missing man, finds clues to a lost treasure, and faces a killer. Ages 9-12

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing By Turnage, Sheila Book - 2014 J TURNAGE Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 40 copies

Annotation:When Miss Lana accidentally buys a haunted inn at the Tupelo Landing 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. Ages 10-14

Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator
Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator By Allison, Jennifer Book - 2005 Y M ALLISON Available in some locations

Annotation:During the summer, intrepid Gilda Joyce invites herself to the San Francisco mansion of distant cousin Lester Splinter and his thirteen –year-old daughter where she uses her purported psychic abilities and detective skills to solve the mystery of the mansion’s boarded-up tower. Series. Ages 9-12

Girl's Best Friend
Girl's Best Friend By Margolis, Leslie Book - 2010 J MARGOLIS Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 10 copies

Annotation:In addition to her sleuthing activities, Maggie, the dog-walking detective of Brooklyn, interacts with friends, family, an ex-friend and a crush. Ages 10 -13

Thriller Book - 2011 J THRILLER SS Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 22 copies

Annotation:In this mystery collection of ghost stories, crime stories, monster stories, and more, from some of today’s best youth writers, read about a body on the tracks, a teenage terrorist, a mysterious wish-granting machine and the world’s worst private detective. Age 9 and up

Half-Moon Investigations
Half-Moon Investigations By Colfer, Eoin Book - 2006 J COLFER Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 23 copies

Annotation:Twelve-year-old private investigator Fletcher Moon, nicknamed "Half Moon" because of his shortness, must track down a conspiracy or be framed for a crime he did not commit. Ages 9-12

Hold Fast
Hold Fast By Balliett, Blue, 1955- Book - 2013 J BALLIETT Available in some locations

Annotation:When 11-year-old Early’s father disappears and her family becomes homeless, it’s up to her to figure out what happened and why. Ages 9-12

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
The Invention of Hugo Cabret A Novel in Words and Pictures By Selznick, Brian Book - 2007 J SELZNICK Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 103 copies

Annotation:When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toy-seller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized. Ages 9-12

The Kidnappers
The Kidnappers A Mystery By Roberts, Willo Davis Book - 1998 J ROBERTS Available in some locations

Annotation:No one believes eleven-year-old Joey, who has a reputation for telling tall tales, when he claims to have witnessed the kidnapping of the class bully outside their expensive New York City private school. Ages 9-12

Liar & Spy
Liar & Spy By Stead, Rebecca Book - 2012 J STEAD Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 53 copies

Annotation:As 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, and being picked on at school, he begins helping Safer, a neighbor boy, spy on another resident of their building.

Mr. Chickee's Funny Money
Mr. Chickee's Funny Money By Curtis, Christopher Paul Book - 2007 J CURTIS Available in some locations

Annotation:Mr. Chickee, the genial blind man in the neighborhood, gives nine-year-old Steven a mysterious bill with 15 zeros on it and the image of a familiar but startling face. Could it be a quadrillion dollar bill? Could it be real? Ages 9-12

The Mysterious Benedict Society
The Mysterious Benedict Society By Stewart, Trenton Lee Book - 2007 J STEWART Available in some locations Holds: 8 on 86 copies

Annotation:After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. Series. Ages 9-12

Pie By Weeks, Sarah Book - 2011 J WEEKS Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 28 copies

Annotation:Alice’s Aunt Polly is the Pie Queen of Ipswitch and when she dies, leaving her award-winning secret recipe for pie crust to her cat Lardo and leaves Lardo to Alice, all the women in town are baking pies and someone is trying to catnap Lardo. Ages 8-12

Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash
Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash By Van Draanen, Wendelin Book - 2008 J SAMMYKEYES V.12 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 23 copies

Annotation:Thirteen-year-old Sammy meets a mysterious man who dies of a heart attack after telling her to get rid of the large amount of money he is carrying, leading her to investigate who the man was and how he came to be carrying so much cash. Series. Ages 9-12

Smells Like Dog
Smells Like Dog By Selfors, Suzanne Book - 2010 J SELFORS Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 24 copies

Annotation:Inspired by the story of the Odyssey, 12-year old Homer undertakes a quest for treasure, aided by a dog bequeathed to him by his uncle. Ages 9-12

The Sixty-eight Rooms
The Sixty-eight Rooms By Malone, Marianne Book - 2010 J MALONE Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 80 copies

Annotation:When sixth-grader Ruthie is on a class visit to Chicago’s Art Institute, she sees the Thorne Rooms filled with incredible miniatures and finds a key that shrinks her and friend Jack, allowing them to get inside the small spaces and find something important that has been lost. Ages 9-12

Three Times Lucky
Three Times Lucky By Turnage, Sheila Book - 2012 J TURNAGE Available in some locations Holds: 16 on 73 copies

Annotation:Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing where everyone’s business is fair game and no secret is sacred, Mo LoBeau and her best friend Dale turn detective when amnesiac Colonel, owner of the cafe and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, is implicated in a murder.

Time Stops for No Mouse
Time Stops for No Mouse A Hermux Tantamoq Adventure By Hoeye, Michael Book - 2002 J HOEYE Available in some locations

Annotation:Hermux Tantamoq is caught up in a dangerous search for Linka Perflinger, one of his customers who brought a watch into his shop for repair and then disappeared. Series. Ages 9-12

Under the Egg
Under the Egg By Fitzgerald, Laura Marx Book - 2014 J FITZGERALD Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 17 copies

Annotation: Following her grandfather’s death, 13-year-old Theo shoulders the responsibility of looking after her unfocused mother and keeping their household running with no income. When Theo uncovers an old painting, possibly an original Raphael, she hopes to save their home. Why was it hidden under a layer of paint? Was it stolen by her beloved grandfather? Theo and her friend Bodhi begin investigations that lead them to a church, an auction house, the public library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and two Holocaust survivors. Ages 10-14

We the Children
We the Children By Clements, Andrew, 1949- Book - 2010 J CLEMENTS Available in some locations

Annotation:Sixth grader Ben Pratt’s life is full of changes that he doesn’t like – his parents’ separation and the demolition of his seaside school to build an amusement park – but when a school janitor gives him a tarnished coin with some old engravings and then dies, Ben is drawn into an effort to prevent his school’s destruction. Series. Ages 7-12

The Westing Game
The Westing Game By Raskin, Ellen Book - 2004 J RASKIN Available in some locations Holds: 7 on 87 copies

Annotation: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. Ages 9-12

What Really Happened to Humpty?
What Really Happened to Humpty? (from the Files of A Hard-boiled Detective) By Ransom, Jeanie Franz, 1957- Book - 2009 E RANSOM Available in some locations

Annotation:Detective Joe Dumpty rushes to investigate the mysterious circumstances under which his older brother, Humpty, fell from a wall on his first day as captain of the new Neighborhood Watch program. Ages 6-9

Who Could That Be at This Hour?
Who Could That Be at This Hour? By Snicket, Lemony Book - 2012 J SNICKET Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 80 copies

Annotation:In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about and started by asking questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Ages 9-12

The Witch's Guide to Cooking With Children
The Witch's Guide to Cooking With Children By McGowan, Keith, 1968- Book - 2009 J MCGOWAN Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 11 copies

Annotation:When Sol and Connie Blink move to Grand Creek, one of the first people to welcome them is an odd older woman, Fay Holaderry, and her friendly dog, Swift, who carries a very strange bone in his mouth which Sol identifies as a human femur as he and Connie begin to wonder if their new neighbor is up to no good. Ages 9-12

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