First Clues: Mysteries for Kids, your source for information on over 100 mystery series for children and young adults where each series is conveniently listed under four different age categories (New Sleuths, ages 4 to 6; Future Sleuths, ages 7 to 9; Sleuths in Training, ages 10 to 12; and Apprentice Sleuths, ages 13 and older), is pleased to announce a selection of new mystery books (including series books) scheduled for publication during August, 2009.
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Lake Monster Mix-Up by Mary Labatt
Sam & Friends
Canine sleuth Sam is bored at the prospect of spending a cottage weekend at Sagawa Lake -- until she hears that the lake has a deep, dark secret. This is exactly what Sam wants to hear and sure enough, with help from Jennie and Beth, Sam finds an old diary hidden in the wall of their cabin and what they read there is chilling. Is it the key to the secret of Sagawa Lake? What about the strange face painted on the rock, near the water's edge -- and the creepy cave nearby? Something lurks in the depths of the lake. All they need is proof, which Sam is determined to obtain at all costs. The 2nd pop-up book in this series.
The Sam & Friends graphic novels are recommended for readers aged 7 to 9. See also the companion series, Sam: Dog Detective.
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Inspector Forsooth's Mini-Mysteries by Derrick Niederman
These fun mini-mysteries will captivate budding sleuths—and send them searching the pages carefully for clues. Luke Haynes eagerly awaits a visit from his favorite uncle Jeremy—the famous Inspector Forsooth. Together, Luke and Jeremy solve actual crimes, as well as some playful everyday conundrums. Though each engagingly clever story makes a satisfying who- and how-dunit on its own, when taken together they form an entertaining summertime novel, too.
Mini-Mysteries are recommended for readers aged 8 and older.
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Change-Up by John Feinstein
Steve and Susan Sports Mysteries
Teen reporters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are covering baseball’s World Series, and during the course of an interview with a new hot pitcher, they discover more than a few contradictions in his life story. What’s he hiding? An embarrassing secret? A possible crime? Let the investigation begin! The 4th book in this sports-themed series of mysteries.
The Steve and Susan Sports Mysteries are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.
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Murder at the Lake by Bren Gaudet
The Amanda Christie Series
When 17-year-old Amanda Christie is invited to a cousins-only weekend retreat at her aunt's Austin, Texas, estate, she doesn't know what to expect. She soon finds though, that the weekend will be anything but boring. One of the guests is responsible for the death of Amanda's uncle and when a dangerous storm traps the teens inside the secluded mansion, Amanda becomes determined to uncover the killer. But when their cell phones go missing and guests begin to disappear, Amanda realizes that the killer isn't finished. With time running out and no way of knowing who to trust, she must either uncover the murderer or risk being the next victim. The 1st book in this series.
The Amanda Christie Mysteries are recommended for readers aged 13 and older.
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Rescuing Seneca Crane by Susan Runholt
The Kari and Lucas Series
When Kari and Lucas first see Seneca Crane up on stage, playing the piano in front of hundreds of people, they are in awe. She is beautiful. She is amazingly talented. And she is only thirteen! But then they get to know her at the Edinburgh Arts Festival and realize that she envies them. Soon the three are becoming friends . . .until Seneca disappears. There’s no stopping Kari and Lucas from jumping on the trail and tracking her down. Even when it leads to the heart of the Scottish highlands! The 2nd book in this series.
The The Kari and Lucas Mysteries are recommended for readers aged 13 and older.
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