Saturday, November 28, 2009

First Clues, Mysteries for Kids: Joey Fly, Private Eye and Homelanders

First Clues: Mysteries for Kids

is 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).

This week we added two series, for which the first book in was published last spring (but we somehow missed).

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Clues in the Woods by Peggy Parish



Aaron Reynolds is the author of several graphic novels for kids. His most recent, Creepy Crawler Crime, is the start of a new series featuring Joey Fly, Private Eye, which incorporates a noir-ish feel to the graphic novel format. The plot of this novel and those that follow will use the hard-boiled classics as inspiration, and are likely to be as enjoyable for parents as they will be for kids.

Synopsis from the publisher: Have you ever had one of those moments? You know—you’re trying to find a stolen diamond pencil box for your beautiful butterfly customer, your mosquito witness won’t give you any information, and your clumsy scorpion assistant has just tampered with your only bit of evidence? Joey Fly has those moments a lot. In fact, he’s probably having one right now. But that won’t stop him from solving the mystery in Creepy Crawly Crime, his fantastic first graphic novel!

The Joey Fly, Private Eye graphic novel mysteries are recommended for children aged 7 to 9.

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Seven Paths to Death by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler



Adult mystery author Andrew Klavan starts a new young adult series with The Last Thing I Remember, featuring ordinary high school student Charlie West, who goes to bed one night only to wake up as a hunted man. Terrorists are trying to kill him. The police want to arrest him for the stabbing death of his best friend. He doesn’t know whose side he’s one or whom to trust. Is he a terrorist himself? A murderer? He isn’t sure.

Book synopsis: Charlie West just woke up in someone else's nightmare. He's strapped to a chair. He's covered in blood and bruises. He hurts all over. And a strange voice outside the door just ordered his death. The last thing he can remember, he was a normal high-school kid doing normal things -- working on his homework, practicing karate, daydreaming of becoming an air force pilot, writing a pretty girl's number on his hand. How long ago was that? Where is he now? Who is he really? And more to the point ... how is he going to get out of this room alive?

The second book in the series, The Long Way Home, publishes February 2010.

The Homelander mysteries are recommended for children aged 13 and older.

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We are also pleased to offer First Clues Reviews, reviews of mysteries featured on our site written by students. These book reviews provide a unique perspective by their young readers, often insightful, always entertaining.

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