Tuesday, March 16, 2010

First Clues, Mysteries for Kids: Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye, a New Series for Future Sleuths

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're featuring a new series that looks like a lot of fun and is written for future sleuths.

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Hamster and Cheese by Colleen A. F. Venable

Hamster and Cheese (synopsis from the publisher): There's a sandwich thief in Mr. Venezi's pet shop, and everyone is a suspect, from the chinchillas to the goldfish. Never fear! The world's fluffiest detective on the case: Sasspants, PI(G). By day, Sasspants is your average book-loving, gizmo-inventing guinea pig. By night she solves pet shop mysteries with the help of her sidekick, Hamisher the hamster. Our furry little heroes will stop at nothing to find the sandwich thief! This is the first book in the Guinea PI(G), Pet Shop Private Eye series.

Lexile level: 240L.

A note from the author: Hamster and Cheese is a graphic novel for kids and the first in a series starring a unfriendly Guinea Pig who is forced to solve crimes by a hyperactive hamster when the “g” falls off her sign. The art is by the incredible Stephanie Yue, who is a black belt in making-things-super-cute.

The Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye illustrated mysteries are recommended for children aged 7 to 9.

Hamster and Cheese has a scheduled publication date in April, but is already available to purchase. The sample image below was provided by the author (with a link to the original on Flickr.com).

Hamster and Cheese by Colleen A. F. Venable

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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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