Thursday, March 25, 2010

First Clues, Mysteries for Kids: New Titles for April 2010, Part 1

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 April 2010.

Because there are so many this month, we're splitting this list into two. Today we're featuring New Sleuths (ages 4 to 6) and Future Sleuths (ages 7 to 9). Tomorrow we'll feature mystery, suspense, and thriller novels for older kids.

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Bones and the Clown Mix-Up Mystery by David A. Adler

Bones and the Clown Mix-Up Mystery by David A. Adler


Bones is on the case in this 8th mystery of the series!

Detective Jeffrey Bones is having fun eating cake and watching a clown perform tricks at Not-Me Amy’s birthday party. But when the clown can’t find her street clothes at the end of the party, it’s up to Bones to solve this Easy-to-Read mystery!

The Bones Mysteries are recommended for readers aged 4 to 6.

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Dognapped! by Jodie Mellor

Dognapped! by Jodie Mellor


It's the start of the summer holidays and Megan and Lauren go to the Magic Mountain Rescue Centre to bring home two of the cutest, most adorable puppies in the world. With their friend, Caitlin, and her toy dog, Daisy, they start a Puppy Club.

But when they hang the Puppy Club medallions on their pups, something mysterious happens -- a sudden, dizzying whirl of light whizzes them to Sleuth City and Daisy comes to life! Spotting a headline about a missing pooch, the three doggy detectives are soon on the trail of a dognapper -- and it's all the girls can do to keep up!

The 1st book in this series.

This Mystery Pups mystery is recommended for readers aged 4 to 6.

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From Russia with Lunch by Bruce Hale

From Russia with Lunch by Bruce Hale


Inventions, spells, and bullies—oh my!

It all begins when Chet’s favorite teacher is fired, only to be replaced by the mechanical invention of Dr. Tanya Lightov—a mysterious Russian scientist.

Suddenly, the school seems possessed by forces that are upsetting the natural order of things: Kindergartners are beating up sixth graders; teachers’ pets are talking back; and worst of all, Chet’s faithful partner and best friend, Natalie Attired, has abandoned him in his hour of need.

Will Chet be able to restore his friendship with Natalie and bring Emerson Hicky back to normal? One thing’s for certain: The crazy, mixed-up mastermind behind this case will be the last creature anyone expects.

The 13th mystery in this series, originally published in hardcover in January 2009.

The Chet Gecko "noir" mysteries are recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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Ibrahim Khan and the Mystery of the Roaring Lion by Farheen Khan

Ibrahim Khan and the Mystery of the Roaring Lion by Farheen Khan


“It was almost midnight when Ibrahim first heard the sounds of hyenas in the backyard and they were laughing! He quietly slipped out of his sleeping bag and peered into the yard. Less than a minute later he heard a loud thunderous roar! He grabbed his binoculars and held them against the window. There was definitely something out there, something big!”

Tree forts, maple trees and roaring lions? When their classmate Yusuf hears ferocious roaring lions and creepy laughing hyenas in his backyard, he calls the best detectives he knows, Ibrahim and Zayn Khan! With the help of their trusty brown sack, they search for clues and bit by bit piece together this extraordinary mystery.

The 1st mystery in this series.

This Ibrahim Khan mystery is recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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The Case of the Secret Weapon by John R. Erickson

The Case of the Secret Weapon by John R. Erickson


Hank the Cowdog is at it again!

There’s a burglar on the loose, and he’s robbing houses with the help of a super-sneaky, super-stinky secret weapon. As Head of Ranch Security, Hank knows it’s his job to protect the ranch and all the buildings on it. So when a suspicious character comes sniffing around Slim’s bachelor shack, Hank heads right into action. But does Hank have what it takes to save the day—even after getting caught in the line of fire?

The 55th mystery in this series.

The Hank the Cowdog mysteries are recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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The Calder Game by Blue Balliett

The Calder Game by Blue Balliett


When Calder Pillay travels with his father to a remote village in England, he finds a mix of mazes and mystery ... including an unexpected Alexander Calder sculpture in the town square. Calder is strangely drawn to the sculpture, while other people have less-than-friendly feelings towards it. Both the boy and the sculpture seem to be out of place ... and then, on the same night, they disappear! Calder's friends Petra and Tommy must fly out to help his father find him. But this mystery has more twists and turns than a Calder mobile ... with more at stake than first meets the eye.

The 3rd mystery in this series, originally published in hardcover in May 2008.

The mysteries in this series are recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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Trouble at the Arcade by Franklin W. Dixon

Trouble at the Arcade by Franklin W. Dixon


Frank and Joe are brothers, but that won't stop them from competing against each other at the Fun World arcade's video game tournament. The boys make a bet: Whoever wins the competition gets to move into the cool new room their dad just built!

But suddenly money goes missing. The owner of Fun World shuts down the tournament until the stolen cash is returned! Can the boys figure out who took it? Or will their chances of victory -- and a brand-new room! -- be crushed by a thief?

The 1st in a series featuring Frank and Joe Hardy as 9- and 8-year-old amateur sleuths for younger readers.

The Hardy Boys Secret Files Mysteries are recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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The Missing Mitt by Franklin W. Dixon

The Missing Mitt by Franklin W. Dixon


Frank and his brother, Joe, are excited! It's the final game in the Little League season, and their team, the Bayport Bandits, has a real shot at winning. Sure, the other team is good -- but they don't have the Bandits' good luck charm. The charm is their teammate Jason's mitt. His dad, a major-league pitcher, wore it in the World Series! The whole team touches it before every game for luck.

Right before the game, Jason's mitt goes missing! The team is devastated. Can Frank and Joe solve the case of the missing mitt before the Bandits lose the game?

The 2nd in a series featuring Frank and Joe Hardy as 9- and 8-year-old amateur sleuths for younger readers.

The Hardy Boys Secret Files Mysteries are recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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