Friday, September 24, 2010

First Clues, Mysteries for Kids: New Titles for October 2010

First Clues: Mysteries for Kids

First Clues: Mysteries for Kids is pleased to announce a selection of new mystery, suspense and thriller books (including series books) scheduled for publication during October 2010, listed in approximate order of reading level, from books for younger readers to books for teens.

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Danger & Diamonds by Elizabeth Levy

Danger & Diamonds More Information about the book
Elizabeth Levy
Series: A Mystery at Sea

Phillipa has always loved Agatha Christie mysteries, but it’s not until the new captain’s son and some interesting guests come aboard the cruise ship where she lives (and her parents work), that she finally gets a chance to do some sleuthing of her own.

This first Mystery at Sea is recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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Girl's Best Friend by Leslie Margolis

Girl's Best Friend More Information about the book
Leslie Margolis
Series: Maggie Brooklyn Mysteries

Dogs are disappearing in her neighborhood, and Maggie Brooklyn Sinclair knows all about it. After all, she has a semi-secret after-school gig as a professional (ok, amateur) dog-walker. Maggie hates to see a pup in trouble, so she's even willing to help her ex-best friend Ivy recover her rescue-dog, Kermit. Kermit's being held for ransom, and Maggie has noticed some suspicious behavior lately. But she never suspected her crush Milo could be involved ...

A new series for readers aged 10 to 12.

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The Secret of the Sealed Room by Bailey MacDonald

The Secret of the Sealed Room More Information about the book
Bailey MacDonald
Non-series

When a woman dies under mysterious and "impossible" circumstances, some people want to blame a nurse, whom folks believe to be a sorceress. However, one person thinks she can solve the crime: the murder victim's servant, a teenaged girl named Patience who will be sold into bondage unless the whole truth comes out. With much at stake, she bravely sets about to discover who really is to blame. She needs some help, and she finds it when she meets a smart and daring young printer's apprentice. His name? Ben. Ben Franklin!

Recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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The Case of the Secret UFO by Donald J. Sobol

The Case of the Secret UFO More Information about the book
Donald J. Sobol
Series: Encyclopedia Brown

Encyclopedia Brown is back, protecting Idaville from swindlers, con men, and thieves. Since 1963 this brainy crime-stopper has been a favorite character among middle-grade readers. Follow the boy detective on ten new mysteries, including the puzzle of a giant shark tooth and the whodunit of a secret shipwreck. As fans of the series know, solutions can be found in the back so that readers can solve the cases, too.

Encyclopedia Brown mysteries are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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The Ghostwriter Secret by Mac Barnett

The Ghostwriter Secret More Information about the book
Mac Barnett
Series: Brixton Brothers

After saving the United States of America in The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity, he has opened his own agency. Steve Brixton gets a call to solve the case of the Fairview diamond but it turns into an even bigger mystery. MacArthur Bart, author of Steve's beloved Bailey Brothers series, has been kidnapped!! And there is only one 12-year-old detective who can find him. But not without the help of his best chum Dana and The Bailey Brothers Detective Handbook.

The Brixton Brothers mysteries are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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The Treasure Keepers by Chris Mould

The Treasure Keepers More Information about the book
Chris Mould
Series: Something Wickedly Weird

With a werewolf still on the loose, Stanley Buggles knows that Crampton Rock lies in deadly danger. Who will confront the escaped criminal roaming the wild and windy moor? And how will the treasure keepers protect the gold mine from the threat of piracy …?

The last book in this series is recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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The Wedding Crasher by Wendelin Van Draanen

The Wedding Crasher More Information about the book
Wendelin Van Draanen
Series: Sammy Keyes

For junior high detective Sammy Keyes, eighth grade begins with an accusation, an inquisition, and several assorted death threats!

The history teacher, Mr. Vince, is being threatened, which at first seems funny. He’s horrible! Every student wants Mr. Vince gone. But as the threats become more serious, the question becomes—who wants him dead and gone?

With her own name near the top of the suspect list, Sammy’s determined to get to the bottom of things. But she’s distracted by a mother bearing bad news, an almost-boyfriend ducking her calls, and a date with a poofy lavender bridesmaid dress.

Sammy Keyes mysteries are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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The Defense of Thaddeus A. Ledbetter by John Gosselink

The Defense of Thaddeus A. Ledbetter More Information about the book
John Gosselink
Non-series

Designed like a case file, chock-full of notes, journal entries, letters, e-mails, illustrations, and more, this hilarious middle-grade novel argues why Thaddeus should be released from his in-school suspension and explains the unbelievable circumstances that led to his punishment.

This entertaining book is recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Lost Brother by Franklin W. Dixon

Lost Brother More Information about the book
Franklin W. Dixon
Series: The Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers

The second title in the Lost Mystery trilogy.

No synopsis available.

The Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers mysteries are recommended for readers aged 10 and older.

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Serial Sabotage by Carolyn Keene

Serial Sabotage More Information about the book
Carolyn Keene
Series: Nancy Drew, Girl Detective

The second title in the Sabotage Mystery trilogy.

No synopsis available.

Nancy Drew, Girl Detective mysteries are recommended for readers aged 10 and older.

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Ice Claw by David Gilman

Ice Claw More Information about the book
David Gilman
Series: The Danger Zone

A thundering rumble echoes round the mountain peaks of the Pyrenees as a deadly avalanche speeds towards the oblivious competitors in an X-treme sports challenge. Max Gordon's race to win has just become a race to survive. But Max has been betrayed.

Sayid, Max's best friend, is injured and missing. Max is accused of murder and the evidence seems conclusive -- the hunt for Max Gordon is on.

In a life-or-death struggle, a mysterious monk passes on a vital clue, which plunges Max into the heart of an ancient secret, foretelling of a cataclysmic event that will kill thousands and destroy the entire ecological balance of Europe.

The thrillers in the Danger Zone series are recommended for readers aged 13 and older.

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The Haunting of Charles Dickens by Lewis Buzbee

The Haunting of Charles Dickens More Information about the book
Lewis Buzbee
Non-series

Meg Pickel’s older brother, Orion, has disappeared. One night, she steals out to look for him, and makes two surprising discoveries: She stumbles upon a séance that she suspects involves Orion, and she meets the author Charles Dickens, also unable to sleep, and roaming the London streets. He is a customer of Meg’s father, who owns a print shop, and a family friend. Mr. Dickens fears that the children of London aren’t safe, and is trying to solve the mystery of so many disappearances. If he can, then perhaps he’ll be able to write once again.

This suspense novel is recommended for readers aged 13 and older.

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First Clues: Mysteries for Kids is your source for information on over 200 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).

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