Monday, March 26, 2012

First Clues, Mysteries for Kids: New Titles for April 2012

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 April 2012, listed in approximate order of reading level, from books for younger readers to books for teens.

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The Great Cake Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith
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The Great Cake Mystery
Alexander McCall Smith
A Precious Ramotswe Mystery

It sometimes happens that a person's true profession becomes apparent even in childhood … and that is the case for Precious Ramotswe. In this, her very first detective case, Precious exhibits the character traits that will contribute to her future success as an adult. At the same time, she is able to make a new friend and prevent a terrible injustice in the schoolyard.

Set in her beloved homeland of Botswana, the story introduces readers to the culture and topography of the country.

This new series is recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O'Connor
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Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth
Jane O'Connor
A Fancy Nancy Mystery

Nancy Clancy and her best friend, Bree, have everything they need to solve a mystery, from their totally professional trench coats to their top-secret code.

But when crime strikes in their classroom, will these super sleuths be able to crack the case?

Find out in the glamorous start to an all-new chapter book series featuring everyone's favorite fancy girl!

The Fancy Nancy mysteries are recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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Case of the Bookstore Burglar by Aaron Rosenberg
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Case of the Bookstore Burglar
Aaron Rosenberg
Pete and Penny's Pizza Puzzles

Pete and Penny live above Pizzarelli's, the family pizza parlor, in the town of Redville. A bookstore opens next door and strange things start happening there - bookshelves collapse, the fire alarm goes off, books disappear! Is someone trying to sabotage the new bookstore? When a secret message appears in the wall between the two stores, Pete and Penny start to puzzle it out. They need your help!

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Case of the Sinking Circus by Aaron Rosenberg
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Case of the Sinking Circus
Aaron Rosenberg
Pete and Penny's Pizza Puzzles

The circus has come to town, and Pete and Penny can't wait to go. But after a monkey shows up at the pizza parlor with a coded message, Pete and Penny uncover a circus crook! Can they save the circus before it's too late?

In this unique chapter book series, readers solve the puzzles right alongside the main characters and then those clues lead them to solve the mystery!

Pete and Penny's Pizza Puzzles are recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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Sports Sabotage by Franklin W. Dixon
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Sports Sabotage
Franklin W. Dixon
The Hardy Boys Secret Files

It's time for Field Day at Bayport Elementary and all the kids are excited! Whatever grade wins gets a pizza party, and the person with the highest personal score also gets a special prize. But when the field equipment is sabotaged the day before the events are supposed to start, it looks like Field Day might not happen after all — unless someone can find out who is behind the mess of ruined rackets, tangled jump ropes, and flattened balloons. Can Frank and Joe crack the case and save Field Day?

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

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The Case of the Mystery Meat Loaf by David Lewman
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The Case of the Mystery Meat Loaf
David Lewman
Club CSI:

Ben, Corey, and Hannah's first case as Club CSI: begins when a bunch of students and the principal get food poisoning from the cafeteria's hot lunch. Everyone blames the new science teacher because she pushed the lunch lady to add her healthy “meatless meat loaf” recipe to the menu, but Club CSI: isn't pointing fingers until they evaluate the evidence. Can they find out who messed with the meat loaf before the science teacher gets in trouble or more people get sick? Club CSI: is on the case!

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The Case of the Missing Moola by David Lewman
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The Case of the Missing Moola
David Lewman
Club CSI:

Ben, Corey, and Hannah will have to use all they've learned about forensic science — plus good old-fashioned detective work and a little bit of luck — to solve their next case!

The Club CSI: books are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Shell Game by Ridley Pearson
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Shell Game
Ridley Pearson
Kingdom Keepers

As the five Kingdom Keepers enter high school, everything is about to change. The Maintenance Base that controls all four parks in Disney World is under attack by the Overtakers, a group determined to change Disneyforever. Relationships between the Keepers are no longer as simple as they once were. In fact, nothing is as simple as it once was.

An after-hours visit to Typhoon Lagoon is a game changer. The Keepers lose one of their most valuable supporters. But there's work to do …

The Disney Dream leaves Port Canaveral on an historic cruise to Los Angeles with a special treat in store for guests: the Disney Host Interactive guides are on board. Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Willa, and Philby join guests as the DHI experience moves to one of the most advanced cruise ships in the world.

But all is not right below decks. Strange things are happening. Only the Kingdom Keepers know the truth behind their invitation to be in attendance: nearly every Disney villain is aboard the ship, including Maleficent. The Overtakers have infiltrated the cast and crew. And no oneknows what they have planned.

The Dream sets sail filled with enthusiastic guests and crew. But not for long. Maleficent takes over a video screen and warns the guests of trouble to come. With the ship arriving to the beaches of Castaway Cay--its first of many exotic ports of call — the Kingdom Keepers are under attack; back home the Base is threatened and about to fall. The Overtakers have expanded in ways never foreseen, and it's clear they intend to use this element of surprise to accomplish what has eluded them so far: victory.

But not if Finn Whitman and friends have anything to say about it.

The Kingdom Keepers novels are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Max Finder Collected Casebook Volume 6 by Liam O'Donnell
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Max Finder Collected Casebook Volume 6
Liam O'Donnell
Max Finder Casebooks

Each solve-it-yourself story stars amateur detective Max Finder and his best friend, aspiring journalist Alison Santos. Seventh graders at Central Meadows Junior High, these two intrepid investigators must call upon their reason, memory, critical thinking, and observation skills to crack each case before them. Who is stealing all the bikes from the skate park? Who uprooted the Green Thumb Club's school garden? And why did someone toilet-paper the new girl's house? Readers can decipher the clues for themselves and draw their own conclusions — before the true culprit is revealed.

Bonus content unique to this volume includes a "usual suspects" style introduction to all the recurring characters and a how-to guide for planning a mystery detective party for home or school — extras that are sure to intrigue veteran and new readers alike!

The Max Finder Casebooks are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Invasion of the Dognappers by Patrick Jennings
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Invasion of the Dognappers
Patrick Jennings

Nothing gets past Logan. When he observes that the neighborhood's dogs are mysteriously vanishing, he suspects nothing less than a full-scale alien dognapping invasion. The adults don't believe him, of course, so he enlists his friends to investigate and soon they make a shocking discovery.

Now man's best friend needs help. Fast. Suddenly, Logan and his team are on a mission unlike anything known to man.

This stand-alone story is recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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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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