Friday, December 28, 2012

First Clues, Mysteries for Kids: New Titles for January 2013

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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 January 2013, listed in approximate order of reading level, from books for younger readers to books for teens and young adults.

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The Tell-Tale Start by Gordon McAlpine

The Tell-Tale Start
Gordon McAlpine
Edgar and Allan Poe

A new series of "misadventures" for readers aged 7 to 9.

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Meet Edgar and Allan Poe — twelve-year-old identical twins, the great-great-great-great-grandnephews of Edgar Allan Poe. They look and act so much alike that they're almost one mischievous, prank-playing boy in two bodies.

When their beloved black cat, Roderick Usher, is kidnapped and transported to the Midwest, Edgar and Allan convince their guardians that it's time for a road trip. Along the way, mayhem and mystery ensue, as well as deeper questions: What is the boys' telepathic connection? Is Edgar Allan Poe himself reaching out to them from the Great Beyond? And why has a mad scientist been spying on the Poe family for years?

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The Case of the Superstar Scan by Lewis B. Montgomery

The Case of the Superstar Scan
Lewis B. Montgomery
The Milo & Jazz Mysteries

The 10th mystery in this series is recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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When teen idol Starr Silveira comes to Westview to film an episode of her hit TV show, Super Starr, the entire town is abuzz. But when kids start receiving mysterious letters from "Starr" asking them to hand over their valuable show memorabilia, Milo and Jazz suspect one thing: a super scam!

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Showdown in Sin City by Wendelin Van Draanen

Showdown in Sin City
Wendelin Van Draanen
Sammy Keyes

Recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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In this pivotal book in the Sammy Keyes series, Sammy tackles the persistent mysteries of her own life.

Mysteries like: Who is her father? And why has her mother kept it such a secret? How long can she manage to hide out in Grams' seniors-only building before someone catches on? Is her mother really planning to marry her boyfriend's father? (Ewww!) And why, why is Heather Acosta so nasty?

During one crazy weekend in Las Vegas, with the help of an entire army of Elvis impersonators, Sammy finally gets some answers. But of course knowledge comes at a price — and solving the mysteries of her own life will cost Sammy more than she ever meant to pay.

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The Case of the Digital Deception by Ellie O'Ryan

The Case of the Digital Deception
Ellie O'Ryan
Club CSI:

Inspired by the television show, these cases are recommende for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Ben, Corey, and Hannah have their work cut out for them when Whitney, the most popular girl in school, comes to Club CSI: for help. At first her case seems easy to crack — someone has been tampering with Whitney's locker, and since her best friend Alyssa has the combination, she is a likely suspect.

But nothing is as simple as it seems, especially once the team learns that other strange things are happening around Whitney. Mysterious charges from a popular Internet drawing game have shown up on Whitney's parents' credit card. Whitney swears she didn't authorize the charges, so who did? The digital drama increases when Club CSI: launches an online investigation — and to uncover the culprit, they'll have to go undercover as players of the game!

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The Bark in Space by Trina Robbins

The Bark in Space
Trina Robbins
Chicagoland Detective Agency

This paranormal series is recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Chicagoland can't get much weirder than this: Raf, Megan, and Bradley have been abducted by aliens from the planet Fnarf III!

And not just your ordinary, everyday aliens, either. These extraterrestrials are intelligent canines, as smart as Bradley, who come from a world where dogs rule and humans drool. And they have a case Bradley can really sink his teeth into: the Fnarfian princess has gone missing, and the space-dogs need help from planet Earth's home team — the Chicagoland Detective Agency — to track her down. After uncovering zombies, mummies, were-mutts, and ghosts, is the Chicagoland Detective Agency up to the job of investigating their first interstellar caper?

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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; Junior Sleuths, ages 10 to 12; and Apprentice Sleuths, ages 13 and older).

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