First Clues: Mysteries for Kids is pleased to announce a selection of new mystery, suspense and thriller books (including series titles) scheduled for publication during May 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 Goldfish Mystery
David A. Adler
Young Cam Jansen
This series of mysteries is recommended for readers aged 4 to 6.
Cam, her silly aunt Molly, and her best friend Eric attend a local charity fair. While playing a tossing game, Aunt Molly wins two goldfish — one for Cam and one for Eric. But when Cam and Eric check on their goldfish at home, all they find are empty bowls. How can fish run away? It's up to Cam to solve the mystery!
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The San Francisco Splash
David A. Kelly
These sports-themed mysteries are recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.
Splash! A hit soars over the walls of the San Francisco ballpark on the bay and drops into the water. But then Mike and Kate hear another, much larger splash nearby … and this time it's not a baseball. It's a man overboard! And when he's pulled from the water, the old-time ballplayer discovers his World Series ring is gone! Is it at the bottom of the bay? Or was it somehow stolen by a long-ago rival?
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The Case of the Prowling Bear
John R. Erickson
Hank the Cowdog
This long-running mystery series is recommended for raders aged 7 to 9.
Everyone knows that bears live in the mountains … and there are no mountains in the Texas Panhandle. So, when Slim claims to have seen a bear cross the road, no one knows what to believe, that is, until Deputy Kile spreads a report that there really is a bear on the loose in Ochiltree County!
With news like this, the ranch's Security Force goes on Red Alert. Will Hank be able to defend the ranch from a raging, prowling bear?
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This (presumably stand-alone) mystery is recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.
Murilla Gorilla, the jungle detective, is woken up by a new case: Ms. Chimpanzee's muffins were stolen. But who did it? It's up to Murilla to find out … as long as she can find her badge first! Murilla may seem like a hopeless detective — disorganized, messy and always thinking about her next snack — but out of her mess come some pretty good ideas, and some pretty funny moments too.
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Mystery of the Midnight Rider
Nancy Drew Diaries
This "fresh approach" to the classic mystery series is recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.
At the prestigious — and competitive — River Heights Horse Show, the prizes, which range from money to possible placement on the Olympic Team, are so highly coveted that anyone from the riders to the owners will do anything to win … even drug the horses! Who's up to no good? Nancy, Bess and George are on the case!
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This series of legal thrillers is recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.
Theodore Boone is back, and he's facing his most dangerous case yet. As Strattenburg sits divided over a hot political and environmental issue, Theo finds himself in the middle of the battle. When he uncovers corruption beneath the surface, Theo will confront bigger risks than ever to himself and those he loves. But even face-to-face with danger, Theodore Boone will do whatever it takes to stand up for what's right.
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In Harm's Way
Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers School
This series of mystery adventures is recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.
Benjamin Pratt and his friends Jill and Robert are determined to save their school from destruction. But just when it seems they've finally gotten the upper hand over that awful Janitor Lyman, they're caught completely off guard by his next move: Lyman has called in reinforcements, and suddenly Benjamin, Jill, and Robert find themselves dodging not one evil janitor, but two. That's right: Lyman's got himself a partner. And it quickly becomes clear that Wally, the new guy, is even more corrupt and menacing than Lyman.
Luckily, Ben's team has been growing too. Plus, thank to the latest safeguard, they also have a secret fund of millions of dollars. But all the money in Massachusetts isn't enough to stop Lyman and Wally, not when they've come this far, and not when they are about to put the most harmful part of their plan into play. Could the next safeguard give the Keepers what they need — or has their battle to save the school already been sunk?
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The Frog Who Croaked
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Platypus Police Squad
This new series of illustrated middle-grade books is recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.
When a call comes in about a crime down at the docks involving a missing schoolteacher and a duffle bag full of illegal fish, Zengo and O'Malley are going to have to learn to set their differences aside if they want to get to the bottom of this. Especially when the clues all point to Frank Pandini Jr., Kallamazoo's first son and its most powerful, well-respected businessman.
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The Pirate's Coin
Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure
The books in this fantasy adventure series are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.
Sixth graders Ruthie and Jack return to the Art Institute of Chicago's magical Thorne Rooms. During a school presentation, Ruthie and Jack discover that their classmate Kendra is descended from Phoebe Monroe, the young slave they befriended when they traveled to 19th-century South Carolina. Kendra tells them that long ago her family lost their good name and their business selling herbal remedies when mobsters accused them of stealing the recipes! Only Ruthie and Jack know the truth — because only they know about the secret ledger that Phoebe wrote the recipes in long ago!
Ruthie and Jack's mission to clear Kendra's name takes them back to the Thorne Rooms, where a mysterious old coin leads them to 1753 Cape Cod and to Jack's own ancestor … the pirate Jack Norfleet! But playing with history can be dangerous! Suddenly, Jack's very existence is in jeopardy! Can Ruthie and Jack find the proof they need to help Kendra? And can they fix the past and save Jack's future … before it's too late?
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Giving to the Poor
Outlaws of Sherwood Street
The second book in this series is recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.
Robbie Forester has learned the hard way that life isn't fair. So have her friends Ashanti, Silas and Tut-Tut. But Robbie and her friends — who call themselves the Outlaws of Sherwood Street — want to change that.
When Sheldon Gun, an evil business man, ends up killing Silas's father so he can build a new apartment complex in Brooklyn, the Outlaws know it's up to them to make Sheldon Gun pay. With street smarts, Silas's inventions, and a little help from a charm bracelet, these friends know they can take on Sheldon Gun and win — at least, they hope so. If not, they may end up just like Silas's dad.
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Take Your Last Breath
This series of young adult adventures is recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.
Everyone's favorite girl detective is back for a second mind-blowing installment, packed with all the off-the-wall humor, action, and friendship of the first book. This time, though, it's an adventure on the wide-open ocean, and Ruby is all at sea. Can she crack the case of the Twinford pirates while evading the clutches of a vile sea monster as well as the evil Count von Viscount? Well, you wouldn't want to bet against her.
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The Case of the Plagued Play
This mystery series for young scientists-in-training is recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.
Someone is trying to sabotage the school play, and it's up to Hannah, Ben, and Corey to make sure the show goes on. Club CSI: learns that the play was written by an eighth grader at Woodlands Junior High … Is the culprit a jealous classmate? Or could a disgruntled actor be to blame? As more props go missing and the set is vandalized, Club CSI: must use all of the investigation and forensic science techniques in their arsenal to crack the case. Because if they don't, the play's final curtain call might happen before opening night!
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The Cahill Files: Spymasters
The 39 Clues
This spin-off series of short stories is recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.
In 1814, redcoats burned the White House to the ground. In 1889, Harry Houdini discovered a trick that would save his life. In 1955, the U.S. launched the world's first nuclear submarine. And one family pulled the strings behind the scenes at each of these events: the Cahills — the most powerful family the world has ever known.
Now the Cahills have opened their vault and dangerous secrets are pouring out. This book contains three of them — three stories that will change history as we know it forever. Flee alongside a young Cahill as Washington burns, unlock Houdini's magic, and stow away with young Fiske Cahill on a desperate mission that could cost him his life.
Venture into the vault if you dare. But don't say we didn't warn you.
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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).