Monday, September 30, 2013

First Clues, Mysteries for Kids: New Titles for October 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 titles) scheduled for publication during October 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 Mystery of Meerkat Hill by Alexander McCall Smith

The Mystery of Meerkat Hill
Alexander McCall Smith
Precious Ramotswe

Recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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Precious wants to be a detective when she grows up. She is always practicing at being a detective by asking questions and finding out about other people's lives. There are two new students in her class, a girl called Teb and a boy called Pontsho. She learns that they are brother and sister, and — even more exciting — that Pontsho has a clever pet meerkat named Kosi.

One day, Teb and Pontsho's family's cow disappears. Precious helps them look for clues to find the cow. But getting the cow back home will require some quick thinking and help from an unexpected source.

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The Spaghetti Max Mystery by David A. Adler

The Spaghetti Max Mystery
David A. Adler
Cam Jansen

Recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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How do you find someone you've never seen?

Mr. Jansen's best friend from childhood, "Spaghetti" Max, is coming for a visit. Cam Jansen, her best friend Eric, and Mr. Jansen go to the airport to meet Max. While they're looking for him, a distressed traveler asks Cam to help him find his missing daughter. But what use is Cam's photographic memory if she has never seen the missing girl? And where is Spaghetti Max? Can Cam solve this double mystery?

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Enter the Dragon Mystery by Sarah Kinney

Enter the Dragon Mystery
Sarah Kinney
Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Graphic Novels

Recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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Pre-teen detective Nancy Drew and her best friends Bess and George have seen a lot while solving mysteries in River Heights. But none of them have ever met a dragon before!

When the exotic pet mysteriously appears on their teacher's desk, the Clue Crew have to discover where it came from, how to get it back home, and most importantly, how to take care of it in the meantime.

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Nowhere To Run by Jude Watson

Nowhere To Run
Jude Watson
The 39 Clues: Unstoppable

Recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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The Cahill family has a secret. For five hundred years, they have guarded the 39 Clues — thirty-nine ingredients in a serum that transforms whomever takes it into the most powerful person on earth. If the serum got into the wrong hands, the disaster would rock the world. So certain Cahills have always made it their mission to keep the serum safe, buried, locked away. Until now.

Thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, are the latest guardians of the Clues. They think they've done everything right, but a tiny mistake leads to catastrophe. The serum is missing and Dan and Amy have to get it back and stop who stole it … before it's game over. For everyone.

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Russian Roulette by Anthony Horowitz

Russian Roulette
Anthony Horowitz
Alex Rider

Recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Alex Rider's life changed forever with the silent pull of a trigger.

When Ian Rider died at the hands of the assassin Yassen Gregorovich, Alex, ready or not, was thrust into the world of international espionage — the world's only teenage spy. Alex vowed revenge against Yassen and the two have battled ever since. Yet, years ago, it was none other than Alex's own father who trained and mentored Yassen, turning him into the killer he would eventually become.

What makes us choose evil? Why did one boy choose to kill while another chose to risk his life to save others? In some ways, Alex Rider and Yassen Gregorovich are mirror images of each other. Yet the paths they traveled turned them into mortal enemies.

This is Yassen's story. A journey down a darkened path.

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The Mystery of the Mischievous Maker by Rene Saldana

The Mystery of the Mischievous Maker
Rene Saldana
Mickey Rangel

Recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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It's Monday morning, and kid detective extraordinaire Mickey Rangel is on the hot seat. "You must be wondering why I've called you to my office," said Mrs. Abrego, the school principal. And in fact, Mickey has been racking his brain and sweating bullets, trying to figure out what he has done to warrant being pulled out of homeroom. Could it have been the spitball fight with his twin brother Ricky on the bus? How could word have gotten to Mrs. A that quickly?

When she instead brings up the recent rash of graffiti on school grounds, Mickey is initially horrified that she might think he's involved. But he quickly realizes why she has called him in: she needs his help! Mrs. A has heard that Mickey is a detective, and he confirms that he's the "real deal", with an online certificate to prove it. She wants him to unmask the Mischievous Marker, the person writing messages all over the school's walls.

The culprit has left numerous clues in his postings mainly a pronounced lack of grammar and spelling skills and that, along with an anonymous message from a supposed eyewitness pointing the finger at Mickey's life-long nemesis, Bucho, seem to make for an easy case to solve. But Bucho has denied the accusation and asked for Mickey's help. So Mickey flabbergasted but intrigued is "on the case."

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Fire Storm by Andrew Lane

Fire Storm
Andrew Lane
Young Sherlock Holmes

Recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Young Sherlock's friend and her father have vanished. Their house looks as if nobody has ever lived in it; the neighbors claim never to have heard of them. Sherlock begins to doubt his sanity, until a clever clue points him to Scotland. Following that clue leads him into a mystery that involves kidnapping, bodysnatchers, and a man who claims he can raise the dead. Only the budding detective Sherlock can untangle the mind-bending — and dangerous — puzzles that ensnare his friends.

Think you know Sherlock Holmes? Think again!

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Dead City by James Ponti

Dead City
James Ponti
A Dead City Thriller

Recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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When Molly Bigelow discovered that zombies shared New York with humans, she didn't think life could get more shocking. Then she learned that her mother was once one of the greatest zombie killers ever — and she discovered that her dead mother is not technically dead at all (although she isn't alive, either).

Molly's efforts to keep these secrets and to help her Omega team track down the identity of the original thirteen zombies will take her from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade to New Year's Eve in Times Square. Her loyalties to friends and family will be put to the test. And her life will be changed in ways she never could have imagined.

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Tower of the Five Orders by Deron R. Hicks

Tower of the Five Orders
Deron R. Hicks
The Shakespeare Mysteries

Recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Colophon Letterford's life changed overnight when she uncovered Shakespeare's lost manuscripts. Now the authenticity of those manuscripts is in question … and the centuries-old family publishing business is in danger. Thirteen-year-old Colophon travels from Oxford's lofty Tower of the Five Orders to the dank depths of London's sewers in her pursuit of truth and honor. But the stakes are high …

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The Private School Murders by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

The Private School Murders
James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Recommended for readers aged 13 and older.

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Wealthy young women are being murdered, and the police aren't looking for answers in the right places. Enter Tandy Angel. Her first case was the mystery of her parents' deaths. Now she's working to exonerate her brother of his girlfriend's homicide. And danger just got closer.

One of the recent victims was a student at Tandy's own elite school. She has a hunch it may be the work of a serial killer … and Tandy perfectly fits the profile of the killer's targets. Can she untangle the mysteries in time? Or will she be the next victim?

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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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