Thursday, February 28, 2008

First Clues: More New Mysteries for Kids

First Clues: Mysteries for Kids

We've updated our website by adding four new mystery series.

Bestselling adult mystery author introduced a new series for young adults in 2005 with the publication of Down the Rabbit Hole. Collectively called the , the series is set in fictional Echo Falls, home of a thousand secrets. A fan of Sherlock Holmes, series lead 13-year-old Ingrid Levin-Hill uses her skills to investigate crime in her community.

Down the Rabbit Hole won the 2005 for Best Children's / Young Adult Novel.

Behind the Curtain, the second book in the series, was published in2006. A third, Into the Dark, is scheduled for publication in March 2008. Amateur sleuths aged 9 and older should enjoy this series.

Bill McCay and Alex Simmons write . In the first book of the series, Sherlock Holmes is Missing!, Archie Wiggins is kicked out of the Baker Street Irregulars, the gang of urchins that assists the famous consulting detective. But then Holmes himself goes missing—and it seems the Irregulars might have had something to do with it. Now Wiggins and a few other misfits form the Raven League and take matters into their own hands.

The second and most recent book in the series, Buffalo Bill Wanted!, was published in 2007. The series is appropriate for readers aged 9 to 12.

, by Candice Ransom, blend history, biography, mystery and adventure. Join Mattie, Alex, and Sophie on their adventures as the magical spyglass whisks them back in time to meet unsung American heroes. Each book ends with a fun, do-it-yourself craft project that encourages readers to delve deeper into the subject of the story.

Published in 2006, the first book in the series, Secret in the Tower, introduces the siblings aged 5, 8, and 9. Gold in the Hills, the eighth book in the series, is scheduled to be published next month. Two additional titles will be published later in the year.

Visit the series website for more information about the books and biographies of the characters.

Applauded by readers, librarians, and critics alike, by M. T. Anderson have best friends Lily Gefelty, Katie Mulligan, and Jasper Dash participating in adventures that feature characters adapted from other mystery series. Jasper Dash, for example, is a Tom Swift-type of entrepeneurial scientist. (Note the play of words on the character's name!)

Two books are currently available in the series: Whales on Stilts! and The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen. A third, Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware, is scheduled for publication later this year. Though the series is intended for readers aged 9 to 12, adults who enjoyed reading series mysteries in their youth will appreciate the references to familiar characters and settings.

is pleased to provide information on over 80 mystery series for children and young adults. Each series is conveniently listed under three different age categories (New Sleuth, ages 4 to 7; Future Sleuth, aged 7 to 10; and Sleuth in Training, ages 10 and older). If you have a favorite mystery series you'd like to see added to our site, please contact us.

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