Sunday, August 31, 2008

First Clues: New Mysteries for Kids

First Clues: Mysteries for Kids

We've updated our website by adding four more mystery series and profiling the latest book in the Gates Family historical adventure series.

The Sherlock Files Mysteries

Upon moving into their new London home, Xena and Xander Holmes discover they’re related to Sherlock Holmes and have inherited his unsolved casebook! The siblings set out to solve the cases their famous ancestor couldn’t using modern technology. The first mystery in this series by Tracy Barrett, The 100-Year-Old Secret, has Xena and Xavier researching the mystery of a prized painting that vanished more than a hundred years ago. Can two smart twenty-first-century kids succeed where Sherlock Holmes could not?

Kirkus Reviews called The 100-Year-Old Secret "A strong start to what will undoubtedly remain an enjoyable series." School Library Journal added, "The main characters are observant, bright, and gifted with powers of deduction. A well-paced beginning to a new series." are recommended for young sleuths aged 9 to 12.

The Max and me Mysteries

You'll enjoy meeting Jesse Miller and Max Hunter, both 12, who form a deep but unlikely friendship in the Max and Me mysteries by Patricia H. Rushford. Jesse is thin and frail and has leukemia. Max is wild and adventurous, with spiked hair that changes color from day to day depending on her mood.

Three books have been published to date. In the most recent, The Secret of Ghost Island, a series of burglaries in town has police concerned that a gang of professional thieves is involved. When the girls help a trio of recently orphaned children set up camp on Ghost Island, they accidentally stumble upon the thieves' camp and are trapped.

Combining adventure, suspense, and mystery, the are recommended for readers aged 10 and older. Patricia H. Rushford is also the author of the .

The Sunny's Adventures Mysteries

Everybody loves a good mystery, and Sunny, the intrepid heroine of a new series, is no different. The first chapter book in the series, Sunny's Adventures, takes readers through the case of the lost puppy, the disappearance of a diamond ring, a missing pie, and much more! All the while, children will get to follow the spunky, upbeat Sunny as she solves each problem that arises.

Charmingly illustrated, reading Sunny’s Adventures is a great way to engage your child’s critical thinking as he or she figures out the mystery alongside Sunny.

The are recommended for readers aged 6 to 9. See also the Sunny's Adventures website to download coloring book pages, learn more about Sunny, and get information for parents and teachers.

The Bill the Warthog Mysteries

Dean Anderson is the author of the Bill the Warthog mysteries, a series of four books (to date) that have Bill and his friend Nick Sayga solve kid's crimes while teaching the values of Christian beliefs. Kids will love trying to figure out each chapter's mystery as they enjoy the zany antics of Bill, Nick and their friends.

In the most recent book of the series, Quest for the Temple of Truth, Bill and Nick are on an exciting and mysterious adventure as they uncover the truth of Proverbs.

The are recommended for readers aged 7 to 10.

The Gates Family Mysteries

The third book in the Gates Family mystery series (based on characters in the National Treasure movies), Uncharted by Catherine Hapka, was published last week.

Adam Benjamin Gates and his twin sister, Rebecca, have heard their father's tales of his part in the Revolutionary War and his discovery of a great treasure that helped the Patriots. But they have grown tired of living in the past and long for the adventure and excitement promised in this newborn country. When they hear whispers of a voyage to be undertaken to explore the recently purchased Louisiana Territory, the siblings are determined to take part. Soon, Adam and Rebecca find themselves on a dangerous journey into uncharted lands. But the greatest danger is yet to come when they learn of a treasure hidden deep in the wilderness.

The are recommended for readers aged 10 and older.

is pleased to provide information on nearly 100 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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