Friday, February 26, 2010

First Clues, Mysteries for Kids: New Titles for March 2010

First Clues: Mysteries for Kids

, your source for information on over 100 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; Sleuths in Training, ages 10 to 12; and Apprentice Sleuths, ages 13 and older), is pleased to announce a selection of new mystery books (including series books) scheduled for publication during March 2010.

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Bones and the Math Test Mystery by David A. Adler

Bones and the Math Test Mystery by David A. Adler


The 8th book in this series.

Jeffrey Bones’s teacher, Mr. Gale, loses things a lot. One day, Mr. Gale says he can’t find Bones’s math test, but Bones knows he turned it in. It’s time for him to use his detective skills. Can Bones find his test and get an “excellent” grade?

The Bones mystery books are recommended for readers aged 4 to 6.

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The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler

The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler


The 1st in a new series of early chapter books.

"My name is King. I am a dog. I am also a detective." King has a very big mystery to solve. His family is missing, and he's been put in the P-O-U-N-D. Why doesn't his beloved human (Kayla) come to get him? When King is adopted by Connor and his mom, things get more confusing. The new family calls him Buddy! And just as Connor and Buddy start to get acquainted, Connor disappears! Buddy (aka King) has big problems to solve, but with some help from his friend Mouse (a very large dog) and the mysterious cat with no name, he shows what a smart, brave dog can do.

The Buddy Files are recommended for readers aged 4 to 6.

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The Case of the Mixed-Up Mutts by Dori Hillestad Butler

The Case of the Mixed-Up Mutts by Dori Hillestad Butler


The 2nd book in the series.

Buddy was adopted from the P-O-U-N-D and he likes his new family, but he's still searching for Kayla-his first family. What has happened to them? He hopes to solve that mystery soon, but right now he's got another urgent case-two dogs, Muffin and Jazzy, have been switched! How can Buddy get poor Muffin and Jazzy back to their real owners?

The Buddy Files are recommended for readers aged 4 to 6.

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The Case of the Missing Family by Dori Hillestad Butler

The Case of the Missing Family by Dori Hillestad Butler


The 3rd book in the series.

Buddy has settled with his adopted family, but he's never given up on finding his beloved human, Kayla, and his first family. One night he sees men taking things out of Kayla's old house and loading them into a van. What's up? Though his friend Mouse advises against it, in the middle of the night Buddy decides to make a daring move, leaving everything he knows behind. Dori Butler's third case in The Buddy Files will entertain and satisfy the many fans of this brave, funny, and loyal dog.

The Buddy Files are recommended for readers aged 4 to 6.

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Thea Stilton and the Ghost of the Shipwreck by Thea Stilton

Thea Stilton and the Ghost of the Shipwreck by Thea Stilton


A Geronimo Stilton Special Edition mystery.

During a marine biology lesson at Mouseford Academy, the Thea Sisters learn about a mysterious shipwreck off Whale Island. According to legend, a very rare diamond called Jasmine's Heart was on the ship when it sank. When biology teacher Professor Van Kraken disappears, the Thea Sisters have to dive into the deep ocean to find him and the jewel. And just when they think their adventures are over, the Thea Sisters receive an invitation to travel to China to find another missing treasure. It's an adventure these five world-traveling mice will never forget!

This Geronimo Stilton Special Edition Mystery is recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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The Amusement Park Mystery by Shannon Eric Denton (based on the stories of Gertrude Chandler Warner)

The Amusement Park Mystery by Shannon Eric Denton (based on the stories of Gertrude Chandler Warner)


The 10th mystery in this series.

When the Aldens visit their cousins, they're in for a surprise-there's an amusement park nearby! It has everything they could ask for, with plenty of rides and games. But the children see strange lights coming from the closed park at night. And then a mysterious phone call warns them to stay away! Just what is going on at the amusement park?

The Boxcar Children Graphic Mysteries are recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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The Pizza Mystery by Rob M. Worley (based on the stories of Gertrude Chandler Warner)

The Pizza Mystery by Rob M. Worley (based on the stories of Gertrude Chandler Warner)


The 11th mystery in this series.

The Aldens are having a delicious time helping out at a pizza parlor! They toss dough in the kitchen and even invent a new kind of pizza. But when a blackout and other problems hurt business, they begin to wonder if someone is trying to shut down the pizzeria. It's a piping hot mystery for the Boxcar Children!

The Boxcar Children Graphic Mysteries are recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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The Castle Mystery by Shannon Eric Denton (based on the stories of Gertrude Chandler Warner)

The Castle Mystery by Shannon Eric Denton (based on the stories of Gertrude Chandler Warner)


The 12th mystery in this series.

Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny have a fun new job: fixing up an old castle! The spooky old place will be turned into a museum, but first the Aldens must figure out why so many odd things keep happening. Keys go missing, strange music comes from a deserted tower, and soon the Boxcar Children discover the castle has an amazing secret!

The Boxcar Children Graphic Mysteries are recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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Puzzle of the Paper Daughter by Kathryn Reiss

Puzzle of the Paper Daughter by Kathryn Reiss


A Julie mystery.

When Julie discovers a mysterious note written in Chinese, she brings it to her friend Ivy to translate. The note promises great treasure, but it doesn't quite make sense--and Julie suspects it may be written in a secret code. Soon after, the girls' beloved dolls are stolen, and Julie can't shake the feeling that there's a connection between the stolen dolls and the mysterious note. Will Julie and Ivy find the treasure? And will they ever get their dolls back? At the end of the story, the Looking Back section provides historical and interesting facts about Chinese immigration to San Francisco.

American Girl mystery novels are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Secrets at Camp Nokomis by Jacqueline Greene

Secrets at Camp Nokomis by Jacqueline Greene


A Rebecca mystery.

Rebecca loves everything about summer camp, but making friends turns out to be harder than she expected. What secret is her bunkmate hiding -- and why? When camp pranks start getting out of hand and a girl goes missing, Rebecca is determined to find out what's really going on at Camp Nokomis. At the end of the story, the Looking Back section provides interesting facts about summer camps in Rebecca's time.

American Girl mystery novels are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Missing Grace by Elizabeth McDavid Jones

Missing Grace by Elizabeth McDavid Jones


A Kit mystery.

Kit writes a newspaper story about how her dog, Grace, saved the Kittredges and their boarders from a house fire. Grace becomes a local celebrity, and all the attention is a lot of fun for Kit -- until the night Grace mysteriously vanishes. But who would take Kit's dog, and why? At the end of the story, the Looking Back section provides interesting facts abo

American Girl mystery novels are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Tree Soup by Joel Stewart

Tree Soup by Joel Stewart


The 2nd mystery in this series.

Stanley is sleeping in the caravan at the bottom of the garden of his new house. He awakes at the sound of an odd whooooomphing noise and goes to investigate. There appear to be new trees in the garden—very odd. And now his mom and the twins are missing. Could these things be connected? And what about Jim, the old man who lives in the woods with his parrot telling tales of the sea? Could he be involved somehow? Dr. Moon is the only person who can help Stanley with this puzzle, and luckily he's on his way.

The Stanley Wells mysteries are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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The Ghost of Fossil Glen by Cynthia DeFelice

The Ghost of Fossil Glen by Cynthia DeFelice


A reissue of the 1st book in this paranormal series.

Sixth-grader Allie Nichols knows she’s being pursued by a ghost. Her friend Karen calls Allie a liar and doesn’t want to hear “stuff like that.” But her old pal, Dub, listens eagerly as Allie tells him about a girl who begs “Help me,” and a terrible nightmare in which that girl falls to her death. Who is the ghost girl? And what does she want from Allie?

The Ghost Mysteries with Allie Nichols are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Max Finder Collected Casebook Volume 4 by Liam O'Donnell

Max Finder Collected Casebook Volume 4 by Liam O'Donnell


The fourth title in this unique graphic novel series features ten new solve-it-yourself mysteries starring amateur detective Max Finder, aspiring journalist and sidekick Alison Santos, and science geek/forensics expert Zoe Palgrave.

Plus, three never-before-published stories are included — each one told from the perspective of one of the lead characters.

Max Finder graphic novels are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Danger in the Dark by Tom Lalicki

Danger in the Dark by Tom Lalicki


The 4th thrilling adventure in this series.

Harry Houdini — the world’s greatest escape artist — is in need of a new hat. That is what brings him to Bennett & Son, Gentlemen’s Hatters of Fifth Avenue, where young Nathaniel G. Makeworthy Fuller is working for the summer. A surprising friendship develops between the world-famous daredevil and the boy clerk, and it comes just in time. A suspicious stranger has recently wheedled his way into the confidences of Nate’s wealthy great-aunt. Now their house is filled with spooky late-night gatherings, the purpose of which is kept secret from Nate. What is going on? Houdini is just the man to tackle this tangled mystery — and help Nate and his family escape the grasp of an imposter more cunning and dangerous than Nate could have imagined.

This Houdini and Nate mystery is recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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McKenzie's Montana Mystery by Shari Barr

McKenzie's Montana Mystery by Shari Barr


The 3rd adventure in this series.

When Bailey and McKenzie arrive to help at a horse ranch in Montana, they’re immediately entrenched in mysteries: a horse disappearing into thin air, spookiness in an abandoned western town, and ranch hand upheaval. And with all the unexpected action going on, how will they ever find time to prepare for their rodeo competitions? Can the Camp Club Girls successfully combine their skills to help Bailey and McKenzie save the ranch … and the rodeo for Sunshine Stables?

The Camp Club Girls Adventures are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Alexis and the Sacramento Surprise by Erica Rodgers

Alexis and the Sacramento Surprise by Erica Rodgers


The 4th adventure for the girls.

If dinosaurs are extinct, then why do they seem to come to life each night? When Alexis’ friend, Miss Maria, tries to save her business by importing mechanical dinosaurs to her nature park, Alexis and Kate are instantly on the spot to show their support. But the Camp Club girls are soon embroiled in surprises when they soon have to not only deal with mechanical dinosaurs appearing to have minds of their own, but also the local media, which also seems determined to destroy Miss Maria. Can the girls crack the case and keep Miss Maria’s dreams — and business — alive?

The Camp Club Girls Adventures are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Legion of the Dead by Paul Stewart

Legion of the Dead by Paul Stewart


The 3rd mystery in this series.

“The corpses swayed where they stood, their bony arms outstretched before them and tattered sleeves hanging limply in the foggy air. I smelled the sourness of the sewers about them; that, and the sweet whiff of death. Their sunken eyes bored into mine. I was surrounded ...” Barnaby Grimes is a tick-tock lad, delivering messages and running errands all over the city, day and night. Gangland funerals and diving expeditions are hazardous enough, but when the graveyards begin to give up their dead, this tick-tock lad is faced with his deadliest challenge yet ... A blood-curdling tale of greed and betrayal. Will Barnaby be defeated by the Legion of the Dead?

Barnaby Grimes mysteries are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Neil Flambe and the Marco Polo Murders by Kevin Sylvester

Neil Flambe and the Marco Polo Murders by Kevin Sylvester


Fourteen-year-old wunderchef Neil Flambé can cook anything, and patrons pay top dollar and wait months for reservations at his tiny boutique restaurant. What many of Neil’s patrons don’t know, however, is that he’s also a budding detective, code-named “The Nose.” It all started when he used his knowledge of cooking and his incredible sense of smell to acquit his mother’s client of murder. Now, however, some of the best chefs in town are turning up dead, the cops are stumped, and the crime scenes aren’t helping. The only real clues are a mysterious smell and some equally mysterious notes — in Italian! — that have something to do with the great explorer Marco Polo. As more and more chefs fall prey to the killer, and more and more notes turn up, Neil finds himself working not only to solve the murders, but to eliminate himself as the prime suspect!

This Neil Flambe Caper is recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Conspiracy 365 March by Gabrielle Lord

Conspiracy 365 March by Gabrielle Lord


The 3rd thriller in this series.

On New Year's Eve, Cal is chased down the street by a crazed man with a deadly warning: They killed your father. They'll kill you. You must survive the next 365 days! Now everyone's searching for Cal, the psycho kid who's meant to have attacked his uncle and put his sister in a coma. He's desperate to clear his name and protect his family, but he also has less than a year to solve an ancient family secret: the Ormond Singularity. And the closer he gets to the truth, the more dangerous his life becomes. He has 306 days. The threat is growing ...

The Conspiracy 365 novels are recommended for readers aged 13 and older.

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A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee

A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee


The 1st book in this series.

Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there?

This Agency thriller with Mary Quinn is recommended for readers aged 13 and older.

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The Pickle King by Rebecca Promitzer

The Pickle King by Rebecca Promitzer
Non-series

Bea lives in the nowhere town of Elbow, where it rains so much the residents have green mold growing between their toes. Nothing ever happens in Elbow. Its closest claim to fame is a giant pickle factory, owned by Herman, the Pickle King. Herman's a small-time big shot, a local celebrity ... until he turns up dead. And when Bea and Sam stumble across the body -- minus one eyeball -- in the water-logged basement of a creepy old house, suddenly they're ones in a pickle!

With a mystery to solve, maybe this summer won't be such a bore after all ...

This non-series title is recommended for readers aged 13 and older.

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Shadow Mirror by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Shadow Mirror by Richie Tankersley Cusick
Non-series

Unsettling. There’s no better word to describe Miranda Barnes’s ability to hear the cries of the dead, feel the wind move her hair when they run by, and — dare she look into a mirror — see the reflection of a ghostly woman behind her. There’s only one person to turn to for support: Etienne. As sexy as he is mysterious, Miranda can’t help but be drawn to him. He believes her; he wants to help her. But there’s a secret in Etienne’s past, something Miranda’s on the verge of discovering.

As paranormal activity escalates, passion grows, and soon Miranda is caught up in both love ... and tragedy.

This non-series title is recommended for readers aged 13 and older.

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The Mark by M. R. Bunderson

The Mark by M. R. Bunderson
Non-series

She's had it forever. A tiny mark on her hand. No big deal, right? But when Tori discovers that her ordinary freckle is really some kind of microscopic tattoo, she doesn't know what to think, especially after meeting Eric, a guy she feels strangely connected to--and not just because he has a mark too.

All too soon, Tori and Eric realize that their marks are only the first clue to a mystery that will change everything. And with each new discovery, Tori finds herself pulled deeper and deeper into a world she could never have imagined.

This non-series title is recommended for readers aged 13 and older.

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Mystery at Saddle Creek by Shelley Peterson

Mystery at Saddle Creek by Shelley Peterson
Non-series

A few months have passed since Bird regained her voice, and life around Saddle Creek Farm has settled into a nice, normal routine of school, riding and fun. Normal, that is, until a neighbourhood woman is brutally attacked on a local sideroad. When the police don’t act fast enough, the situation goes from bad to worse, with neighbour accusing neighbour and a bent-on-revenge vigilante group springingup to take matters into their own hands.

Although she starts by observing the fuss from the sidelines, Bird quickly finds herself embroiled in the mystery itself. Who had reason to attack Sandra Hall? Does the strange man Bird met in the woods have something to do with it? And what does Kenneth Bradley’s reappearance mean? As Bird struggles to get to the bottom of the mystery, she learns more than she bargained on about her community, her past, and human nature.

This non-series title is recommended for readers aged 13 and older.

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