Wednesday, February 27, 2013

First Clues, Mysteries for Kids: New Titles for March 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 March 2013, listed in approximate order of reading level, from books for younger readers to books for teens and young adults.

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Cupcake Chaos by Carolyn Keene

Cupcake Chaos
Carolyn Keene
Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew

These series titles, with younger aged amateur sleuths based on the original characters in the "Nancy Drew" series, are recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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Spring has sprung in River Heights, along with a brand-new cupcake café! The Lucky Ladybug, run by twin bakers and celebrities Gwendolyn and Carolyn Porter, is the talk of the town. Nancy, Bess, and George can't wait to taste some of the delicious cupcakes!

But on the day of the opening, the ceremony — and the cupcakes — are ruined by hundreds of live ladybugs that invade the store. It's up to Nancy and the Clue Crew to get to the bottom of this cupcake disaster before the Lucky Lady Bug Cupcake Café has to close for good!

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Secret Sand Sleuths by Sarah Kinney

Secret Sand Sleuths
Sarah Kinney
Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Graphic Novels

This series of graphic novels are an extension of the "Clue Crew" series of books, and are recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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A beautiful sand sculpture at the modern art museum is ruined! Fortunately, Nancy and the Crew are on the scene, and while they might not understand all the artwork, they know they like to solve a mystery! Following a mysterious hum, they get lost in the vast museum, and may end up facing more than they can handle.

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Hold Fast by Blue Balliett

Hold Fast
Blue Balliett

This stand-alone novel is recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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Where is Early's father? He's not the kind of father who would disappear. But he's gone … and he's left a whole lot of trouble behind.

As danger closes in, Early, her mom, and her brother have to flee their apartment. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to move into a city shelter. Once there, Early starts asking questions and looking for answers. Because her father hasn't disappeared without a trace. There are patterns and rhythms to what's happened, and Early might be the only one who can use them to track him down and make her way out of a very tough place.

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The First Samurai by Geronimo Stilton

The First Samurai
Geronimo Stilton
Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels

These graphic novels are recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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It's feudal Japan of the first Tokugawa dynasty, and the Pirate Cats are trying to be assigned a specific fiefdom by the emperor. Why? You'll have to read this tale to find out — it will be a legendary romp, with Geronimo Stilton unwittingly becoming a legendary swordsman, Trap showing off his legendary appetite, and Thea Stilton accidentally inventing Kabuki theater! A rattastic tale of honor, acrobatics, and … cars?

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The Boardwalk Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Boardwalk Mystery
Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Boxcar Children

The books in this long-running series are recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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The Aldens are visiting the New Jersey shore and enjoying the beach and the boardwalk attractions. A family friend has just bought an amusement pier, and the children are excited to help out. But there are rumors that the rides aren't safe, and someone has stolen a zombie from the haunted house! Can the Boxcar Children find out what's behind all the trouble?

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Thea Stilton and the Dancing Shadows by Thea Stilton

Thea Stilton and the Dancing Shadows
Thea Stilton
Geronimo Stilton

The books in this spin-off to the "Geronimo Stilton" mysteries are recommended for readers aged 7 to 9.

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The Thea Sisters are headed to Italy for a ballet competition! But the mouselets aren't just there to dance — they are there to investigate. A group is plotting to rig the prestigious contest, and the future of the mouselets' new friend — an aspiring ballerina — is at stake! Can the Thea Sisters stop this scheme before it's too late?

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The Secret of the Long-Lost Cousin by

The Secret of the Long-Lost Cousin
M. Masters, based on a concept by Bruce Lansky
Can You Solve the Mystery?

This new series of short cases are probably best suited for readers at the upper end of the 7 to 9 age group.

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Twelve-year-old amateur sleuths — and best friends — Hawkeye Collins and Amy Adams love to solve cases. They invite readers to follow the clues and sketches to solve crimes in their hometown of Lakewood Hills.

All of the books in the "Can You Solve the Mystery?" series contain 9-10 short mysteries. Readers are given written clues as well as visual clues to help them solve the crime. The answers and a brief wrap-up are given in the back of the book.

Three additional books in the series are also being published this month …

The Case of the Chocolate Snatcher and 8 other mysteries

The Case of the Video Game Smugglers and 9 other mysteries

The Case of the Mysterious Dognapper and 9 other mysteries

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Day of Doom by David Baldacci

Day of Doom
David Baldacci
The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers

The books in this action adventure series are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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It started with a kidnapping. A shadowy organization known only as the Vespers snatched seven members of the Cahill family and demanded a series of bizarre ransoms from around the world. Thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister Amy began a global treasure hunt, determined to bring back whatever Vesper One needed, so long as it kept the hostages safe.

But when they deliver the last ransom, Amy and Dan discover Vesper One's terrifying endgame. The objects he demanded are vital pieces in a Vesper plot that will harm millions of innocent people. Now the two siblings and their friends are in an all-out sprint to stop Vesper One … before the whole world goes BOOM.

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The Alamo by Roland Smith

The Alamo
Roland Smith
I, Q

These action thrillers are recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Fresh off a "too close" encounter with the terrorist group, the Ghost Cell, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Q and Angela head to San Antonio, Texas. As their parents' band, Match, prepares for a concert at the Alamo, the two discover that the Ghost Cell has its tentacles everywhere, including the Lone Star State. With each passing hour, Q and Angela uncover more clues and discover more leads. And the mysterious Boone and his SOS group leave them with more questions than answers, for there is much more to Boone than meets the eye. With time running out to stop another Ghost Cell attack, Angela and Q and the others begin to wonder. Are they following the Ghost Cell or is the Ghost Cell following them?

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Strike Three, You're Dead by Josh Berk

Strike Three, You're Dead
Josh Berk

This stand-alone mystery, which may also serve as the first in a new series, is recommended for readers aged 10 to 12.

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Lenny Norbeck is a die-hard baseball lover. Unfortunately, he's no player himself (according to him, he's "the worst there ever was.") But he'd make a heck of an announcer. He gets a lot of practice sitting with his best friends, Mike and Other Mike, watching Phillies games from their lawn couch — a sweet outdoor TV arrangement Mike's dad hooked them up with. Being a real announcer is his dream, and he gets his chance to prove himself when he enters an "Armchair Announcer" contest and wins. The prize: he gets to be the broadcaster, live, for one inning at a real Phillies game.

The game goes very wrong, though. Before Lenny gets to do his inning, a young, promising pitcher fresh out of the minors literally drops dead on the mound. The official verdict is that he died of a heart attack, but Lenny has a hunch there's something more going on. So he and the Mikes set out to investigate. The suspects are many, and though the trio barks up the wrong tree a few times, they are always right on the heels of the real killer.

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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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