Children's Book Lists: It's a Mystery

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Jim Averbeck / J MYS AVERBECK
Jim Averbeck Presents a Hitch at the Fairmont
When his aunt is kidnapped, an eleven-year-old boy staying at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel in 1956 tries to find her, with the help of Alfred Hitchcock.

Blue Balliett / J MYS BALLIET
The Calder Game
When seventh-grader Calder Pillay disappears from a remote English village--along with an Alexander Calder sculpture to which he has felt strangely drawn--his friends Petra and Tommy fly from Chicago to help his father find him.

Michael D. Beil / J MYS BEIL
The Red Blazer Girls: the Secret Cellar
When Sophie finds a secret message in the antique fountain pen she bought for her father, she and her friends become involved in a treasure hunt devised by the pen's previous owner, whose house is full of puzzles that protect a hidden treasure.

Eric Berlin / J MYS BERLIN
The Puzzling World of Winston Breen
Puzzle-crazy, twelve-year-old Winston and his ten-year-old sister Katie find themselves involved in a dangerous mystery involving a hidden ring. Puzzles for the reader to solve are included throughout the text.

Patrick Carman / J MYS CARMAN
Skeleton Creek
Although housebound following an eerie accident, teenaged Ryan continues to investigate the strange occurrences in his hometown of Skeleton Creek, recording his findings in a journal and viewing email video clips sent by fellow detective Sarah.

Christopher Edge / J MYS EDGE
Shadows of the Silver Screen
At the dawn of the age of silent films, a mysterious filmmaker proposes turning Montgomery Flinch's sinister stories into motion pictures and, with Monty as the star, filming begins but is plagued by a series of strange and frightening events of which only Penny can uncover the cause.

Chris Grabenstein / J MYS GRABENSTEIN
Escape from Mr. Lemoncellos' Library
Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles inorder to escape.

Kate Hannigan / J MYS HANNIGAN
The Detective's Assistant (also available on audiobook and ebook)
In 1859, eleven-year-old Nell goes to live with her aunt, Kate Warne, the first female detective for Pinkerton's National Detective Agency. Nell helps her aunt solve cases, including a mystery surrounding Abraham Lincoln, and the mystery of what happened to Nell's own father. Includes author's note and bibliographic references.

David A. Kelly / J MYS KELLY
The Rookie Blue Jay
Through the window of their hotel room in the Toronto Blue Jays baseball stadium, cousins Mike and Kate spot strange blue lights flashing across the bullpen and decide to investigate.

Chris D'Lacey / J MYS LACEY
A Dark Inheritance (also available on audiobook)
Discovering his supernatural ability to alter reality, Michael Malone, a boy whose father mysteriously vanished three years earlier, is recruited by an organization dedicated to investigating paranormal phenomena.

Caroline Lawrence / J MYS LAWRENCE
P. K. Pinkerton and the Pistol-Packing Widows
In 1860s Nevada, master-of-disguise P.K. Pinkerton uncovers a sinister plot when he takes a case that calls for him to shadow his friend and mentor, Poker Face Jace.

Harper Paris / J MYS PARIS
The Mystery of the Gold Coin
Second graders Ethan and Ella are sad about moving away from their hometown to travel the world with their mom, a journalist, and dad, who will home school them, but before they go they have a mystery to solve.

Justin Richards / J MYS RICHARDS
Double Life
After finding a mysterious stone and an old casebook, fourteen-year-old Arthur finds himself remembering the 1936 adventures of a boy named Art who, under the identity of the Invisible Detective, works with three friends in London to solve the mystery of sinister puppets who are replacing real people.

Octavia Spencer / J MYS SPENCER
The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit (also available on audiobook)
Twelve-year-old Randi, unhappy about moving from Brooklyn to Deer Creek, Tennessee, after her mother's death, soon finds new friends and a case to solve surrounding a stolen time capsule and rumors of a centuries-old treasure.

Mark Steensland / J MYS STEENSLAND
Behind the Bookcase (also available on ebook)
Sarah, her brother Billy, and her parents are moving into her deceased grandmother's house for the summer in order to fix it up and sell it, but this is a house of locked rooms and many dark and danger-ous secrets.

Robin Stevens / J MYS STEVENS
Murder is Bad Manners
At an English boarding school in the 1930s, crimesolving friends Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells struggle to find an exciting mystery to investigate until Hazel discovers the dead body of Miss Bell, the science teacher.

Jonathan Stroud / J MYS STROUD
The Screaming Staircase (also available on audiobook)
Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.

Cynthia Voight / J MYS VOIGHT
Mister Max: the Book of Lost Things (also available on audiobook and ebook)
When Max's parents leave the country without him, he must rely on his wits to get by, and before long he is running his own--rather unusual--business.

Steve Watkins / J MYS WATKINS
The Secret of Midway
When Anderson takes a U.S. Navy peacoat from a trunk in his uncle's junk shop, he goes home with more than he bargained for.

Jacqueline West / J MYS WEST
The Shadows (also available on audiobook)
When eleven-year-old Olive and her distracted par-ents move into an old Victorian mansion, Olive finds herself ensnared in a dark plan involving some mys-terious paintings, a trapped and angry nine-year-old boy, and three talking cats.