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Grades 1-2
Bones and the math test mystery

Adler, David A. Bones and the math test mystery.
Detective Jeffrey Bones hates taking math tests, so when his test paper goes missing, he must make a choice- retake the test and try to do better, or find the missing paper.

Olivia and the missing toy

Falconer, Ian. Olivia and the missing toy.
When her best toy mysteriously disappears, Olivia, the feisty pig, is determined to find out who is responsible.


Geisert, Arthur. Mystery.
During a visit to the art museum, a little piglet and her grandfather investigate the disappearance of several paintings. Clues in the illustrations give readers a chance to solve the mystery along with the heroine.

perfectly martha

Meddaugh, Susan. Perfectly Martha.
Martha discovers how the Perfect Pup Institute turns dogs into obedient robots and then does something about it.

Detective dinosaur undercover

Skofield, James. Detective Dinosaur undercover.
In three brief mysteries, Detective Dinosaur learns about doing undercover work, gets chased by strange blobs, and finds rain on a sunny day.

Grades 3 - 4
The secret of the painted house

Bauer, Marion Dane. The secret of the painted house.
When her family moves from Chicago to the country, nine-year-old Emily is drawn to a mysterious playhouse she finds in the woods and soon meets its sad, lonely inhabitant.

buddy files: the case of the library monster

Butler, Dori Hillestad. Buddy Files: The case of the library monster.
Buddy the dog discovers a strange blue-tongued creature in the school library, and investigates what it is and how it got there.

Utterly me: Clarice Bean

Child, Lauren. Utterly me, Clarice Bean.
When someone steals the winner’s trophy for the school book project, Clarice emulates her favorite book heroine, Ruby Redfort, the detective.

Mr. Chickee's funny money

Curtis, Christopher Paul. Mr. Chickee’s funny money.
The Flint Future Detective Club solves the mystery of a quadrillion-dollar bill, with James Brown’s picture on it.

bud barkin private eye

Howe, James. Bud Barkin, private eye.
Howie, the wirehaired dachshund, tries his paw at writing a new kind of novel, a mystery in which he imagines himself as a private investigator and Delilah as the ‘mysterious stranger’.

spying on dracula

LaBatt, Mary. Spying on Dracula.
In this fast-paced, funny mystery, Jennie shows Sam the creepiest house in town. It is dark, surrounded by bats, and inhabited by a frightening creature- does Dracula live there?

secret of the three treasures

Simner, Jannie Lee. Secret of the three treasures.
While pretending to be the heroine of her father’s adventure novels, Tiernay discovers new friends, buried Revolutionary War treasure, and answers to a mystery.

case of the terrible t. rex

Torrey, Michele. The case of the terrible T. Rex.
Fifth-grade sleuths and science experts, Drake and Nell, solve four challenging cases involving a werewolf at a campsite, a faked Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, a talking oven and a polluted stream full of dead fish.

Grades 5 - 6
edgar allan's official crime investigation notebook

Amato, Mary. Edgar Allan’s official crime investigation notebook.
When someone take a pet goldfish, then other items from the classroom, leaving clues in the form of a poem, student Edgar Allan competes with a classmate to solve the mystery.

city of orphans

Avi. City of orphans.
In 1893 New York, thirteen-year-old Maks, a newsboy, teams up with Willa, a homeless girl, to clear his older sister, Emma, from charges that she stole from the brand new Waldorf Hotel, where she works.

door to time

Baccalario, Pierdomenico. The door to time.
After moving from London to an old mansion on the English coast, eleven-year-old twins, Jason and Julia, discover that their new home has twisting tunnels, strange artifacts from around the world and a mysterious locked door.

chasing vermeer

Balliett, Blue. Chasing Vermeer.
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.

case of the case of mistaken identity

Barnett, Marc. The case of the case of mistaken identity.
When twelve-year-old Steve Brixton, a fan of Bailey Brothers detective novels, is mistaken for a real detective, he must elude librarians, police, and the mysterious Mr. E. as he seeks a missing quilt containing coded information.

100 year old secret

Barrett, Tracy. The 100 year old secret.
Xena and Xander Holmes, an American brother and sister living in London for a year, discover that Sherlock Holmes was their great-great-great grandfather when they are inducted into the Society for the Preservation of Famous Detectives and given his unsolved casebook, from which they attempt to solve the case of a famous missing painting.

the puzzling world of winston breen

Berlin, Eric. 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.

shakespeare's secret

Broach, Elise. Shakespeare’s secret.
Named after a character in a Shakespeare play, misfit sixth-grader Hero becomes interested in exploring this unusual connection because of a valuable diamond supposedly hidden in her new house, an intriguing neighbor, and the unexpected attention of the most popular boy in school.

ruby redfort look into my eyes

Child, Lauren. Ruby Redfort: look into my eyes.
Ruby Redfort is a genius code-cracker, a daring detective, and a gadget-laden special agent who just happens to be a 13-year-old girl. She and her slick side-kick butler, Hitch, foil crimes and get into loads of scrapes with evil villains, but they're always ice-cool in a crisis.

room one: a mystery or two

Clements, Andrew. Room one: a mystery or two.
Ted Hammond, the only sixth grader in his small Nebraska town’s one-room schoolhouse, searches for clues to the disappearance of a homeless family.


Cody, Matthew. Powerless.
Soon after moving to Noble’s Green, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Daniel learns that his new friends have super powers that they will lose when they turn thirteen, unless he can use his brain power to protect them.

Half-moon investigations

Colfer, Eoin. Half-Moon Investigations.
Twelve-year-old private investigator Fletcher Moon, nicknamed “Half Moon” because of his shortness, must track down a conspiracy or be framed for a crime he did not commit

London eye mystery

Dowd, Siobhan. The London Eye mystery.
When Ted and Kat’s cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye Ferris Wheel, the two siblings must work together- Ted with his brain that is ‘wired differently’ and impatient Kat- to try to solve the mystery of what happened to Salim.

midnight tunnel

Frazier, Angie. The midnight tunnel: a Suzanna Snow mystery.
Suzanna is in training to be a well-mannered hostess at a Loch Harbor, New Brunswick hotel, but her dream of being a detective gets a boost when a seven-year-old guest goes missing and Suzanna’s uncle, a famous detective, comes to solve the case.


Hiaasen, Carl. Scat.
Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve, and an unpopular teacher goes missing.

Emmy and the incredible shrinking rat

Jonell, Lynne. Emmy and the incredible shrinking rat.
When Emmy discovers that she and her formerly loving parents are being drugged by their evil nanny with rodent potions that can change people in frightening ways, she and some new friends must try everything possible to return things to normal.

Danger in the dark

Lalicki, Tom. Danger in the dark.
Thirteen-year-old Nathaniel, aided by the famous magician Harry Houdini, plots to unmask a phony spirit advisor trying to relieve the boy’s great-aunt of her fortune.

the westing game

Raskin, Ellen. The westing game.
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

ottoline and the yellow cat

Riddell, Chris. Ottoline and the yellow cat.
A string of daring burglaries has taken place in Big City, and precious lapdogs are disappearing. Who is behind this crime wave? Ottoline Brown and her best friend, Mr. Munroe, are on the case!

I put a spell on you

Selzer, Adam. I put a spell on you.
Chrissie Woodward realizes that the adults are out to fix the big spelling bee at Gordon Liddy Community School and starts collecting evidence. This humorous mystery is told through in-class letters, memos, Chrissie’s file notes and testimony from spelling-bee contestants.


Weeks, Sarah. Pie.
After the death of Polly Portman, whose award-winning pies put the town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania, on the map in the 1950s, her devoted niece Alice and Alice's friend, Charlie, investigate who is going to extremes to find Aunt Polly's secret pie-crust recipe.