Janeczko, Paul

Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Writing

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A handbook for the budding cryptographer including codes and ciphers, invisible inks,

concealment techniques, spy stories and some history.2004 (Grades 4-8)


Allison, Jennifer

Gilda Joyce; Psychic Investigator

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During the summer before ninth grade, intrepid Gilda Joyce, invites herself to the San Francisco

mansion of distant cousin Lester Splinter and his thirteen-year-old daughter, where she uses her

purported psychic abilities and detective skills to solve the mystery of the mansions' boarded-up

tower. 2005 (Grades 5-8)



Murder at Midnight


Falsely accused of plotting to overthrow King Claudio, scholarly Mangus the magician, along with his

street-smart servant boy, Fabrizio, face deadly consequences unless they can track down the real

traitor by the stroke of midnight.2009. (Grades 5-8)


Balliett, Blue

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. 2008. (Grade 4-8)


Barnett, Mac

The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity

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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.

2009. (Grades 4-7)


Bell, Michael D.

The Red Blazer Girls: The Vanishing Violin

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Seventh-graders Sophie, Margaret, Rebecca, and Leigh Ann follow a trail of cryptic clues to locate a

rare violin, catch the person sneaking into St. Veronica's School for late-night cleaning and redecorating,

and outsmart a conniving classmate. 2010. (Grades 5-8)


Broach, Elise


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After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human

with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together to help recover a Durer drawing

stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2008. (Grade 4-8)


Cheaney, J.B.

The Playmaker

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While working as an apprentice in a London theater company in 1597, fourteen-year-old Richard

uncovers a mystery involving the disappearance of his father and a traitorous plot to overthrow

Queen Elizabeth. 2000 (Grades 5-8)


Colfer, Eoin

Half-Moon Investigations

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Twleve-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. 2006 (Grades 5-8)


Crossman, David

The Secret of the Missing Grave

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Summering on a Maine island, thirteen-year-old Ab joins her friend Bean in investigating the odd

noises in her boarding house and solving the mystery of a missing treasure and stolen paintings.

1999 (Grades 5-8)


Dahl, Michael

The Horizontal Man

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In the first in a three-volume series of mystery novels, thirteen-year-old Finnegan Zwake stumbles

upon a corpse in his apartment house basement and joins forces with Uncle Stoppard, a famed mystery

writer, to find the thief stealing gold artifacts found by his missing archaeologist parents. 1999 (Grades 4-8)


Dowd, Siobhan

The London Eye Mystery

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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. 2007 (Grades 5-8)


Hahn, Mary Downing

Closed for the Season

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When thirteen-year-old Logan and his family move into a run-down old house in rural Virginia, he

discovers that a woman was murdered there and becomes involved with his neighbor Arthur in a

dangerous investigation to try to uncover the killer. 2009 (Grades 4-8)


Hautman, Pete


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During a field trip in the local woods, Roni and Brian find the local archaeology professor, Andrew Dart,

knocked unconscious in a cave, which leads them to investigate a land development scheme. 2007.

(Grades 6-9)


Hilgartner, Beth

A Murder for Her Majesty

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Horrified at having witnessed her father's murder and fearing that the killers are agents of

Queen Elizabeth I, eleven-year-old Alice Tuckfield hides in the Yorkshire cathedral by disguising

herself as one of the choirboys. 1986 (Grades 5-8)


Hoobler, Dorothy & Thomas

Seven Paths to Death


Samurai Seikei and Judge Ooka, his foster-father, seek seven men who have seven maps on their

backs in order to locate a cache of dangerous weapons before they fall into the wrong hands. 2008.

Grades 5-8)


Horowitz, Anthony

South by Southeast: A Diamond Brothers Mystery


Fourteen-year-old Nick and his bumbling detective brother Tim Diamond investigate a mystery

involving international spies and assassins. 2002 (Grades 5-8)


Lawrence, Caroline

The Enemies of Jupiter

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Jonathan and his friends are called to Rome by the emperor in the winder of 80 A.D. to find the new

Prometheus believed to have brought an epidemic to the city, by Jonathan, obsessed with reuniting

his parents, makes some unwise, and life-threatening choices. 2005 (Grades 5-8)


Mack, Tracy

The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas

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The ragamuffin boys known as the Baker Street Irregulars help Sherlock Holmes solve the mysterious

deaths of a family of circus tightrope walkers. 2006 (Grades 5-8)


Skurzynski, Gloria

Cliff Hanger


Twelve-year-old Jack and his younger sister visit Mesa Verde National Park, where they delve into the

park's history while gradually uncovering the mysterious past of their family's foster child Lucky. 1999

(Grades 6-9)


Springer, Nancy

The Case of the Missing Marquess


Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, must travel to London in disguise to

unravel the disappearance of her missing mother. 2006 (Grades 5-8)


Wallace, Bill

Danger in Quicksand Swamp

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Ben and Jake battle alligators, quicksand, and a murderer when they search for buried treasure on an

island in a swamp.  1989 (Grades 4-8)


Zindel, Paul

The E-Mail Murders

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P.C. and his partner, Mackenzie Riggs, investigate the murder of Dr. Riggs, a colleague of Mac's father,

while in Monaco for the International Psychiatric Association Conference. 2001 (Grades 5-8)