39 Clues Series. The Maze of Bones.(FIC THI) Amy and Dan Cahill have just found out about the opportunity of a lifetime. When their elderly relative dies, they have to choose whether to inherit one million dollars immediately or get the first of thirty-nine clues that could lead them to the greatest treasure in the world. Which would you choose? More titles in this series: Beyond the Grave, The Black Circle, The Emperor’s Code, In Too Deep, One False Note, Storm Warning, The Sword Thief and The Viper’s Nest.
Anderson, Janet . The Last Treasure.(FIC AND) Ellsworth and his distant cousin have never met each other or the relatives they’re living with over the summer, but they join forces to solve a family mystery that could lead to a family treasure. Nominated for the Rebecca Caudill Award.
Anderson, M.T.. The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen. (FIC AND) Lily, Jasper, and Kate are your average book heroes looking for some relaxation at the Moose Tongue Lodge. Unfortunately, trying to uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of a number of other children’s book heroes and some treasures doesn’t leave them much time to rest.
Avi, Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? (FIC AVI) Becky and her twin brother Toby have never been in any real trouble, but when a rare and valuable book is missing from the library, it looks like they are the main suspect in its theft. Now it's it up to Becky and Toby to find the real thief before any more books get stolen.
Balliett, Blue. Chasing Vermeer. (FIC BAI) Puzzles, codes, letters, and danger are all in store for Petra and Calder as they attempt to solve the mystery of a missing painting. More in this series: The Wright 3 and The Calder Game.
Barnett, Mac. The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity. (FIC BAR) The Baily Brothers detective novels are Steve Brixton’s favorite books. He’ll need to use everything he’s learned from those books if he hopes to find the missing quilt that contains coded information. First Steve will have to outwit librarians, police, and a mystery man. Another title in this series: The Ghost Writer Secret.
Barrett, Tracy. The 100-Year-Old Secret.(FIC BAR) Sherlock Holmes is the most famous detective of all time. Xena and Xander Holmes have just discovered that he was also their great-great-great grandfather, and now they are attempting to solve a case from his casebook. More from this series: The Beast of Backslope and The Case That Time Forgot. 2016 Bluestem Nominee
Beaty, Andrea. Secrets of the Cicada Summer. (FIC BEA) Lily hasn't spoken a word since her brother died 2 years ago. The elderly store owner in her small Illinois town takes Lily under her wing, but everything changes when Tinny comes to Orena from Chicago. Tinny is sneaky and has a serious secret but does everything she can to make Lily look like the guilty one. If she doesn't speak up for herself, Lily could be in a whole lot of trouble.
Beck, W.H.. Malcolm at Midnight. (FIC BEC) Mr. Binney and his class believe that their new class pet is a mouse, but Malcolm knows he is a rat. Unfortunately, rats do not have a good reputation so Malcolm keeps his true identity a secret. Soon after joining the secret society of class pets that is dedicated to keeping nutters and lankies (human children and adults) out of trouble, one of the members disappears, and Malcolm learns that he is a major suspect. If he can find the missing iguana, perhaps Malcolm can clear his good name. However, there seems to be danger and deception around every corner.
Berlin, Eric. Puzzling World of Winston Breen. (FIC BRE) Solving puzzles is what Winston Breen loves to do. When he accidently gets involved on a 25-year-old scavenger hunt, the treasure could be worth thousands of dollars, but the search could prove to be very dangerous. Another title in this series: The Potato Chip Puzzles.
Broach, Elise Missing on Superstition Mountain. (FIC BRO) Even though they’ve been warned time and again to stay out of the Superstition Mountains near their new home, brothers Simon, Henry, and Jack can’t resist following their cat right into them. They soon learn why they’ve been warned to stay away when they find three skulls. Whose are they? How long have they been there? Is there anyone the boys can trust?
Broach. Elise. Shakespeare's Secret.(FIC BRO) Just because Hero was named after a character in a Shakespeare play, doesn’t mean she knows all about the famous writer. However, when she realizes that a mystery involving her new house and a missing diamond may be connected to one of Shakespeare’s relatives, Hero suddenly becomes very interested in learning more. More by this author: Masterpiece.
Buckley, James. The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives. (FIC BUC) Sisters Sabrina and Daphne Grimm thought they were orphans until they met their unusual grandmother. Despite Granny Relda’s green meatballs, shelves filled with magic books, and Sabrina’s suspicions, the girls become quite attached to her. In fact, after Granny Relda is taken off by a giant, the girls will face more giants, pixies, fairies, and witches to get their grandmother home safely. More in this series: The Everafter War, Magic and Other Misdemeanors, Once Upon a Crime, Tales from the Hood, and The Unusual Suspects.
Cheshire, Simon. The Curse of the Ancient Mask: and Other Case Files.(FIC CHE) Saxby relies on help from his friend to solve mysteries involving a cursed mask, some sabotaged stories, and a missing charm. More from this series: The Treasure of Dead Man’s Lane
Cronin, Doreen. Trouble with Chickens. (FIC CRO) When a mama chicken needs help finding two missing chicks, she calls on J.J. Tully, a retired search-and-rescue dog. There are plenty of suspects and other funny characters to keep you guessing. Sequel = Chicken Squad.
Evans, Lissa. Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery & a Very Strange Adventure. (FIC EVA) Stuart's great-uncle is a magician who has actually disappeared--or so it seems. As he attempts to solve the mystery of what happened to his great-uncle, Stuart must solve logic puzzles, codes, crosswords, maps, and other brain teasers. Is he up to the challenge?
Feinstein, John. Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery.(FIC FEI) Winning a writing contest and going to the Final Four basketball tournament in New Orleans is Steve’s ultimate dream. However, when Steve arrives at the Superdome and overhears a suspicous conversation, he realizes that the real adventure is just beginning.
Grabenstein, Chris. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library. (FIC GRA) Join Kyle Keeley, class clown, and eleven other 12 year olds as they enter Mr. Lemoncello's Library after winning a contest. Mr. Lemoncello is a famous game-maker and has turned this event into another contest where players must use famous works of literature to find clues to help them escape from the library before noon the next day. What will it take to win and what will happens if you lose? 2016 Bluestem Nominee
Hale, Bruce. Chet Gecko series (FIC HAL) Whether the mystery is at home or at school, Chet Gecko, a fourth grade lizard, and his friends, are on the case. Many more titles in this series.
Hiaasen, Carl. Flush.(FIC HIA) Noah and Abby take matters into their own hands after their father is sent to jail for sinking a boat that has been dumping its toilets into the water around the Florida Keys. Who will be protecting them while they’re trying to protect the wildlife?
Keane, Dave. Joe Sherlock: The Haunted Toolshed. (FIC KEA) Joe Sherlock tries to be like his hero, Sherlock Holmes, by solving a mystery of some strange noises coming from his neighbor’s toolshed. Does this fourth grader have what it takes to be like his idol? More in this series: The Headless Mummy, The Missing Monkey-Eye Diamond, The Neighborhood Stink, and The Art Teacher’s Vanishing Masterpiece.
Klise, Kate. Letters from Camp (FIC KLI) Camp Harmony sounds like such a nice place, but you'll find out by reading the letters, postcards, advertisements, and newspaper articles that make up this mystery that getting away from the camp will be music to the children's ears. More by this author: Regarding the Fountain, Regarding the Sink, Regarding the Trees, Regarding the Bees, Regarding the Bathrooms, and Trial by Journal.
Lawson, Jessica. Nooks and Crannies. (FIC LAW) A mansion filled with mystery, and the possibility of money, awaits kind-hearted Tabitha Crum and her pet mouse Pemberly when they receive an invitation to the home of Countess Camilla DeMoss. Tabitha and five other adopted children have been invited by the countess to determine if one of them could be her long-lost grandchild. Strange things are seen and heard at the mansion, and children are disappearing. It's a good thing Tabitha has read so many mysteries and is ready to try her luck to solve the mystery surrounding the mansion.
Malone, Marianne. Stealing Magic: A Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure. Fantasy/Mystery (FIC MAL) Jack and Ruthie have just returned from their adventures after using a magical key to shrink themselves small enough to enter the Thorne Rooms, 68 miniature rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago. They soon realize that someone has stolen treasures from those rooms, and they want to catch the thief.
Mass, Wendy. The Candymakers. (FIC MAS) Winning a candy making contest could be a dream come true, but each of the four contestants has a secret that could change the outcome of the contest. Logan is the son of the current candy maker. Miles claims that he's allergic to pancakes, merry-go-rounds, the color pink and more. Daisy seems cheerful, pretty, and friendly, but easily lifts 50 pound bundles of taffy like they weigh no more than a single piece of candy. Philip wears suits, constantly writes, in a notebook, and doesn't want anyone to see his work. What secrets will be revealed, and how will they winner be determined?
McKinlay, Meg. Below. (FIC MCK) Cassie never really knew Old Lower Grange. After all, the day the mayor flipped the switch to flood the town under 200 feet of water was the day she was born. With a big celebration coming up to mark the event, Cassie wants to learn more about the town she never really knew. To do that, she and her friend Liam have been swimming over the sight of the sunken city and diving down to see what still stands. The friends realize that many secrets lie beneath the water, and someone will stop at nothing to keep those secrets hidden.
Messner, Kate. Capture the Flag. (FIC MES) Being stranded at the airport by a snowstorm gives three 7th graders a chance to meet and discover an important secret that they share. They’re hoping to use that secret to help solve the mystery of who stole the “Star Spangled Banner” before one of their moms is convicted of the crime.
Mitchelhill, Barbara. Damian Drooth Supersleuth: How to Be a Detective. (FIC MIT) While Damian Drooth is training other kids to become detectives just like him, they uncover a real mystery when they go to a dog show.
Oliver, Lauren. The Shrunken Head. Mystery (FIC OLI) Dumfrey's Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders is home to orphans Philippa, Sam, Thomas, and Max. Each has a special talent such as being the strongest boy in the world, mind reader, knife thrower, or magician. They'll need to use those abilities to find out what happened to the shrunken head that was stolen from the museum and who is behind that series of murders.
Paris, Harper. Mystery of the Gold Coin. (FIC PAR) Ethan and Ella are not excited about their parents' plan for the family to travel around the world so their mother can work on her writing career while their dad homeschools them. On the day they are scheduled to leave, Ethan loses the gold coin his grandfather just gave him. He can't leave without this special gift, but if they don't find the coin soon, he will have no choice. More in this series= Mystery of the Lion's Tail, Mystery of the Mosaic, Mystery of the Stolen Painting, Mystery in the Forbidden City.
Paulson, Gary. Mudshark. (FIC PAU) Lyle Williams A.K.A. Mudshark has a lot of work to do if he hopes to deal with a terrorizing gerbil, a psychic parrot, a bathroom disaster, and sixty-five missing erasers.
Quinn, Spencer. Woof: A Bowser and Birdie Novel. (FIC QUI) Bowser is a lucky mutt who gets adopted by Birdie and her grandmother on the very day that a family heirloom is stolen from their bait and tackle shop in the Louisiana bayou. As Bowser and Birdie investigate, readers will wonder whether Bowser's luck is good or bad as they find themselves getting deeper and deeper into mystery, secrets, and danger.
Skurzynski, Gloria. Mysteries in Our National Parks: Rage of Fire. (FIC SKU) While visiting Hawaii, Jack and Ashley get lost in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park after a boy they're traveling with convinces them that they are being chases by the Volcano Goddess Pele. More in this series: Deadly Waters, Out of the Deep, and Buried Alive.
Snicket, Lemony. Who Could That Be at This Hour? (FIC SNI) As a 13-year-old boy, Lemony Snicket became the apprentice of S.Theodora Markson trying to find what they believe is priceless statue of the Bombinating Beast in the tiny town of Stain'd By The Sea. If they have any hope of discovering the thief, Lemony must stop asking the wrong questions, according to Ms. Markson. Sequel = When Did You See Her Last?
Spencer, Octavia. Ninja Detectives: Time Capsule Bandit. Mystery (FIC SPE) Randi's dad hasn't written any Glenn Street detective novels since her mom passed away. Although Randi dreads moving to the mountain of Tennessee from New York, she's hoping that the change of scenery will inspire her dad to begin writing again. In the meantime, Randi and her new friends have found a real mystery of their own to solve when the town's time capsule goes missing just before the big ceremony that was designed to bring enough tourist to save the town is about to take place. Randi will need all her detective and tae kwon do skills to get to the bottom of this case.
Tarpley, Natasha. The Harlem Charade. (FIC TAR) After Elvin's grandfather is attacked and left in a coma he joins with to more unlikely friends to find out who attacked his grandfather and why. Their detective work leads them to more mysteries involving art, a proposed theme park, and the loss of historic landmarks in their Harlem community. These three seventh graders don't realize that the closer they get to the answers to their questions, the more danger they are in.
Teplin, Scott. Clock without a Face. (FIC TEP) Thirteen floors of an apartment building have been robbed, and it’s up to Detective Roy Dodge to solve the mystery. Use the clues in the drawings to find twelve real jeweled numbers hidden around the country.
Torrey, Michelle. Case of the Mossy Lake Monster, Case of the Graveyard Ghost, and the Case of the Barfy Birthday (FIC TOR) Match your own science knowledge with Fossey and Doyle in these titles from the Science Detectives series.
Turnage, Sheila. Three Times Lucky. (FIC TUR) When she was just a baby, Mo LoBeau washed ashore in Tupelo Landing during a hurricane and has lived with the Colonel and Miss Lana, the people who found her. Since Mo's been old enough to write, she's kept a journal of letters to her upstream mother, but lately she's been using that journal as a notebook in a crime investigation involving a murder. The suspects seem too numerous to imagine, and even Mo's best friend Dale and the Colonel are on the list. Leave it to Miss Mo to get to the bottom of the case. Sequel=Ghosts of Tupelo Landing.
Tyre, Lisa Lewis. Last in a Long Line of Rebels. (FIC TYR) After overhearing that the home her family has been in since her ancestors lived there during the Civil War is about to be taken by the city of Zollicoffer, Tennessee, twelve-year-old Louise Mayhew is desperate to have it be declared a historical landmark to save it. If the rumors of gold supposedly stolen by her Confederate army captain great-great-great grandfather and buried on the property are true, Louise (Lou) and her friends have got to find that treasure! Perhaps the her great-great-great grandmother's diary will hold the clues.
Van Draanen, Wendelin. Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief. (FIC VAN) Sammy Keyes can't believe she actually lowered her binoculars and waved at the thief in the hotel across the street Officer Borsch will never believe her because he already thinks she's a major pain. It's up to Sammy to uncover the thief's true identity before the thief figures out how to get to her. More in this series: Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man and Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen.
Weeks, Sarah. Pie. (FIC WEE) Aunt Polly made the best pies anyone had ever tasted. When Polly passes away, she leaves her award winning recipes to her cat named Lardo and leaves Lardo to Alice. Now everyone in town wants to win the prize and will do just about anything to discover the secret to Polly’s recipes. 2014 Bluestem Nominee
Winters, Ben. The Secret Life of Ms. Finkelman. (FIC WIN) Find a mystery in your own life and solve it. That is Bethseda’s social studies assignment. What could be mysterious about her ho hum music teacher? Bethseda’s discoveries are about to rock her world!
Wood, Maryrose. The Mysterious Howling. Historical Mystery (FIC WOO) Penelope Lumley is delighted to meet the three young children she will care for at her very first job as a governess. Although the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females has trained her well, fifteen-year-old Penelope faces an unbelievable challenge when she realizes that the children she’s been hired to care for had previously been raised by wolves. To make matters worse, Miss Lumley is expected to make these Incorrigibles behave in a civilized manner in time for the Christmas Ball at Ashton Place. Miss Penelope Lumley has her hands full with this first assignment as a governess, but she’s ready to face the challenge head on. Sequel is The Hidden Gallery.