Monday, August 1, 2011

More Mysteries

As I said in 10 Great Mysteries for Kids, I love reading mysteries. Here are several more, covering picture books (not just for little kids!), graphic novels and middle grade chapter books. Enjoy!
Jitterbug Jam by Barbara Jean Hicks and Alexis Deacon
Bobo is a monster with a problem - he thinks there's a boy lurking beneath his bed. Is he really there?
How to Live Forever by Colin Thompson
I had a problem when I was reading this story. I was really interested in the story of a boy who lives in a book on a library shelf, as he tracks down a mysterious book, How to Live Forever. Why is this a problem? I kept forgetting to look at the incredibly detailed and rather odd pictures. No matter, I just went back and read it again!
Robot Zot! by Jon Scieszka and David Shannon
If you've ever read The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs or The Stinky Cheese Man, you know this is a fun and fairly strange book. This book begs to be read aloud. If you can't sweet talk someone into doing it, do it yourself and use your best robot voice.
The Yellow House Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
You may be familiar with the Boxcar Children series. This book is part of the Boxcar Children Graphic Novels series. In this story, the Alden children discover a mystery in an old house. Their investigations take them to the wilderness in Maine to track down the former owner of the house.
Jeremy Kreep: Fang Fairy by Andy J. Smith
If you lose a tooth and put it under your pillow, what do you find when you wake up in the morning? Green slime, right? No??? Well, that's what Jeremy Kreep's little brother found. Read this book to find out why...
The Case of the Crooked Carnival by Michele Torrey, illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman
Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey are the sharpest science detective in fifth grade. This book presents 4 mysteries, each told in 2 or 3 chapters. The mysteries are fun and they use science to solve each one. At the end of the book, there are instructions for making scientific equipment such as a Snoop-O-Scope. This book is part of the Doyle and Fossey, Science Detectives series.
Dog Den Mystery by Darrel and Sally Odgers
Jack Russell is a dog detective (yes, he's a Jack Russell terrier) who needs to find the culprit who stole his squeaker bone. I love how Jack uses his dog skills (smelling, digging) to solve the crime. This book is part of the Jack Russell: Dog Detective series.
Who Stole The Wizard of Oz? by Avi
This book was written 20 years ago but except for the lack of technology, it could happen today. Becky and Toby are twins. Becky has been accused of stealing a possibly valuable book from the local library and together they work to clear her name. I couldn't put it down.
Barney and the Runaway by Max Elliot Anderson
Mike can't do anything right. He's doing poorly in school, seldom does his chores at home and his dog Barney is the only one who isn't mad at him. So he does the only thing he can think of to teach his parents a lesson - he runs away, taking Barney with him. Stashing away on a railway boxcar to hide from a police car seemed like a good idea until...
I hope you enjoy reading mysteries as much as I do. What are some of your favorites? Write them in the Comments box!

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