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Archive for the ‘Mystery’ Category

FRAMED! (A T.O.A.S.T Mystery) by James Ponti

January 9, 2017

The story: Florian Bates is the Sherlock Holmes of 7th grade. He solves mysteries with T.O.A.S.T (which is not cooked bread, by the way)–it’s the Theory of All Small Things. By keeping track of the tiny details, you can figure out the overall picture. Since he started consulting for the FBI, he’s solved a couple […]

THE GALLERY, by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

October 18, 2016

The story: When she’s kicked out of school, her mother gets Martha a job in the mansion where she works. But no matter how rich, Mr. Sewell and his house are also mysterious. Why does he keep his wife locked up in the attic? Where did her fabulous collection of art go? And why is […]

THE CLOCKWORK SCARAB, by Colleen Gleason

September 20, 2016

The story: Sherlock Holmes’s niece meets Bram Stoker’s vampire-fighting sister in this kick-butt mystery set in steampunk London, 1889. The mysterious Ankh is trying to bring the ancient goddess Sekhmet back to life, and is killing bored young noblewomen to do it. Irene Adler, working for the Crown, has recruited the two very different young […]

HOLD ME LIKE A BREATH, by Tiffany Schmidt

August 22, 2016

The story: Penelope Landlow is the daughter of a crime family that deals in black-market organ sales. Need a heart? A new liver? No problem if you have the cash. She also has a disease that keeps her locked up at home. But when a rival “Family” in the business apparently brutally murders her parents […]

I’M GLAD I DID, by Cynthia Weil

August 22, 2016

The story: JJ Green has just cut a deal with her family of lawyers: working a summer job in the music industry, she must sell and get a song recorded before school starts, or she’ll be doomed to join the family business. What she doesn’t expect to find is a murder, a scandal, or a […]

THE GIRL I USED TO BE, by April Henry

August 22, 2016

The story: When Ariel Benson was three years old, her parents were murdered before her eyes. She was the only witness. Now 17, and using her adopted name of Olivia Reinhart, she returns to the tiny town where the gruesome events took place, determined to find out who did it. Little does she expect that […]


April 7, 2016

The story: When his teacher says that Pete’s dad is a Communist, Pete hardly even knows what that means. But as his friends drop him like a hot potato, Pete decides to figure out if it’s true–and if it is, how did the FBI find out about it? And can they really come around and […]


February 29, 2016

The story: When Quinnie Boyd’s personal tutor goes missing, Quinnie knows she can’t just have gone on an unexpected trip. Quinnie, along with best friend Ben and annoying new girl Ella, starts poking around town looking for clues, much to the irritation of the town sheriff–who also happens to be her mother. Quinnie should have […]

BOOK SCAVENGER, by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

February 24, 2016

The story: When Emily and James stumble onto a clue for the newest Garrison Griswold Book Scavenger game, they’re ready to play. What they don’t realize is that someone else is looking for the clue too–the same person who left Mr. Griswold for dead in a subway station. Now the two have to solve a […]

THE SHRUNKEN HEAD (Curiosity House #1) by Lauren Oliver

February 8, 2016

The story: Four kids with…unusual..talents live at Dumfrey’s Dime Museum, in among the oddities of nature and alongside a bearded lady, a giant named Hugo, and the World’s Fattest Lady. Max can throw knives; Sam is immensely strong; Thomas is a contortionist, and Pippa can read minds (sort of). When the museum’s shrunken head is […]