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Archive for the ‘Mystery’ Category

BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA, by Lauren Wolk

December 7, 2017

The story: Crow washed up on an island off the coast of Massachusetts when she was a tiny baby, and Osh rescued her. Now that she’s twelve, she wonders who her parents were, and why she was abandoned in such a strange way. Could it have something to do with the leper colony just down […]

THE GOLDFISH BOY, by Lisa Thompson

October 13, 2017

The story: Matthew’s OCD keeps him in the house, as far away from germs as he can get. Who would have thought that a kid who spends most of his time watching out the window would be the one putting together clues to solve the disappearance of a neighbor’s grandson? If Matthew can’t do it, […]

SPLINTER, by Sasha Dawn

September 29, 2017

The story: Sami’s mother disappeared ten years ago, but the teen refuses to believe she’s dead. Yet now, a decade later, clues start to surface…clues indicating her mother is dead, cludes that point to her father as the killer. Sami doesn’t want to believe it–can’t believe it–but can she and her best friends track down […]

THE VAN GOGH DECEPTION, by Deron R. Hicks

September 29, 2017

The story: A boy is found, sitting in the National Museum of Art, with no memory of how he got there, no memory of who he is. Taken in by Mary Sullivan and her daughter, “Art” and Camille go on the trail, tracking down the very few clues they have–only to turn up a fraudulent […]

HELL & HIGH WATER, by Tanya Landman

September 28, 2017

The story: When biracial Caleb’s father is wrongfully convicted in 1750s Britain, the teen makes his escape to an aunt’s house on the west coast of England. Yet his life there is filled with prejudice, contempt, and even mystery…and when his father’s body washes up on the shore, no one believes it’s him. When Caleb […]

SPLINTER, by Sasha Dawn

September 27, 2017

The story:¬†¬†Sami’s mother disappeared ten years ago, but the teen refuses to believe she’s dead. Yet now, a decade later, clues start to surface…clues indicating her mother is dead, cludes that point to her father as the killer. Sami doesn’t want to believe it–can’t believe it–but can she and her best friends track down the […]

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 […]