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Archive for the ‘Mystery’ Category

TO CATCH A KILLER, by Sheryl Scarborough

April 23, 2018

The story: Erin’s mother was murdered when she was two years old, and the crime went unsolved. Now, a similar murder–this one involving Erin’s teacher–pulls Erin back into the spotlight, and even worse, targets her as a suspect. But Erin is an amateur forensic scientist, and she has both the know-how and the daring to […]

FALLOUT (Lois Lane #1), by Gwenda Bond

March 9, 2018

The story: Junior Lois Lane is the new girl in town. Again. Her policy of laying low doesn’t work well for her when she notices another student getting bullied and steps in, only to discover that there are some very strange things going on here in Metropolis–like a group of bullies that is as coordinated […]

THE CHESS QUEEN ENIGMA (Holmes & Stoker #3) by Colleen Gleason

March 9, 2018

The story: Mina and Evaline are back, following clues and destroying vampires as they seek to keep an impetuous princess from running off and an evil schemer from figuring out the secret to living forever (which of course involves vampires, Egyptian cult magic, and the dreaded, illegal phenomenon known as electricity). Tea first, anyone? Mrs. […]

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 […]