The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (age 8-11)
by Chris Van Allsburg
authorship ... mystery
Harris left a title, but you fill in the stories accompanying these beautifully detailed illustrations.
My Life As a Book (age 8-11)
by Janet Tashjian
humor ... mystery ... school
Publisher comments: Summer's finally here, and Derek Fallon is looking forward to pelting the UPS truck with water balloons, climbing onto the garage roof, and conducting silly investigations. But when his parents decide to send him to Learning Camp, Derek's dreams of fun come to an end. Ever since hes been labeled a "reluctant reader," his mom has pushed him to read "real" books; something other than his beloved Calvin & Hobbes. As Derek forges unexpected friendships and uncovers a family secret involving himself (in diapers! no less), he realizes that adventures and surprises are around the corner, complete with curve balls.
Pearl's Promise (age 8-11)
by Frank Asch
friendship ... adventure ... mystery
With her brother in the clutches of a python in a pet shop, Pearl, a mouse, goes through hair-raising adventures to rescue him.
Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators Series (age 8-11)
Jupiter Jones' firm of young detectives is on the case.
title: The Three Investigators in the Mystery of the Flaming Footprints by M. V. Carey F CAR
Kneeknock Rise (age 8-11)
by Natalie Babbitt
folklore ... mystery
From the moment young Egan arrives in Instep, he senses the spell cast over the villagers by the Megrimum--the mysterious something that lurks on the mist-wreathed peak of Kneeknock Rise. Everyone shudders in horror--delicious horror--whenever the Megrimum's unearthly wail floats down to the village. Before long, Egan is climbing the Rise to find a practical explanation for those wails.
The Johnny Dixon Mysteries (age 8-11)
by John Bellairs
magic ... spooky ... mystery
Thirteen-year-old Johnny Dixon joins Professor Childermass to take on the forces of evil...both natural and supernatural.
title: Secret of the Underground Room
title: The Eyes of the Killer Robot
title: The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt
title: The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost
title: The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull
The Pea Soup Poisonings (age 8-11)
by Nancy Means Wright
Catalog: Zoe Elwood, hoping to get into her brother's spy club, takes on the challenge to find out who poisoned Alice's grandmother.
The Would-Be Witch (age 8-11)
by Ruth Chew
mystery ... spooky
Two children are convinced that the owner of the nearby antique shop is a witch.
Goosbumps Series (age 8-11)
by R. L. Stine
mystery ... spooky
The Goosbumps mystery series will chill you to the bone!
title: The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena
title: The Cuckoo Clock of Doom
title: Ghost Beach
title: Ghost Camp
title: The Ghost Next Door
title: The Haunted Mask
title: The Headless Ghost
title: The Horror at Camp Jellyjam
title: How I Got My Shrunken Head
title: How to Kill a Monster
title: Let's Get Invisible!
title: One Day at HorrorLand
Tales from the House of Bunnicula (age 8-11)
by James Howe
authorship ... humor ... mystery
Dear possible reader of this book: I want to be a writer, just like my uncle Harold, who wrote a bunch of books about our friend Bunnicula. So I wrote this story. And boy! Did I ever get into trouble! My friend Delilah stopped speaking to me because I put her in my book. Uncle Harold stopped speaking to me because I didn't put him in my book. A writer's life isn't easy! But back to my story: It's about how a talented and lovable (not to mention smart) wirehaired dachshund puppy named Howie saves the world from a disgusting, evil menace named...oops, that would give away the story. But trust me, this menace is disgusting and evil, all right!!! Your friend, Howie
title: Nighty-Nightmare
Diamond Brothers Mysteries (age 8-11)
by Anthony Horowitz
humor ... mystery
What would Tim Diamond, the world's worst private detective, do without his quick-thinking brother Nick? The bumbling detective and his kid brother are at it again in these hilarious, fast-paced mysteries. Find out if Nick can get to the bottom of these mysteries before Tim messes everything up, or worse, gets them both killed.
title: Public Enemy Number Two: a Diamond Brothers Mystery
title: South by Southeast: a Diamond Brothers Mystery
title: The Falcon's Malteser
title: Three of Diamonds: Three Diamond Brothers Mysteries
Series: The Name of This Book Is Secret (age 8-11)
by Pseudonymous Bosch
mystery ... adventure ... action ... humor
Publisher comments: Warning: this description has not been authorized by Pseudonymous Bosch. As much as he'd love to sing the praises of his book (he is very vain), he wouldn't want you to hear about his brave 11-year old heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest. Or about how a mysterious box of vials, the Symphony of Smells, sends them on the trail of a magician who has vanished under strange (and stinky) circumstances. And he certainly wouldn't want you to know about the hair-raising adventures that follow and the nefarious villains they face. You see, not only is the name of this book secret, the story inside is, too. For it concerns a secret. A Big Secret.
title: The Name of This Book Is Secret
title: If You're Reading This, It's Too Late
title: This Book Is Not Good For You
title: This Isn't What It Looks Like
Basil of Baker Street (age 8-11)
by Eve Titus
adventure ... mystery
Basil--famous sleuth of mousedom--lived in the cellar of Sherlock Holmes' house. A devoted admirer of the great detective, he had learned his craft by listening at the feet of Holmes himself. The Mystery of the Missing Twins was one of the strangest cases in Basil's career. He had only a few crumbs of clues with which to find solutions to such baffling questions as: Who had masterminded the plot? Where were the twins, Angela and Agatha, being kept?
The Phantom of Five Chimneys (age 8-11)
by Betty Ren Wright
mystery ... spooky
Catalog: Daisy has to stay with a friend at a beach house for two weeks, but it isn't boring when she finds a grisly discovery in a cave.
A Ghost in the House (age 8-11)
by Betty Ren Wright
mystery ... spooky
Catalog: Strange things happen when twelve-year-old Sarah is alone in the house with Great Aunt Margaret, who appears to be the victim of a ghost seeking revenge for a death in the past.
The Ghost in Room 11 (age 8-11)
by Betty Ren Wright
school ... mystery ... spooky
Catalog: When his family moves to a small town near Milwaukee, Matt's efforts to fit into his new fourth-grade class are complicated by his poor spelling and his encounter with the ghost of one of the school's former teachers.
Ghosts Beneath Our Feet (age 8-11)
by Betty Ren Wright
mystery ... spooky
Catalog: During a summer in an abandoned mining town, Katie's relationship with a rebellious stepbrother improves as they probe the past to find out why there seem to be ghosts, literally, beneath their feet.
The Ghost of Ernie P. (age 8-11)
by Betty Ren Wright
mystery ... spooky
Catalog: After a freak accident kills Ernie and cuts short his Top Secret Plan, his friend Jeff is haunted by Ernie's ghost and pushed toward carrying out the plan.
Revenge of the Dolls (age 8-11)
by Carol Beach York
spooky ... mystery
Alice, Trissy and their cousin Paulie are visitors in the dark old house of Aunt Sarah and faded, middle-aged Cousin Grace. It's a grim house, filled with shadows, and Aunt Sarah matches it -- old, bitter, silent, wrapped up in the crude and ugly dolls she has devoted herself to making. They talked to her, she said. The girls never dared to touch Aunt Sarah's dolls, but Paulie was different. He threw one in the fire, as the other dolls watched with their glittering button eyes. Now Aunt Sarah was making another doll just like him. "It's for Paulie," she said. A master of suspense and mood relates one of her most chilling tales in this story of three children and their brush with the madness of an evil old woman and the little dolls that do her bidding.
The Mystery of the Spider Doll (age 8-11)
by Carol Beach York
After Marilyn finds a doll in her coat pocket, she becomes aware of a strange man shadowing her.
The Tree House Mystery (age 8-11)
by Carol Beach York
From the day they move to their new house in the country, Roger and Anabelle have a strange feeling about the tree house on their property.
Christina's Ghost (age 8-11)
by Betty Ren Wright
mystery ... spooky
Christina's summer in a spooky, isolated Victorian house with her grumpy uncle turns into a ghostly adventure.
Too Many Secrets (age 8-11)
by Betty Ren Wright
family ... mystery
Nine-year-old Chad and his friend Jeannie try to discover who is breaking into their neighbor's house, while Chad also deals with his suspicions about why is father has been spending so much time away from home.
Mystery of the Sassafras Chair (age 8-11)
by Alexander Key
spooky ... mystery
A sassafras chair, whose wood seems to take on properties of the dead carpenter, aids a boy in revealing a murderer and a thief.
The Mona Lisa Mystery (age 8-11)
by Pat Hutchins
the arts ... mystery
Class 3 of Hampstead Primary School takes a school trip to Paris and lands right into the middle of a mystery.
Fortune Cookie Castle (age 8-11)
by Lee Grimes
mystery ... magic
Cap and Lisa encounter monsters, ghosts, and secret passageways when they try to help Duke Lothrio free his castle from an evil spell.
The Light on Hogback Hill (age 8-11)
by Cynthia DeFelice
friendship ... mystery
When she investigates the mysterious light up on Hogback Hill, eleven-year-old Hadley finds and befriends a hunchbacked old woman with a tragic past.
Scared Silly (age 8-11)
by Eth Clifford
humor ... mystery
Catalog: Sensible eleven-year-old Mary Rose, constantly at odds with her imaginative seven-year-old sister Jo-Beth, finds that they need to work together when an unplanned visit to a strange shoe museum and house of magic illusions involves them in the disappearance of a Chinese emperor's shoes.
Help I'm a Prisoner in the Library (age 8-11)
by Eth Clifford
humor ... mystery ... adventure
Catalog: Two girls spend an adventurous night trapped inside the public library during a terrible blizzard.
Harvey's Mystifying Raccoon Mixup (age 8-11)
by Eth Clifford
family ... mystery
Catalog: Twelve-year-old Harvey and his bossy cousin Nora get involved with counterfeiters, imposters, and a pet raccoon when they find a prowler outside the house one night.
Room One: a Mystery or Two (age 8-11)
by Andrew Clements
friendship ... mystery ... school
Catalog: A young boy living in rural western Nebraska investigates the connection between a mysterious face in the window of an empty house and the possible closing of the one-room school he attends.
The Flint Future Detectives Series (age 8-11)
by Christopher Curtis
brilliant protagonist ... mystery ... enterprise ... humor
In the first book, Mr. Chickee's Funny Money, Mr. Chickee, the genial blind man in the neighborhood, gives 9-year-old Steven a mysterious bill with 15 zeros on it and the image of a familiar but startling face. Could it be a quadrillion dollar bill? Could it be real? Well, Agent Fondoo of the U.S. Treasury Department and his team of Secret Government Agents are determined to get that money back! But Steven and his best friends, Russell and Zoopy the giant dog, are more than a match for the Feds. After all, Steven is the president of the Flint Future Detectives Club, and the inventor of fantastic spying and detecting equipment such as the Snoopeeze 9000!
title: Mr. Chickee's Funny Money
The Celery Stalks at Midnight (age 8-11)
by James Howe
spooky ... mystery ... humor
Chester the cat is more than ever convinced that Bunnicula is a vampire when there is a harvest of white vegetables on the morning after the night that Bunnicula was probably wandering through the neighborhood.
Howliday Inn (age 8-11)
by James Howe
humor ... mystery ... spooky
Harold and Chester are sent to the Chateau Bow-Wow when the Monroe family goes on vacation. When a French poodle involved in a messy love triangle disappears, Chester and Harold enter the crime-detection business.
sequel: Return to Howliday Inn
The McGurk Mystery Series (age 8-11)
by E.W. Hildick
realistic ... mystery
The McGurk Detective Organization is on the case! It's up to Willie, Wanda, and Joey to step in, and when they do, you can be sure that trouble is just around the corner.
title: The Case of the Condemned Cat
title: The Case of the Purloined Parrot
title: The Case of the Slingshot Sniper
title: The Case of the Snowbound Spy
M. T. Anderson's Thrilling Tales (age 8-11)
by M. T. Anderson
mystery ... adventure ... humor ... science fiction ... authorship
What sort of madman would unleash an army of stilt-walking, laser-beaming, thoroughly angry whales upon the world? Who cares! All that matters is that his dastardly plan be foiled. Lucky for Lily Gefelty, her two best friends are the intrepid stars of their own middle-grade series novels: Jasper Dash (better know as the Boy Technonaut) and Katie Mulligan (beloved by millions as the heroine of the Horror Hollow series). It's going to take all their smarts to stop this insane, inane plot from succeeding. Start with the first thrilling tale, Whales on Stilts.
title: The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen
Utterly Me, Clarice Bean (age 8-11)
by Lauren Child
mystery ... school ... humor
It's not easy to concentrate at school when mysterious things are happening all around you. In fact, Clarice Bean is starting to feel just like her favorite heroine: Ruby Redforr, schoolgirl detective. Clarice and her utterly best friend, Betty Moody, are planning to ace their book project about Ruby and win the class prize, until Betty disappears into thin air, and horrible teacher Mrs. Wilberton teams Clarice up with the naughtiest boy in school. Will her new partner ruin everything? Will Betty ever come back? And what on earth happened to the silver trophy everyone's hoping to win?
sequel: Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now
Bunnicula (age 8-11)
by Deborah and James Howe
humor ... mystery
This book is written by Harold. His fulltime occupation is dog. He lives with Mr. and Mrs. Monroe and their sons Toby and Pete. Also sharing the home are a cat named Chester and a rabbit named Bunnicula. It is because of Bunnicula that Harold turned to writing. Someone had to tell the full story of what happened in the Monroe household after the rabbit arrived. Was Bunnicula really a vampire? Only Bunnicula knows for sure.
Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew (age 8-11)
by Carolyn Keene
s Young Nancy Drew and her pals investigate one mystery after another.
title: Pony Problems
title: Scream for Ice Cream
title: Sleepover Sleuths
title: The Cinderella Ballet Mystery
The Encyclopedia Brown Series (age 8-11)
by Donald Sobol
mystery ... brilliant protagonist
Whenever ten-year-old Leroy (nicknamed ``Encyclopedia'') Brown's father, Chief of Police of Idaville, had a difficult case, Encyclopedia always managed to solve it at the dinner table. So, he decided to open his own detective agency.
title: Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
title: Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of Pablo's Nose
title: Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Dead Eagles
title: Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Jumping Frogs
title: Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Sleeping Dog
title: Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch
title: Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Two Spies
title: Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Disgusting Sneakers
title: Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Slippery Salamander
title: Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Mysterious Handprints
title: Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Treasure Hunt
title: Encyclopedia Brown Finds the Clues
title: Encyclopedia Brown Saves the Day
title: Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man
title: Encyclopedia Brown Lends a Hand
title: Encyclopedia Brown Shows the Way
title: Encyclopedia Brown Solves Them All
title: Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Case
title: Encyclopedia Brown Tracks Them Down
The Baby-Sitters Little Sister Series (age 8-11)
by Ann Matthews Martin
friendship ... mystery
Members of the Babysitter's Club solve mysteries, repair friendships, and look after their young charges with care and determination.
title: Karen's Big Weekend
title: Karen's Doll Hospital
title: Karen's Kite
title: Karen's Lucky Penny
title: Karen's School Bus
title: Karen's Tuba
title: Karen's Twin
title: Karen's Two Families
title: Karen's Wedding
title: Karen's Sleepover
The Babysitters Club Series (age 8-11)
by Ann Matthews Martin
friendship ... mystery
Members of the Babysitter's Club solve mysteries, repair friendships, and look after their young charges with care and determination.
title: Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation
title: Boy-Crazy Stacey
title: Claudia and the Bad Joke
title: Claudia and the Great Search
title: Claudia and the Middle School Mystery
title: Claudia and the New Girl
title: Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls
title: Claudia and the Sad Good-Bye
title: Dawn and the Big Sleepover
title: Dawn and the Impossible Three
title: Dawn on the Coast
title: The Ghost at Dawn's House
title: Jessi and the Superbrat
title: Jessi Ramsey, Pet-Sitter
title: Jessi's Secret Language
title: Kristy's Great Idea
title: Kristy and the Copycat
title: Kristy and the Walking Disaster
title: Kristy's Mystery Admirer
title: Kristy's Worst Idea
title: Kristy and the Snobs
title: Logan Likes Mary Anne!
title: Mallory and the Dream Horse
title: Mary Anne and the Great Romance
title: Mary Anne Saves the Day
title: Mary Anne vs. Logan
title: Mary Anne's Bad-Luck Mystery
title: Sea City, Here We Come
title: Stacey and the Mystery of Stoneybrook
title: Stacey vs. the BSC
title: Stacey's Emergency
title: Stacey's Mistake
title: The Truth About Stacey
title: Welcome Back, Stacey!
title: Welcome to the BSC, Abby
The Chet Gecko Mystery Series (age 8-11)
by Bruce Hale
humor ... mystery
In these hilarious mysteries, Chet Gecko can't think of anything but eating and sleeping. Nevertheless, he's called upon to foil sinister plots, catch wiley thieves, and take on vicious monsters.
title: The Big Nap: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: Farewell, My Lunchbag: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: Give My Regrets to Broadway: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: The Hamster of the Baskervilles: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: The Malted Falcon: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: Murder, My Tweet: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: The Mystery of Mr. Nice: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: This Gum for Hire: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
title: Trouble Is My Beeswax: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko
Hank the Cowdog Series (age 8-11)
by John Erickson
humor ... mystery
In the first installment, Hank the Cowdog, head of ranch security, is framed for the murder of a chicken and becomes an outlaw with the coyotes.
title: The Case of the Halloween Ghost
title: The Case of the Haystack Kitties
title: The Case of the Hooking Bull
title: The Case of the Kidnapped Collie
title: The Case of the One-Eyed Killer Stud Horse
title: The Case of the Swirling Killer Tornado
title: The Case of the Vampire Cat
title: The Curse of the Incredible Priceless Corncob
title: Every Dog Has His Day
title: Faded Love
title: The Further Adventures of Hank the Cowdog
title: Hank the Cowdog and Monkey Business
title: It's a Dog's Life
title: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
title: Lost in the Dark Unchanted Forest
title: Moonlight Madness
title: Murder in the Middle Pasture
title: The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog
title: the Phantom in the Mirror
title: The Wounded Buzzard on Christmas Eve
title: The Case of the Night-Stalking Bone Monster
title: The Case of the Vampire Vacuum Sweeper
title: The Case of the Missing Cat
title: The Case of the Midnight Rustler
title: Lost in the Blinded Blizzard
Hurculeah Jones Mysteries (age 8-11)
by Betsy Cromer Byars
Supersleuth Hurculeah Jones and her friends crack one case after another.
title: Death's Door
title: Tarot Says Beware
title: Disappearing Acts
title: Dead Letter
title: The Dark Stairs
title: King of Murder
title: The Black Tower

Addison Elementary School, Sat Aug 25 11:55:24 2012
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