Trixie Belden Mysteries (age 8-11)
realistic ... mystery
Trixie and her friends team up to investigate.
title: The Red Trailer Mystery by Julie Campbell F CAM
title: The Secret of the Mansion by Julie Campbell F CAM
The Amazing Valvano and the Mystery of the Hooded Rat (age 8-11)
by Mary Robinson
mystery ... school ... the arts
Catalog: Maria is excited about her plans to perform a magic act in the school talent show until her pet rat, an integral part of the act, is kidnapped.
Fourth Grade Weirdo (age 8-11)
by Martha Freeman
humor ... mystery ... school
Publisher comments: Dexter is like a square peg in a round hole: he just can't fit in. All the kids in his class enjoy the zany things their teacher Mr. Ditzwinkle does to make learning fun. All except Dexter, the weirdo who prefers the same routine. But when things start disappearing from school, Dexter is surprised that his teacher is suspected. Dexter thinks Mr. Ditzwinkle is odd, but he knows he's not a crook. Can Dexter the weirdo prove it by catching the real thief?
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: Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators in The Mystery of the Coughing Dragon by Nick West F WES
title: Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators in The Mystery of the Dead Man's Riddle by William Arden F ARD
title: Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators in The Mystery of the Silver Spider by Robert Arthur F ART
title: The Three Investigators in the Mystery of the Deadly Double by William Arden F ARD
title: The Three Investigators in the Mystery of the Flaming Footprints by M. V. Carey F CAR
title: The Three Investigators in the Mystery of the Magic Circle by M. V. Carey F CAR
title: The Three Investigators in the Mystery of the Two-Toed Pigeon by Marc Brandel F BRA
title: The Three Investigators in the Secret of Shark Reef by William Arden F ARD
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 Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull
The Ghost of Windy Hill (age 8-11)
by Clyde Robert Bulla
historical ... mystery ... spooky
Catalog: A professor with a reputation for being unafraid of ghosts moves with his family into a house that is supposed to be haunted but his children find the neighbors more mysterious than the house.
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.
Dead Before Docking (age 8-11)
by Scott Corbett
A young boy accidentally discovers that a murder is planned on board his Panama-bound freighter. Who is the victim? Who is the killer?
Have You Seen Hyacinth Macaw (age 8-11)
by Patricia Reilly Giff
humor ... friendship ... mystery
Abby and her friend Potsie work on several mysteries: a mysterious new neighbor, a missing person, a theft, and the unusual actions of Abby's brother.
Scoop Snoops (age 8-11)
by Constance Hiser
traditions ... mystery
When their neighbor is robbed on Halloween night, a group of fourth-grade reporters decide to try to find the thief.
Follow That Bus! (age 8-11)
by Pat Hutchins
adventure ... school ... mystery
Two bank robbers find that a group of second graders visiting a farm are more than they bargained for.
Baby-Sitting Is a Dangerous Job (age 8-11)
by Willo Davis Roberts
mystery ... adventure
A baby sitter and her three willful charges make a formidable team to outwit their surprised kidnappers.
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: Attack of the Jack-o'-Lanterns
title: Attack of the Mutant
title: Bad Hare Day
title: The Barking Ghost
title: Calling All Creeps!
title: The Cuckoo Clock of Doom
title: The Curse of Camp Cold Lake
title: The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
title: Egg Monsters From Mars
title: Ghost Camp
title: The Ghost Next Door
title: The Girl Who Cried Monster
title: How I Got My Shrunken Head
title: It Came From Beneath the Sink!
title: Legend of the Lost Legend
title: Let's Get Invisible!
title: Monster Blood
title: My Hairiest Adventure
title: A Night in Terror Tower
title: Night of the Living Dummy
title: One Day at HorrorLand
title: Piano Lessons Can Be Murder
title: Welcome to Camp Nightmare
title: Welcome to Dead House
title: The Werewolf of Fever Swamp
The Hundred and One Dalmatians (age 8-11)
by Dodie Smith
mystery ... humor
The daring, hilarious pack of hounds is at the center of this classic tale of canine intrigue.
Spy X Series (age 8-11)
by Peter Lerangis
adventure ... action ... mystery
Leaving only a cryptic note, Andrew and Evie's mother vanishes on their eleventh birthday. Now, almost a year later, the twins receive a mysterious package that will lead them on an incredible journey toward finding their mother. They can rely only on each other and Spy X.
title: The Code
title: Proof Positive
title: Tunnel Vision
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
Rosie and the Dance of the Dinosaurs (age 8-11)
by Betty Ren Wright
mystery ... the arts ... family
Catalog: Rosie discovers that having nine fingers can be an asset as she faces the challenges of an upcoming piano recital and the absence of her father who moved away to find a new job.
Nothing But Trouble (age 8-11)
by Betty Ren Wright
mystery ... family
Catalog: Vannie tries to make the best of things when she and her dog Muffy are left with her cranky great-aunt on a spooky old farm in Ohio while Vannie's parents go to California to look for work.
The Secret Window (age 8-11)
by Betty Ren Wright
mystery ... spooky
Catalog: Meg is afraid to tell anyone when her dreams literally start coming true, but she needs help before she can learn to use her gift of seeing into the future.
Peppermints in the Parlor (age 8-11)
by Barbara Brooks Wallace
family ... adventure ... mystery
Emily Luccock is looking forward to living at Sugar Hill Hall....She remembers her aunt and uncle's grand old mansion well, with its enormous, elegant parlor, marble fireplace, and white china cups filled with hot chocolate. But this time things are different. Her aunt's once bright and lively home is now dead with silence. Evil lurks in every corner, and the dark, shadowed walls watch and whisper late at night. And no one ever speaks. Everything's changed at Sugar Hill Hall, and Emily knows something awful is happening there. What's become of Uncle Twice? Why is Aunt Twice a prisoner in her own home? Emily is desperate to uncover the truth. Time is running out, and she must find a way to save the people and home she cares so much about.
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.
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.
Investigators of the Unknown Series (age 8-11)
by Janet Taylor Lisle
family ... magic ... mystery ... fantasy
Angela, Georgina, and Poco are on the lookout for magic in everyday life, and in each volume these three friends find themselves facing the inexplicable.
title: Angela's Aliens
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 Marvelous Monkey Mystery (age 8-11)
by Eth Clifford
humor ... animals ... mystery
Catalog: Harvey finds himself embroiled in a mystery when a monkey appears at his bedroom window in the middle of the 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 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 Bashful Bank Robber
title: The Case of the Four Flying Fingers
title: The Case of the Invisible Dog
title: The Case of the Nervous Newsboy
title: The Case of the Purloined Parrot
title: The Case of the Secret Scribbler
title: The Case of the Slingshot Sniper
title: The Case of the Snowbound Spy
title: Deadline for McGurk
title: The Great Rabbit Rip-Off
title: The Nose Knows
The Ghost Comes Calling (age 8-11)
by Betty Ren Wright
mystery ... spooky
Catalog: While vacationing at a spooky cabin on Perch Lake, nine-year-old Chad tries to clear the name of Tim Tapper, the cabin's ghostly inhabitant, who was blamed for a truck accident in the 1930s.
Trial by (Jury) Journal (age 8-11)
by Kate Klise
humor ... mystery ... letters/journal
Get ready for a trial unlike any Tyle County has ever seen. Sixth-grader Perry Keet is missing, and Bob White, his co-worker at Tyle Park Zoo, will stand trial for the alleged murder. But Keet's disappearance is only the beginning of this legal thriller.
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.
Jim Ugly (age 8-11)
by Sid Fleischman
adventure ... mystery ... animals ... humor
Twelve-year-old Jake is thrown into an uneasy alliance with proud, one-man dog, Jim Ugly, when the dog's owner, Jake's father, suddenly disappears. Confident that Jim Ugly can pick up Jake's father's trail, boy and dog set out on the adventure of their lives.
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
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: Mallory and the Ghost Cat
title: Jessi's Baby-Sitter
title: Mary Anne Saves the Day
title: Mary Anne's Bad-Luck Mystery
title: Stacey and the Mystery of Stoneybrook
title: Stacey's Mistake
title: Welcome Back, Stacey!
Regarding the Fountain (age 8-11)
by Kate Klise
mystery ... letters/journal ... humor ... school
The Dry Creek Middle School drinking fountain has sprung a leak, so principal Walter Russ dashes off a request to Flowing Waters Fountains, Etc. We need a new drinking fountain. Please send a catalog. Designer Flo Waters responds: ``I'd be delighted...but please understand that all of my fountains are custom-made.'' Soon the fountain project takes on a life of its own, one chronicled in letters, postcards, memos, transcripts, and official documents.
sequel: Regarding the Sink: Where, Oh Where, Did Waters Go?
sequel: Regarding the Trees: a Splintered Saga Rooted in Secrets
sequel: Regarding the Bathrooms: a Privy to the Past
sequel: Regarding the Bees: a Lesson, in Letters, on Honey, Dating, and Other Sticky Subjects
Letters From Camp (age 8-11)
by Kate Klise
mystery ... humor ... family ... letters/journal
Sent to Camp Happy Harmony to learn how to get along with each other, pairs of brothers and sisters chronicle in letters home how they come to suspect the intentions of the singing family running the camp.
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
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 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: Hank the Cowdog and the Case of the One-Eyed Killer Stud Horse
title: It's a Dog's Life
title: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
title: Murder in the Middle Pasture
title: The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog
title: Slim's Goodbye
title: The Case of the Measled Cowboy
title: The Case of the Missing Cat
title: Hank the Cowdog: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
The Hockey Machine (age 8-11)
by Matt Christopher
mystery ... survival ... adventure ... sports
Catalog: Abducted by a "fan" and forced to become a member of a professional junior hockey team, thirteen-year-old star center Steve Crandall quickly realizes that he must play not only to win but to survive.
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

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