Mysteries for 3rd – 5th Graders
Anderson, M.T. - Whales on Stilts
Lily races to stop her father’s mad-scientist boss who is planning to conquer the world by arming whales with stilts so they can attack by land. 188 p.
Bauer, Marion Dane - The Secret of the Painted House
Living in a new town, Emily is bored until she finds a tree house with pictures painted on the inside walls. When she looks closely, Emily can see a girl living in the paintings. 96 p.
Capeci, Anne - Ghost Train
Billy and his friends need a good excuse to avoid their town’s Fourth of July pageant, so after Billy finds a burlap sack containing a pistol and a threatening note, the friends set out to discover who’s plotting against the railroad. 123 p.
Child, Lauren - Utterly Me, Clarice Bean
Clarice plans on winning her school’s book project, but someone has stolen the winner’s trophy! Clarice decides to investigate this mystery, just like her favorite book character, detective Ruby Redford. 190 p.
Clements, Andrew - Room One: A Mystery or Two
Ted loves a mystery! When he spies a girl’s face in the window of an abandoned house, he tries to find out what is going on. His discovery may save both a family and his one-room school. 162 p.
Emerson, Scott - The Case of the Cat with the Missing Ear
Dog detective Samuel Blackthorne takes on the case of an attractive greyhound who needs help finding her missing brother. 237 p.
Freeman, Martha - Who Stole Halloween?
Something is happening to the cats in their neighborhood. Alex and his friend Yasmeen investigate the disappearances and discover a larger mystery involving a haunted house and a ghostly cat. 232 p.
Hale, Bruce - Murder, My Tweet: From the Tattered Casebook of Chet Gecko, Private Eye
When detective Chet Gecko’s crime-solving partner, Natalie Attired, is framed “like a four-million-dollar Rembrandt” for blackmailing the vice-principal, Chet is on the case to clear her name. 117 p.
Hirsch, Odo - Something’s Fishy, Hazel Green
Someone has stolen two lobsters, and Hazel decides to help Mr. Petrusca find the culprit. In the meantime, she discovers another mystery that Mr. Petrusca is hiding. 207 p.
Holm & Hamel - The Postman Always Brings Mice
James Edward Bristlefur loves being the cat of a top British spy. However, after his owner is killed, he ends up being adopted by a typical suburban family. How can he investigate the death of his first owner when he’s cooped up in a basement in New Jersey? 129 p.
Howe, Deborah - Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
Chester and Harold, the Monroe’s cat and dog, are suspicious of the family’s new baby rabbit. It has fangs, stays up all night, and sucks the juice from the vegetables in the fridge. They’re sure it’s a vampire bunny! 92 p.
Joose, Barbara M. - Dead Guys Talk: A Wild Willie Mystery
Willie, Kyle and Lucy, the Scarface Detectives, take on a new case that involves a talking parrot, an anonymous note, and the local cemetery. 100 p.
Keane, David - The Haunted Toolshed
Fourth-grade super-sleuth Joe Sherlock investigates the weird things that are happening after dark on Baker Street. Try other titles in the Joe Sherlock, Kid Detective series! 120 p.
Kirk, Daniel - Rex Tabby: Cat Detective
Rex Tabby, the greatest cat detective the world has ever known, tries to catch the Manx Gang, a family of feline fish felons. 140 p.
Lalicki, Tom - Shots at Sea: A Houdini & Nate Mystery
While on an ocean cruise, Nate discovers that both magician Harry Houdini and former president Teddy Roosevelt are on board. While walking on the deck one evening, a shot is fired at T.R., and Houdini and Nate set a trap for the would-be presidential assassin. 203 p.
Lennon, Joan - There’s a Kangaroo in My Soup!
Kevin lives a boring life with his inventor parents. When Cynthia, an escaped circus kangaroo, shows up, his life takes an exciting turn! Cynthia has a talent for solving mysteries, and someone’s been stealing Kevin’s parents’ best ideas. 119 p.
McCall Smith, Alexander - Max and Maddy and the Chocolate Money Mystery
Max and Maddy were born to solve mysteries! They’re off to Switzerland to crack a case in which the prime suspects are St. Bernard dogs. 72 p.
Monsell, Mary Elise - The Mysterious Cases of Mr. Pin
Mr. Pin, a rockhopper penguin detective, has moved to Chicago just in time—he soon finds himself up to his beak in cases and clues. 53 p.
Napoli, Donna Jo - Sly the Sleuth and the Sports Mysteries
It’s a good thing that Sly is a detective for hire since her friends have mysteries that need solving! 126 p.
Sage, Angie - Frognapped
Barry Wizard’s five acrobatic frogs are missing and it’s not Araminta Spookie’s fault! Araminta and her friends set up a detective agency to solve the frognapping. Try other titles in the Araminta Spookie series! 195 p.
Simmons, Alex - The Raven League: Sherlock Holmes Is Missing!
Kicked out of the Baker Street Irregulars, Archie and his friends form a rival group, the Raven League, and investigate the kidnapping of Sherlock Holmes and a plot to kill Queen Victoria. 188 p.
Simner, Janni Lee - Secret of the Three Treasures
Tiernay wants to be a world-famous adventurer and find buried treasure, so she and her friend Kevin decide to investigate the theft of a Revolutionary War sword, hoping to find real treasure. 134 p.
Torrey, Michele - The Case of the Barfy Birthday: And Other Super-Scientific Cases
Doyle and Fossey, sidekick science detectives, solve four different cases at school and in their neighborhood, by applying their knowledge of science. Read other titles in the Doyle and Fossey, Science Detectives series 89 p.
Wright, Betty Ren - Princess for a Week
Roddy thought his mom was going to babysit for a dog named Princess, not for a bossy girl! Together, he and Princess explore a haunted house where suspicious things are happening. Princess might be bossy, but she’s good at stakeouts! 105 p.
Prepared by SLH and SRP, December 2008