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Mysteries for Young Readers

If you have a budding super sleuth in your family and don't have a clue what to read, these books are for you! Everything from A to Z Mysteries to dog detectives--they're all at your library. It's no mystery that you can check out 60 books with your Richland Library card. When you've finished this list, don't call a bloodhound-- just call your closest Richland Library location and the staff will recommend more titles for your Sherlock-in-training.


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Amazon Says: Cam Jansen?s school is going green. For each can or bottle Cam and her classmates bring in to be recycled, the school earns a nickel. But when all the nickels go missing, ever more...
Amazon Says: Cam Jansen?s school is going green. For each can or bottle Cam and her classmates bring in to be recycled, the school earns a nickel. But when all the nickels go missing, everyone suspects they were stolen. Can Cam click! and use her photographic memory to solve this mystery? less...
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The 100-Year-Old Secret by Tracy Barrett
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Amazon Says: Xena and Xander Holmes have just discovered they’re related to Sherlock Holmes and have inherited his unsolved casebook! The siblings set out to solve the cases their famous more...
Amazon Says: Xena and Xander Holmes have just discovered they’re related to Sherlock Holmes and have inherited his unsolved casebook! The siblings set out to solve the cases their famous ancestor couldn’t, starting with the mystery of a prized painting that vanished more than a hundred years ago. Can two smart twenty-first-century kids succeed where Sherlock Holmes could not?  Modern technology meets the classic detective story in this terrific new mystery series that will intrigue young sleuths everywhere! less...
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Amazon Says: EEK-EEK-EEK! Mrs. Brisbane is missing! Humphrey has always investigated things, like why Speak-Up-Sayeh was so quiet and Tall-Paul and Small-Paul didn't get along, but this i more...
Amazon Says: EEK-EEK-EEK! Mrs. Brisbane is missing! Humphrey has always investigated things, like why Speak-Up-Sayeh was so quiet and Tall-Paul and Small-Paul didn't get along, but this is a true mystery--Mrs. Brisbane is missing! She just didn't show up in Room 26 one morning and no one told Humphrey why. The class has a substitute teacher, called Mr. E., but he's no Mrs. Brisbane. Humphrey has just learned about Sherlock Holmes, so he vows to be just as SMART-SMART-SMART about collecting clues and following leads to solve the mystery of Mrs. Brisbane (and a few others along the way). Nominated for twenty-four state awards and the winner of seven, the Humphrey series is a hit across the country. less...
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Amazon Says: "My name is King. I am a dog. I am also a detective." King has a very big mystery to solve. His family is missing, and he's been put in the P-O-U-N-D. Why doesn't his b more...
Amazon Says: "My name is King. I am a dog. I am also a detective." King has a very big mystery to solve. His family is missing, and he's been put in the P-O-U-N-D. Why doesn't his beloved human (Kayla) come to get him? When King is adopted by Connor and his mom, things get more confusing. The new family calls him Buddy! And just as Connor and Buddy start to get acquainted, Connor disappears! Buddy (aka King) has big problems to solve, but with some help from his friend Mouse (a very large dog) and the mysterious cat with no name, he shows what a smart, brave dog can do. Mystery fans and dog lovers will be swept up in Dori Hillestad Butler's funny, satisfying story... and left eager for Buddy's next adventure. less...
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Amazon Says: Solve It With Saxby, a new series aimed at unraveling the mystery of getting boys excited about reading. Saxby Smart is no ordinary school kid. He's the best detective in t more...
Amazon Says: Solve It With Saxby, a new series aimed at unraveling the mystery of getting boys excited about reading. Saxby Smart is no ordinary school kid. He's the best detective in the world, or at least the best one who also happens to be in elementary school. In this brand new series--with three cases in each book--the reader solves the mystery alongside Saxby, getting peeks at pages of his casebook as the crimes unfold, and searching for clues rather than letting the main character do all the work and have all the fun. less...
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Amazon Says: J.J. Tully is a former search-and rescue dog who is trying to enjoy his retirement after years of performing daring missions saving lives. So he’s not terribly impressed whe more...
Amazon Says: J.J. Tully is a former search-and rescue dog who is trying to enjoy his retirement after years of performing daring missions saving lives. So he’s not terribly impressed when two chicks named Dirt and Sugar (who look like popcorn on legs) and their chicken mom show up demanding his help to track down their missing siblings. Driven by the promise of a cheeseburger, J.J. begins to track down clues. Is Vince the Funnel hiding something? Are there dark forces at work—or is J.J. not smelling the evidence that’s right in front of him?Bestselling author Doreen Cronin uses her deadpan humor to pitch-perfect effect in her first novel for young readers. Heavily illustrated with black-and-white artwork from Kevin Cornell, this new series is destined to become a classic. less...
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Amazon Says: In the town of Ghostly, where everything is spooky, something really strange is going on: Books are disappearing! And not just any books—only those written by the famous aut more...
Amazon Says: In the town of Ghostly, where everything is spooky, something really strange is going on: Books are disappearing! And not just any books—only those written by the famous author Edgar Bleek.Luckily ace reporter Dirk Bones is on the case. As Dirk tracks down information about the only clue—a weird spotted leaf—the mystery gets even more bizarre. What is happening in Ghostly?Expect the unexpected in this second Dirk Bones mystery about a fearless reporter in a town full of silly, creepy creatures. less...
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Amazon Says: Daughters of the first female presidentof the United States solve a WhiteHouse mystery with the help of theirdog. more...
Amazon Says: Daughters of the first female presidentof the United States solve a WhiteHouse mystery with the help of theirdog. less...
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Amazon Says: Book annotation not available for this title. Title: The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog Author: Erickson, John R./ Holmes, Gerald L. (ILT) Publisher: more...
Amazon Says: Book annotation not available for this title. Title: The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog Author: Erickson, John R./ Holmes, Gerald L. (ILT) Publisher: Maverick Books Publication Date: 2012/08/28 Number of Pages: 127 Binding Type: HARDCOVER Library of Congress: less...
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Amazon Says: Chet Gecko loves a good mystery. Almost more than he loves his fee--stinkbug pie. So when fellow fourth grader Shirley Chameleon asks him to find her missing brother, Billy, more...
Amazon Says: Chet Gecko loves a good mystery. Almost more than he loves his fee--stinkbug pie. So when fellow fourth grader Shirley Chameleon asks him to find her missing brother, Billy, Chet expects the case to be as easy as pie. But Billy's disappearance is part of a larger plot, one that involves the Rat Sisters, a riddling junkyard dog, and a vicious Gila monster named Herman. If Chet doesn't solve the case fast, the entire school could be humiliated. Worst of all, Chet might not get his fee. And Chet's hungry. . . . •The first book in a zany new series that combines mystery with humor •A hip, character-based story and amusing illustrations in a fun format for middle grade readers less...
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Amazon Says: Now leading off the line-up—book #1 in a brand-new early chapter book mystery series where each book is set in a different American ballpark! Thanks to Kate's mom, a sport more...
Amazon Says: Now leading off the line-up—book #1 in a brand-new early chapter book mystery series where each book is set in a different American ballpark! Thanks to Kate's mom, a sports reporter, cousins Mike Walsh and Kate Hopkins have tickets to the Red Sox game and All Access passes to Fenway Park. But as they're watching batting practice before the game, the lucky bat of Red Sox star slugger Big D is stolen . . . right in front of dozens of people. Without the bat, Big D can't seem to hit a thing. Can Kate and Mike figure out who pinched the bat before Big D and the Sox chalk up a loss? The Fenway Foul-Up includes a fun fact page about Boston's Fenway Park. Cross Ron Roy's mystery series with Matt Christopher's sports books and you get the Ballpark Mysteries: fun, puzzling whodunnits aimed right at beginning readers. From the Trade Paperback edition. less...
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Amazon Says: THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Young Readers Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV s more...
Amazon Says: THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Young Readers Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV show, and its proprietor Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s premier lady detective.  In this charming series, Mma  Ramotswe navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, and good humor—not to mention help from her loyal assistant, Grace Makutsi, and the occasional cup of tea.   Have you ever said to yourself, Wouldn’t it be nice to be a detective?   This is the story of an African girl who says just that. Her name is Precious.   When a piece of cake goes missing from her classroom, a traditionally built young boy is tagged as the culprit. Precious, however, is not convinced. She sets out to find the real thief. Along the way she learns that your first guess isn’t always right. She also learns how to be a detective. From the Trade Paperback edition. less...
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Amazon Says: Graffiti Mystery is a Capstone Press publication. more...
Amazon Says: Graffiti Mystery is a Capstone Press publication. less...
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The Case of the Stinky Socks by Lewis B. Montgomery
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Amazon Says: Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 2/1/2009Pages: 94Reading Level: Age 7 and Up more...
Amazon Says: Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 2/1/2009Pages: 94Reading Level: Age 7 and Up less...
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Amazon Says: An Air of MysteryMr. Paris ties balloons outside his toy store every morning. On Fridays, the balloons disappear! What is special about Fridays? And who is taking the balloons more...
Amazon Says: An Air of MysteryMr. Paris ties balloons outside his toy store every morning. On Fridays, the balloons disappear! What is special about Fridays? And who is taking the balloons?This sounds like a case for the High-Rise Private Eyes -- Bunny Brown and Jack Jones, ace detectives and very best friends! less...
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Amazon Says: There are some strange new pets in Sly's neighborhood: a cat on a diet that keeps getting fatter, a fish that seems angry at its owner, and a peculiar pet named Wilson that su more...
Amazon Says: There are some strange new pets in Sly's neighborhood: a cat on a diet that keeps getting fatter, a fish that seems angry at its owner, and a peculiar pet named Wilson that suddenly disappears! Only Sly the Sleuth can solve these mysteries. Grade-schooler by day, private detective by afternoon, Sly (a.k.a Sylvia) uses her sharp wits and reasoning skills to get to the bottom of these odd goings-on. Donna Jo Napoli teams up with her son, Robert Furrow, and illustrator Heather Maione to create a heroine who is not only smart and spunky, but also tremendously funny. less...
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Amazon Says: Kids who grew up with Jane O'Connor's Fancy Nancy picture books can spend some quality time with their BFF because Nancy Clancy is now starring in her own chapter books! Fancy more...
Amazon Says: Kids who grew up with Jane O'Connor's Fancy Nancy picture books can spend some quality time with their BFF because Nancy Clancy is now starring in her own chapter books! Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth is the first in a series of delightful middle-grade mysteries. Sassy Fancy Nancy is now a detective. Told in the third-person narrative, when one of Nancy's classmate's most special possessions disappears from school, it's up to her to save the day. With the help of her friend Bree, she follows the clues to an unexpected source. Fans of Nancy Drew's Clue Crew will be happy to see a new Nancy join the ranks of super sleuths. Robin Preiss Glasser illustrates Nancy's story with liveliness, wit, and fanciness.Supports the Common Core State Standards less...
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Mystery of the Missing Luck by Jacqueline Pearce
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Amazon Says: Sara loves her grandmother's bakery. It's a special place-not only because of its delicious Japanese buns and pastries. She enjoys spending time with her obaachan, her grandmo more...
Amazon Says: Sara loves her grandmother's bakery. It's a special place-not only because of its delicious Japanese buns and pastries. She enjoys spending time with her obaachan, her grandmother. But things aren't going well for the bakery. When the bakery's lucky cat statue goes missing, Sara wonders if the bakery's luck is gone for good. But then a mysterious cat appears in the backyard one night and inspires a plan. With the help of her friend, Jake, Sara just might find the statue and restore the bakery's lost luck. less...
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Amazon Says: Meet Ottoline Brown and her best friend, Mr. Munroe. No puzzle is ever too tricky for the two of them to solve. more...
Amazon Says: Meet Ottoline Brown and her best friend, Mr. Munroe. No puzzle is ever too tricky for the two of them to solve. less...
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Amazon Says: Don’t miss A to Z Mysteries—alphabetic adventures that are full of thrills, chills, and cases to crack!   A is for Author...   In the first book of the A to Z Mys more...
Amazon Says: Don’t miss A to Z Mysteries—alphabetic adventures that are full of thrills, chills, and cases to crack!   A is for Author...   In the first book of the A to Z Mysteries—an early chapter book mystery series featuring strong boy and girl characters—Dink writes to his favorite author, mystery writer Wallis Wallace, and invites him to visit Green Lawn. Wonder of wonders, Wallace says yes! In fact, the famous writer says that the only way he won't come is if he's kidnapped. But when the big day comes, Wallis Wallace is nowhere to be found. The police think he just missed his plane, but Dunk knows better. It's up to Dink and his two best friends, Josh and Ruth Rose, to find Wallace - before it's too late!   Each book includes a map and a letter from the author. Parents, teachers, and librarians agree that these highly collectible chapter books are perfect for emerging readers and any kid who love mysteries! less...
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Amazon Says: It’s a mystery every month from popular A to Z Mysteries author Ron Roy! January is for Joker...   In the first book of the Calendar Mysteries—an early chapter b more...
Amazon Says: It’s a mystery every month from popular A to Z Mysteries author Ron Roy! January is for Joker...   In the first book of the Calendar Mysteries—an early chapter book mystery series featuring the younger siblings of the A to Z Mysteries detectives—Green Lawn has a problem! When Bradley Pinto wakes up in the night to strange lights in his backyard, he wonders if there are aliens in town. When he sees three-toed tracks in the snow, he's sure of it. His twin, Brian, and friends Lucy and Nate aren't so certain. But then Lucy's cousin Dink, the twins' brother Josh, and Nate's sister Ruth Rose all disappear. Are there really aliens in Green Lawn? And where could they be taking Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose?   Parents, teachers, and librarians agree that these highly collectible chapter books are perfect for emerging readers and any kid who love mysteries! From the Trade Paperback edition. less...
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Amazon Says: KC Corcoran always watches the news. So it’s no surprise that she notices right away when the president starts acting funny on TV. He’s stiff and awkward. He’s even sign more...
Amazon Says: KC Corcoran always watches the news. So it’s no surprise that she notices right away when the president starts acting funny on TV. He’s stiff and awkward. He’s even signing papers with the wrong hand. There’s only one explanation–the president has been cloned! And it’s up to KC and her best friend, Marshall, to save him. From the Trade Paperback edition. less...
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Nate the Great and the Tardy Tortoise by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
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Amazon Says: The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and  someone is eating the flowers in Nate the Great's  garden. A green tortoise is slowly, slowly stepping  across the lawn, more...
Amazon Says: The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and  someone is eating the flowers in Nate the Great's  garden. A green tortoise is slowly, slowly stepping  across the lawn, and Nate is slowly, slowly  following him. Where does Nate's green guest truly  belong? It may take all of Nate the Great's patience  and sharp eyesight to find out slowly. less...
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Amazon Says: The boy detective is back with ten new exciting adventures Since 1963, when Dutton published Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective, the first book in the series, the brainy crime- more...
Amazon Says: The boy detective is back with ten new exciting adventures Since 1963, when Dutton published Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective, the first book in the series, the brainy crime-stopper has been a favorite character among middle-grade readers. Following the classic formula, this new installment presents ten new mysteries, complete with answers at the end of the book that allow the reader to solve the cases along with the boy detective. Join Encyclopedia as he takes on cases of an African killifish, a library book vandal, and a nail-biting soccer game. less...
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The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
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Amazon Says: The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather. more...
Amazon Says: The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather. less...
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