Manchester, Connecticut

Marvelous Mysteries

Picture Books (JJ)

  • Kitamura, Satoshi. Sheep in Wolves' Clothing. (JJ Kitamura)
    • When wolves steal their fluffy coats, two sheep turn to Detective Baa for help.


Beginning Readers (JJE)

  • Adler, David. Young Cam Jansen and the Lost Tooth.* (JJE Adler)
    • Cam uses her photographic memory to help a classmate find the tooth she lost at school. Don't miss the other books in this series.
  • Cushman, Doug. Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery. (JJE Cushman)
    • Aunt Eater loves mystery stories so much that she sees mysterious adventures wherever she looks.
  • Lawlor, Laurie. The Worst Kid Who Ever Lived on Eighth Avenue. (JJE Lawlor)
    • Trying to be detectives, Mary Lou and her friends imagine that terrible crimes are being committed when Leroy, the worst kid who ever lived on Eighth Avenue, returns to the house next door.
  • Rylant, Cynthia. The Case of the Missing Monkey. (JJE Rylant)
    • While having breakfast at their favorite diner, two detectives, Bunny and Jack, solve a mystery that is not what it seems.


Beginning Chapter Books (JE)
  • Adler, David. Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball.* (JE Adler)
    • Cam uses her photographic memory to identify the person who stole a valuable autographed baseball.
  • Cushman, Doug. Inspector Hopper. (JJE Cushman)
    • Inspector Hopper and his perpetually hungry assistant McBugg solve three mysteris for their insect friends.
  • Levy, Elizabeth. The Mystery of the Missing Dog. (JE Levy)
    • The invisible boy Chip intends to enter his invisible dog Max in the dog show, but when Max comes up missing, Chip and his Invisible Inc. friends suspect foul play.
  • Nixon, Joan. Gus & Gertie and the Missing Pearl. (JE Nixon)
    • Arriving for a vacation on Holiday Island, penguins Gus and Gertie stumble into a hotel full of Bad Guys and have a beautiful, valuable deep-sea pearl stolen from them.
  • Roy, Ron. The Absent Author. (JE Roy)*
    • Dink Duncan and his two friends investigate the appartent kidnapping of famous mystery author Wallis Wallace. Check out the other books in this series.
  • Sharmat, Marjorie. Nate the Great and the Monster Mess.* (JE Sharmat)
    • Nate and his dog Sludge are determined to find the recipe for his mother's monster cookies. Check out the other books in this series.


Junior Fiction (J)

  • Balliett, Blue. The Wright 3. (J Balliett)
    • In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra, and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Robie House from being demolished.
  • Broach, Elise. Shakespear's Secret. (J Broach)
    • Named after a character in a Shakespeare play, misfit sixth-grader Hero becomes interested in exploring this unusual connection because of a valuable diamond supposedly hidden in her new house.
  • Clements, Andrew. Room One: A Mystery or Two. (J Clements)
    • A shrinking school in a dying town and a face in the window of an empty house don't seem to be related, but as fifth-grader Ted Hammond learns, in a very small town, there is not such thing as an isolated event.
  • Dixon, Franklin. Hardy Boys Series. (J Dixon)
  • Giff, Patricia Riley. Kidnap at the Catfish Cafe. (J Giff)
    • Assisted by her cat Max, sixth grader Minnie starts up her new detective agency by investigating a kidnapping and a thief who will steal anything, even a hot stove.
  • Holm, & Hamel. To Scratch a Thief. (J Holm)
    • An enemy from Mr. Stink's past is targeting his new suburban family, and the international cat of mystery must discover the identity of his nemesis and defeat him.
  • Howe, Deborah. Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery.* (J Holm)
    • Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.
  • Keen, Carolyn. Nancy Drew Series. (J Keen)
  • Raskin, Ellen. The Westing Game. (J Raskin)
    • The mysterious death of an eccentirc millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
  • Sobol, Donald. Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Case. * (J Sobol)
    • Presents ten cases in which the reader pits his wits against those of Encyclopedia Brown, an ingenious twelve-year-old detective. Includes recipes.
  • Springer, Nancy. The Case of the Left-Handed Lady. (J Springer)
    • Pursued by her much older brother, famed detective Sherlock Holmes, fourteen-year-old Enola, disguised and using false names, attempts to solve the kidnapping of a baronet's sixteen-year-old daughter in nineteenth-century London.
  • Stanley, Diane. The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine. (J Stanley)
    • Noticing that a popular series of horror novels is having a bizarre effect on the behaviour of its readers, Franny and Beamer set out to find the mysterious author.
  • Van Draanen. Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man.* (J Van Draanen)
    • On Halloween night, seventh grader Sammy stumbles onto a mystery involving a twenty-year-old family feud and some heirlooms stolen by a man in a skeleton costume.


*This book is part of a series. Try other books by the same author.