Mystery


Exiles from Troy discover the New World

Jennifer Minicus | 27 August 2014
Mystery, humor and an endearing young sleuth.

Got a problem?

Jennifer Minicus | 29 April 2014
Max has the solution.

A book that became a TV series

Tim Golden | 30 March 2014
Who is George's real father?

Deathbed confession leads to mystery

Tim Golden | 20 December 2013
Brother Cadfael is on the case.

Reverse discrimination evident in children’s book

Jane Fagan | 21 November 2013
A terrible mixture of animals and feminism.

Mystery anyone?

Jane Fagan | 28 October 2013
Number one in a great new series.

A summer mystery

Kathleen Pacious | 06 August 2013
An entertaining portrayal of every child's desire to find and solve a mystery.

One of Amazon’s “Top 20” for 2013

Jennifer Minicus | 31 July 2013
Imagine growing up without a local public library.

The Adventures of Richard Hannay

Tim Golden | 16 April 2013
A quintessential spy story.

The Roman Mysteries Series

Tim Golden | 04 April 2013
Flavia is the daughter of a Roman captain.

Cam Jansen Mysteries

Emily Castilla | 26 February 2013
Three titles from a mystery series for beginner readers.

Malcolm at Midnight

Jennifer Minicus | 05 November 2012
Everyone thinks Malcolm the rat is a mouse.

Pie

Jennifer Minicus | 18 September 2012
Everyone knows the key to a great pie is the crust.

The Invisible Detective Series

Tim Golden | 13 September 2012
Another mystery in The Invisible Detective Series.

The Saxby Smart Series

Jennifer Minicus | 07 September 2012
Saxby Smart is a child detective.

Young Sherlock Holmes Series

Tim Golden | 19 August 2012
Alex Rider in a deerstalker, anyone?

The Rag and Bone Shop

Tim Golden | 08 August 2012
Jason, a shy 12-year-old, is questioned about the death of his friend Alicia, not realizing that the interrogator is already convinced of his guilt.

Video Review: Holiday Reading for Teens and Young Adults

Clare Cannon | 29 June 2012
Entertaining summer (or winter) reading for the holidays.

Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms

Jennifer Minicus | 12 June 2012
Stuart anticipates a boring summer, but is in for a big surprise.

The Invisible Detective Series

Tim Golden | 06 June 2012
Arthur Drake discovers his counterpart's diary in an antiques shop in the late 20th century.

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