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It's a Mystery

39 Clues series
by various authors

What would happen if you discovered that your family was one of the most powerful in human history? What if you were told that the source of the family's power was hidden around the world, in the form of 39 Clues? What if you were given a choice - take a million dollars and walk away...or get the first Clue? If you're Amy and Dan Cahill, you take the Clue - and begin a very dangerous race.

Cold Case
by Julia Platt Leonard

What do you expect to see in a walk-in fridge of a restaurant? I bet it's not a dead body, but that's exactly what Oz found when he got to his family's restaurant that morning. Now his brother Dave is arrested for alleged murder, because the dead man turns out to be Aaron Sneider, a journalist who has exposed their father as a spy years ago, and has pretty much ruined their family. But Oz knows that his brother is not a murderer, and Oz is going to find the real culprit.

The Brixton Brothers series
by Mac Barnett

When Steve is assigned what he assumes will be a boring school project, he has no idea that his life is in danger. What starts off as a normal day in the library turns into a day that Steve will never forget. Now wanted by librarians, police and the mysterious Mr. E, the only way Steve can clear the air is solve the mystery himself and prove that he really is who he says he is.

The Red Blazer Girls series
by Michael Biel

Seventh-graders Sophie, Margaret, Rebecca, and Leigh Ann love to solve mysteries. When they discover a clue, they are sent on a dangerous scavenger hunt in order to help an elderly neighbor solve the puzzle of a missing treasure.

Century Quartet series
by Pierdomenico Baccalario

A mix-up with their reservations forces Harvey from New York, Mistral from Paris, and Sheng from Shanghai to share a room with the hotel owner’s daughter, Elettra. The four kids discover an amazing coincidence—they all have birthdays on February 29, Leap Day. That night, a strange man gives them a briefcase and asks them to take care of it until he returns. Soon afterward, the man is murdered, so the kids decide to take a look at the briefcase. What will they find?
Book 1:Ring of fire
Book 2: Star of Stone
Book 3: City of Wind

by Patrick Carman

Leo Fillmore is the son of the maintenance man in the Whippet Hotel and he loves living there. When he’s not helping his father with repairs, Leo goes off into the hotel to discover the usual world of the hotel. Each floor is different and contains different mysteries, like the flying farm animal floor or the floor filled with cakes. This book takes the reader on an amazing adventure with quirky characters.
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The Billionaire's Curse
by Richard Newsome Baccalario

When thirteen-year-old Gerald finds himself the heir to twenty billion pounds from an aunt he never met, he inherits with it a mystery surrounding his aunt's death and various artifacts in the British Museum.
» The Archer Legacy series continues in The Emerald Casket.

Smells Like Dog
by Suzanne Selfors

Meet Homer Pudding, an ordinary farm boy who's got big dreams-to follow in the footsteps of his famous treasure-hunting uncle. But when Uncle Drake mysteriously disappears, Homer inherits two things: a lazy, droopy dog with no sense of smell, and a mystery. Why would his uncle call this clumsy dog his "most treasured possession?" And why did he put a gold coin on the dog's collar?
» Sequel: Smells Like Treasure

Dark Life
by Kat Falls

Ty has lived his whole life on the ocean floor, but when outlaw's threaten to destroy the underwater territory, Ty finds himself in a fight to stop the outlaws and save his home. Joined by a girl from the Topside, Ty ventures into the frontier and begins to discover some dark secrets to Dark Life. As Ty gets closer to the truth, he discovers that the outlaws may not be bloodthirsty criminals afterall.

by Elise Broach

After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together to help recover a Durer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Skeleton Creek
by Patrick Carmen

Although housebound following an eerie accident, Ryan continues to investigate the strange occurences in his hometown of Skeleton Creek, by recording his findings in a journal and viewing email video clips sent by fellow detective Sarah.

London Eye Mystery
by Siobhan Dowd

When Ted and Kat's cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye ferris wheel, the two siblings must work together--Ted with his brain that is "wired differently" and impatient Kat in order to solve the mystery of what happened to Salim.

News For Dogs
by Lois Duncan

Andi loves to write, but she loves being a reporter even more. When she decides to create a local newspaper about dogs, she begins to attract attention from local dognappers. With her life and magazine on the line, Andi knows it is up to her to solve the case.

Don't miss the other books in the series: Movie for DogsHotel for Dogs

Danger in the Dark: A Houdini & Nate Mystery
by Tom Lalicki

Nathaniel, aided by the famous magician Harry Houdini, plots to unmask a phony spirit adviser attempting to relieve the boy's great aunt of her fortune.

See also Book 2: Shots at Sea