Bestselling Mysteries & Detectives Books for 10 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling mysteries & detectives books for 10 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. The Boxcar Children Books 1-4

by: Gertrude Chandler Warner
Release date: Sep 01, 1990
Number of Pages: 160
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The paperback editions of The Boxcar Children Mysteries: #1, The Boxcar Children; #2, Surprise Island; #3, The Yellow House Mystery; and #4, Mystery Ranch are offered together in a cardboard case.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Orphans & Foster Homes

2. Serafina and the Twisted Staff (Serafina Book 2)

by: Robert Beatty
Release date: Jul 12, 2016
Number of Pages: 384
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The brave and unusual Serafina lives in the magnificent Biltmore Estate in the opulence of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. But she’s caught between two worlds: she’s too wild for Biltmore’s beautifully dressed ladies and formal customs, and too human to fully join her forest kin. 
Filled with history, mystery, and magic for both adults and young readers (8+), this Disney-Hyperion thriller debuted as a #1 New York Times Best Seller, earned the prestigious “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, and is now being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide. Be sure to watch the exciting book trailer in the media section below.

Late one night while prowling through the forest, Serafina encounters a strange and terrifying figure, and then she’s attacked by the vicious wolfhounds under his control. Even worse, she’s convinced that the stranger is not alone, that he has sent his accomplice into Biltmore in disguise.

A mysterious series of attacks test Serafina’s role as Biltmore’s protector, culminating in a tragedy that tears Serafina’s best friend, Braeden Vanderbilt, from her side. Heartbroken, she flees.

Deep in the forest, she comes face-to-face with the evil infecting Biltmore–and discovers its reach is far greater than she’d ever imagined. All the humans and animals of the Blue Ridge Mountains are in terrible danger. For Serafina to defeat this new evil before it engulfs her beloved home, she must search deep inside herself and embrace the destiny that has always awaited her.

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Children’s Books > Animals

3. The Secret Keepers

by: Trenton Lee StewartDiana Sudyka
Release date: Sep 27, 2016
Number of Pages: 512
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A New York Times Bestseller!

This heart-pounding mystery adventure, by the author of the New York Times bestselling series The Mysterious Benedict Society, is laced with magic and humor

A magical watch

A string of secrets
A race against time

When Reuben discovers an extraordinary antique watch, he soon learns it has a secret power and his life takes an intriguing turn. At first he is thrilled with his new treasure, but as one secret leads to another, Reuben finds himself torn between his innately honest nature and the lure to be a hero.
Now he is on a dangerous adventure–full of curious characters, treacherous traps, and hairsbreadth escapes–as he races to solve the mystery before it is too late. Even with fearless Penny, mighty Jack, and the wise Mrs. Genevieve on his side, can Reuben outwit and outmaneuver the sly villain called The Smoke and his devious defenders the Directions and save the city from a terrible fate?
In this ingeniously crafted novel, acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Trenton Lee Stewart invites readers to join the adventure, decipher the clues, and ask themselves the question: Is knowing a secret a gift or a curse?
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Multigenerational

4. Serafina and the Black Cloak

by: Robert Beatty
Release date: Jun 14, 2016
Number of Pages: 320
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A brave and unusual girl lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Serafina’s pa, the estate’s maintenance man, has warned her to keep herself hidden from the fancy folk who live on the floors above, but when Serafina sees a terrible crime, she and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt must work together to solve a dark and dangerous mystery. This page-turning thriller from Disney-Hyperion is a #1 New York Times Bestseller, has been on the bestsellers list for more than 40 weeks, and is already being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide. It also won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize for “representing the best in Southern literature.” A blend of history, mystery, and magic, this new series has become a favorite for both adults and young readers (8+). Be sure to watch the book trailer in the media section below.
 
“Never go into the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”

Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of Biltmore Estate. There’s plenty to explore in Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt’s vast and opulent home, but she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa have lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember. She has learned to prowl through the darkened corridors at night, to sneak and hide, using the mansion’s hidden doors and secret passageways.
But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows the clues to follow. A terrifying man in a black cloak stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity before all of the children vanish one by one.

Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear, where she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must not only face her darkest enemy, but delve into the strange mystery of her own identity.

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Children’s Books > Animals

5. The Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Collection: Sleepover Sleuths; Scream for Ice Cream; Pony Problems; The Cinderella Ballet Mystery; Case of the Sneaky Snowman

by: Carolyn KeeneMacky Pamintuan
Release date: Jul 08, 2014
Number of Pages: 480
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It’s five times the mysteries—and five time the fun—with this paperback boxed set of the first five books in the Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew series!

The first five books in the Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew chapter book series are now available in a collectible boxed set, perfect for aspiring sleuths!

This clue-filled boxed set includes:
Sleepover Sleuths
Scream for Ice Cream
Pony Problems
The Cinderella Ballet Mystery
The Case of the Sneaky Snowman

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Girls & Women

6. Holes

by: Louis SacharVladimir RadunskyBagram Ibatoulline
Release date: May 09, 2000
Number of Pages: 233
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Winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award! This #1 New York Times bestselling, modern classic in which boys are forced to dig holes day in and day out is now available with a splashy new look.

Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.

It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.

Includes a double bonus: an excerpt from Small Steps, the follow-up to Holes, as well as an excerpt from Louis Sachar’s new middle-grade novel, Fuzzy Mud.

“A smart jigsaw puzzle of a novel.” —The New York Times 

WINNER OF THE BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK AWARD
A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE CHILDREN’S BOOK
SELECTED FOR NUMEROUS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR AND ALA HONORS 

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

7. Nate the Great

by: Marjorie Weinman SharmatMarc Simont
Release date: Apr 15, 1977
Number of Pages: 80
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Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries!  

Nate the Great has a new case! His friend Annie has lost a picture. She wants Nate to help her find it. Nate the Great must get all the facts, ask the right questions, and narrow the list of suspects so he can solve the mystery.

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*“Marc Simont has dressed Nate the Great in Sherlock Holmes garb, and Marjorie Weinman Sharmat has perfectly reduced Sam Spade sentences to fit primary grade sleuths. Adults won’t mind reading this aloud again and again. Kids will like Nate the Great. Kids will want to read more of his books.” —School Library Journal, Starred
 
“The illustrations capture the exaggerated, tongue-in-cheek humor of the story.” —Booklist

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

8. Took: A Ghost Story

by: Mary Downing Hahn
Release date: Sep 06, 2016
Number of Pages: 272
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“Folks say Old Auntie takes a girl and keeps her fifty years—then lets her go and takes another one.” 
  
Thirteen-year-old Daniel Anderson doesn’t believe Brody Mason’s crazy stories about the ghost witch who lives up on Brewster’s Hill with Bloody Bones, her man-eating razorback hog. He figures Brody’s probably just trying to scare him since he’s the new kid . . . a “stuck-up snot” from Connecticut. But Daniel’s seven-year-old sister Erica has become more and more withdrawn, talking to her lookalike doll. When she disappears into the woods one day, he knows something is terribly wrong. Did the witch strike? Has Erica been “took”?
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Siblings

9. Meg Mackintosh Mysteries Set: Books 1-4 (Meg Mackintosh Mystery series)

by: Lucinda Landon
Release date: Sep 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 192
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A solve-it-yourself series of suspense and interaction! Observation, creative thinking, solving clues, sorting word puzzles – Even timid readers are eager to join Meg in this 4-book mystery series. Children search the pictures for key clues. Learning to pay attention to details and rely on their own wit, readers are challenged to solve the current clue BEFORE they turn the page to see what Meg discovered. Meg and the reader work together! Series 1 in the Meg Mackintosh Mysteries includes all four book listed below. The Case of the Curious Whale Watch (book 2, 48 pages) A missing treasure map and whale watching, Meg is in for a challenge! Searching, observing, and thinking… It’s up to YOU to solve the case. Even the younger mystery buffs can’t put this book down. The Mystery at the Medieval Castle (book 3, 64 pages) Meg’s school trip to an ancient castle is a field trip she’ll never forget. Uncovering the thief of a valuable jeweled chalice, Meg finds herself in the middle of a mystery. The reader travels back in time through a series of suspenseful clues, costumed castle staff, and a sharp-thinking Meg Mackintosh. The Mystery at Camp Creepy (book 4, 64 pages) Shine the light and solve the mystery before the sun goes down. Meg puts her rising fear aside as she and her fellow campers seek to uncover the mystery of the camp’s legendary ghost. The Mystery in the Locked Library (book 5, 48 pages) Unlock the mystery with Meg! The reader joins the hunt as Meg races through a high-speed mystery. A valuable object has gone missing from the library – but the library is locked! Will you and Meg find the keys you need, or will the doors shut before the mystery is solved? Each more thrilling than the last and always relying on YOUR help, the books in the Meg Mackintosh Mysteries Series 1 are sure to spark a strong taste for investigative learning!
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Children’s Books > Mysteries & Detectives

10. The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (Boxcar Children Mysteries)

by: Gertrude Chandler WarnerL. Kate Deal
Release date: Jan 01, 1989
Number of Pages: 154
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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.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Orphans & Foster Homes

11. The Treasure of the Sea: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure (Thea Stilton: Special Edition #5)

by: Thea Stilton
Release date: Sep 27, 2016
Number of Pages: 320
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Thea Stilton and the Thea Sisters are needed to help Aquamarina, the magical land of the ocean! The enchanted Music of the Sea has stopped playing, and no one knows why. If it doesn’t return soon, the realm will perish!

The mouselets and their friend Will Mystery travel to the underwater world to find the magical music. On their mission, they swim through dangerous waters, encounter strange and fantastical creatures, and even reveal an ancient mystery. It’s a mousetastic aquatic adventure!

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

12. The Invention of Hugo Cabret

by: Brian Selznick
Release date: Jan 30, 2007
Number of Pages: 533
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Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Orphans & Foster Homes

13. The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3)

by: Rick Riordan
Release date: Apr 08, 2008
Number of Pages: 352
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When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it’s up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared-a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.

Please note: While the cover of the book may vary the content is the same.

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

14. Sleepover Sleuths (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #1)

by: Carolyn KeeneMacky Pamintuan
Release date: Jun 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 96
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Eight-year-old Nancy Drew has her first case to crack! Can you help?

Nancy and her two best friends, George and Bess, are so excited! They have been invited to Deirdre’s sleepover party! There will be pizza, cake, and even a pajama fashion show. But the most exciting thing is that the party has a City Girls doll theme. All of the guests are bringing their dolls with them!

But then Deirdre’s City Girls doll — Hollywood Heather — goes missing. Is her sleepover ruined? Or is there a detective in the room who can make sense of this mystery?

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Girls & Women

15. The Abominable Snowman/Journey Under the Sea/Space and Beyond/The Lost Jewels of Nabooti/Mystery of the Maya/House of Danger (Choose Your Own Adventure 1-6) (Box Set 1)

by: R. A. Montgomery
Release date: Sep 30, 2011
Number of Pages: 864
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This Choose Your Own Adventure 6-Book Boxed Set includes the following storied titles from the classic, interactive, children’s series: The Abominable Snowman * Journey Under the Sea * Space and Beyond * The Lost Jewels of Nabooti * Mystery of the Maya * House of Danger.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

16. The Kingdom of Fantasy (Geronimo Stilton)

by: Geronimo Stilton
Release date: Dec 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 320
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Join Geronimo for his biggest, most fabumouse adventure yet! Dragons, mermaids, and much, much more await readers in this very special edition!

I knew from the start that it was no ordinary day, but I certainly didn’t expect to find a golden staircase in my attic. Up at the top, there was a door. And beyond the door was a world I never could have imagined — the Kingdom of Fantasy!

Along with my guide, a frog named Scribblehopper, I set off on an incredible adventure to save the Queen of the Fairies. But along the way, I had to face giant scorpions, witches, sea serpents, pixies, and dozens of other creatures that I had only ever heard stories about. Holey cheese, what a journey! Could I save the Queen . . . and my own tail?

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

17. Nate the Great Goes Undercover

by: Marjorie Weinman SharmatMarc Simont
Release date: Feb 15, 1978
Number of Pages: 80
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Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries! 

Somebody has been raiding Oliver’s garbage can each night. How can Nate narrow the long list of suspects down to one? Nate the Great might just have to go under cover . . . under cover of the garbage can lid, that is!

Check out the Fun Activities section in the back of the book! 

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*“Marc Simont’s charcoal and pastel illustrations provide the perfect backdrop for this clever case.” —School Library Journal, Starred
 
“First graders’ favorite private eye solves the case of Oliver’s scattered garbage in those short, easy sentences that Sharmat transforms into crisp, tough-guy humor.” —Kirkus Reviews (A Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice)

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

18. The Secret Series Complete Collection

by: Pseudonymous Bosch
Release date: Oct 02, 2012
Number of Pages: 2016
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Not only is the name of this series a secret, but the story is, too. For it concerns a secret – a big secret – that has been tormenting people like you for over… oh no! Did I just mention the secret? Then it’s too late. I’m afraid nothing will stop you now. Read this series if you must. But please, tell no one.

Catch up on the adventures of Cass and Max-Ernest with The Secret Series Collection. This boxed set includes all five paperback novels in the New York Times bestselling Secret Series: The Name of this Book Is Secret; If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late; This Book Is Not Good for You; This Isn’t What It Looks Like; and You Have to Stop This.

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

19. Hoot

by: Carl Hiaasen
Release date: Dec 27, 2005
Number of Pages: 292
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This Newbery Honor-winning, hilarious Floridian adventure involves new kids, bullies, alligators, eco-warriors, pancakes, pint-sized owls, and more. A New York Times bestseller!

Everybody loves Mother Paula’s pancakes. Everybody, that is, except the colony of cute but endangered owls that live on the building site of the new restaurant. Can the awkward new kid and his feral friend prank the pancake people out of town? Or is the owls’ fate cemented in pancake batter?

“A wonderful tour de-force.” —The Boston Globe
 
“A rollicking, righteous story.” —The Miami Herald
 
“Yes, it is a hoot.”—The Washington Post

From the Hardcover edition.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

20. Book Scavenger (The Book Scavenger series)

by: Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Release date: Apr 12, 2016
Number of Pages: 368
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A New York Times bestseller!

For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it’s the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself, and might contain the only copy of his mysterious new game.

Racing against time, Emily and James rush from clue to clue, desperate to figure out the secret at the heart of Griswold’s new game?before those who attacked Griswold come after them too.

The paperback edition of Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman features a gorgeous, brightened cover and an interview with the author.

“Full of heart and replete with challenging ciphers for readers to decode, Bertman’s debut is literary cousin to classic puzzlers like The Westing Game.” ?Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library will appreciate the abundant literary allusions, and readers will hope for more adventures.” ?Shelf Awareness, starred review

An Amazon Best Book of the Year
An Indie Next List Pick
A PW Best Book for Summer
A Bank Street College Best Book of the Year
An Amazon.com Best Book of the Month
A Texas Lamplighter Award Nominee
A Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award Nominee
A Georgia Children’s Book Award Finalist

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Moving

21. The Hardy Boys Secret Files Collection Books 1-5: Trouble at the Arcade; The Missing Mitt; Mystery Map; Hopping Mad; A Monster of a Mystery (Hardy Boys: The Secret Files)

by: Franklin W. DixonScott Burroughs
Release date: Aug 05, 2014
Number of Pages: 496
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It’s five times the mysteries—and five time the fun—with this paperback boxed set of The Hardy Boys Secret Files adventures!

When there’s trouble brewing in Bayport, brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are the go-to guys for solving cases. Help crack the first five cases in the Hardy Boys chapter book series!

This boxed set includes:
Trouble at the Arcade
The Missing Mitt
Mystery Map
Hopping Mad
Monster of a Mystery

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Boys & Men

22. Ballpark Mysteries #1: The Fenway Foul-up (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

by: David A. KellyMark Meyers
Release date: Feb 22, 2011
Number of Pages: 112
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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.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Chapter Books

23. Brainwashed: Crime Travelers Spy School Mystery Series Book 1

by: Paul AertkerBrian Luster
Release date: Jan 13, 2014
Number of Pages: 300
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“This middle grade series reads like the Bourne Identity – but for kids.”
– Mark Robichaux, Editor, New York 

#1 Best seller in Children’s Travel | THE EXPLOSIVE BEGINNING TO THE CRIME TRAVELERS SPY MYSTERY SERIES | ALSO NOW AVAILABLE: BOOK 2 – DIAMONDS ARE FOR NEVER | Age Level: 8 – 14 | US Grade Level: 3rd – 8th | NOW WITH ILLUSTRATIVE MAPS

This is an edge of your seat adventure. Strap your children in for this middle grade book that is a guaranteed wild ride. If your children love excitement, don’t miss this action-packed read!

Lucas Benes is a boy on a mission. While sleeping on the roof of his father’s hotel-spy school, thirteen-year-old Lucas Benes finds a baby alone and learns that the Good Company has restarted its profitable brainwashing business. Brainwashed (Crime Travelers collection #1) tracks the secret urban adventures of the New Resistance, a network of international teenage spies. Lucas leads a group of friends through the hotspots of Paris– from the catacombs to the Eiffel tower–in an all-out effort to sabotage a brainwashing ceremony that could potentially turn them all into “Good” kids.
 
This humorous and exciting middle school series with short chapters is perfect for school reading lists. “This mystery book is like a secret diary of lost little kids in adverse international settings.” A secret spy rider uses Kano, Minecraft, and Psion to help the kids travel the planet. A worldwide spy school. A book about Paris for kids learning about Paris and the recent attacks in Paris. Parents, teachers, and librarians will appreciate the worldwide geography and appropriate language for ages 9 – 14.

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Children’s Books > Geography & Cultures > Explore the World > Europe

24. Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas

by: Marjorie Weinman SharmatCraig Sharmat
Release date: Oct 06, 1997
Number of Pages: 80
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Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries! 

Annie’s dog is unhappy. When Fang is unhappy, everyone is unhappy. Especially Nate the Great. So Nate agrees to sniff out Fang’s mysteriously missing Christmas mail. It’s cold and snowy. But Nate the Great and his dog, Sludge, will try to solve this holiday case in time for Fang to have a crunchy, munchy Christmas.

Check out the Fun Activities section in the back of the book! 

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“All the usual characters, Sharmat’s wry humor, and Simont’s lively, appealing watercolors are packed into this easy reader that’s sure to be popular all year long.”–School Library Journal

“Nate uncovers some snowy clues to deliver a lip-smacking holiday greeting to Fang and his owner. Simont’s loose, humorous chalk and watercolor spots help turn this beginning reader into a page-turner.”–Publishers Weekly

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

25. The Math Inspectors: Story One – The Case of the Claymore Diamond (Volume 1)

by: Daniel KenneyEmily Boever
Release date: Dec 05, 2014
Number of Pages: 136
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When the Claymore Diamond is stolen from Ravensburg’s finest jewelry store, Stanley Carusoe gets the bright idea that he and his friends should start a detective agency. Armed with curiosity and their love for math, Stanley, Charlotte, Gertie and Felix race around town in an attempt to solve the mystery. Along the way, they’ll butt heads with an ambitious police chief, uncover dark secrets, and drink lots of milkshakes at Mabel’s Diner. But when their backs are against the wall, Stanley and his friends rely on the one thing they know best: numbers. Because numbers, they never lie. Join Stanley and his friends in this smart and funny first mystery in The Math Inspectors series, perfect for math lovers, math haters, and all kids ages 9-12.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works

26. Nate the Great and the Snowy Trail

by: Marjorie Weinman SharmatMarc Simont
Release date: Dec 01, 1983
Number of Pages: 80
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Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries! 

Nate the Great has his work cut out for him. Rosamond has lost his birthday present! But how can Nate find his missing present when Rosamond won’t tell him what it is?

Check out the Fun Activities section in the back of the book! 

Visit Nate the Great and Sludge!
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Brisk and bright as always, with pictures of a lovably scowling Nate and a voguishly strange Rosamond . . . for added appeal.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Readers will have a dandy time following the case and will sympathize with Nate’s wish that he had failed to solve it when he finds the dismaying ‘present’.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“The tongue-in-cheek mystery unfolds briskly. Simont’s . . . cartoons are in tune with Sharmat’s comic touch.”—Booklist

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

27. Lockwood & Co., Book Four The Creeping Shadow

by: Jonathan Stroud
Release date: Sep 13, 2016
Number of Pages: 464
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After leaving Lockwood & Co. at the end of The Hollow Boy, Lucy is a freelance operative, hiring herself out to agencies that value her ever-improving skills. One day she is pleasantly surprised by a visit from Lockwood, who tells her he needs a good Listener for a tough assignment. Penelope Fittes, the leader of the giant Fittes Agency wants them–and only them–to locate and remove the Source for the legendary Brixton Cannibal. They succeed in their very dangerous task, but tensions remain high between Lucy and the other agents. Even the skull in the jar talks to her like a jilted lover. What will it take to reunite the team? Black marketeers, an informant ghost, a Spirit Cape that transports the wearer, and mysteries involving Steve Rotwell and Penelope Fittes just may do the trick. But, in a shocking cliffhanger ending, the team learns that someone has been manipulating them all along. . . .
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Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy & Magic

28. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)

by: J.K. RowlingJim Dale
Release date: Jul 08, 2000
Number of Pages: 17
Run Time: 1233 minutes
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Running time:  20 hrs., 30 mins. 17 CDs.

Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for his fourth year of magical adventures in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  This year Harry turns 14 and becomes interested in girls — one in particular.  And with Dark Magic comes danger, as someone close to Harry dies.  You’ll have to listen to learn more!  The audio is available on July 8th.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Orphans & Foster Homes

29. The Candymakers

by: Wendy Mass
Release date: Oct 03, 2011
Number of Pages: 480
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In the town of Spring Haven, four children have been selected to compete in the national candymaking contest of a lifetime. Who will make a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Yellow Lightning Chew?

Logan, the candymaker’s son, who can detect the color of chocolate by feel alone?

Miles, the boy allergic to rowboats and the color pink?

Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy as if it were a feather?

Philip, the suit-and-tie-wearing boy who’s always scribbling in a secret notebook?

This sweet, charming, and cleverly crafted story, told from each contestant’s perspective, is filled with mystery, friendship, and juicy revelations.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Girls & Women

30. Ballpark Mysteries Super Special #1: The World Series Curse (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

by: David A. KellyMark Meyers
Release date: Sep 13, 2016
Number of Pages: 144
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It’s the BIGGEST baseball mystery yet—at the WORLD SERIES!
 
Red Sox versus Cubs. Game five. It looks like Mike and Kate are about to watch the Cubs win it all. But then someone starts messing with the team—ruining equipment, getting Cubs players in trouble, and even stirring up an old baseball curse. Now the Red Sox are coming back! Who will win the ultimate baseball trophy? And can Mike and Kate make sure it’s won fair and square?
 
Ballpark Mysteries are the all-star matchup of fun sleuthing and baseball action, perfect for readers of Ron Roy’s A to Z Mysteries and Matt Christopher’s sports books, and younger siblings of Mike Lupica fans. Each Ballpark Mystery also features Dugout Notes, with amazing baseball facts.
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Children’s Books > Mysteries & Detectives

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