Best Mysteries & Detectives Books for 6 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 mysteries & detectives books for 6 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. Mini Pie The Spy (Volume 1)

by: Libby LaManna
Release date: Aug 04, 2014
Number of Pages: 88
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It’s finally summer break, and eight-year-old Meggie Malone is ready to zoom around sticking hilarious Post-Its on Grandma’s behind and eating nothing but lime-green cupcakes. However, when Mother receives a mysterious phone call, Meggie, AKA Mini Pie the Spy, uses her fabulous detective skills to eavesdrop and soon finds herself wrapped up in the case of the Disappeared Keys. Meggie tags along to clean houses with Mother and soon realizes she is in way over her head. How can she expect to solve a mystery when she’s constantly interrupted by tickly feather dusters and slippery egg yolks? Meggie fears she’s not cut out for the house cleaning business—so she sticks to what she does best: solving mysteries. Mini Pie the Spy to the RESCUE!
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2. How Back-Back Got His Name (Lima Bear Stories)

by: Charles A. NeebeLen DiSalvo
Release date: Apr 30, 2007
Number of Pages: 29
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Can you imagine what it would be like to lose you back!!? Well, that is exactly what happens to Plumton, the Opossum. Lima Bear and his friends become detectives searching for this missing back. Follow them as they try new and different ways of thinking to solve the mystery. See how they band together to protect each other in times of danger! Will they ever find Plumpton s back? Follow the story to find the answer.
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3. Secret Agent Jack Stalwart: Book 5: The Secret of the Sacred Temple: Cambodia

by: Elizabeth Singer Hunt
Release date: Apr 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 128
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When an archaeologist who guards the priceless 1,000-year-old treasures of the temple of Angor Wat goes missing, her daughter Kate calls on Jack to help bring her home. No sweat for a top secret agent. Except this time it’s personal. The archaeologist also has information leading to the whereabouts of Jack’s missing brother. Now Jack must stop a power-hungry madman before the treasure, and the archaeologist, disappear forever.   
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4. Ballpark Mysteries #7: The San Francisco Splash

by: David A. KellyMark Meyers
Release date: May 28, 2013
Number of Pages: 114
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Time for a seventh-inning stretch! The San Francisco Splash is book #7 in our early chapter book mystery series, where each book is set in a different American ballpark!

   Splash! A hit soars over the walls of the San Francisco ballpark on the bay and drops into the water. But then Mike and Kate hear another, much larger splash nearby . . . and this time it’s not a baseball. It’s a man overboard! And when he’s pulled from the water, the old-time ballplayer discovers his World Series ring is gone! Is it at the bottom of the bay? Or was it somehow stolen by a long-ago rival?

   The San Francisco Splash includes several pages of “Dugout Notes,” fun facts about San Francisco’s recently built ballpark.

Cross Ron Roy’s A to Z Mystery series with Matt Christopher’s sports books and you get the Ballpark Mysteries: fun, puzzling whodunits aimed at the younger brothers and sisters of John Feinstein’s fans.

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5. Cul-de-sac Kids Boxed Set

by: Beverly Lewis
Release date: Apr 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 480
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This is an exciting and lighthearted chapter book series for young readers that centers on the often humorous escapades of a group of endearing neighborhood friends.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Values

6. Anna & Elsa #6: The Arendelle Cup (Disney Frozen) (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

by: Erica DavidFrancesco LegramandiGabriella MattaManuela RazziWilliam Robinson
Release date: Sep 08, 2015
Number of Pages: 128
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Princess Anna, Queen Elsa, Olaf the snowman, and all the stars from Disney Frozen are back in an all-new magical chapter book series perfect for girls and boys ages 6 to 9. It’s time for the Arendelle Cup–an annual 150-mile sleigh race. People come from far and wide to compete, and this year, to celebrate the castle gates finally being open, Anna and Elsa are going to represent Arendelle themselves!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

7. Marcia’s Madness (The Sisters Eight Book 5)

by: Lauren Baratz-LogstedGreg LogstedJackie LogstedLisa K. Weber
Release date: May 03, 2010
Number of Pages: 129
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Questions! Questions! Questions! The Sisters Eight have so many questions and so few answers! Luckily, one more month means they’ll get a few answers.

 
Marcia’s month is about to begin. You remember Marcia, right? The sensible one? The one who would never do anything . . . crazy?
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Siblings

8. Secret Agent Jack Stalwart: Book 14: The Mission to Find Max: Egypt

by: Elizabeth Singer Hunt
Release date: Oct 11, 2011
Number of Pages: 144
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The Mission to Find Max (Book 14) Jack joined the Global Protection Force for two reasons: to thwart evil around the world and to rescue his brother, Max, who went missing while working as a GPF agent. The GPF refused to share any details with Jack about Max’s whereabouts, but on two previous missions, Jack had collected clues that pointed to Max is being in Egypt. Now Jack has reason to believe that King Tut’s diadem—a crown thought to have magical powers—is the cause of Max’s disappearance. The crown was so important that King Tut was buried with it on his head, but when the boy-pharaoh’s tomb was opened in 1922, an assistant archaeologist named Omar Massri stole the artifact. Could a descendant of Massri somehow be involved in Max’s disappearance? Jack and his old friend Kate must prevent an ancient and terrible curse of the pharaohs from wreaking havoc, or else Egypt—and Jack’s brother—could be doomed.
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9. Young CAM Jansen and the Pizza Shop Mystery (Easy-To-Read Young CAM Jansen – Level 2)

by: David A AdlerProfessor Susanna Natti
Release date: Oct 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 32
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Cam, her father, and her best friend can’t pass up eating at the best pizza place in the world. But they can’t leave the mall until they solve the mystery of the missing jacket. Will Cam’s photographic memory be enough to solve the case? Illustrations.
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10. Secret Agent Jack Stalwart: Book 12: The Fight for the Frozen Land: The Arctic

by: Elizabeth Singer Hunt
Release date: Oct 06, 2009
Number of Pages: 128
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A team of GPF scientists has vanished in the Arctic while doing research on global warming. While rescuing them from the jaws of a hungry polar bear, Secret Agent Jack Stalwart learns of the malicious Black Arctic Project: A group of mysterious villains are speeding up global warming by blowing up glaciers. Can Jack stop them before the entire planet is doomed?
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11. Secret Agent Jack Stalwart: Book 13: The Hunt for the Yeti Skull: Nepal

by: Elizabeth Singer Hunt
Release date: Oct 11, 2011
Number of Pages: 128
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The Hunt for the Yeti Skull (Book 13) Jack has become the most decorated secret agent for the Global Protection Force, but during the day he’s still just an ordinary kid who has to put up with annoying people—like Marko Mayer, a new student in Jack’s rock-climbing class. When Jack and Marko race to the top of the wall, Marko stomps on Jack’s hand and wins—then has the nerve to gloat! But Jack has no time to sulk—the GPF needs him in Nepal. A plane carrying a team of scientists has gone missing over Mount Everest. They were thought to be carrying the first true Yeti skull ever recovered—proof that the legendary Abominable Snowman really existed. Jack quickly discovers that a greedy collector is behind the theft—and he may have hired Jack’s archnemesis for the job. Can Jack and his fellow agents use their climbing skills to brave the highest mountain on earth and recover the priceless skull?
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12. The Plight of Queen Bee

by: Simone FairchildPamela Key
Release date: Aug 12, 2005
Number of Pages: 40
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Supurb hardcover children’s book with bold, beautiful illustrations by Pamela Key. Oh, my! Someone has stolen the Queen Bee’s nectar, but who could it be? Time to call out Detective Brown, the bee from Scotland Yard, to find out who has taken the nectar before the Queen Bee removes Detective Brown’s head! Will he discover the thief in time? A must for every child’s reading library!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bugs & Spiders

13. Calendar Mysteries #6: June Jam (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

by: Ron RoyJohn Steven Gurney
Release date: Mar 22, 2011
Number of Pages: 80
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It’s a mystery every month from popular A to Z Mysteries author Ron Roy!

June is for Jam…

In the sixth book of the Calendar Mysteries – an early chapter book mystery series featuring the younger siblings of the A to Z Mysteries detectives – Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy want to make homemade strawberry jam for Father’s Day. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as it first seems. Some sneaky creature is taking bites of their strawberries. Polly the pony, Pal the dog, and Josh the older brother are all suspects. If the kids can’t protect the strawberry patch from the mystery chomper, they might be in a real jam!

Parents, teachers, and Librarians agree that these highly collectible chapter books are perfect for emerging readers and any kid who loves mysteries!

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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

14. Dani and the Mall Caper (A Dani P. Mystery Book 2)

by: K. Lamb
Release date: Feb 13, 2016
Number of Pages: 132
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No Time To Shop

After solving her first big case, Dani earns the title of being the best almost-eight-year-old detective in the world. Can she live up to her reputation?

Join Dani as she sets out to prove that she can keep the citizens of Shady Hollow safe. There is only one problem: How does she stop a thief? With the help of her best friend, Chloe Marshall, she’ll have to figure it out soon before the local mall becomes the next target!

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

15. Nate the Great and the Big Sniff

by: Marjorie Weinman SharmatMitchell SharmatMartha Weston
Release date: Oct 28, 2009
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 solves crimes with his dog, Sludge. But this time, Sludge can’t help. Sludge is lost! Nate looks high and low. But every clue leads to a dead end until . . . Nate realizes Sludge can help after all!

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

Visit Nate the Great and Sludge!
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“Another satisfying entry in a consistently entertaining series.”–Booklist 

“These simple chapter books build confidence in children who are just starting to read and who look forward to a new mystery.”–Kirkus Reviews

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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16. CHARMED ADVENTURES: Snipes are Real!

by: Nicole Longhini-McElroy
Release date: Nov 03, 2009
Number of Pages: 40
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Take an adventure with Nicole and learn if Snipes are real while facing the town bully. It is up to you to believe if the adventure was real or a dream.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

17. The Secret Room #5 (The Haunted Library)

by: Dori Hillestad ButlerAurore Damant
Release date: Aug 11, 2015
Number of Pages: 128
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Now that Kaz can finally pass through walls without feeling all “skizzy,” he can go explore Beckett’s secret room at the back of the library. What he finds there is a mystery he never expected!
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18. Unicorn Uproar (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew)

by: Carolyn KeeneMacky Pamintuan
Release date: Sep 08, 2009
Number of Pages: 96
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The Great Unicorn Caper!

Sparkle the unicorn has gone missing from the town’s medieval festival. Did third-grade diva Destiny Delgado or the mischievous Toby Leo steal Sparkle? Or did the wand Nancy bought from the fortune-teller make Sparkle disappear? Once again it’s up to Nancy, Bess, and George to look for clues and find the culprit. Follow the Clue Crew as they solve this magical mystery!

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19. The Ghost at the Fire Station #6 (The Haunted Library)

by: Dori Hillestad ButlerAurore Damant
Release date: Nov 03, 2015
Number of Pages: 128
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With a lot of searching and a lot of luck, Kaz has found his dog Cosmo, his little brother Little John, his grandmom, and his grandpops. But what about his parents? Or his big brother Finn? Will he ever see them again? Kaz wants to keep looking for his family, but when Claire hears about a ghost at the fire station, Kaz knows it’s a case for C & K Ghost Detectives!
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20. The Ghost in the Tree House #7 (The Haunted Library)

by: Dori Hillestad ButlerAurore Damant
Release date: Mar 29, 2016
Number of Pages: 116
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Here is Edgar Award Winner Dori Hillestad Butler’s seventh title in her not-too-scary chapter book mystery series, The Haunted Library. Perfect for reluctant readers in the mood for a great mystery!

A group of girls in Claire’s town have noticed strange sights and sounds coming from the tree house where their club meets. Is it a rival boys’ club trying to scare them away? Or is it a ghost? The girls ask Claire to tackle the mystery—and Kaz hopes to finally find the rest of his missing family members!

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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21. Jane Brown And The Case Of Mistaken Identity (The Jane Brown Jr. Detective Series Book 1)

by: A.J. DeJongJeanine Henning
Release date: Nov 19, 2015
Number of Pages: 44
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“Allow me to introduce myself, the name is Brown, Jane Brown, and I am the greatest detective the world has ever seen. I’m known to solve multiple cases, on any given day, without even breaking a sweat. In fact, I am working on one now.”

Meet Jane Brown, a tenacious young girl with a wild imagination. Follow her and her partner, Ares the Rottweiler, as they attempt to solve various mysteries using her trusty detective kit.

On this day, Jane’s father has recruited her to find the television’s missing remote control. But when the evidence begins to point toward her colleague and best friend, Jane must figure out how to close the case and prove his innocence before it’s too late.

At seven years old, Jane may not be investigating much more than larceny of the most mundane kind, but that is certainly not going to slow her down. Yeah, times are hard for a budding gumshoe trying to catch a break. Yet, Jane makes the best of every situation, and digs deep to reveal a compelling conclusion to each assignment. Her charming personality and witty sense of humor will have readers cheering for her from start to finish. Jane shows us all that with a little determination and the right support, anything is possible, as well as fun!
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22. Nate the Great on the Owl Express (Nate the Great Detective Stories)

by: Marjorie Weinman SharmatMitchell SharmatMartha Weston
Release date: Dec 28, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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All aboard the Owl Express! Nate, the great detective, and his dog Sludge, hit the rails on their latest case. Their mission: To guard an owl named Hoot. Hoot belongs to Nate’s cousin, Olivia Sharp, and she thinks someone on the train might be out to get her feathered friend. But whooo? Sludge keeps an eye on the owl’s cage while Nate snoops for clues. Then Hoot disappears! With many suspects to question, and many places to look, Nate knows one thing for sure–being the bodyguard to a little bird is a lot more work than he ever imagined! As the train races toward its final stop, can Nate sort out the mystery of the vanishing owl? From the Hardcover edition.
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23. Capital Mysteries #6: Fireworks at the FBI (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

by: Ron RoyTimothy Bush
Release date: Jul 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 98
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It’s a red, white, and blue mystery from popular A to Z Mysteries author Ron Roy!

Fireworks at the FBI
 
In the sixth book of the Capital Mysteries—an early chapter book mystery series featuring fun facts and famous sites from Washington, D.C.— KC gets a front row seat to the Fourth of July festivities at the White House. What better place to be on the fourth than Washington, D.C.? But KC spots fireworks coming from a very peculiar place – the FBI building! Although the president thinks it was an accident, KC and her friend Marshall know better. They are sure those fireworks were covering up a clever crime!

Each book highlights one of the famous museums, buildings, or monuments from the Washington area and includes a map and a two-page fun fact spread with photographs. 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.

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24. Chick-Napped! (Nancy Drew & the Clue Crew (Library))

by: Carolyn KeeneMacky Pamintuan
Release date: Aug 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 84
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Spring has sprung in River Heights! Nancy’s class is hatching chickens to celebrate. Some of Nancy’s classmates are excited, especially Tommy Maron. Tommy has even named all the eggs! But other classmates are less thrilled about the arrival of the little birds. Catherine Spangler is peeved because the chicks are due to arrive on HER birthday — the nerve! But when the chicks vanish from the classroom, everyone is upset. Who would steal helpless chick eggs? Nancy knows she has a real egg of a mystery to crack this time! Spotlight editions are printed on high-quality paper and with reinforced library bindings specifically printed for the library market. Grades 2-4.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Ducks & Other Waterfowl

25. Heavenly Skies and Lullabies: Illustrated Songbook & CD

by: Kathy Reilly FallonFrank PellegrinoBecky Kelly
Release date: Sep 08, 2006
Number of Pages: 32
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Open your mind and soothe your soul with these gentle bedtime melodies. These sweet and enchanting lullabies are heaven sent to help parents embrace their precious little ones and create a peaceful and relaxing home. We believe it is the right of all children to be safe, cared for and loved. With your help, we can bring lullabies to children in need everywhere. Sweet Dreams…
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26. Spy Pets 1: Ball Game Bandit

by: MéLisa LomelinoRyun Hovind
Release date: Dec 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 66
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Skip may look like a regular dog, but in fact he is a secret agent known as a Spy Pet. When Skip goes with his owner Abby to her softball game his only concern is to get a hotdog. That is until Abby’s phone goes missing. Is her phone lost or was it stolen? Time is running out. Skip only has till the end of the game to figure out the mystery.

Spy Pets is a children’s book series for ages 6-8. Each adventure book is filled with a fun exciting mystery and lots of animals. Your child sleuth will love using their detective skills with these safe, easy to read chapter books full of pictures.

Books in the Spy Pets detective series are standalone and can be read out of order. Funny mystery books for kids and adults will love them too! Spy Pets 1: Ball Game Bandit is a hilarious adventure for children ages 6-8.

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27. Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Stolen Corn Popper #11

by: David A. AdlerSusanna Natti
Release date: Aug 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 64
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When a customer at Binky’s Department Store realizes that his shopping bag–containing a newly-purchased corn popper–has been stolen, Cam and Eric put their school shopping on hold to help catch the thief.
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28. The Case of the Bank-Robbing Bandit (Third-Grade Detectives)

by: George E. StanleySalvatore Murdocca
Release date: Jul 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 80
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IT’S DO OR DIE FOR THE THIRD-GRADE DETECTIVES!
Todd and Noelle are volunteering at a blood drive when they get shocking news: Both banks in town have been robbed! This may be the Third-Grade Detectives’ most important case yet. The new police chief doesn’t think he needs help from a bunch of third graders to solve crimes, and if the kids can’t prove him wrong, their detective careers may be over.
The trouble is, the thief hasn’t left any clues, except for a discarded sweaty handkerchief. Yuck! Can something so disgusting provide the lead the Detectives need?
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > School

29. The Case of the Dirty Clue (Third-Grade Detectives)

by: George E. StanleySalvatore Murdocca
Release date: Nov 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 80
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IT’S A DIRTY SHAME!

Misty’s younger brother left her brand-new bike in the middle of the street, and a speeding car ran over it. Not only is the bike totally mangled, it’s covered with ugly red dirt.

Misty wants to find the driver, but she doesn’t have much information to go on — all she noticed was that the car was white. The Third-Grade Detectives agree to help, but there are an awful lot of white cars around town. Can the detectives clean up the case?

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30. The Make-a-Pet Mystery (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Book 31)

by: Carolyn KeeneMacky Pamintuan
Release date: Jan 03, 2012
Number of Pages: 100
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Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew are out to solve the case of a stolen stuffed animal.

River Heights has gone gaga over Make-a-Pets! Nancy and her friends are excited to make their own cuddly stuffed animals—and play the online game Petopia that goes along with Make-a-Pet animals.

But when Nancy’s friend, Violet, discovers that Hoppity, her Make-a-Pet, is missing, the Clue Crew is called on to help find the missing bunny. It seems there are a few possible suspects—including Violet’s best friend, Sonia, who claims Violet stole the idea about Hoppity from her. Could Violet’s best friend be the culprit? Or is the real thief even more of a surprise?

 

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