Category Archives: Mystery

Staff Pick One Came Home

Staff Pick One Came Home

Once Came Home

In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters.

Georgie Burkhardt, of 1871 Lake Placid, Wisconsin is a 13-year old girl of epic proportions. The story begins with Georgie learning that a body of a young woman has been found. Everyone believes that it is Agatha Burkhardt, Georgie’s older sister. Georgie refuses to believe the facts that are presented and goes off on an adventure, taking her trusty rifle and a copy of The Prairie Traveler.  On her trip she meets up with a stubborn mule, her sister’s pesky ex-boyfriend, nesting pigeons, a cougar, and counterfeiters. Tracking every clue and piece of evidence along the way, Georgie is determined to bring her sister home.

Recommended By: Kimberly Andersen – West Indianapolis Branch

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Staff Pick: The Trouble With Chickens

Staff Pick: The Trouble With Chickens

The Trouble with Chickens

A hard-bitten former search-and-rescue dog helps solve a complicated missing chicken case. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2014-2015, 4-6 Nominee.

The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin is a great chapter book for third and fourth graders.  The main character is retired search and rescue dog Johnathan Joseph Tully, J.J. for short.  Two chicks, Dirt and Sugar along with their mother ask J.J for his help in finding their missing siblings.  This search takes them on an adventure where they come across some interesting characters including Vince the Funnel.  Readers must read this first title in the J.J. Tully Mystery series to find out if J.J. the search and rescue dog is successful in locating the missing chicks.

Recommended By: Denyce Malone – Flanner House Library

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Staff Pick – The Screaming Staircase

Staff Pick – The Screaming Staircase

The Screaming Staircase

Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.

Could you spend the night in a haunted house? London, England has a problem – unfriendly ghosts come out at night – and only kids have the psychic ability to see and get rid of them. Lucy Carlyle joins the only “ghost-busting” business run by another kid: Anthony Lockwood. With their third partner, George, they take on the biggest case in town. Will they solve the case and get the money, or will the Screaming Staircase get them?

Recommended by: Melissa Wooten – Glendale

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Staff Pick: The Ghost of Dr. Mold

Staff Pick: The Ghost of Dr. Mold

The Ghost of Dr. Mold

A ghost is making a mess of the library at Castlerock, and Echo’s old friend, the librarian, is about to lose his job so it is up the Echo and the Bat Pack to figure out what the ghost is looking for and restore peace to the Castle.

A ghost is making a huge mess of a library at Ghost Castle.  The librarian has asked for help from Echo a talking bat and his friends to solve the mystery of a missing book.  When they make it to the library they find books on the floor and they see a real ghost searching thru book after book looking for something.  Becca the ten year old girl breaks out in strange blue pimples.  Echo and the Bat Pack have some serious mysteries to solve.  The series is Echo and the Bat Pack.  This is a great chapter books for readers 6-9 years old that like scary stories.  The bright graphic cartoon illustrations make the book fun and engaging.  

Recommended by: Tammy Coolman – Fountain Square

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Staff Pick: The Secret of the Ginger Mice

Staff Pick: The Secret of the Ginger Mice

The Secret of the Ginger Mice

Alex, Alice and Alistair think they are just three ordinary mice, until Alistair mysteriously vanishes. Then Alex and Alice learn a secret about their family: a secret which means Alistair’s life is in danger – unless Alex and Alice can find him first. So begins a hair-raising journey. Author: Frances Watts

Alistair, with his ginger fur, might not look like Alex and Alice, but these mice triplets stick together.  When Alistair mysteriously disappears, his siblings are determined to find their brother and rescue him.  As the story alternates between the siblings’ journeys, they discover secrets about their parents and who they really are that could put them in harm’s way.  Their journey brings them into contact with a variety of characters as they stumble into a secret resistance movement.  Can Alistair, Alex, and Alice make wise decisions about who to trust?  And will they uncover the truth about ginger-furred mice?

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection

More Staff Picks

More stories about adventuring mice:
The Tale of Despereaux Redwall Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh Stuart Little
The Cricket in Times Square Tumtum & Nutmeg The Wind in the Willows
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