On one of their many trips abroad, Henry’s parents fail to return and Henry is sent to live with his Uncle Frank, Aunt Dotty and three cousins on their Kansas farm. At Uncle Frank’s, Henry discovers something new – people that care about him. He discovers good home cooking, riding in the back of a pickup trick and playing in the barn loft. He begins thinking that he just might get the chance to learn how to throw a baseball.
One night when Henry can’t sleep, he hears a thumping sound in the wall. A mouse? A squirrel? He decides to ignore the sound and go back to sleep. The next morning he wakes up with dust and bits of plaster in his hair. When he opens his eyes, he discovers two knobs poking through the wall, and one of them is slowly turning!
Henry picks at the plaster around the knobs and discovers a hidden door. He picks at some more plaster, and then more and more…until he uncovers 99 small doors of various sizes and shapes behind his bedroom wall. Through one door, he can smell the ocean and feel the ocean breeze. Through another he can peek inside a post office. One door that is completely dark, he is too afraid to open. The doors seem to lead to other places, 99 other places.
Henry and his cousin Henrietta set out to solve the mystery of the 99 cupboards…plus 1 more. The two unravel a safely guarded family secret and unleash a magical power that hasn’t been heard from for years and years. And some magical powers, the world is better off without! Author: N.D. Wilson
It’s been several months since the Society (Reynie, Kate, Sticky & Constance) had their first adventure in The Mysterious Benedict Society, and frankly, they’re bored! Nothing is going on until they each get an invitation from Mr. Benedict for a surprise reunion. Excited to be together again, the children happily head to Mr. Benedict’s house. When they arrive, his house is surrounded by policeman – something terrible has happened! Mr. Benedict and Number 2 have disappeared. The first clue, a ransom note delivered by carrier pigeon:
“I write to report that your friends are in grave danger…If you hope to see either of them again, you will give me exactly what I wish, and without delay…We shall all be most unhappy if you delay.” L. Curtain
The kids find out that Mr. Benedict had devised an elaborate, puzzle-filled, international scavenger hunt for them as a surprise. While out planting clues, Mr. Benedict and Number 2 were kidnapped by evil Mr. Curtain. And it isn’t just Mr. Benedict and Number 2 that are in danger, it’s all of us! Aided by some clues and puzzles that Mr. Benedict left behind, the kids begin to piece together where Mr. Benedict and Number 2 might have gone before they disappeared. By following the scavenger hunt clues, the kids use their unique talents to attempt a rescue before it is too late. Another great adventure full of clever clues and mind bending puzzles solved by four friends who find out once again how great their friendship is. Author: Trenton Lee Stewart
Coming Soon, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma: October 13, 2009.
Hermux Tantamoq is an organized, meticulous little mouse that owns a watch repair shop. He wears clothes decorated with cheese and spoils on his pet ladybug Terfle. Hermux’s ordered life is turned upside down one day when the beautiful, adventurous mouse Linka Perflinger, an accomplished aviator, stops by his shop and drops off her watch for repair – and she needs the watch fixed ASAP!
Hermux knocks himself out getting the watch finished, and then days go by and the mysterious lady mouse never returns. And then out of the blue, a shifty looking rat shows up demanding Linka’s watch. No way will Hermux let the watch go. He is convinced something shady is going on and sets out to follow the evil-looking rat. In no time, Hermux is in over his carefully combed head…mixed up with spies, kidnappers, thieves, even killers! But Hermux is committed to finding Miss Perflinger and musters all the courage and pluck he needs to go undercover and get to the bottom of the mystery. Author: Michael Hoeye
If you like Sherlock Holmes, you will be excited by this Canadian author’s exploration of Holmes’s life as a 12-year old. It is 1867 in London. A terrible murder has been committed and an Arab immigrant has been arrested for it. Young Sherlock Holmes, with his odd ways, gets sucked into the mystery and is accused of being an accomplice. He must find the real killer or face the gallows himself. In this tense and well-written mystery, we meet Holmes’s parents and understand the circumstances of racism (Sherlock is half-Jewish) and poverty that led him to be the moody, brilliant detective he became as an adult. We also meet the younger versions of the mysterious Professor Moriarity and even Irene Adler (the only woman Sherlock Holmes ever loved). An attention-grabbing and creative book. Author: Shane Peacock
The 39 Clues is a series of ten books that tells the story of a world-wide treasure hunt. It reminds me a lot of National Treasure. You can solve puzzles and look for the 39 clues yourself by reading the books and playing online – you just might win a prize.
To find the 39 Clues: Read the Books – Each 39 Clues book unlocks one Clue. Collect the Cards – Game cards help reveal Clues. Play the Game – Find Clues through online missions.
The first book is called The Maze of Bones. It was written by Rick Riordan – the author who writes the Percy Jackson books. The next nine books will follow one at a time through September 2010. (Number two comes out Dec. 2.)
The Maze of Bones starts off the adventure when Dan and Amy Cahill’s Grandmother dies and includes them in her will. At the reading of the will, Dan and Amy are given the choice of receiving a million dollars instantly or receiving the first of 39 clues that are hidden around the world. They are told that the clues will lead to the source of the family’s power. To accept the first clue means giving up the million dollars. It also means competing against other Cahill family members. Some family members are annoying, some mysterious, and some downright dangerous. Dan and Amy take the first clue of course and it’s up to them (and you) to find the clues. Try to do it without getting blown up, OK? Author: Rick Riordan