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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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Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril

Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril

Lunch Lady and the Picture Day PerilIt is picture day and Hector, Terrence and Dee aren’t very excited about it. Especially Terrence who has had a zit breakout and is seriously thinking about coughing up $15 to have his picture airbrushed to perfection.

The school photographer is more than happy to collect the extra money from Terrence and a whole bunch of other kids who suddenly have more blemishes than they’ve ever had before.

Lunch lady knows her kids and when she notices all the blemishes and some odd behavior by the hot shot photographer she decides to find out what the crispy crackers is going on. Oh my goulash, it’s another case for the Lunch Lady, her exploding chicken nuggets and her gadget making sidekick Bett. They are still committed to keeping order in the cafeteria…and in the world. Author: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

#1 Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute
#2 Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians
#3 Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta
#4 Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown
#5 Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit
#6 Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco
#7 Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes
#8 Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril

Is the Lunch Lady ready for more? “You bet your ketchup!” And if you like these common folk superheroes here are three more to make you cheer for more:
Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians The Adventures of Captain Underpants Amelia Superheroes Horace Sprattley the Cupcaked Crusader
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Encyclopedia Brown

Encyclopedia Brown

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy DetectiveDonald Sobol, the author of the Encyclopedia Brown books, died July 11th. He was 87.

If you like mysteries you should give Encyclopedia Brown a try. His real name is Leroy Brown. He is 10 years old and he is a detective in his hometown of Idaville, Florida. His partner is Sally Kimble, who is tough and brave, which is a nice kind of partner to have.

I always liked these books because the solution to the mystery is at the back of the book, so you can try to follow the clues and figure it out, just like Encyclopedia Brown.

There are a bunch of them…and one more…in honor of the 50th anniversary of the series, and now, to honor Mr. Sobol, Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Soccer Scheme, will come out in October, 2012.

New York Times: Donald Sobol, Creator of Encyclopedia Brown, Dies at 87

  1. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
  2. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch
  3. Encyclopedia Brown Finds the Clues
  4. Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man
  5. Encyclopedia Brown Solves Them All
  6. Encyclopedia Brown Keeps the Peace
  7. Encyclopedia Brown Saves the Day
  8. Encyclopedia Brown Tracks Them Down
  9. Encyclopedia Brown Shows the Way
  10. Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Case
  11. Encyclopedia Brown Lends a Hand
  12. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Dead Eagles
  13. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Midnight Visitor
  14. Encyclopedia Brown Carries On
  15. Encyclopedia Brown Sets the Pace
  16. Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Cake
  17. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Mysterious Handprint
  18. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Treasure Hunt
  19. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Disgusting Sneakers
  20. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Two Spies
  21. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of Pablo’s Nose
  22. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Sleeping Dog
  23. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Slippery Salamander
  24. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Jumping Frogs
  25. Encyclopedia Brown Cracks the Case
  26. Encyclopedia Brown, Super Sleuth
  27. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret UFO
  28. Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Carnival Crime
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Three Times Lucky

Three Times Lucky

Three Times LuckySixth grader Mo…A+ student, fry cook, best friend to Dale, arch enemy of Anna Celeste, kid to the Colonel and Miss Lana…turns detective when her town’s least likable citizen turns up dead. Who would want to kill Jesse Tatum?  It’s true that nobody liked him much, but kill him? It can’t be anyone in Tupelo Landing can it?

A hot shot city detective shows up and ratchets up the anxiety by asking a lot of uncomfortable questions. Questions that start to point to the Colonel, and even Dale, who’s just a kid!

Starr studied us for one cold, flat minute. “Don’t leave town,” he told the Colonel. Then he nodded to me and headed for the door. We watched him climb into his Impala. “He’s going to be trouble,” the Colonel said, unplugging the jukebox. “Yes, sir,” I said, thinking of Dale. “If you ask me, he already is.” (page 84-85)

That slick Detective Joe Starr might have  a cell phone and a computer but Mo has something he hasn’t got…the Cousin Information Network..and as long as she’s got good enough stuff to make a trade, she can find out everything she needs to know about Jesse Tatum, his girlfriend & his dead cousin. It’s all about who you know and Mo knows everyone…she just doesn’t know everything…can she figure it all out before the murderer strikes again?  Author: Sheila Turnage

If you like reading about Mo and her detecting that revealed hidden information about mysterious happenings as well as information about her own family and herself…try one of these:
Because of Winn Dixie Moon Over Manifest Because of Winn Dixie Streg Nona: Her Story
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43 Old Cemetery Road #4: The Phantom of the Post Office

43 Old Cemetery Road #4: The Phantom of the Post Office

The Phantom of the Post OfficeJust like books #1-3, this one doesn’t have any chapters in it. It’s a collection of letters and notes with a few newspaper articles thrown in here and there. You have to figure out who is who and what is going on by reading the letters the characters write to each other and by reading the newspaper articles that report the strange happenings at 43 Old Cemetery Road.

One thing I don’t like in books is when an author TELLS me what a character is thinking. I want them to SHOW me the character by having the character say or do things that reveal who that character is. This book is GREAT for that because the author as a narrator is absent. All you read are texts and letters from the characters to each other. There is no chance for anybody else, like a narrator, to get in the way!

This time around Olive is determined to keep letter writing alive. She loves getting fan mail about the books she writes with Iggy and Seymour. She is suspicious of cell phones in particular and is not happy at all that the post office in Ghastly is going to close. When threatening fan letters begin to arrive with the return address of a post office box at the Ghastly post office Iggy is concerned…and when more alive, becomes determined to find out who is behind the letters before Olive gets hurt. (Can a ghost get hurt?!) Love this one too although #1 is still my favorite.

Author: Kate and Sarah Klise

 

All of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series books are original and funny. You might especially like reading Book #1, Dying to Meet You, that way you can find out how Iggy, Olive and Seymour became a family in the first place. When you get done with these, try Billy Bones – he’s another ghost in hiding with a fun family.
Dying to Meet You Dying to Meet You Til Death Do Us Bark Billy Bones a Tale from the Secret Closet
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