If you want to be a detective you need to gather your tools together and learn some useful detecting techniques. Collecting the right tools is important so that you are ready whenever a mystery comes along or you feel the need to do some investigating. The first thing you need is something to easily carry all of your stuff in. A backpack is perfect for this. Your hands are free and you can run at a moments notice. Check around your house and see if you can collect some of these important tools:
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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
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It 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
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|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:
Georges has a lot going on. His Dad lost his job and his Mom has started working extra shifts at the hospital. His family had to sell their house and move into an apartment. New apartment. New School. New friends. (If he can find any.)
When Georges and his Dad see a note in the basement laundry room that says, “Spy Club Meeting — TODAY,” they laugh. How dumb. What good does it do you if don’t know the TIME of the meeting?
So Georges’ Dad writes underneath “What time?” Later, when Georges returns to the basement to get rid of some boxes he sees that someone has written “1:30?,” so Georges adds “OK.”
This mysterious conversation with unknown persons is the beginning of an unusual friendship between Georges and two kids who live in his building: Safer and his sister Candy. Safer is the eyes and ears of the apartment building. He knows stuff. Like how weird Mr. X is and how the Spy Club needs to find out exactly what he’s up to.
Why does Safer suspect Mr. X and how does he know so much about what goes on in the building? Georges is about to find out. As Safer reveals more and more about his techniques Georges has a diffiult time figuring out when what they are doing is real, or a game. Poking around in people’s business can be tricky, and awkward….and dangerous! And sometimes the REAL mystery isn’t what you were investigating at all. Author: Rebecca Stead
Also by Rebecca Stead, the Newbery Award winning When You Reach Me. Also try some of these other books about kids digging around, solving mysteries right in their own life. You don’t have to go far to find a mystery to solve:
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Donald 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
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