Mysteries (Grades 3 & 4)

Adler, David A.  Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds.  J FIC Adler // JPB A  (SERIES)
When Cam Jansen and her friend Eric uncover a mystery  while selling fudge door-to-door to raise money for the local library, Cam uses her photographic memory to foil a crime.

Amato, Mary.  Edgar Allan’s Official Crime Investigation Notebook.  J FIC Amato
When someone takes a pet goldfish, then other items from Ms. Herschel’s classroom, each time leaving a clue in the form of a poem, student Edgar Allan competes with a classmate to be first to solve the mystery.

Angleberger, Tom.  Inspector Flytrap.  J FIC Angleberger
Hoping to become the greatest detective that ever grew, Inspector Flytrap, a Venus Flytrap, and his assistant, Nina the Goat, investigate “big deal” mysteries at an art museum, a cookie shop, and a garden.

Balliett, Blue.  Chasing Vermeer.  J PB B // J FIC Balliett
When strange and seemingly unrelated events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.  Edgar Award winner for best mystery.

Barrett, Tracy.  The 100-year-old Secret.  J FIC Barrett (Sherlock Files SERIES)
Xena and Xander Holmes, an American brother and sister living in London for a year, discover that Sherlock Holmes was their great-great-great grandfather when they are inducted into the Society for the Preservation of Famous Detectives and given his unsolved casebook, from which they attempt to solve the case of a famous missing painting.

Brezenoff, Steven.  The Zoo with the Empty Cage.  J FIC Brezenoff (Field Trip Mysteries SERIES)
Edward G. Garrison, better known as Egg, is pretty excited about the Science Club’s field trip to the zoo. They’ll get to see a rare display of Island Foxes, an endangered species. But when the club arrives, they learn that the foxes have been nabbed! Can Egg and his friends find the foxes?

Butler, Dori Hillestad.  The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy.  J FIC Butler (SERIES)
While searching for his mysteriously lost human family, Buddy the dog is adopted by another family and helps solve the mystery of their missing boy.

Butler, Dori Hillestad.  The Haunted Library.  J FIC Butler  (SERIES)
When his haunt is torn down and he is separated from his ghost family, Kaz befriends human Claire, who has the ability to see ghosts, and helps her investigate a haunting at the local library.

Christopher, Matt.  The Spy on Third Base.  J FIC Christopher
A third baseman is sick with anxiety about whether or not to help his team by using his knack for knowing where the batter is going to hit the ball.

Clifford, Eth.  Harvey’s Mystifying Raccoon Mix-up.  J FIC Clifford
Twelve-year-old Harvey and his bossy cousin Nora get involved with counterfeiters, imposters, and a pet raccoon when they find a prowler outside the house one night.

Cronin, Doreen.  The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure.  J FIC Cronin  (SERIES)
When the squirrel Tail comes barreling into the chicken coop ranting about a round, shiny, green, big, scary thing in the yard, Dirt, Sweetie, Poppy, and Sugar investigate this strange object.  SEQUEL: The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken: The Next Misadventure (2014).

Fleischman, Paul.  Phoebe Danger, Detective, in the Case of the Two-Minute Cough.  J FIC Fleischman
The first case to come to Phoebe Danger’s detective agency involves a priceless cough syrup bottle, a group of Canadian ornithologists, and a shop specializing in Latin American curios.

Freeman, Martha.  Who Stole Uncle Sam? J FIC Freeman
When a local businessman and baseball coach disappears just before he is to portray Uncle Sam at the start of a Memorial Day race, ten-year-old Alex and his best friend Yasmeen investigate, despite their pact to stay away from mysteries.

Giff, Patricia Reilly.  Mary Moon is Missing.  J FIC Giff // JPB G
Assisted by her cat Max and her friend Cash, Minnie tries to find Mary Moon, a valuable racing pigeon that has disappeared just before a big race.

Hale, Bruce.  Big Bad Detective Agency.  J FIC Hale
Accused of ransacking the houses of the Three Little Pigs, Wolfgang is given one day by the ruler of Fairylandia to find the real culprit, aided by a fourth pig.

Kelly, David A.  The Fenway Foul-Up.  J FIC Kelly/ JPB K (Ballpark Mysteries SERIES)
Cousins Mike and Kate are at Boston’s Fenway Park when the Red Sox’s star hitter discovers that his lucky baseball bat has been stolen.

Luper, Eric.  The Mysterious Moonstone.  J FIC Luper  (Key Hunters SERIES)
When a friend disappears inside the pages of a secret collection of magical books, Cleo and Evan go undercover to track down clues about a stolen diamond and the missing key that will help them escape.  SEQUEL: The Spy’s Secret (2016).

O’Donnell, Liam.  The Case of the Snack Snatcher.  J FIC O’Donnell
Myron investigates when somebody breaks into his new school to steal the morning snacks.

McCall Smith, Alexander. Max and Maddy and the chocolate money mystery. J Fic McCall
Asked by a Swiss banker to investigate a series of bank robberies committed by dogs, young detectives Max and Maddy Twist travel to Switzerland, where they discover that the man behind the robberies is none other than Professor Sardine.

Maddox, Jake. Stolen Bases.  J FIC Maddox
Every summer, Eva and Becca play softball.  But this year, something strange is going on.  One day at practice, the bag of equipment is missing.  The next day, it’s been returned.  When the bag goes missing again, Eva and Becca decide to try to catch the crook.  Bu the person they find is not at all what they expect!

Montgomery, Lewis B.  The Case of the Stinky Socks.  J FIC Montgomery (The Milo and Jazz Mysteries SERIES)
Detectives-in-training Milo and Jazz join forces to tackle their first big case–finding out who stole the lucky socks from the high school baseball team’s star pitcher.

Newman, Robin.  The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake.  J FIC Newman
Detectives Wilcox and Griswold investigate the snatching of Miss Rabbit’s carrot cake on Ed’s farm.

Nilsson, Ulf.  Detective Gordon: The First Case.  J FIC Nilsson  (SERIES)
When Vladimir the squirrel’s stockpile of nuts disappears, the portly Detective Gordon deputizes his young, enthusiastic friend Buffy the mouse to help him discover the identity of the thieves.  SEQUEL: A Complicated Case (2016).

Roy, Ron.  A to Z Mysteries.  J PB R  //  J FIC Roy
Enjoy any one of the alphabet mysteries.

Santopolo, Jill. The Nina, the Pinta, and the Vanishing Treasure. J FIC Santopolo  (Alec Flint, Super Sleuth SERIES)
When the entire Christopher Columbus exhibit disappears from the local museum, fourth-grade sleuth-in-training Alec Flint investigates, aided by his new classmate and potential partner, Gina, who wants his help looking into the disappearance of a teacher.

Scroggs, Kirk.  Snoop Troop: It Came from Beneath the Playground.  J FIC Scroggs  (SERIES)
Fifth-grade private eyes Logan and Gustavo use their doodling and detective skills to solve the mystery of a group of moles that have stolen the amusement park merry-go-round SEQUEL: Attack of the Ninja Potato Clones (2015).

Shaw, Murray.  Match Wits with Sherlock Holmes.  J FIC Shaw
Enjoy any one from this classic series

Sobol, Donald J.  Encyclopedia Brown.   J PB S / J FIC Sobol
Enjoy this mysterious series of different books!

Steinhofel, Andreas.  The Spaghetti Detectives.  J FIC Steinhofel
Living with his mother in a Berlin apartment house, Rico, a young boy with ADHD, enjoys playing detective games but when his friend Oskar suddenly disappears, possibly taken by a serial kidnapper, Rico determines to use his skills to find his friend.

Torrey, Michele.  The Case of the Gasping Garbage.  J FIC Torrey // JPB T
Fourth-graders Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey combine their detective and scientific investigation skills to solve a variety of cases, involving a noisy garbage can, endangered frogs, a stuck truck, and a mysterious love letter.

Van Draanen, Wendelin.  Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief.  J PB V (SERIES)
Thirteen-year-old Sammy’s penchant for speaking her mind gets her in trouble when she involves herself in the investigation of a robbery at the “seedy” hotel across the street from the seniors’ building where she is living with her grandmother.

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