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Ages 9-12

Mystery & Adventure

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Before the Sword by Grace Lin
An original tale, inspired by legends of Mulan Hua and popularized by Disney. When her sister is bitten by a poisonous spider, Mulan travels with a healer to find a flower from which the antidote can be made to save her sister's life. Includes bibliographical references (page 379).
Ikenga by  Nnedi Okorafor
In southeastern Nigeria, twelve-year-old Mnamdi is determined to avenge his police chief father, who was murdered while triyng to rid the town of criminals, but Nnamdi feels powerless until he receives a magical object which gives him superpowers.
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by  Dusti Bowling
New friends and a mystery help Aven, thirteen, adjust to middle school and life at a dying western theme park in a new state, where her being born armless presents many challenges.
Mask by  Kate Hannigan
Akiko, Mae, and Josie, also called the Infinity Trinity, spring into action after learning that a spy is betraying secrets to the Japanese military--and that Akiko's mother may be involved.
Midnight at the Barclay Hotel by  Fleur Bradley
Five murder suspects are invited to the haunted Barclay Hotel for a weekend getaway, and it is up to twelve-year-old JJ and eleven-year-old Penny--and a lonely ghost--to figure out who committed the crime.
Quintessence by  Jess Redman
Middle-schooler Alma Lucas goes on a quest to return a fallen star to the sky, and along the way discovers friendship, magic, and the strength of her own soul.
Secrets From the Deep by  Linda A Fairstein
While on vacation in Martha's Vineyard, twelve-year-old Devlin Quick discovers a genuine pirate doubloon and investigates its origins.
The Impossible Crime by Mac Barnett
In 1989 someone is threatening to steal the crown jewels, so the Queen of England summons Mac B. to England to protect them--and when they are stolen from a locked dungeon cell, where Mac and Holcroft, one of the warders, are supposed to be guarding them, it is up to Mac to figure out how they were stolen, and whether the thief is the descendant of an Irish soldier-of-fortune who tried to steal them in 1671, or someone else entirely. Lexile 460
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Mac B., Kid Spy
The North Star by  Kat Shepherd
When a valuable diamond necklace is stolen, it is up to the Gemini Detective Agency--twins Zach and Evie Mamuya and their friends Vishal Desai and Sophia Boyd--to investigate; clues to the mystery are included in the illustrations throughout.
The Secret Deep by  Lindsay Galvin
Awakening stranded on a tropical island with no memory of what happened, Aster investigates a secret underwater world to find her missing sister, while Sam connects their disappearance to suspicious events in his own life.
The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by  Adrianna Cuevas
A Cuban American boy must use his secret ability to communicate with animals to save the inhabitants of his town when they are threatened by a tule vieja, a witch that transforms into animals.
Winterhouse by  Ben Guterson
Elizabeth, eleven, spends Christmas break at Winterhouse hotel under strange circumstances, where she discovers that she has magic, and her love of puzzles helps her solve a mystery.
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Winterhouse
Updated 09/22/2020