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The Candy Smash (The Lemonade War Series)

By: Jacqueline Davies
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Level: 12-13

Jessie and Evan Treski have waged a lemonade war, sought justice in a class trial, and even unmasked a bell thief. Now they are at opposite ends over the right to keep secrets. Evan believes some things (such as his poetry) are private. Jessie believes scandal makes good news. When anonymously sent candy hearts appear in Class 4-0, self-appointed ace reporter Jessie determines to get the scoop on class crushes.  

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The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman

The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman

By: Ben H. Winters
Publisher: Harper Collins
Level: 12-13

Ms. Finkleman is just our boring old music teacher. Or is she?

It all starts with a Special Project in Mr. Melville’s Social Studies class: Solve a mystery in your own life. For seventh grader Bethesda Fielding, one mystery is too tempting to ignore: Ms. Finkleman.

Bethesda is convinced that her mousy Music Fundamentals teacher is hiding a secret life, and she’s determined to find out what it is. But no one is prepared for what she learns. Ms. Finkleman used to be . . . a rock star? Soon the whole school goes rock crazy, and a giant concert is in the works with none other than timid Ms. Finkleman at the helm!

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Charlie and The Case of the Big Bully

Charlie and The Case of the Big Bully

By: Rae Lowery
Publisher: Publish America
Level: 12-13

Charlie is bummed because all of her best friends are going somewhere for the summer, and she is stuck at home. But when a new kid moves in next door, she feels a ray of hope. Until she meets him. This “write your own story” lets you decide what happens at the end of each chapter!

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Club Penguin Secret Agent

Club Penguin Secret Agent

By: Katherine Noll
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Level: 12-13

On Club Penguin, kids can take a test to make their penguin a Secret Agent; then, they go on a series of exciting, simulated missions! In this “top secret” guide, Secret Agent G tells readers about their missions and the gadgets they can use to keep Club Penguin safe and sound. Plus, they’ll visit Secret Agent headquarters!

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The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues Series #1)

The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues Series #1)

By: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Level: 12-13

Instead of 39 steps, billionaire Grace Cahill left her heirs 39 clues scattered around the world. At the end of this circuitous trail are the answers to a great family mystery, but Amy and Dan must decide whether any prize can be more important than the rescue of their missing parents. The beginning of an enthralling ten-book arc.

Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will, leaving her descendants an impossible decision: “You have a choice – one million dollars or a clue.”

Grace is the last matriarch of the …

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Haunted Castle on Hallow’s Eve

Haunted Castle on Hallow’s Eve

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 8-9

The intrepid Jack and Annie are summoned once again to the fantasy realm of Camelot. There, Merlin the Magician tells them that the Stone of Destiny has been stolen. The answer to its disappearance lies within a haunted castle. With a young magician named Teddy, Jack and Annie take on the challenge in an adventure that takes them to new heights and places they couldn’t even imagine!

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Abduction!

Abduction!

By: Peg Kehret
Publisher: Dutton
Level: 12-13

Matt is missing. Bonnie’s brother left his classroom to use the bathroom –and disappeared. A police dog traces his scent to the curb, where he apparently got into a vehicle. But why would Matt go anywhere with a stranger? Overwhelmed with fear, Bonnie discovers that her dog is gone, too. Was Pookie used as a lure for Matt? Bonnie makes one big mistake in her attempt to find her brother. In a chilling climax on a Washington State ferry, Bonnie and Matt must outsmart their abductor or pay with their …

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Encyclopedia Brown Cracks the Case

Encyclopedia Brown Cracks the Case

By: Donald J. Sobol
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Level: 8-9

Since 1963, when Dutton published the first book in the series, Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective, the brainy crime-stopper has been a favorite character among middle-grade readers. Now, for the first time in twenty-five years, Dutton is pleased to present a brand-new Encyclopedia Brown mystery. Following the classic formula, the book presents ten separate mysteries, complete with answers that allow the reader to solve the cases along with the Boy Detective. Encyclopedia Brown Cracks the Case will be a flagship for the backlist titles, which Puffin will reissue in paperback on …

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