Mystery

7 Riddles to Nowhere

Title: 7 Riddles to Nowhere Author: A.J.Cattapan Publisher: Vinspire Publishing Age Range: 11 – 14   Young readers in this age group love riddles and puzzles.  And Amy Cattapan has brilliantly used riddles and puzzles to engage readers in this entertaining and interesting story about 12-year-old Kam who has to solve seven riddles in order …

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McCracken. The Lost Island and The Lost Valley

  Author: Mark Adderley Publisher: Scriptorium Press Age Range: 12 -16   From the first few lines of the first book in this amazing series, I was captivated: “It was a brand-new Daimler, a twenty-horse-power, four-cylinder beauty, with a high bonnet, silver body-work and red leather upholstery.  It sent up clouds of reddish dust behind …

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Secrets in September

Author: Doreen McAvoy Publisher: Lake Elk Publishing Age Range: 9 -14 What a great effort from newcomer author, Doreen McAvoy.  As a teacher and school librarian, McAvoy knows her readership well.  The dialogue and interactions between her young characters ring true. For the young people in this book, life revolves around friends, school, family and …

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Murder Most Picante and If Wishes Were Dragons

Author: Karina Fabian Publisher: Laser Cow Press Age Range: Older teen, young adult. Although these two books about Vern the dragon were not specifically written for a teen audience, older teens will enjoy reading them. Karina Fabian has produced two entertaining books which follow the fortunes (and misfortunes) of Vern – a dragon who lives …

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Shadow in the Dark

Author: Antony Barone Kolenc Publisher: Loyola Press Age Range: 11- 16 This a great book.  It contains all the features of a classic story for young teens – a mystery, a boy’s dorm, skulking around a castle in the middle of the night, shadowy figures walking in the woods, a lovely pretty girl who lives …

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Secrets Visible & Invisible

Authors: Corinna Turner,  Cynthia T. Toney,  Theresa Linden,   Susan Peek,  T.M.Gaouette,  Carolyn Astfalk,  Leslea Wahl. Publisher: Catholic Teen Books. Age Range:  11+ I recall from my teaching days that finding short stories for teens was always a problem – there never seemed to be enough collections of short stories available that were good examples of …

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The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls. Book 1: The Beginning

Author: M. J. Thomas Illustrator: Graham Howells Publisher: Worthy Kids, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, Inc. Age Range: 6 – 10 I wasn’t sure about reviewing this book because the author is not Catholic.  But I decided to include this one simply because it’s such a great book, and there isn’t anything specifically un-Catholic …

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Miraculous! Catholic Mysteries for Kids

Author: Kathryn Griffin Swegart Front cover art: John Folley Publisher: Self Published Age Range: 8 and up. This user-friendly little book is just what teachers and homeschoolers need!  Kathryn Griffin Swegart has presented the stories of four saints and seven miracles in short story form.  Each chapter is only two or three pages long and …

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Sisters of the Last Straw: The Case of the Haunted Chapel.

Author: Karen Kelly Boyce Illustrator: Sue Anderson Gioulis Publisher:  St Benedict Press Age Range: 9 or 10+ (parental guidance for younger readers) This is an entertaining and refreshing book filled with imperfect but likeable characters.  Some parents and teachers may not approve of some of the content.  One sister struggles with swearing, another with smoking …

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Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls

Author: Raymond Arroyo Illustrator: Antonio Javier Caparo Age Range: 10 and up. It was only after reading this book for the second time that I truly appreciated how much is going on.  Raymond Arroyo is a master storyteller, and I was so wrapped up in the story the first time I read it, that I …

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