Vineland Public Library Children's
Recommended Books for Book Reports
Booklists, Grades 3 and up
MYSTERY AND DETECTIVE
Books are located in the Juvenile Fiction section under the author's last name
unless otherwise noted.
Babbitt, Natalie, Goody Hall.
Hercules Feltwright, a bumbling actor, comes to Goody Hall to be a tutor to the young
master, Willet Goody. The boy soon announces that his father is not dead and interred in
the family tomb. In trying to solve this mystery, Hercules uncovers strange family
legends. Reading Level: 4th - 6th grade
Bawden, Nina, Kept in the Dark.
Three children visiting their grandparents encounter a wicked grandson/half-cousin. David
is holding all of them prisoner while Noel, Clara and Bosies father is in the
hospital and their mother is with him. It is not safe to stay with David, but how can they
escape? Reading Level: 5th - 8th grade
Bellairs, John, The Curse of the Blue
Figurine. The terror for young Johnny Dixon begins when cranky eccentric Professor
Childermass tells him that St. Michaels Church is haunted by Father
Baart, an evil
sorcerer who mysteriously disappeared years ago. When Johnny finds a blue Egyptian
figurine hidden in the church basement, he takes it home in spite of the warning note from
Father Baart threatening harm to anyone who removes it from the Church. Reading Level: 5th
grade and up
Brooks, Walter, Freddy the Detective.
Freddy, the pig, and all the farm animals who live with Mr. Bean decide to imitate
Sherlock Holmes. Freddy tries to prove the innocence of Jinx, the cat, who has been
accused of stealing by the thieving rat, Simon. Reading Level: 3rd - 5th grade
Cameron, Eleanor, The Court of Stone
Children. In a San Francisco museum of French art and furniture, Nina encounters the
ghost of Dominique, a girl who lived in the nineteenth-century. Spurred on by the
appearance of the ghost, Nina sets out to untangle a murder mystery which had remained
unsolved since Napoleons day. Reading Level: 5th grade and up
Fleischman, Sid, Jim Ugly. After
attending his fathers funeral, Jake tries to deal with his dads part timber
wolf "one man dog," whom he calls Jim Ugly. Neighbors think him a sheep killer
and want him shot. Jake decides to run away with the dog, and eventually uncovers a
mystery involving stolen diamonds and a dead man who isnt dead. Reading Level: 3rd -
Garfield, Leon, Smith.
Twelve-year-old Smith witnesses the murder of a visiting squire whose pocket he has just
picked. Then he must use his wits to escape the murderess, who realizes that he has the
documents that she wants. Reading Level: 5th grade and up
George, Craighead Jean, Who Really Killed
Cock Robin? Eighth grader Tony Isidora follows a trail of environmental clues to try
to figure out what ecological imbalances might have caused the death of the towns
best known robin. Reading Level: 5th - 7th grade
Giff, Patricia Reilly, Loretta P. Sweeny,
Where Are You? Abby Jones, a would-be detective and her timid friend, Potsie, find a
wallet belonging to Loretta P. Sweeny, with a note inside threatening to kill someone
named Cindy on the Fourth of July. They are on the case trying to avoid the murderer and
warn the victim-to-be. Reading Level: 4th - 6th grade
Hamilton, Virginia, The House of Dies
Drear. A hundred years ago, Dies Drear and two slaves he was hiding in his house, an
Underground Railroad station in Ohio, had been murdered. The house, huge and isolated, was
fascinating, Thomas thought, but he wasnt sure he was glad Papa had bought it
funny things kept happening, frightening things. Reading Level: 5th grade and up
Howe, Deborah, Bunnicula: a Rabbit-Tale
of Mystery. When the Monroes find that their vegetables are being drained of juice
and turning white overnight, they are at a loss to explain why. But Chester the cat
believes that it is the work of a vampire rabbit and he enlists the help of Harold the dog
to solve the mystery. Reading Level: 3rd - 6th grade
McHargue, Georgess, The Turquoise Toad
Mystery. Twelve-year-old Ben Pollack joins a family friend on her archaeological
expedition to the Arizona desert. He and his pet coatimundi, Frito, have more adventures
than they anticipated, including scorpions in their tent and a gang of thieves who attack
the dig in search of legendary treasure. Reading Level: 4th - 6th grade
Norton, Andre, Ride the Green Dragon.
The Wayne family moves into the Vargen place, the former quarters of a circus company,
designed to look like a castle. Very strange things happen to Tracy and Jared as they
begin to unravel a series of mysteries that involves several generations. Reading Level:
5th - 7th grade
Raskin, Ellen, The Westing Game. A
girl sneaks into the spooky old Westing Mansion and discovers the body of Samuel Westing.
According to his will, sixteen people will be paired and given clues to a riddle. The
first to solve the riddle will inherit the Westing fortune. Reading Level: 5th grade and
Snyder, Zilpha Keatley, The Egypt Game.
Melanie and her friend, April, convert an abandoned junk yard into an Egyptian temple
where they have fun and "fit in" in a way they never can do at school. When it
is revealed that a murderer is roaming the neighborhood, they have more excitement that
they bargained for. Reading Level: 5th - 7th grade
Sobol, Donald, Encyclopedia Brown, Boy
Detective. Leroy Brown knows a lot about everything, thats why they call him
"Encyclopedia" Brown. In this book he solves ten mysteries and the reader is
invited to sleuth along with the detective. Reading Level: 3rd - 5th grade
Stevenson, Drew, The Case of the Horrible
Swamp Monster. When Ray and Verna go to spooky Lost Swamp to film a monster movie for
school, they dont expect to find a real monster! When they develop the film, they
see a shiny green thing rising out of the swamp and hobbling away. Reading Level: 4th -
Titus, Eve, Basil of Baker Street.
Basil of Baker street is the Sherlock Holmes of mice. With the help of his assistant, Dr.
Dawson, he solves the mystery of the kidnapped children using scientific sleuthing methods
he learned at the feet of the famous English detective. Reading Level: 3rd - 5th grade
Wiseman, David, Jeremy Visick.
Twelve-year-old Matthew Clemons is given a class assignment to learn about the history of
his town by investigating the families buried in the local cemetery. Matthew finds one
that marks the death of a father and his three sons who all died when the Wheal Maid tin
mine caved in on July 21, 1852. But the body of Jeremy Visick, age 12 was never found.
Reading Level: 5th - 8th grade
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