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Give this list to middle
graders who like a little
mystery in their reading
lives, and watch them start
Al Capone Does My Homework. By
Gennifer Choldenko. 2013. Dial, $17.99
(9780803734722). Gr. 5–8.
Moose Flanagan has a mystery to solve:
Who burned down the family apartment?
Choldenko has the ability to humanize
heroes and villains alike, and this final
installment in the trilogy set on Alcatraz
Island (following Al Capone Does My
Shirts, 2005, and Al Capone Shines My
Shoes, 2009) has tender drama and plenty
of sleuth-worthy clues.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.
By Chris Grabenstein. 2013. Random,
$16.99 (9780375870897). Gr. 4–7.
This wild and creative mystery begins
when an eccentric game designer, who has
just funded the new town library, invites a
dozen 12-year-olds for an overnight event.
Once the kids wake up, they discover a
new and unexpected game is afoot. An
ode to literature and libraries.
From Norvelt to Nowhere. By
Jack Gantos. 2013. Farrar, $16.99
(9780374379940). Gr. 6–9.
Whodunit this time? The murder of
yet another old lady starts off the ram-
bunctious sequel to Gantos’ Newbery
Medal–winning Dead End in Norvelt
(2011). Gantos does an excellent job of
keeping his readers guessing in this epi-
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing. By
Sheila Turnage. 2014. Penguin/Kathy
Dawson, $16.99 (9780803736719).
This sequel to Turnage’s Newbery
Honor book, Three Times Lucky (2012),
takes readers back to North Carolina
and offers another mystery to solve.
Who was the girl whose ghost haunts
the old inn? How did she die, and who
killed her? A droll, rewarding return
Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator. By
Jennifer Allison. 2005. Dutton, $16.99
(9780525473756). Gr. 5–7.
Gilda’s summer in San Francisco becomes even more exciting after she learns
her host’s daughter, Juliet, has been seeing the ghost of Gilda’s dead aunt. This
mystery sets up the perfect situation for
someone who considers herself a psychic
Greenglass House. By Kate Milford.
2014. Clarion, $14.99 (9780544052703).
Milo and his parents are looking forward to having a vacation to themselves
at Greenglass House, the inn where they
live and routinely host benevolent passing smugglers, but when five unusual
guest unexpectedly arrive and their belongings start disappearing, Milo finds
Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown, Sammy Keyes, Nate the Great—these young sleuths hardly age, and their adventures still fly off mystery shelves.
But if you’re looking to enhance your collection, here are
some terrific newer mysteries that will add to the intrigue
at your library. All of them were reviewed in Booklist
between 2005 and 2014.
BY ILENE COOPER