Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

newYoung Cam Jansen and the Lost Tooth
by David A. Adler
Viking 1997 (32p)
When Annie's tooth falls out and disappears, it is up to young Cam Jansen and her photographic memory to find it.
newThe Mud Flat Mystery
by James Stevenson
Greenwillow 1997 (56p)
Duncan is not home when a special-delivery box is left on his front porch, and his Mud Flat neighbors just get more and more curious about what could be inside.
newThe Camp Knock Knock Mystery
by Betsy Duffy
Yearling 1997 (48p)
Willie must use the clues in his friend Crow's knock-knock jokes in order to find his missing joke book.
Young Cam Jansen and the Missing Cookie
by David A. Adler
Viking 1996 (32p)
With her amazing memory, Cam sets out to discover who took Jason's chocolate chip cookie.
Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Game
by David A. Adler
Viking 1996 (32p)
Cam and her friend Eric investigate the mysterious happenings at a birthday party.
Pirate Plunder's Treasure Hunt: A Pop-Up Whodunit
by Iain Smyth
Dutton 1996 (16p)
The reader joins six suspicious characters in search of gold treasure that has disappeared.
Emily Eyefinger and the Lost Treasure
by Duncan Bell
Simon 1994 (96p) also paper
Emily travels to Egypt and tours an upside-down pyramid in her efforts to find a lost treasure.
Aunt Eater's Mystery Christmas
by Doug Cushman
Harper 1995 (64p)
In her latest adventure, Aunt Eater's plans for a relaxing vacation at the Hotel Bathwater are interrupted by a series of baffling events.

EASY

newDetective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase
by Bruce Whatley and Rosie Smith
Harper 1997 (40p)
The bumbling Detective Donut and his clever sidekick, Mouse, have their hands full with a case that involves a stolen statue, a missing archaeologist, and a villainous suspect named Goose.
newCam Jansen and the Scary Snake Mystery
by David A. Adler
Viking 1997 (64p)
Cam needs her photographic memory to help her locate her mother's missing video camera--and a missing snake!
Flatfoot Fox and the Case of the Missing Schoolhouse
by Eth Clifford
Houghton 1997 (48p)
When Flatfoot Fox and Secretary Bird go to the aid of Principal Porcupine, two culprits confess to making the schoolhouse disappear.
Nate the Great and the Christmas Crunch
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Craig Sharmat
Delacorte 1996 (48p)
Nate the Great and his dog Sludge must find out what has happened to the missing Christmas mail.
Sam Sunday and the Mystery at the Ocean Beach Hotel
by Robyn Supraner
Viking 1996 (32p)
When Detective Sam Sunday realizes his friends have forgotten his birthday, he decides he might as well investigate the mysterious events at the Ocean Beach Hotel.
The Great Castle Mystery
by Nick Denchfield and Philip Ardagh
Harper 1996 (24p)
Using a pop-out castle model and press-out figures, the reader must solve the mystery at Baron Swarthy's Castle before the king arrives.
Cam Jansen and the Ghostly Mystery
by David A. Adler
Viking 1996 (64p)
In her latest adventure, Cam Jansen uses her photographic memory to help nab a thief, dressed as a ghost, who stole money from a concert hall.
Detective Dinosaur
by James Skofield
Harper 1996 (48p)
Detective Dinosaur and his sidekick Officer Pterodactyl solve several cases despite the the detective's clumsiness.
Cam Jansen and the Triceratops Pops Mystery
by David A. Adler
Viking 1995 (64p)
Cam Jansen's fifteenth adventure finds her trying to discover what happened to music store's CDs by her favorite group, the Triceratops Pops.
The Eye of the Pharaoh: A Pop-Up Whodunit
by Iain Smyth
Dutton 1995 (12p)
Pop-ups, flaps, and secret labels help to provide the clues needed to determine which of seven suspects stole the Pharaoh's priceless jewel.
Nate the Great and the Tardy Tortoise
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Delacorte 1995 (48p)
In his latest caper, Nate the Great must find out who is eating the flowers from his garden.

AVERAGE

newEinstein Anderson, Science Detective: On-Line Spaceman and Other Cases
by Seymour Simon
Morrow 1997 (92p)
Einstein Anderson, a twelve-year old whiz kid, uses science to solve a number of mysteries.
newThe Soccer Mystery
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
(Multicultural)
Whitman 1997 (128p)
The Boxcar Children and their cousin Soo Lee enjoy playing soccer until a series of mysterious pranks makes it clear that someone wants the teams in the league to lose.
The Mystery of King Karfu
by Doug Cushman
Harper 1996 (32p)
Seymour Sleuth and his assistant Muggs travel to Egypt to find a missing stone chicken that holds the clue to the Lost Treasure of King Karfu.
The Mystery in San Francisco
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Whitman 1997 (128p) also paper
The Boxcar Children arrive in San Francisco to visit their Aunt Jane and Uncle Andy and discover someone wants to put their aunt and uncle's friend out of the fishing business.
The Hurricane Mystery
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Whitman 1996 (128p) also paper
In their latest adventure, the Boxcar Children are in Charleston to help repair hurricane damage to the house of their grandfather's neighbor, whose pirate-ancestors may have buried treasure on the property.
The Mystery of the Eagle Feather
by Elspeth Campbell Murphy
(Multicultural)
Bethany 1995 (64p) paper
With his cousins Titus and Sarah-Jane, Timothy gets to go to a powwow to meet his pen pal Anthony Two-Trees and help solve the mystery of the disappearing eagle feathers.
The Mystery in the Cave
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Whitman 1996 (192p) also paper
In their latest mystery, the Boxcar Children hunt for rocks and crystals in Dragon's Mouth Cavern and encounter several suspicious people who want them to leave.

CHALLENGING

newThe Case of the Goblin Pearls:Chinatown Mystery #1
by Laurence Yep
Harper 1997 (179p)
When the famous Goblin Pearls are stolen in broad daylight, Lily and her famous action-movie-star aunt, Tiger Lil, become fearless detectives determined to find them.
newWhat's a Daring Detective Like Me Doing in the Doghouse?
by Linda Bailey
Whitman 1997 (152p)
Stevie and her friend Jesse must find the prankster who has snatched an opera singer's toupee, stolen the Prime Minister's underwear, and kidnapped the President's dog.
The Case of the Wiggling Wig: A McGurk Mystery
by E. W. Hildick
Simon 1996 (154p)
While McGurk recovers from a broken leg, he and his group of detectives investigate the strange happenings in a nearby rented house, in their most challenging case yet.
Who's Got Gertie? And How Can We Get Her Back?
by Linda Bailey
Whitman 1997 also paper
Stevie and her friend must find their neighbor Gertie Wiggins, who was supposed to look after them for the summer but who has mysteriously disappeared.
How Come the Best Clues Are Always in the Garbage?
by Linda Bailey
Whitman 1996 (176p) also paper
Stevie Diamond and her partner Jesse must find out who stole a thousand dollars from the environmental group that employs Stevie's mother. See others in the series.
Detective Dictionary: A Handbook for Aspiring Sleuths
by Erich Ballinger
Lerner 1994 (144p)
Informative and entertaining, this handbook offers the budding sleuth helpful hints on crime solving.

Now Out of Print

The Fourth Floor Twins and the Fish Snitch Mystery
by David A. Adler
My Dog and the Green Sock Mystery
by David A. Adler
Deputy Shep
by Mary Stplz

Now Available in Paperback

newCam Jansen and the Triceratops Mystery
by David A. Adler
Puffin
newNate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Craig Sharmat
Yearling
Nate the Great and the Tardy Tortoise
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Yearling
Aunt Eater's Mystery Christmas
by Doug Cushman
HarperTrophy
Emily Eyefinger, Secret Agent
by Duncan Ball
Aladdin
Flatfoot Fox and the Case of the Missing Eye
by Eth Clifford
Scholastic
Mr. Pin: The Chocolate Files
by Mary Elise Monsell
Simon
Surfboard to Peril: A Miss Mallard Mystery
by Robert Quackenbush
Simon
The Losers Fight Back
by Barbara M. Joosse
Dell

Now Available in Spanish

The Case of the Hungry Stranger (El caso del forastero hambriento)
by Crosby Bonsall
Harper Arco Iris 1996

Now Out of Print

Eagle Eye Ernie Comes to Town
by Susan Pearson
Surfboard to Peril: A Miss Mallard Mystery
by Robert Quackenbush