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Six Great Reads for Grades 1–4

Created by kileyturner
  • Age: 3 to 10
  • Grade: p to 5
tagged: Children's fiction, mystery, 49th Kids, early readers, mysteries
A dollop of mystery, a pinch of humour, and you have the makings of tiny thrillers for the younger elementary grades.

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Lark and the Diamond Caper

by Natasha Deen, illustrated by Marcus Cutler
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, chapter books, humorous stories

Rookie detectives Lark and Connor Ba are back on the case! When a pair of diamond earrings goes missing from the neighborhood general store, Lark and Connor just happen to be in the right place at the right time. Carefully mining the adults for clues, the twin sleuths work together to solve the mystery.

Lark and the Diamond Caper is the second title …

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West Meadows Detectives: The Case of Maker Mischief

by Liam O'Donnell, illustrated by Aurélie Grand
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 1 to 5
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, robots, school & education, special needs

Myron, the third-grade detective who loves logic, facts, and solving mysteries, gets the chance to crack another case when he finds out his classmate Jordan’s robot has been stolen. Jordan and tech-savvy Danielle, known as “Glitch,” had been working on it for weeks for the upcoming Maker Faire Robot Maze Challenge.

Together with his detective …

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Who Broke the Teapot?!

by Bill Slavin
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, emotions & feelings

Mom is very angry. Her very favorite teapot is broken, and no one is 'fessing up. Was it Dad, sitting in his underwear reading the paper? Was it Cat, who was all tangled up in a ball of yarn? Was it Baby perched in his highchair? Or is there a surprising twist to this mystery that teaches Mom a little lesson in anger management? Bill Slavin takes a …

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Bagels on Board

by Joan Betty Stuchner, illustrated by Dave Whamond
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: dogs, mysteries & detective stories, humorous stories

All aboard! The Bernsteins are heading off on a cruise, and Aunt Sharon offers to take care of the family pets, Lox (the fish), Creamcheese (the cat) and Bagels, an energetic puppy with a talent for escaping. Trouble is, Bagels is up to his usual disappearing act. When he turns up unexpectedly on the cruise ship, Josh and his little sister, Becky, …

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Ghost and Max Monroe, Case #2, The

The Missing Zucchini

by L.M. Falcone, illustrated by Kim Smith
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, boys & men, horror & ghost stories

Zeeta and Zelda Zamboni are beside themselves when they call the Monroe Detective Agency. “Our most prized possession has been stolen!” the sisters announce. “Will you help us? Please?” Max agrees to help them find their missing possession, and then he finds out what it is: a two-hundred-pound zucchini! Looking for a zucchini is “sure to …

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The Lost Locket

by Carol Matas, illustrated by Susan Gardos
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: bullying, mysteries & detective stories

Carol Matas' contemporary classic gets a bright new cover!

On the anniversary of her great-grandmother's birthday, Sarah is given a family heirloom: her great-grandmother's locket. She convinces her mother she won't lose it if she wears it to school. But then the unthinkable happens — someone steals her locket! Can Sarah and her friends get it bac …