The Center for Children's Books


Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
It's Elementary - June 2005

Selected and annotated by Kristin Hungerford

New Chapter Book Mysteries for Elementary School Students


Ahlberg, Allan. The Cat Who Got Carried Away; illus. by Katherine McEwen. Candlewick, 2003. Gr. 2-4.
The Gaskitt family returns, tracking down clues to solve the mystery of the missing pets.

Bryant, Jen. The Trial; illus. by Leigh Wells. Knopf, 2004. Gr. 5-9.
Through a series of poems, seventh-grader Katie Leigh Flynn shares the experience of witnessing "the trial of the century."

Collier, James Lincoln. The Empty Mirror. Bloomsbury, 2004. Gr. 5-8.
When Nick's reflection disappears from the mirror and he is accused of crimes he didn't commit, Nick must investigate the supernatural to solve this mystery.

Coman, Carolyn. The Big House; illus. by Rob Shepperson. Front Street, 2004. Gr. 3-6.
After their parents are sent to jail, Ray and Ivy decide to search for evidence that will get their family back together.

Dale, Anna. Whispering to Witches. Bloomsbury, 2004. Gr. 4-6.
Joe accidentally borrows a bike that turns out to be a magic broomstick, then becomes involved in helping a local witch coven solve mysteries.

Fagan, Cary. The Fortress of Kaspar Snit. Tundra, 2004 Gr. 4-6.
When an obscure evil genius steals the fountains of Rome, the Blande family must work together to restore beauty to the world!

Feinstein, John. Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery. Knopf, 2005. Gr. 5-8.
Eighth-grade journalist students investigate a case of blackmail and game-fixing while reporting on college basketball.

Fritz, Jean. The Lost Colony of Roanoke; illus. by Hudson Talbott. Putnam, 2004. Gr. 4-6.
This non-fiction historical mystery provides an account of the disappearance of American colonists from the Island of Roanoke.

Graff, Serena. Blackwell's Island. Delacorte, 2005. Gr. 4-6.
In 1914 New York City, Alex finds himself searching for sunken treasure while eluding lunatics, gangs, and the undead.

Hahn, Mary Downing. The Old Willis Place: A Ghost Story. Clarion, 2004. Gr. 4-6.
Although Diana is excited to meet Lissa, can she trust her new friend enough to share her frightening secret?

Horowitz, Anthony. The Falcon's Malteser: A Diamond Brothers Mystery. Philomel, 2004. Gr. 4-8.
Nick and Tim are hot on the trail of an international criminal and a collection of stolen diamonds.

Kerr, P. B. The Akhenaten Adventure. Orchard, 2004. Gr. 4-6.
Twins Philippa and John discover that they are part genie and go on a Middle Eastern adventure with their mysterious uncle.

Peyton, K. M. Stealaway; illus. by David Wyatt. Cricket, 2004. Gr. 3-6.
Nicky is unhappy in her new Scottish home - until she finds a mysterious pony.

Smith, D. James. The Boys of San Joaquin. Jackson/ Atheneum, 2005. Gr. 4-7.
In the summer of 1951, Paolo O'Neil helps uncover the thief who has been stealing from the local Catholic church.

Smith, Roland. Cryptid Hunters. Hyperion, 2005. Gr. 5-9.
When their parents disappear, twins Marty and Grace must live with a long-lost uncle who takes them to the Congo in search of… dinosaurs!

Willner-Pardo, Gina. My Mom and Other Mysteries of the Universe. Clarion, 2004. Gr. 4-6.
After her mother falls into a coma, Arlie notices that a new girl at school is strangely like her mom - could this be Arlie's chance to make things right?

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