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Bridget wants to get some mystery chapter books from the library tomorrow. She likes detectives, spies, mysteries, that sort of thing. Nothing too scary or with grown up themes.

She liked A Case for Jennie Archer but I think the other Jennie Archer books aren't mysteries. If I'm remembering (it's been 25 years since I read them :LOL) the Encyclopedia Brown books might be a good idea.

Any other suggestions?
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Hi Shannon

Ellie just started reading Nancy Drew (the old ones) and
them. She doesn't like anything too scary, either. One book, she said Nancy Drew was kidnapped (briefly), but was, of course, ok.

American Girl has the History Mystery series. Ellie really likes spy, detective stories and play, as well. I will ask her for any other suggestions tom.
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Nancy Drew has a "Jr" version of books as well. I think they're called Nancy Drew Notebooks. My dd also liked the American Girl mysteries. Then there's the Third-Grade Detectives (easy beginning chapter books, if you don't mind the school setting.) and Bailey School Kids series and the Boxcar Children series.
I was at the consignment store of all places and found a bunch of mysteries for her today. They had a bunch of boxcar children books. She read the first one but I didn't realize that after that they became mysteries. I got three and if she likes them I can go back and get more. They also had a scholastic book about a cat detective (a detective who is a cat) and she read that cover to cover today and is now upstairs re-reading it so I guess it's a hit
Oh, also some Babysitter Club Little Sister books. One was a mystery the other not. I like the consignment store

I didn't make it to the library today but we'll go Monday and check out some more titles since she's blasting through these so fast.

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I loved Encyclopedia Brown- they were nice and short, and each story has all the clues you need to solve the case. Those stupid boxcar children are always solving mysteries as well. (Sorry- we read 10 of them aloud and I need to detox)
Oh, and what about Harriet the Spy? That might work better as a read aloud.
Oh, Shannon, I think she'd LOVE Harriet the Spy!

The cat book reminded me...what about the Wishbone series--weren't they mysteries?
I was a real mystery reader, and I LOVED the Trixie Beldon books.
I too LOVED the encyclopedia brown series! In fact I just bought 2 of them off the library cart for 5 cents each!

In this series, you get a chance to solve the mystery, then turn to another page to find out who it was. They're also great to read together.

And from what I can remember, it's not "grown up" or adult at all. Mysteries I remember solving (or trying to
) we like Who ate the prize winning blueberry pie? or How did encyclopedia brown really know that Sally was lying about cheating on a test?

Kiddie stuff like that.

Good luck!
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I think Wishbone is historical? I don't know, I've only heard of the tv show and haven't seen it or the books. I did see a making of where they showed the dog doing tricks

My library just went online (whoo hoooooooo!) so I can check what they have (and if it's in) from home. They have many Encyclopedia Browns, some Trixie Beldens (I never heard of that!) and they have Harriet the Spy. Actually, it looks like they have a Junior Mystery section (cool!) so while I'm checking out these titles and I can show her the whole section to browse in.

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Originally Posted by ShannonCC
I think Wishbone is historical?
The original book series is historical, but there's another, called "Wishbone Mysteries." If you go to Amazone and search for that, a bunch of titles will pop up.

annettemarie--I loved Trixie Beldon too! (Anyone else read Cherry Ames?)

Originally Posted by CookieMonsterMommy
How did encyclopedia brown really know that Sally was lying about cheating on a test?

Excuse me! Sally would NOT do that! :LOL
The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

And to spin off from reading, you can get a lot of neat "detective" based science kits, too. Things like fingerprinting, spyglasses, listening/spy equipment, other criminal forensic science inspired experiment kits. I've even seen some done up as "solve a mystery" type scenarios.

ETA: And don't forget the old Hardy Boys' mysteries. I went through a Nancy Drew/mystery phase as a kid, and quickly discovered I liked the Hardy boys' stories better.
These might be too easy for her (basically beginning chapter books), but my dsd enjoyed the Nate the Great series.

I loooved the boxcar children as a kid (anything with orphans making it on their own always appealed to me !
: ). For sure Harriet the Spy, I agree.
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Well, it turns out that mysteries are quite popular
There were tons of them. Like 6 or so shelves full, and many were series (serieses? :LOL) I tried to pick the ones that I thought were at her level. She picked some based totally on the covers which will probably be way too hard but I kept my mouth shut. I took one each from a number of different series' so that if she likes them we can go back for more.

Ravin, where you have seen those kits? She's always playing detective or spy when she's not playing nature explorer
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Originally Posted by Ravin
The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

That is one of my all-time favorite books! Maybe when she gets a tiny bit older, The Westing Game (by the same author)
It's always good to pick you YOU really like that you think she'll like too for bedtime reading material. Nothing like leaving a mystery at a suspense point to get a kid interested in being read to the next time!

I saw the kits at the Discovery Channel Store. If there's not one near you, they probably have it online.
The choose you own adventure series...Dh and I both loved them as kids and even have a stash of them set aside for the boys
. I remember reading them over and over again untill I had read each possible permutation(sp?) of the story
They are out of print now but I find them all over the place in used book stores & the web.
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