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The Boxcar children

The Boxcar children
Warner, Gertrude Chandler, 1890-1979Boxcar children mysteries ; 1

Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny, four orphaned brothers and sisters, suddenly appear in a small town. No one knows who these young wanderers are or where they have come from. Frightened to live with a grandfather they have never met, the children make a home for themselves in an abandoned red ...


Louie the spy

Louie the spy
Lane, KerriSprints



Fizz and the show dog jewel thief

Fizz and the show dog jewel thief
Gibbes, LesleyFizz ; 3Premiers' Reading Challenge Years 3 and 4

Meet Fizz - the daring dog detective!..Fizz's heart is beating fast. Today he begins his first case as an undercover police dog. It's going to be tricky. At the last three showdog championships the winner's tiara has been stolen.


Cluey Crew mystery. What's up with Twitch?
Thompson, LisaCluey CrewSparklers

Twitch goes from being his normal, super-bouncy self to a quiet, sad dog who refuses to eat a free sausage. Is he sick? Is he bored? Something's up with Twitch and the ClueyCrew is on the case.


A Billie B. mystery. Strawberry thief

A Billie B. mystery. Strawberry thief
Rippin, SallyA Billie B mystery ; 4

Someone has stolen all of the ripe strawberries from Mika's garden. The Secret Mystery Club is determined to work out who it was. Could it have been the gardener? Or was it the neighbours who just made a batch of strawberry jam? Whoever it was, they won't get far - not with the SMC on the case.


The flying carpet thief : the fifth case

The flying carpet thief : the fifth case
Gardner, SallyWings & Co. The fairy detective agency

The detectives at Wings & Co are in a bit of bother. There is a lost leprechaun on the loose and carpets are flying all over Podgy Bottom, as if by magic. Oh, and worst of all, Fidget has vanished on very urgent business. It looks like Emily and Buster's trickiest case yet.


Kensy and Max. Breaking news

Kensy and MaxBreaking news
Harvey, JacquelineKensy and Max ; 1

What would you do if you woke up in a strange place? If your whole life changed in the blink of an eye and you had no idea what was going on? Twins Kensy and Max Grey’s lives are turned upside down when they are whisked off to London, and discover their parents are missing. 


Dotty detective

Dotty detective
Vulliamy, ClaraDotty detective ; 1

Meet Dorothy Constance Mae Louise, or Dot as she prefers to be called. Dot loves super-sour apple sherberts, running fast and puzzles - especially if they're fiendishly tricky. And with the help of trusty sidekick, Beans and TOP DOG, McClusky, she is always ready to sniff out a mystery. 


The cryptic casebook of Coco Carlomagno (and Alberta). The talkative tombstone

The cryptic casebook of Coco Carlomagno (and Alberta). The talkative tombstone
Dubosarsky, Ursula, 1961-Cryptic casebook of Coco Carlomagno (and Alberta) ; 6Premiers' Reading Challenge Years 3 and 4



Oscar and the catastrophe

Oscar and the catastrophe
MacDonald, Alan, 1958Oscar ; [3]

Sam had a very ordinary life, until Oscar the dog arrived on his doorstep. Because Oscar has a big secret - he can talk. Oscar usually has a lot to say on any subject, but something has made him speechless - a cat has moved in next door.


Frankie Potts and the postcard puzzle

Frankie Potts and the postcard puzzle
Jacka, JulietFrankie Potts ; 3

"Frankie's list of mysteries to solve gets longer by the day. Firstly, her mum is acting very strangely - she's tired, grumpy and feels sick all the time. And then there's Grandma M, who keeps dropping hints about expanding her troup of performing greyhounds: Tinkerbell, Titania and Tiramisu. 


The case of the counterfeit painting

The case of the counterfeit painting
Brezenoff, StevenMuseum mysteries

When Clementine Wim spots a famous painting being carried away from the Capitol City Art Museum, she knows something is wrong. But when she arrives at the museum, the painting is hanging right where it should be. No one believes what Clementine saw, not even her mother, an assistant curator a...


Inspector Flytrap. 3. The goat who chewed too much

Inspector Flytrap. 3. The goat who chewed too much
Angleberger, TomInspector Flytrap ; 3

Inspector Flytrap is a Venus flytrap who solves mysteries! Nina is a goat, and Inspector Flytrap's trusty assistant. When Nina is arrested for stealing the golden pickle paperweight, Inspector Flytrap is determined to find the real thief. 


Max Booth, super sleuth. Tape escape

Max Booth, super sleuth. Tape escape
Macintosh, CameronMax Booth, future sleuth ; 1

Max Booth is an 11-year-old shadie urchin living in the year 2424, struggling to survive. With the chance to make some money by uncovering the secrets of mysterious gadgets from the 20th century for the Bluggsville City Museum, Max and his faithful, but slightly neurotic, robo-dog Oscar sta...


Rory Branagan (Detective)

Rory Branagan (Detective)
Clover, AndrewRory Branagan (Detective) ; 1

Meet RoryBranagan - he eats bad guys for breakfast. Well, not actually. Butt he IS the best detective in town. There are seven books in the RoryBranagan (Detective) series and this is the first, in which you meet Rory and his accomplice Cassidy as they investigate the poisoning of Ror...


The secret diary of Thomas Snoop. Tudor boy spy

The secret diary of Thomas Snoop. Tudor boy spy
Ardagh, PhilipSecret Diary ; 3

Thomas Snoop is a Tudorboyspy. Ordered by England's spymaster, Lord Severn, to travel to the beautiful Goldenhilt Hall, home of the Earl of Drayshire, Thomas has been given a most important mission, to help the fight against fellow Englishmen who are plotting with a foreign power the Span...


Cyber-thief showdown

Cyber-thief showdown
Stilton, GeronimoGeronimo Stilton ; 68

I am not the kind of mouse who spends money on useless things. But one day I kept getting packages of things I did not order or need. Someone on the Internet had stolen my identity! Professor Margo Bitmouse, a well-known computer expert, helped me track down the hacker. 


The Secret Seven

The Secret Seven
Blyton, Enid, 1897-1968The Secret Seven ; 1



Lexi & Lottie, trusty twin detectives. Here kitty, kitty : the case of the missing tiger cub

Lexi & Lottie, trusty twin detectives. Here kittykitty : the case of the missing tiger cub
Alexander, MelanieLexi & Lottie trusty twin detectives ; 1



The robbery riddle, starring Olive Black

The robbery riddle, starring Olive Black
Miles, AlexOlive Black ; 1
Olive stars in a mystery film alongside one of the greatest detective characters of modern times, Maestro Snaps. Soon she finds herself caught in a real life mystery when Maestro's beloved stage prop is stolen. As the plot thickens, Olive finds herself wrongly accused of the theft and sets about ...