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      Mr. Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets

      by Alex T. Smith

      Jan 2020

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      Meet Mr. Penguin—Adventurer (And Penguin!)

      When Mr. Penguin and Colin crash-land on a snowy mountain, they discover strange noises coming from an old, ruined fortress. Might it be connected to the mystery of missing pets? Why are there shadowy figures lurking about? And will Mr. Penguin conquer his fear of flying?

      This second installment in the humorous, page-turning series from Alex T. Smith, the author-illustrator of the popular "Claude" series, is sure to thrill young readers looking for a good adventure.

      Two-color illustrations.

      Remarkables

      by Margaret Peterson Haddix

      Dec 2019

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      One minute they’re there, laughing and having fun at the house next door. The next minute the teens are gone. Like magic. Marin can’t believe her eyes. Who are they? Can anyone else see them? What makes them so happy?

      Marin is lonely in this new town of hers and eager to figure out more. Then she meets Charley, who reveals that he knows about them, too. He calls them the “Remarkables.” Charley warns her to stay away from the Remarkables—and him. Charley and Marin both have painful secrets they’re holding on to, but could solving the mystery of the Remarkables help them? How can they ever get any answers if whenever they’re too close, the Remarkables instantly disappear…?

      Scary Stories for Young Foxes

      by Christian McKay Heidicker

      Nov 2019

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      When fox kits Mia and Uly are separated from their litters, they quickly learn that the world is a dangerous place filled with monsters. As the young foxes travel across field and forest in search of a home, they’ll face a zombie who hungers for their tender flesh, a witch who wants to wear their skins, a ghost who haunts and hunts them, and so much more.

      Featuring eight interconnected stories and sixteen shockingly cool illustrations, Scary Stories for Young Foxes has the chills of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and the heart of Pax.

      Black-and-white illustrations.

      Dead Voices

      by Katherine Arden

      Oct 2019

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man in Small Spaces, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock Resort. But when a snowstorm sets in, causing the power to flicker out and the cold to creep closer and closer, the three are forced to settle for hot chocolate and board games by the fire.
       
      Ollie, Coco, and Brian are determined to make the best of being snowed in, but odd things keep happening. Coco is convinced she has seen a ghost, and Ollie is having nightmares about frostbitten girls pleading for help. Then Mr. Voland, a mysterious ghost hunter, arrives in the midst of the storm to investigate the hauntings at Hemlock Lodge. Ollie, Coco, and Brian want to trust him, but Ollie’s watch, which once saved them from the smiling man, has a new cautionary message: BEWARE.
       
      With Mr. Voland’s help, Ollie, Coco, and Brian reach out to the dead voices at Mount Hemlock. Maybe the ghosts need their help—or maybe not all ghosts can or should be trusted.
       
      Dead Voices is a terrifying follow-up to Small Spaces with thrills and chills galore and the captive foreboding of a classic ghost story.

      Ghost: Thirteen Haunting Tales to Tell

      by Illustratus

      Oct 2019

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      A stylish ghost story collection for middle schoolers, with 13 perfectly creepy original stories and gorgeous illustrations from Pixar-Disney talent.



      Full-color illustrations.

      A Box of Bones

      by Marina Cohen

      Sep 2019

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      Twelve-year-old Kallie despises nonsense. She believes there’s a rational explanation for everything, despite the good-natured prodding of her Grandpa Jess, who takes her to frivolous wastes of time like their town’s local Festival of Fools.

      There, Kallie meets a faceless man (must be some kind of mask) who gives her a strange wooden puzzle box (must be some kind of gimmick). Intrigued despite herself, Kallie sets to work on unlocking its secrets and . . . . lets something out. From here Kallie’s life begins to entangle with another world, a world where Liah, a young bone carver, journeys with her master to sell wares to a wicked Queen.

      The sights, sounds, smells, and spells of Liah’s world are beginning to leak into Kallie’s, and if Kallie can’t decipher the meaning of her own story, “the end” might be far from happy.



      Black-and-white illustrations.

      A Small Zombie Problem: Zombie Problems, Book 1

      by K.G. Campbell

      Sep 2019

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      August DuPont has spent his whole life inside a dilapidated house with his aunt Hydrangea. His lonely existence ends abruptly with the arrival of an invitation to meet an aunt—and cousins—he didn’t even know existed. When Aunt Orchid suggests that August attend school with his cousins, it’s a dream come true. But August has scarcely begun to celebrate his reversal of fortune when he is confronted by a small problem on his way home. So begins an adventure filled with a wild child, a zombie, a fabled white alligator, and an unimaginable family secret.



      Black-and-white illustrations created with watercolor and colored pencil.

      The Case of Windy Lake

      by Michael Hutchinson

      Aug 2019

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      Sam, Otter, Atim and Chickadee are four cousins growing up on the Windy Lake First Nation. They are inseparable. Nicknamed the Mighty Muskrats for their habit of laughing, fighting and adventuring together, the cousins find that each new exploit adds to their reputation. When a visiting archeologist goes missing, the cousins decide to solve the mystery of his disappearance. In the midst of community conflict, family concerns and environmental protests, the four get busy following every lead. From their base of operations in a fort made out of an old school bus, the Mighty Muskrats won't let anything stop them from solving their case!

      Mr. Penguin and the Lost Treasure

      by Alex Smith

      Jul 2019

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      Meet Mr. Penguin: adventurer (and penguin)! He has a dashing hat. He has a battered satchel. He has a packed lunch of fish finger sandwiches. Now he just needs an adventure! So when Bouddica Bones from the Museum of Extraordinary objects calls for help, Mr. Penguin swings into action. Can he and Colin the spider find the museum's missing treasure before bandits do? Or is this the adventure Mr. Penguin should have never answered?

      Two-color illustrations.

      Marty Frye, Private Eye #3: The Case of the Busted Video Games

      by Janet Tashjian

      Jun 2019

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      When a prankster tangles all the school jump ropes into knots and gym is canceled, Marty pins down the culprit. When five machines are mysteriously found broken at the arcade, Marty jumps on the case. And when Mom’s phone goes missing after a trip to the mall, Marty races against the clock to track it down before dinner. But can he still manage to make up rhymes while he solves new crimes?

      Black-and-white illustrations.

      The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane

      by Julia Nobel

      May 2019

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      Emmy's dad disappeared years ago, and with her mother too busy to parent, she's shipped off to Wellsworth, a prestigious boarding school in England. But right before she leaves, a mysterious box arrives full of medallions and a note reading: These belonged to your father. Just as she's settling into life at Wellsworth, Emmy begins to find the strange symbols from the medallions etched into the walls and stumbles upon the school's supersecret society, The Order of Black Hollow Lane. As Emmy and her friends delve deeper into the mysteries of The Order, she can't help but wonder—did this secret society have something to do with her dad's disappearance?

      Watch Hollow

      by Gregory Funaro

      Apr 2019

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      When Lucy and Oliver Tinker and their father arrive in Watch Hollow, they have no idea that anything evil is afoot. They’ve been brought to this rundown home in this isolated small town by an offer from a mysterious stranger that’s too good for them to refuse. All Mr. Tinker needs to do is restore the house’s clock and fistfuls of gold coins are his to keep. But it doesn’t take long for Lucy and Oliver to realize that far more than the clock needs saving. It quickly becomes clear that both the magic within the house’s walls and the animal guardians that are charged with protecting it are in dire need of help.
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