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release date: Nov 24, 2017
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Frankie Jackson Mystery (3 Book Series)
From Book 1: "Fast-paced, entertaining read ... a charming main character and a diverting plot sure to appeal to fans of whodunit novels." -- KIRKUS REVIEW

Last year was one heck of a ride for 12-year old Mary Frances (“Frankie”) Jackson. She was an inning away from becoming the first female all-state middle-school pitcher … until a teammate double-crossed her. Then, she was arrested after she sought revenge against the double-crosser. And to top it off, her dad was banished from the family home after falling off the wagon. Now, she’s been sent to California for the summer to live on a houseboat with her Aunt Roxy. There’s one catch -- she can’t get in trouble or it’s back to New Jersey and juvenile detention camp.
Too bad that days after arriving at the houseboat community, Frankie lands in hot water. Accused of animal cruelty (killing a cat), and with the evidence stacked against her, she has two weeks to prove her innocence. Frankie turns to a houseboat resident, Margie Britt, a washed out 70s TV star who used to solve mysteries on TV.
But as the days pass, Frankie loses faith in Margie and initiates her own investigation. In the process she gets to know all of the eccentrics on the dock. There’s Forgetting Michael, a young disabled man, who forgets things whenever a loud noise goes off; Alice, an 82-year old activist who loves birds and hates cats; and there’s Butch, a German shepherd whose owner has a shady past. Frankie even learns the sad truth about Kay, her accuser.
Ultimately, with help of Margie, Roxy, and her new houseboat friends, Frankie proves her innocence. But more importantly, Frankie learns how to deal with her own anger and frustration from the past year’s events.
I Didn’t Kill Your Cat is a young adult novel with a tough, lovable, heroine and an intriguing setting – the houseboats of Sausalito
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release date: Dec 24, 2013
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Rebekah - Girl Detective #1: The Mysterious Garden (a fun short story mystery for children ages 9-12)
Note: "The Mysterious Garden" is a short story and a quick read. (estimated 22 pages)

Rebekah Daniels is just your ordinary spunky 9 year old girl living in the small town of Curtis Bay...EXCEPT she is determined NOT to be ordinary at all!

Her small town is filled with mysteries and Rebekah is sure that she, along with her best friend Mouse, will be able to solve every last one of them.

In this fun adventure she sets out to solve the mystery that has taken over the local community garden.
release date: Aug 13, 2015
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Angus Adams: the adventures of a free-range kid: Book1 of The Free-Range Kid Mysteries
As a free-range kid, Angus is allowed to do things other kids his age aren’t – like play in the street and hang out at the park without adults (shock, horror!) But when he’s accused of stealing an iPhone from school, Angus must use all of his brains, resilience, and courage to catch the real thief, clear his name, and outwit the seriously bad dudes hot on his tail!
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release date: Jul 07, 2016
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The Super-Secret Science Club: Case of the Disappearing Glass
I’ll never forget my science teacher’s words the day he recruited us as spies:

"I’m a member of a secret organization called the Rosalind Group, whose original mission was to find and prevent cases of stolen scientific research. But one day, everything changed, and I didn’t understand why. Eventually, I figured it out…we weren't the good guys anymore…the Rosalind Group is no longer protecting scientists from having their research stolen. We’re now the ones who are stealing it."

Apparently research wasn’t all they were stealing; they were stealing the scientists themselves! I suppose “kidnapping” is the proper word.
And that’s where we came in. Six science-savvy seventh graders. One missing scientist. And the need for some serious out-smarting.
But there’s just one more mystery involved: how was I supposed to do this without lying to everyone I know? I was sworn to secrecy…but I ended up breaking my promise.

“Case of the Disappearing Glass” is the first book in the Super-Secret Science Club series. Follow Jenna and her classmates as they unravel mysteries and tackle critical missions, all while trying to survive middle school!
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release date: Nov 23, 2016
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Wulf The K9 P.I : The Case Of The Haunted House
Another Short Chapter Book By The Bivens Brothers

After hearing a campfire story about a haunted house from his partner Chewy, Wulf the K9 P.I decides to check out the haunted house. Not believing in ghosts or monsters, both enter only to come out screaming after hearing ominous voices and seeing shadows dancing along the walls.

Join Wulf the K9 P.I and his Partner Chewy as they uncover the mystery of the haunted house. Is it truly haunted or is something else living in the house on East Apple Street?
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release date: Jul 18, 2013
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The Mean Girl Who Never Speaks (The Mya Dove Case Files Book 1)
The Mya Dove Case Files start with The Mean Girl Who Never Speaks, a crime short story. There's a new girl at school. Rumour has it she doesn't speak, doesn't smile much, and doesn't play with others. That means she's mean, right? Maybe. Maybe not...
release date: Jul 07, 2014
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What Went Wrong With Mrs Milliard's Mech?: An Inspector Ambrose Story. (Inspector Ambrose Mysteries Book 1)
If you're a fan of detective stories, look no further! I H Laking's debut novella will wrap you up in the new world of the Empire.

Mrs Milliard is on the verge of financial ruin. With a business deal about to expire unless her mechanical baker remembers his secret recipe, Mrs Milliard turns to Inspector Ambrose for help. But as Ambrose soon discovers, no one in Mrs Milliard's neighbourhood is ready to talk.

Will Inspector Ambrose uncover the truth before Mrs Milliard's midnight deadline? Can he solve a mystery that seems impossible on first inspection? The culprit is closer than it seems, and time is running out.

Join Inspector Ambrose and help him solve the mystery of Mrs Milliard's Mech today!
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release date: Apr 04, 2014
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Greyson Gray: Camp Legend (Clean Action Adventure Series for Kids Age 9-12) (The Greyson Gray Series)
Before he fought to save the United States, before he battled drones in the sky, before he fought terrorists on trains, helicopters, dirt bikes, horseback, or sinking cruise ships...he went to sports camp. 

Kirkus Reviews declares it "always entertaining." Foreword Clarion Reviews calls it "just basic fun," and Publishers Weekly describes it as a "high-octane thrill fest." Be the first of your friends to discover the first adventure of the up-and-coming, award-winning, action-packed Greyson Gray Series that follows our young, admirable hero who dares to do what is right, no matter the costs.

Sports Camp has everything twelve-year-old Greyson Gray needs to distract him from his father's mysterious disappearance - intense athletic competition, weird friends, and a pretty girl.

But when Greyson stumbles upon a terrorist's sinister plot brewing in the observatory, a place already haunted by a chilling camp legend, he suddenly toils with two dueling worlds - one of lurking danger and mystery, the other of competition and awkward romance. Spurred on by his father's words to do what's good no matter the danger, Greyson and his faithful friends must mount a daring and coordinated heist on the observatory in order to save thousands of lives.

Threaded with witty, sarcastic humor and gritty suspenseCamp Legend puts you in Greyson's shoes not only as he battles evil in thrilling chases, but also as he deals with his awkward first crush, menacing bullies, and the loss of his father. Parents will especially love Greyson's moral compass - his daring drive to do what is right even when it's hard. Many say this is a boy book, especially for boys ages 9-12 (preteen). While it's true that boys who enjoy spy or detective books with plenty of action and adventure, a dash of mystery and a heaping of humor will love this book, girls have proven to love it, too! They love the feisty and capable Sydney, the budding romance, and the horse chases along with everything else the boys like! Even adults enjoy the nostalgia, witty humor, and the light-hearted action.

Prepare to laugh out loud and fall in love with the characters as the Greyson Gray Series begins with a bang.
release date: Mar 08, 2013
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Rippler (Ripple Series Book 1)
From Kirkus Award-Winning Author Cidney Swanson
Samantha struggles to hide her genetic trait for invisibility. When she gets help from her crush Will, the two begin a mad race to outwit the geneticist who murdered Sam's mom, but soon Sam will have to choose what she'll keep safe: Will or her secrets.

Suspenseful and romantic, Rippler and its sequels capture the collision of the beautiful with the dark. Two further sequels form a complete trilogy. Additional book in series for those who fall in love with the Ripple world and want even more!


RIPPLER is the free first book in a teen and young adult paranormal fantasy series set in a contemporary world where invisibility has long been a well kept secret. It combines the heart pounding action of a thriller with a touch of clean romance and a science fiction twist.
by: PJ Ryan
release date: Oct 18, 2013
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Prank Gone Wrong (Rebekah, Mouse & RJ: Special Edition)
Note: "Prank Gone Wrong" is a short story and a quick read. (estimated 23 pages)

Rebekah, Mouse and RJ each have their own fun short story series and sometimes they come together, bringing you these special editions.

They all love hanging out, solving mysteries and playing pranks together and we hope you will enjoy these special times as well.

It's going to be a great weekend because RJ is coming to Curtis Bay to hang out with his fun detective cousin Rebekah and her best friend Mouse. What RJ doesn't know is that they are planning to introduce and invite him to join Mouse's Secret Club...introduce him to it with a funny prank that is on him UNTIL it looks like it might be on the WHOLE town!

Yikes! It looks like the gang might have some explaining to do!
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