Paperback Books by Chris Grabenstein

Chris Grabenstein is the author of Treasure Hunters: The Ultimate Quest (2022), Free Fall (2021), The Smartest Kid in the Universe (2021), Shine! (2021) and other 182 books.

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Treasure Hunters: The Ultimate Quest

release date: May 23, 2022
Treasure Hunters: The Ultimate Quest
Dodge missiles, map undersea caves, outrun secret agents, and uncover the ultimate treasure? That’s a day in the life of the Kidds! The Kidd family is on an exciting new mission: use the augmented reality gear their parents created to uncover long-lost treasure. But then their ship, The Lost, explodes in a ball of fire! Now Bick, Beck, Tommy, and Storm are stranded on a raft in the Mediterranean Sea, and their parents have been kidnapped by maniacal treasure hunters. It’s up to the Kidd siblings to follow clues around the globe to uncover an ancient treasure and save their parents…before they lose everything!

Free Fall

release date: Nov 15, 2021
Free Fall
“I didn’t do it!” is something cops hear all the time. But when the plea comes from a close friend who’s fallen on hard times, it’s tougher to ignore, especially for young Officer Danny Boyle.It’s the start of another action-packed summer for the wise cracking Boyle and straight-arrow cop (now Chief of Detectives) John Ceepak down the Jersey Shore as they do their best to help Danny’s friend, a young nurse who claims she has been falsely accused of aggravated assault. Ceepak’s unshakable code of honor is tested when he trusts that the nurse is telling the truth. It’s stretched to the limit when one of the nurse’s home health care patients turns up dead. Now Ceepak and Danny must answer the hard and horrible question: “Did we just help a friend get away with murder?”Get ready for another fun and fast-paced page-turner from Anthony and Agatha award-winner Chris Grabenstein.

The Smartest Kid in the Universe

release date: Oct 26, 2021
The Smartest Kid in the Universe
When seventh-grader Jake McQuade mistakes the world''s first ingestible knowledge pills for jelly beans, he suddenly knows all about physics and geometry and can speak Swahili (though Spanish would be a lot more useful)--but his sort-of girlfriend Grace thinks they can use his new found brilliance to save their middle school from the new principal, who is conspiring to get it shut down.

Shine!

release date: Sep 14, 2021
Shine!
When seventh-grader Piper''s father is hired by Chumley Prep, a school where every student seems to be the best at everything, she gets the chance to compete for the prestigious Excelsior Award.

Mr. Lemoncello's Very First Game

release date: May 03, 2022
Mr. Lemoncello's Very First Game
Before Mr. Lemoncello became everyone’s favorite game maker, he was a kid who liked to roll the dice . . . Discover the origins of what James Patterson calls “the coolest library in the world” in this PREQUEL to the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Go back to the START and meet thirteen-year-old, PUZZLE-obsessed Luigi Lemoncello! Luigi has a knack for games and puzzles. But sometimes it feels like the cards are stacked against him. UNTIL a carnival arrives in town and Luigi gets the CHANCE OF A LIFETIME—the opportunity to work for the world famous Professor Marvelmous--a dazzling, banana-hat-wearing barker who puts the SHOW in SHOWMAN! When the carnival closes, Professor Marvelmous leaves behind a mysterious puzzle box along with a clue. A clue that will lead Luigi and his friends on a fantastical treasure hunt to a prize beyond anything they could imagine--if they can find it! Can Luigi crack the codes and unlock the box''s secrets? Will there be puzzles? Of course! Balloons? You bet! Will it be fun? Hello! It’s a Lemon-cello! BONUS! Can YOU crack the hidden puzzle inside?! * "A worthy successor to . . . Willy Wonka." —Booklist, starred review of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello''s Library

World Champions! A Max Einstein Adventure

release date: Aug 09, 2021
World Champions! A Max Einstein Adventure
Max finally meets her hero, Albert Einstein, as she dashes across glaciers, visits the Great Barrier Reef, and flies a solar-powered jet in a race to stop Global Warming—before it’s too late for Planet Earth. World Champions . . . GET OUTDOORS From racing across glaciers in Greenland and flying in a super fancy solar-powered jet to Hawaii, to visiting the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia and hanging out with a robot named Leo, twelve-year-old genius Max and her friends live for adventure. TAKE ACTION Whenever there''s a problem to solve, the kids work better together. So does an evil group of the rich and powerful, who will do whatever it takes to split the kids up—even as the planet is changing before their eyes. NEVER GIVE UP Max has one more surprise in her playbook, and if she''s going to pull it off, she needs her team around her. Whoever said that kids can''t save the world?

Dog Squad

release date: May 11, 2021
Dog Squad
Introducing DOG SQUAD, the crime-fighting, tail-wagging, hilarious new series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello''s Library and coauthor of Max Einstein! When trouble calls . . . it''s DOG SQUAD to the rescue! Duke is not your average dog. Along with his crew, he fights crime and goes on claw-biting adventures helping dogs in peril in the hit streaming sensation--DOG SQUAD! Fred is a pretty average dog. He''s scrappy. He''s loveable. But he''s not brave like his heroes on Dog Squad. Fred looks an awful lot like Duke from Dog Squad though. In fact, when Duke needs a stand-in, Fred''s the perfect choice. But the Dog Squad action doesn''t always stop on screen! When there''s danger in real life, can Fred find the courage to step up and save the day?! It''s all paws on deck in this action-packed, middle grade adventure series just right for anyone who loves dogs--and anyone who loves to laugh! “Plentiful action and “pawsome” puns. Doggone fun.”—Kirkus Reviews

Jacky Ha-Ha: A Graphic Novel

release date: May 04, 2021
Jacky Ha-Ha: A Graphic Novel
Adapted from James Patterson''s #1 bestselling story, this hilarious and heartwarming graphic novel introduces Jacky Ha-Ha, a class clown who makes people laugh with her so they can''t laugh at her! With her irresistible urge to tell a joke in every situation--even when it''s a bad idea--Jacky Ha-Ha loves to make people laugh. And cracking wise helps distract her from thinking about not-so-funny things in her life, like her mom serving in a dangerous, faraway war, and a dad who''s hardly ever home. But no matter how much fun Jacky has, she can''t entirely escape her worries. So one starlit night, she makes a promise to keep her family together...even if she has to give up the one thing that makes her happy. But can she stop being Jacky Ha-Ha, if that''s who she really is? Bright, funny, and fast-paced artwork will have readers laughing their way through Jacky''s ha-ha-heartwarming story!

Katt Loves Dogg

release date: Dec 13, 2021
Katt Loves Dogg
Katts and doggs are supposed to be sworn enemies, not... in LOVE! Gross! Wilderness adventurers and expert trackers Molly the katt and Oscar the dogg go camping with their families: parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles. One big reunion! It would be fun if there weren''t so many rules to follow at the campsite. ATTENTION KATTS AND DOGGS: No crossing the border, or you''ll be asked to leave the Eastern Wilderness Reserve. If you''re still alive. Molly and Oscar must outsmart the rule-makers when they discover that their katt and dogg cousins have run away together--for reasons only Molly and Oscar will understand. Now the clever pair must find and warn their cousins before all four of them are in need of a serious rescue mission.

Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket

release date: May 01, 2021
Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket
"Four lucky kids go on a scavenger hunt inside Mr. Lemoncello''s Gameworks factory, where they compete for a chance to win a titanium ticket"--

Max Einstein: Saves the Future

release date: Aug 31, 2020
Max Einstein: Saves the Future
The world''s #1 bestselling author has teamed up with the world''s most famous genius to entertain, educate and inspire a generation of kids--with the first and only kids'' book series officially approved by the Albert Einstein Archives. Albert Einstein + James Patterson = A Must Read! Max is back with a thrilling new adventure that involves time travel, creepy bad guys, killer drones, and a shocking mystery about her past that she will stop at nothing to solve! Under constant danger of being kidnapped by the shadowy Corporation, Max is on the run from New York to London and beyond. But soon the call comes for the Change Maker kids'' next mission: make sure no kid ever goes hungry again! If anyone can tackle a problem this big, Max and her genius friends can. But mysterious clues about her past keep distracting Max''s focus. She always wanted to know who her parents were and why they abandoned her as a baby. If she manages to build a time machine, she could find them and get all the answers! What''s more important - her past, or the future of the Change Makers?

Super Puzzletastic Mysteries

release date: Jun 23, 2020
Super Puzzletastic Mysteries
Bestselling author Chris Grabenstein and the Mystery Writers of America bring together twenty peerless puzzles—from bestselling authors such as Peter Lerangis, Stuart Gibbs, Lauren Magaziner, Kate Milford, and, of course, Grabenstein himself—in an anthology of mystery short stories that invite readers to try to unravel the riddles themselves. From tales of hapless superheroes and stolen squirrel monkeys to murderous triplets and haunted basements, these thrilling, puzzling, and hilarious cases have one thing in common—YOU get a chance to be the detective before the author reveals the solution. With twenty never-before-published mystery stories, this collection will leave young detectives sleuthing for more!

Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life Is a Joke (a Graphic Novel)

release date: Aug 30, 2021
Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life Is a Joke (a Graphic Novel)
Jacky Ha-Ha is back and ready for the best summer ever in James Patterson''s bestselling graphic novel series! In Jacky Ha-Ha, Jacky Hart found a hidden talent in the performing arts. She wants nothing more than to act and sing all summer -- but her parents have other plans for her. Jacky reluctantly signs up for a summer job in her resort town of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, where tourists come to enjoy the beach and carnival atmosphere. Now she has serious responsibilities like her job and babysitting her younger sisters, but Jacky longs to perform in the summer stock performance of A Midsummer Night''s Dream. Can she handle all of her important commitments and still have fun with her friends, or will she learn that juggling isn''t one of her many talents?

Treasure Hunters: The Plunder Down Under

release date: Jun 01, 2020
Treasure Hunters: The Plunder Down Under
With their parents in trouble once again, the Kidds must traverse the Australian Outback, recover a pair of stolen gems, and defeat treasure-hunting pirates to save them! The Kidd family is on their way to Australia to find Lasseter''s Gold when they are challenged by fellow treasure hunter Charlotte Badger, who challenges them to a race to the gold! But when the Kidds pull into port in Australia, their parents are suddenly arrested -- they''ve been framed! It turns out Charlotte Badger is a pirate, and she''s planted a priceless stolen black opal on the Kidds'' ship, The Lost! Now Bick, Beck, Storm, and Tommy have seven days to traverse the Australian Outback, find Charlotte Badger and her pirate cronies, and bring back the evidence that will prove their parents innocent. If they fail, their parents will be found guilty and thrown in prison . . . forever!

Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game

release date: May 12, 2020
Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game
"To win Mr. Lemoncello''s new television game show, Kyle and his team have to break out of their comfort zone and walk a mile in other characters'' shoes and figure out how to unlock a series of locks and break out of the game before their competition!"--

Best Nerds Forever

release date: May 03, 2021
Best Nerds Forever
Finn McAllister was a normal middle school nerd--now he’s a ghost with a big mystery to solve. One minute, Finn was biking home from school, and the next, he was run off the road by a maniac in a big van. Now, he''s a ghost. He can do lots of fun things, like try every ice cream flavor in the store, sneak up on people, and play as many video games as he wants. Finn even has a new ghost friend, Isabella, to show him the ropes. But he also has a lot of BIG questions, like: who wanted him dead? And can he stop the maniac from striking again? Packed with hilarious moments, epic friendships, and fun art, Best Nerds Forever celebrates the nerd in each of us and the joy of living life to its fullest.

No More Naps!

release date: Feb 04, 2020
No More Naps!
The #1 New York Times bestselling powerhouse author of the Mr. Lemoncello books brings his wit and humor to a pint-sized audience in this picture book debut that turns the universal dilemma of getting kids to sleep on its head. It''s time for a nap but, just like stubborn toddlers everywhere, Annalise Devin McFleece won''t have anything to do with bedtime. Dad tries to encourage sleepiness by pushing her around the park in her stroller. Along the way, they pass a man sitting on a bench, dog walkers walking dogs, a boy on a skateboard, kids playing ball, a girl practicing her juggling, and others. Each of them thinks that taking a nap is a great idea and if Annalise Devin McFleece doesn''t want hers, they''ll happy take it. And one by one, everyone falls asleep...except Annalise Devin McFleece. But when she''s finally ready for her nap, all the naps are taken! Is there anyone who has an extra nap to spare? With every turn of the page, the busy city scene becomes more and more quiet...except for Annalise Devin McFleece. Will she ever take a nap?

Scaredy Cat

release date: Mar 15, 2021
Scaredy Cat
Pasha & Poop, two adorable housecats take on Ebeneezer, the Grinch of all Cats. James Patterson’s funniest animal adventure since Katt vs. Dogg. When shelter cats Pasha and Poop move in with their new human family, they find themselves up against a ghostly bully. Scaredy Cat demands they follow his rules or he''ll cause all kinds of trouble-knock over lamps, spill kitty litter, and even get them shipped back to the animal shelter! But Pasha and Poop are stubborn and rebellious. They won''t follow the Scaredy Cat''s ridiculous rules like all of the other pets on the block. Together, they set out to find the truth behind who the Scaredy Cat really is, and how they can end his mischief-making for good.

Treasure Hunters: All-American Adventure

release date: Jun 10, 2019
Treasure Hunters: All-American Adventure
The U.S.A. is in danger... Only the Kidds can find the treasure that will save it! Bick, Beck, Storm and Tommy are stuck in Washington, D.C. without any priceless antiques to hunt--BORING! But everything changes when the Kidds uncover a dastardly conspiracy: a fake Bill of Rights! Now they''re crisscrossing the country in a race to prove the document is a forgery. But the key to exposing the conspiracy may have been under their noses the whole time. And if they don''t find it soon, the U.S.A. as we know it could be gone forever...

Fun House

release date: Nov 15, 2021
Fun House
Reality TV can be murder in the Jersey Shore mysteries from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of the Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series. What if a reality TV show like Jersey Shore set up production in the fictional seaside resort Sea Haven? What if hitting the gym, tanning, and doing a little laundry aren’t the only things the contestants get into. By-the-book officer John Ceepak and his wisecracking young partner, Danny Boyle, have to babysit the buff and boozy kids partying it up in a Jersey shore rental house for TV’s summertime hit Fun House while simultaneously trying to stop the rowdy kids from breaking the law up and down the beach. But even Ceepak and Danny can’t stop one young cast member from being murdered - and others from being threatened with the same fate.
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