Detective’s Assistant, by Kate Hannigan

Summary:  In 1859, eleven-year-old Nell goes to live with her aunt, Kate Warne, the first female detective for Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency. Nell helps her aunt solve cases, including a mystery surrounding Abraham Lincoln, and the mystery of what happened to Nell’s own father.

Little, Brown and Company

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The Bullet Catch: Murder by Misadventure, by Amy Axelrod

Summary: In early twentieth-century New York City, in the golden age of magic, Leo, an orphaned magician’s apprentice, becomes involved in a murder mystery when he trusts a dishonest man.

Holiday House

The League of Beastly Dreadfuls, by Holly Grant

Summary:  Anastasia, nearly eleven, is snatched from her elementary school and sent to live at a former insane asylum with two great aunts she had never met, after being told that her parents died in a tragic vacuum cleaner accident.

Random House

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Paper Things, by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Summary:  When Ari’s mother died four years ago, she had two final wishes: that Ari and her older brother, Gage, would stay together always, and that Ari would go to Carter, the middle school for gifted students. He and Ari have been “couch surfing,” staying with friends and sneaking into a juvenile shelter to escape the cold Maine nights. But all of this jumping around makes it hard for Ari to keep up and getting into Carter starts to seem impossible. Will Ari be forced to break one of her promises to Mama?

Candlewick

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A Plague of Bogles, by Catherine Jinks

Summary:  Jem Barbary becomes a bogler’s apprentice in 1870’s London and gets the fright of his life in a city where science clashes with superstition and monsters lurk in every alley.

Houghton Mifflin

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The Way to Stay in Destiny, by Augusta Scattergood

Summary:  Sixth-grader Theo leaves everything behind to live with his Uncle Chester, a Vietnam War veteran and loner, in Destiny, Florida, but he is drawn to play the piano in Miss Sister’s dance school and soon makes friends with the feisty Anabel, a baseball fanatic who invites Theo to help solve a mystery.

Scholastic

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The Orphan and the Mouse, by Martha Freeman

Summary:  In 1949 Philadelphia, Mary Mouse and an orphan named Caro embark on an adventure when they team up to expose criminals and make the Cherry Street Orphanage a safe haven for mice.

Holiday House

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