How Kate Warne Saved President Lincoln

Written by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk and illustrated by Valentina Belloni

In 1856, when Kate Warne went to see Allan Pinkerton, only men were detectives. But Kate convinced Allan to hire her for his detective agency. She explained that she could worm out secrets where men could not go—in disguise as a society lady! Join Kate on her most important mission—to thwart a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on the way to his inauguration.

Be a City Nature Detectove

Written and illustrated by Peggy Kochanoff

How do bedbugs get into your home? Why are some gray squirrels black? Does goldenrod cause hay fever? Naturalist and artist Peggy Kochanoff answers these questions and more in this illustrated guide to solving nature mysteries in the city. From the author of the Silver Birch– nominated Be a Nature Detective series comes a new adventure full of fascinating facts. From scuttling cockroaches to waves of starlings to burdock heads on clothing, Kochanoff takes readers through city streets to show them the amazing nature growing there. Be a City Nature Detec

What Are You Waiting For?

Written by Scott Menchin and illustrated by Matt Phelan

A badger finds his rabbit friend outside waiting for something and giving badger clues and guesses to figure out they are waiting to see the moon appear.

Pedro's Mystery Club

Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tammy Lyon

Pedro forms a new club with his friends dedicated to solving mysteries--and the first two assignments are finding his mother's locket, and his father's cell phone.

Tracks in the Snow

Written and illustrated by Wong Herbert Yee

A little girl investigates tracks in the snow, trying to determine what could have made them.

Shopping Trip Trouble

Written by Jacqueline Jules and illustrated by Kim Smith

It's time to go school shopping, and Sofia is extra excited about her new supplies. But that excitement turns to panic when her cousin Manuel goes missing. With Sofia's entire family on the case, Manuel won't be missing for long. This early chapter book includes writing prompts, discussion questions, an English/Spanish glossary, and a table of contents.

The Detective Dog

Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

A rollicking rhyming picture book from bestselling author Julia Donaldson about a dog who uses her amazing sense of smell to solve mysteries. When Detective Dog Nell puts her nose to the task, there's no mystery she can't solve. Whether she's tracking the missing shoe of her human, Peter, or locating some lost honeycomb, all Nell has to do is sniff, sniff, sniff and she's hot on the trail. Besides solving mysteries, there's something else Nell loves—listening to children read. Every Monday, Peter takes her to school where children tell her stories. One day, Nell and Peter arrive to find that all the books are gone. Who could have taken them? And why? There's only one dog for the job, and Detective Dog Nell is ready to sniff out the thief!

Buster the Very Shy Dog, More Adventures with Phoebe

Written and illustrated by Lisze Bechtold

It’s backyard troubles galore for canine friends Buster and Phoebe in two easy-to-read adventures. The trouble begins when Buster and Phoebe get blamed for trashing the backyard and hatch a plan to find the real garbage bandit. But first they have to stay awake and keep away from skunks! Next, the pals search for buried “bone” treasures only to quibble about which bones belong to which dog. Buster may be shy but he’s smart enough to claim what’s rightfully his and kind enough to share it, too.

A House That Once Was

Written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Lane Smith

The dynamic duo of Ezra Jack Keats Award–winning author Julie Fogliano and Caldecott Award–winning illustrator Lane Smith team up to tell a delightful story about a boy and a girl who explore an abandoned house and imagine who might have lived there in A House That Once Was. Deep in the woods is a house just a house that once was but now isn’t a home. Who lived in that house? Who walked down its hallways? Why did they leave it, and where did they go? Two children set off to find the answers, piecing together clues found, books left behind, forgotten photos, discarded toys, and creating their own vision of those who came before.

Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?

Written by Karen Beaumont and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Kanga and her friends try to discover who ate all of her cookie dough.

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