June 22, 2007


We've got lots of different mysteries in the Children's Room. They can be found quite easily on our fiction shelves: just look for the purple and white sticker showing a magnifying glass. These stickers are placed on the "spine" of the book, which is the part you can see as you scan the shelves. Mysteries include the "Nancy Drew" books by Carolyn Keene, the "Hardy Boys" books by Franklin Dixon and the "Bobbsey Twin" books by Laura Lee Hope. Don't forget about the "Encyclopedia Brown" series by Donald Sobol, in which each chapter is a different case solved by the boy detective. The solutions to the cases are found at the end of each book, but see if you can solve them by yourself first! For younger readers, we've got the "Cam Jansen" books by David Adler. Beginning readers might enjoy the "High Rise Private Eyes" series by Cynthia Rylant, found in our beginning reader bookcase. Author Doug Cushman has written and illustrated several humorous mysteries: The Mystery of the Monkey's Maze and The Mystery of King Karfu, which are both picture books, as well as several beginning reader mysteries:, Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery, Aunt Eater's Mystery Christmas, Aunt Eater's Mystery Vacation, and Inspector Hopper. And, of course, we've got some non-fiction books about mysteries. A particularly good one is Mysteries Of History by Robert Stewart (J 902 STEWART). Or try An Unsolved Mystery From History: The Mary Celeste by Jane Yolen (J PIC YOLEN).

On the adult side we have an entire mystery section, shelved between the SF books and the general fiction. The spine labels read M - followed by the first letters of the authors last name.

Summer Quest readers can chose to read something scary instead of a mystery book. For scary books, look for the purple and white ghost sticker that says "Horror/Suspense" on book spines. If you really like scary stories, you might enjoy More Short & Shivery by Robert San Souci (J 398.25 SANSOUC). Or if you like to be scared and to laugh at the same time, read Creepy Riddles by Katy Hall (J 818 HALL). The Boggart, a novel by Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper, is another great choice, as is Coraline, a novel by Neil Gaiman. For non-fiction scary books, try Ghosts of the Deep by Daniel Cohen (J 133.1 COHEN) or Mysterious Healing by Brian Innes (J 615.8 INNES). For more possibilities, ask a librarian!

On the adult side we don't have any special placement or stickers to help you find scary / horror fiction. You can look in the catalog for keywords such as ghost, vampire, and the like.

Posted by library at June 22, 2007 10:51 AM
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