Mystery and Detection: ( 9 - 13 years)

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Mystery, spies and detectives are popular subjects for children's books and provide a great opportunity for exploring ways in which authors build suspense and surprise.

This collection of mystery stories has something to offer both girls and boys. It includes new titles like Lauren Child's popular 'Ruby Redfort' series and some well established favourites like Malorie Blackman's 'The Deadly Dare Mysteries'. For those that like a lighter mystery Sally Gardner's 'Wings and Co'series will appeal. There's plenty of thrilling action on Helen Moss's The Pheonix Code and a touch of Dark humour in Christopher William Hill's Tales from Schwartzgarten We have also included Ruth Eastham's 'The Messenger Bird', for those who prefer realistic historical stories and Erich Kastner's classic, 'Emil and the Detectives'.

Indicative selection:

Wood Laura Poppy Pym and the Pharaoh's Curse
Elliott Patricia Connie Carew and the House of Eyes
Woodfine Katherine The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow
Krisp Caleb Anyone But Ivy Pocket
Caldecott Elen Marsh Road Mysteries: Spooks and Scooters
Nicholson Simon Young Houdini: The Demon's Curse
Butler Heather The Milkshake Detectives
Gardner Sally Wings and Co: The Matchbox Mysteries
Slater Kim Smart: a mysterious crime, a different detective
Stevens Robin First Class Murder
Stevens Robin Arsenic for Tea
Kastner Erich Emil and the Detectives
Konigsburg E.L. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler
Jones Rob Lloyd Wild Boy and the Black Terror
Lane Andrew Young Sherlock Holmes: Stone Cold
Hill Christopher William Marius and the Band of Blood
Stead Rebecca Liar and Spy
Moss Helen The Dragon Path
Selznick Brian The Marvels
Stewart Trenton Lee The Mysterious Benedict Society

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Elen Caldecott interviewed by Nikki Gamble

Elen Caldecott graduated with an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University and was highly commended in the PFD Prize for Most Promising Writer for Young People. Before becoming a writer, she was an archaeologist, a nurse, a theatre usher and a museum security guard. It was while working at the museum that Elen realised there is a way to steal anything if you think about it hard enough. Elen either had to become a master thief, or create some characters to do it for her - and so her début novel, How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant, was born. Kirsty Jenkins was short-listed for the Waterstone's Children's Prize and long-listed for the 2010 Carnegie Award. Kirsty Jenkins was followed by How Ali Ferguson Saved Houdini.

In this interview Elen talks to Nikki Gamble about her mystery series, The Marsh Road Mysteries.

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