Winter is here, and with it comes some great mysteries to read on a chilly day – including those stories which take place during the winter season. Today’s selection is from popular Tween author Patricia Reilly Giff: Winter Sky.
Sirens! A scary sound, especially to Siria, whose brave father is a firefighter. Siria loves everyone at Pop’s city firehouse. She also loves to study the stars. Her mother named her after the brightest start in the winter sky. When Siria hears sirens, she sneaks out to chase the trucks, to bring Pop and the other firefighters luck. She’d be in big trouble if she ever got caught. Good thing her best friend, Douglas, is always by her side. As Christmas approaches, Siria suspects that someone in the neighborhood is setting fires. She has to find out who’s doing it. When clues point to a surprising suspect, she realizes that solving this mystery will take all kinds of courage. Patricia Reilly Giff, the author of many beloved and award-winning books, is at her best in this action-packed story. In Winter Sky, friends, family, and a very special dog help Siria see how brave she really is. Nominated to the Arkansas Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction Section at J GIFF.
With Christmas coming in less than two weeks, some of you might enjoy reading a mystery and detective story which takes place this time of year: Tru & Nelle: A Christmas Tale by Greg Neri. When they were younger, Tru and Nelle were best friends, sharing adventures and solving mysteries in Monroeville, Alabama. But then Tru moved to New York City to live with his mother and their friendship slowly faded away. Life in the big city wasn’t as fun as Tru had hoped it would be. In fact, he ran away, and now he’s back and hoping he and Nelle can be friends again.Unfortunately, thing’s aren’t so great in Munroeville, either. Maybe he should have run away to somewhere else.
But Christmas is just around the corner, and there’s nothing like the holidays to bring everyone back together. Based on true events, Tru & Nelle: A Christmas Tale is the continuing story of one of the greatest literary friendships of the 20th century.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J NERI.
Today I recommend: Denis Ever After by Tony Abbott
As the month of October is rapidly coming to the end, here is a “modern day ghost story” which is sure to keep the reader wanting to find answers to this baffling supernatural mystery. Since his death at age seven, Denis has been living in Port Haven, where souls still remembered by the living go after they die. Denis had a twin brother, still living, named Matt, who is now twelve-years-old. Matt remembers Denis so vividly that Denis has continued to grow, unlike most of the Port Haven residents, who remain the age that they were upon their death and, once they are completely forgotten by the living, move on to Garden Hills. But Matt has just discovered that the investigation surrounding Denis’ death has been deliberately left unresolved by their father, who can’t seem to let Denis go. Matt becomes so obsessed with finding the killer that he asks his brother to “haunt” him, in order for the both of them to solve the mystery behind Denis’ death. Author Tony Abbot (the Secrets of Droon series) creates a murder mystery with lots of twists and turns, as the reader realizes that the powerful connections forged through love cannot be broken, even in death.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J ABBOTT
Today I recommend: The Girl in the Locked Room: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
We are now in the month of October, and I wanted to make sure to feature some scary stories to tingle your spine on chilly autumn nights! In the latest spooky middle grade tale by Mary Downing Hahn, twelve-year-old Jules is tired of being dragged from town to town with her novelist mother and her father, whose work restoring old houses keeps them on the road. Their latest move takes them to Virginia, where Jules encounters a menacing, long-abandoned house, Oak Hill. Readers will know before Jules does that her intuition about the house being haunted is correct! Told in two voices, one being Jules and the other, of a girl who lived in the house a century before, the reader slowly learns of the the girl’s tragic story. With a new local friend, Jules researches what happened at Oak Hill. Can they actually make a difference in the ghost girl’s afterlife? This is a very gentle ghost story: the creepy factor is just right for reading alone at night with the lights out, covers pulled over your head with a flashlight to see the pages.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J HAHN.