Friday, September 11, 2009


In October, Ms. Russell's 5th graders will be writing book reports on mystery and suspense books. There are few things I enjoy as much as a good whodunnit! Here are a few clues that will lead you to a great mystery in case you are feeling stumped...

A few fiction series to try: Hannah West by Linda Johns (set in Seattle!), Gilda Joyce by Jennifer Allison and Sammy Keyes by Wendelin Van Draanen

A few fiction authors to try: Margaret Peterson Haddix, Willo Davis Roberts, Peg Kehret, Blue Balliett, Roland Smith and Elise Broach.

A few non-fiction titles:
  • Ain't Nothing But a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry by Scott Reynolds Nelson
  • The Bone Detectives: How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead by Donna M. Jackson
  • Little People and a Lost World: An Anthropological Mystery by Linda Goldenberg
  • Looking for Life in the Universe: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Ellen Jackson
  • Search for the Golden Moon Bear by Sy Montgomery (note: she's written two versions of this book, one for adults and one for kids)
  • Wildlife Detectives: How Forensic Scientists Fight Crimes against Nature by Donna M. Jackson
Reading lists:

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