Tuesday Mooney Read-alikes for Kids
|Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett, illustrated by Brett Helquist
An award-winning first from a bewitching mystery series. Eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder team up for the adventure of a lifetime to solve the disappearance of an irreplaceable Vermeer painting. Geared for grades 5-8.
|Con Quest! by Sam Maggs
At the world’s largest Comic-Con, twins Cat and Alex are thrilled to participate in the Quest scavenger hunt, where the grand prize is a meet and greet with their favorite celebrity. But can they find all the clues before big sister Fiona realizes they’ve ditched her and tattles? Geared for grades 3-7.
|Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
The first novel in an action-packed, award-winning series. Game-lover Kyle Keeley can’t believe his luck when he discovers famous gamemaker, Luigi Lemoncello, is helping construct the new library in town. But when a lock-in at the library leaves 12 kids stuck inside the building, Kyle must use his best gaming skills to save the day. Geared for grades 4-7.
|From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
A Newbery Medal Winner about a plucky 12-year-old girl named Claudia who runs away to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her younger brother in tow, and “teach her parents a lesson in Claudia appreciation.” Geared for grades 4-8.
|Hide and Geek by T.P. Jagger
Elmwood, New Hampshire, the town where 11-year-old Gina Sparks and friends Edgar, Elena, and Kevin live, is in danger of vanishing forever unless they can solve a series of challenging puzzles and locate the Van Houten fortune. Will they save their hometown in time? Geared for grades 3-7.
|The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
While spending the summer at her late grandma’s home in South Carolina, 12-year-old Candice finds a letter leading to the treasure her grandma was searching for before she died. With a new friend from town, Candice sets out to find the treasure, which also helps uncover an injustice against a local Black family. Geared for grades 4-8.
|The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street by Lauren Oliver
Set in the late 1800’s, Cordelia Clay and her dad work together rescuing magical creatures in Boston. But for the creature’s safety, they must keep their work top secret. Upon waking up to find her dad and most of the creatures gone one morning, Cordelia and the remaining monsters must solve the clues to the mystery before it’s too late. Geared for grades 3-7.
|The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
The first book in an award-winning series of mystery and adventure. When a strange newspaper ad calls for “gifted children looking for special opportunities,” 11-year-old orphan Reynie Muldoon decides to put his clever mind to use, and gets selected for a super-secret mission at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. Geared for grades 4-8.
|The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
This award-winning book is the first in its series and follows two eleven-year-old misfits, Cass and Max-Ernest, who become heroes when they follow the trail of a vanished magician, leading them on an epic adventure and facing-off against a nefarious villain. Geared for grades 4-8.
|The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
The award-winning first in the bestselling The 39 Clues series. Upon her passing, Cahill matriarch, Grace Cahill, left her heirs the impossible choice between “one million dollars or a clue." Now 11-year-old Ben and 14-year-old Amy, along with the remaining Cahill descendants, have the chance to discover the 39 clues hidden world-wide, revealing the Cahill family secrets. Geared for grades 4-8.
|The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
This Newbery Medal-winning book follows 16 individuals invited to the reading of Samuel W. Westing's will. Tasked with solving a series of puzzles, tricks, and games, those who prevail will claim their inheritance from the eccentric millionaire. Geared for grades 4-8.