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12 Suspenseful Mysteries

Samantha S. Bell (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645820253

What happened to Amelia Earhart? Was there really an ancient city called Atlantis? What caused the fire in the sky over Siberia in 1908? This book features 12 puzzling mysteries, some centuries old, that remain unsolved. Yet people today still wonder about them and try to find answers. Each story includes attention-grabbing photos and fascinating facts. Sidebars go beyond the basics, and prompts invite readers to think for themselves. Additional mini-stories encourage further exploration.

Cougar Frenzy

Pamela McDowell (author) Kasia Charko (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459820654

When Cricket McKay and her best friend, Shilo, discover that a cougar has been seen in the town of Waterton, they are thrilled that school closes for a few days as a precaution. The townspeople are worried though. They want the cougar caught and relocated, which could be disastrous for the cougar. Cricket's dad, the national park's warden, is receiving reports of the cougar causing all kinds of trouble around town, but it's the type of trouble it doesn't make sense for a cougar to get into. Then Cricket and Shilo find evidence that another animal may be to blame. With the help of a visiting researcher who is in Waterton studying cougar behavior, Cricket and Shilo must convince the townspeople, and Cricket's dad, that they're after the the wrong animal before it’s too late. This is the fourth title featuring Cricket and her friends, following Bats in Trouble, Ospreys in Danger and Salamander Rescue.

Night Owl Nabs the Sheep Snatcher

Donna M. Boock (author) Guy Francis (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389461

With a nod to classic fairy tales, Night Owl plays detective.

Adding Up the Clues

Courtney Earley (author) Karen Stormer Brooks (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389003

Nina uses her detective skills to solve a tough case.

Ducktective Max and the Missing Farm Animals

Donna M. Boock (author) Pete Whitehead (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682384749

This detective and his assistant solve a humorous mystery.

The Pack Rat Puzzle

Marianne Mitchell (author) Susan Spellman (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682380536

Jesse solves the mystery in the midden.

The Basement Ghost

Barbara Kanninen (author) Mark Corcoran (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682381250

What is the strange thumping noise in the basement? Mindy and Susan solve the mystery.

Snow Music

Donna M. Bateman (author) Gary R. Phillips (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682381243

Snowman and his friends enjoy mysterious music again and again.

Macaroni and Fleas

Erin Berger (author) Richard Hoit (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682380338

This girl solves the mystery of the missing macaroni.

Cautionary Stories

Virginia Loh-Hagan (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534141216

People have been telling stories since the beginning of time--sharing them from one generation to the next. In Cautionary Stories, readers will read four different scary tales about characters who didn't follow the rules. Readers will recognize some of their favorite stories growing up and discover new ones from different cultures. Books include mature, complex themes at a low readability to engage struggling readers. Includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, sidebars, educational matter, and activities.

Venom

Nikki Tate (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781554690725

Sixteen-year-old Spencer loves his job at the local racing stable, but when he becomes convinced that someone is drugging the racehorse Lord of the Flies, no one believes him. In an effort to find out who is behind a dangerous race-fixing scheme, he takes on some of the most unsavory members of the track community. By refusing to turn a blind eye, Spencer risks losing those he cares most about, including Em, the stableowner's niece.

Tiger Threat

Sigmund Brouwer (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551436418

Ray Hockaday plays center for the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Western Hockey League. He's spent his hockey career hiding something from the world. When his new Russian room-mate shows up, Ray is assigned to help Vlad get used to life in Canada. What Ray doesn't know is that Vlad is also hiding something. And that secret could get both of them killed.

The Summer of the Spotted Owl

Melanie Jackson (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551437859

After a hang glider crashes into the pool of the house where Dinah and Madge are house-sitting, the hapless pilot creates more than a splash of suspicion in Dinah's mind. Why does this itchy intruder make off with Dinah's inflatable turtle? Why is someone trying to drive their cat-mad neighbor away? And what is the connection with the balding stranger seen lurking behind the hedge? And when Madge's boyfriend starts a campaign to save the endangered spotted owl, it seems that a crooked politician may be out to destroy the habitat of the near-extinct animal. While Madge paints, Dinah brushes aside suggestions that she be a quiet, well-behaved guest in this posh North Vancouver neighborhood. There's just too much for Dinah and her friends—tree-fanatic Pantelli and irritatingly conscientious Talbot—to investigate in this hilariously suspenseful adventure. Along with learning about endangered animals and fragile ecosystems, Dinah runs across clueless reporters and greedy developers, all the while continuing to belt out her favorite songs and satisfy her healthy appetite.

Something Suspicious in Saskatchewan

Dayle Campbell Gaetz (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551438047

Katie and Rusty are heading East. Fresh from their thrilling adventures in Alberta, facing down devious developers, the cousins have made their way to Aunt Margaret's farm in Saskatchewan. After rescuing her aunt when she is trapped under a piece of farm equipment and learning of other acts of possible sabotage, Katie decides that she has found another mystery to solve. Puzzled by the changes they notice in their cousin Megan, and alarmed by a series of threatening phone calls, Katie and Rusty embark on another adventure. With no shortage of suspects—from Cousin Megan to the jilted boyfriend and the controlling farmhand—the two detectives find themselves in deeper than they thought and are soon in real danger.

Slam Dunk

Kate Jaimet (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781554691333

Sixteen-year-old Salvador "Slam" Amaro thinks being the assistant coach of the Brookfield High School girls' basketball team will be an easy gig. Show up, run a few drills and pad his resumé so he can win a spot on the Ontario Provincial Under-17 team. But Slam's job suddenly gets a lot harder when the girls' coach and her daughter, the star point-guard, vanish after being threatened. Getting to the bottom of their disappearance puts Slam in confrontation with a mysterious stalker. But that's not his only problem. With the girls facing playoff elimination, Slam has to come up with some new coaching strategies while he battles some tough competitors for a place on the Ontario squad.

Shadows on the Train

Melanie Jackson (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551436623

It's all aboard! for mystery when Dinah Galloway takes the cross-country train from Vancouver to Toronto, to appear on a TV talent show. But will she make it-or be permanently derailed? Along with her sister Madge, and her fellow junior musicians, tree fanatic Pantelli Audia and history buff Talbot St. John, Dinah is shadowed by someone who wants to get hold of an $80,000 treasure left by her late dad. But what is the treasure? The redheaded, singing sleuth realizes that the secret dwells somewhere in her dad's murky past, and involves a funny, if less than respectable, ex-con named Ardle McBean, and a mysterious man with a bowl cut. The mystery accelerates when Dinah's sweet, elderly piano teacher, also on the train, disappears and the danger to Dinah increases. She struggles to keep on the tracks of the mystery before the shadows, past and present, overwhelm her. This is the fifth installment in the best-selling Dinah Galloway Mystery series.

Scarlet Thunder

Sigmund Brouwer (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551439136

Trenton Hiser is trying to walk in the footsteps of his uncle, Mike Hiser, a successful Hollywood director. During Trenton's summer vacation, he goes with his uncle to film the inside story of Scarlet Thunder, a top-level stock-car racing team. As they film the action, too many things go wrong, deadly mistakes are made and Trenton finds out that much more than the race is at stake.

Rise of the Zombie Scarecrows

Deb Loughead (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459809987

Dylan is back, and this time he is making a movie, The Rise of the Zombie Scarecrows, with his best friend, Cory, and his girlfriend, Monica. The film is for school credit, and their plan is to film on Halloween. Everything is falling into place until Dylan and Monica encounter a zombie scarecrow that causes Mr. Dalton, a friend of Dylan’s grandmother, to have a heart attack. Dylan and Monica learn that a couple of zombie scarecrows are pranking a local neighborhood. The police shut down Dylan’s project until the pranksters are caught. But Dylan is determined to see his film through to completion, no matter what the cost.

Rebel Glory

Sigmund Brouwer (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551436333

At 17, star defenseman Craig McElhaney likes his chances of making it as a pro hockey player. Yet, a string of recent "accidents" threatens to knock his team out of the playoffs and ruin his promising career. Craig has begun to question how many "accidents" can happen before they become more than a coincidence. But it's not a good time for questions. Not in the spotlight of high-pressure hockey. Not when the team needs him most. And not when he has some important lessons to learn about life. For Craig, however, there is no choice. Unless the questions are answered, the team's season and his promising career will surely end.

Kicker

Michele Martin Bossley (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551437088

Izzy and Julia have been on the same team for years. Izzy is frustrated that Julia spends too much time cherry-picking and getting all the credit when they score. But when someone starts threatening the team and their home field is sabotaged, the friends must work together to find the answers. Why would someone threaten their star player? And what is the connection to a century-old train robbery and the rumor of buried treasure? Trying to solve the mystery and keep the team in the playoff race, Izzy and Julia find themselves in deeper than they thought, and in more danger than they imagined.

Blazer Drive

Sigmund Brouwer (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551437194

When Josh Ellroy, left-winger for the Kamloops Blazers, and his dad find more than a dozen dead cattle on the family ranch, Josh has some serious decisions to make. On one hand, the Western Hockey League playoffs are ahead, plus a chance to play in the National Hockey League. On the other hand, there's a beautiful and interesting girl who believes more prize bulls will be killed. Josh is afraid of what will happen if he gets involved. As he learns more, he's afraid of what will happen if he doesn't.

Mysteries of the Ancients

Brian Innes, Kathryn Walker (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427174604

Images in stone like those on Easter Island are part of our historical legacy, but were they inspired by creatures from other planets? This gripping book examines the many myths and legends about the ancient past, searching for and finding facts about fascinating sites that include Stonehenge and the lost cities of Tiahuanaco and El Dorado.

Mysteries of the Cosmic Joker

Brian Innes, Kathryn Walker (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427174628

Is there some mysterious force of nature that has a sense of humor, causing seemingly unexplained and bizarre things to happen on Earth? Flying omelets and shoals of fish falling out of the sky may have perfectly sensible explanations, but how do we explain the way that twins separated at birth have time and again followed the same path through life? In this intriguing book, scientists use science and chaos theory to try to explain the Cosmic Joker.

Mysterious Healing

Brian Innes, Kathryn Walker (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427174666

This book takes students on a journey from the traditional practices of the Far East to modern Western medicine. Looking at the sometimes mysterious treatments and their applications, Mysterious Healing seeks explanations for the amazing healing powers that people claim to have seen and experienced.

Mysterious Predictions

Brian Innes, Kathryn Walker (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427174673

A popular story tells of President Lincoln predicting his own assassination, but not knowing where or when it would take place. This intriguing new title from Crabtree examines real-life cases where dreams appear to have been predictions of events yet to happen. Scientists and believers in this phenomena explore whether we really can see into the future, or if these happenings are just coincidences.