Fifth grade level mystery books. 2014.

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The Danger Box
Blue Balliett

MYS J BALLIETT
LEXILE: 750L

In small-town Michigan, twelve-year-old Zoomy and his new friend Lorrol investigate the journal found inside a mysterious box and find family secrets and a more valuable treasure, while a dangerous stranger watches and waits.


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Science Fair
Dave Barry,Ridley Pearson

J BARRY
LEXILE: 770L

The president of Krpshtskan is plotting to infiltrate the science fair at Hubble Middle School in Maryland in order to take over the United States government but when Toby Harbinger decides to win the fair, the terrorists’ plans go awry.


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Madhattan Mystery
John J. Bonk

MYS J BONK
LEXILE: 790L

On her first day in New York City with her younger brother, Kevin, twelve-year-old Lexi overhears thieves discussing where to hide stolen jewels, and the siblings, along with their aunt’s neighbor, Kim Ling, skip day camp to investigate “the crime of the century.”


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Missing on Superstition Mountain
Elise Broach

MYS J BROACH
LEXILE: 620L

When brothers Simon, Henry and Jack move with their parents to Arizona, they are irresistably drawn to explore the aptly named Superstition Mountain in spite of warnings that it is not safe.


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Floors: Book 1
Patrick Carman

MYS J CARMAN
LEXILE: 870L

Ten-year-old Leo’s future and the fate of the extraordinary Whippet Hotel, where his father is the maintenance man, are at stake when a series of cryptic boxes leads Leo to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances.


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Vanished
Sheela Chari

MYS J CHARI
LEXILE: 630L

Eleven-year-old Neela must solve the mystery when her beautiful, but cursed, veena, a classical Indian musical instrument, goes missing.


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Fear Itself (Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School)
Andrew Clements

J CLEMENTS
LEXILE: 800L

As the new Keepers of the School, sixth-graders Ben and Jill must decipher a handful of clues written as maritime riddles to save their school from demolition by a greedy company.


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The Midnight Tunnel: A Suzanna Snow Mystery
Angie Frazier

HIST J FRAZIER
LEXILE: 800L

In 1905, Suzanna is in training to be a well-mannered hostess at a Loch Harbor, New Brunswick, hotel, but her dream of being a detective gets a boost when a seven-year-old guest goes missing and Suzanna’s uncle, a famous detective, comes to solve the case.


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Belly Up (FunJungle)
Stuart Gibbs

J GIBBS
LEXILE: 820L

Twelve-year-old Teddy investigates when a popular Texas zoo’s hippopotamus is murdered.


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The Paradise Trap
Catherine Jinks

SF J JINKS
LEXILE: 660L

Eleven-year-old Marcus is spending a week at the beach with his mother in a tiny old travel trailer, but boredom turns to terror when a new friend discovers a cellar that has magical doors through which people keep disappearing.


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Cold Case
Julia Platt Leonard

MYS J LEONARD
LEXILE: 420L

When thirteen-year-old Oz Keillor finds a dead body in his family’s Santa Fe, New Mexico, restaurant, he is determined to solve the mystery in which his older brother is implicated, but which also involves their long-dead father, who was accused of being a spy.


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Vanishing Acts (Madison Kincaid)
Phillip Margolin,Ami Margolin Rome

MYS J MARGOLIN

In Portland, Oregon, between soccer games and beginning seventh grade, twelve-year-old Madison Kincaid and new classmate Jake try to track down her missing best friend, while also helping her attorney father solve a missing-persons case.


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The Billionaire's Curse (Archer Legacy)
Richard Newsome

MYS J NEWSOME
LEXILE: 730L

When thirteen-year-old Gerald finds himself the heir to twenty billion pounds from an aunt he never met, he inherits with it a mystery surrounding his aunt’s death and various artifacts in the British Museum.


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One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street
Joanne Rocklin

J ROCKLIN
LEXILE: 830L

The last remaining orange tree on a Southern California street brings together neighbors of all ages as they face their problems and anxieties, including the possibility that a mysterious stranger is a threat to their tree.


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The Fourth Stall
Chris Rylander

J RYLANDER
LEXILE: 760L

Sixth-graders Mac and Vince operate a business charging schoolmates for protection from bullies and for help to negotiate conflicts peacefully, with amazing challenges and results.


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Three Times Lucky
Sheila Turnage

J TURNAGE
LEXILE: 560L

Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.


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Edison's Gold
Geoff Watson

MYS J WATSON
LEXILE: 880L

Tom Edison and his friends become embroiled in a mystery involving his “double-great” grandfather’s inventions, a secret society, and a vendetta being carried out by a descendant of inventor Nikola Tesla.


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