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Mystery Book recommendation
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I'd love for my next classroom read aloud to be a mystery book of some sort. I teach 4th grade. I'd like to be one I read if possible, as we will start it in the next few days and I won't have time to read it ahead of time, most likely. I also would like it to be something they won't read in other grades. Any ideas or recommendations?


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This is the first book I thought of

http://books.simonandschuster.com/Fr.../9781416949756
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That's what I was originally thinking, but they read it 5th grade as a whole class novel study.
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I read a really good book about a kid who worked for the fbi. I canít remember the title, but if you google it, it will come up. I loved it, but it was too high for my 3rd graders. Itíll probably work for 4th grade.
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I remember for 4th grade's summer read the school district recommended The Witches. I used the book when doing my masters and worked with all girls on reading.

The Witches is a children's dark fantasy novel by the British writer Roald Dahl.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Witches_(novel)


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Good ideas
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Thanks for the other ideas! Is the FBI book the Alex Rider series?
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Alexander McCall Smith
Old 10-18-2020, 06:19 PM
 
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writes the No. 1 Ladies Detective books for adults. He has a kidís series with the same main character when she was a girl. They take place in Botswana and I love them (the adult ones and those for kids.)

https://www.alexandermccallsmith.com...ious-childrens
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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Old 10-18-2020, 06:37 PM
 
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I think your 4th graders would love this as a read aloud. Part mystery, part puzzle solving, lots of good lessons on teamwork and friendship and highly entertaining.

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library was a New York Times bestseller for Children's Middle Grade and received positive reviews. Giving it a starred review, Kirkus Reviews praised the book as a "solid, tightly plotted read" full of puzzles and puns.[4] Publishers Weekly called it "that perfect book that isnít girly or boyish, but is just a good book for any middle-grade reader."[5] Reviewers (including author James Patterson, a frequent collaborator of Grabenstein's) also compared the book favorably to Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.[6][7]

The novel was also the 2013 winner of the Agatha Award for Best Children's/Young Adult Novel.[8] This was the fourth time that Grabenstein won this award, the first for his novel The Crossroads.

It has also won several Children's Choice State Book Awards:
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Mr. Lemoncello's Library
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Thanks for the other suggestions. Isn't there an Amazon Prime movie/show based on Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library? Maybe I wrong.
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Old 10-19-2020, 04:03 AM
 
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How about an A to Z Mystery or Boxcar Children?


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Old 10-19-2020, 07:23 AM
 
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The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key is the book my 4th grade students liked the most. If you have Kindle Unlimited, it is free as an ebook.



When we finished it, they wanted to contact the author about writing a sequel. They just wouldn't let it rest. Unhappily, it was too late. The author had passed.
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I think Netflix had
Old 10-19-2020, 08:15 AM
 
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an "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" movie. It was made by Nickelodeon, and the reviews say it is awful in comparison to the movie. (Which is a lesson you might want your kids to learn, anyway--that the book is almost always better!)
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Mr. Lemoncello's Library
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I picked up Mr. Lemoncello's Library at Barnes and Nobel today after school! We will start it tomorrow!
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