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Detective stories

Stormbreaker

Follow clues, unravel mysteries and uncover secrets with these engaging detective stories.

These stories are ideal for adventure loving, puzzle solving, unnecessarily inquisitive older children.

  • Skulduggery Pleasant

    Author: Derek Landy

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Skulduggery Pleasant

    Author: Derek Landy

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    Meet Skulduggery Pleasant, skeleton detective, fighting to save the world from wizard-gone-to-the-dark-side, Nefarian Serpine.

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  • Stormbreaker

    Author: Anthony Horowitz

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Stormbreaker

    Author: Anthony Horowitz

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 12+

    Fourteen-year-old Alex Rider finds his life turned upside down on discovering that his late uncle wasn't a mild-mannered banker, b…

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  • Dead Man's Cove

    Author: Lauren St John

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Dead Man's Cove

    Author: Lauren St John

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    When mysterious uncle Calvin rescues Laura Marlin from her gloomy life in an orphanage, she can't believe her luck! But she soon r…

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  • Operation Bunny

    Author: Sally Gardner Illustrator: David Roberts

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Operation Bunny

    Author: Sally Gardner Illustrator: David Roberts

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7+

    In the first case for the Fairy Detective Agency, Wings and Co, resourceful heroine Emily Vole must defeat the dastardly fairy-sna…

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  • Wild Boy

    Author: Rob Lloyd Jones

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Wild Boy

    Author: Rob Lloyd Jones

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    In 1840s London, Wild Boy leads a miserable life in a travelling freak show. Treated as a monster and excluded from society, he de…

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  • Kid Sherlock

    Author: Justin Phillips Illustrator: Sean Gregory Miller and Lesley Atlansky

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Kid Sherlock

    Author: Justin Phillips Illustrator: Sean Gregory Miller and Lesley Atlansky

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 7+

    Loosely based on the stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, this sharp and witty comic is a great introduction for youngsters into the wor…

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  • Kat Wolfe Investigates

    Author: Lauren St John

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Kat Wolfe Investigates

    Author: Lauren St John

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 10+

    Kat Wolfe loves her new home in idyllic Bluebell Bay, especially as it comes with a  resident wildcat. But when she starts pe…

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  • The Murderer’s Ape

    Author: Jakob Wegelius Translator: Peter Graves

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Murderer’s Ape

    Author: Jakob Wegelius Translator: Peter Graves

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 10+

    Sally Jones is an engineer and loyal friend to Captain Koskela. She’s also an ape. When Koskela is falsely accused of murder,…

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  • Codebusters

    Author: Dan Metcalf Illustrator: Gary Cherrington

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 7-9

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  • Codebusters

    Author: Dan Metcalf Illustrator: Gary Cherrington

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 7-9

    This pacey illustrated chapter book for confident young readers highlights the importance of friendship and remaining true to your…

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  • The Midnight Peacock

    Author: Katherine Woodfine

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 10-12

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  • The Midnight Peacock

    Author: Katherine Woodfine

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 10-12

    In book four of The Sinclair’s Mysteries, Sophie and Lil’s fledgling detective agency is making ripples across London. A tigh…

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  • The Goldfish Boy

    Author: Lisa Thompson

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Goldfish Boy

    Author: Lisa Thompson

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

    Matthew has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Can he help an investigation into the abduction of a child, perhaps without even leavin…

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  • Blood Fever

    Author: Charlie Higson

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Blood Fever

    Author: Charlie Higson

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    A sinister and secret society seems to be operating at Eton, while in the Mediterranean a young girl and her tutor are taken capti…

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