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screen shot of Alfalfa reading his Junior Detective Manual from "Hide and Shriek" [June 1938] short film in the 'Our Gang/Little Rascals' series           short essay

series, A to Z
American Girl
Trixie Belden
The Boxcar Children
Flavia de Luce
Encyclopedia Brown
The Famous Five
The Rover Boys
The Secret Seven

non-series kid sleuths

Kindle Editions

works about kid sleuths

movies & TV

links


“Of course it's very hampering being a detective, when you don't know anything about detecting, and when nobody knows
that you're doing detection, and you can't have people up to cross-examine them, and you have neither the energy nor the means
to make proper inquiries; and, in short, when you're doing the whole thing in a thoroughly amateur, haphazard way.”
— A.A. Milne [1882-1956] - in "The Red House Mystery" [1922]

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“These books were mostly produced under the aegis of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, an early book packager that specialized in clean,
wholesome, adventurous-but-not-too-adventurous books for children. These series were written by a variety of professional writers
to a strict and unvarying formula, from the cover art to the quick recap of previous adventures in the first pages to the cliffhanger
chapter endings, the unvarying descriptions of the characters, and the last paragraphs with a reference to future volumes.”
— derived from text by DailyKos blogger Ellid, posted April 2013



Kid  Sleuth  Mystery  Series,  A to Z

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

'An American Girl' brand [est. 1986, bought by Mattel in 1998]
American Girl [est. 1986]:
official websiteentry at Wikipedia
Mattel [est. 1945]: official websiteentry at Wikipedia
browse the American Girl Store at Amazon

"Shadows On Society Hill: An Addy Walker Mystery" []
"The Traveler's Tricks: A Caroline Abbott Mystery" []
"Traitor In The Shipyard: A Caroline Abbott Mystery" [] by Kathleen Ernst
"The Cameo Necklace: A Cecile Rey Mystery" []
"Peril at King's Creek: A Felicity Merriman Mystery" [3/2003]
"Traitor in Williamsburg: A Felicity Merriman Mystery" []
"Lady Margaret's Ghost: A Felicity Merriman Mystery" []
"Secrets In The Hills: A Josefina Montoya Mystery" [] by Kathleen Ernst
"Lost In Ihe City: A Julie Albright Mystery" []
"The Silver Guitar: A Julie Albright Mystery" []
"The Puzzle of The Paper Daughter: A Julie Albright Mystery" []
"The Tangled Web: A Julie Albright Mystery" []
"The Silent Stranger: A Kaya Mystery" []
"The Runaway Friend: A Kirsten Larson Mystery [3/2008] by Kathleen Ernst
"Intruders At Rivermead Manor: A Kit Kittredge Mystery" []
"Missing Grace: A Kit Kittredge Mystery" []
"A Thief In The Theater: A Kit Kittredge Mystery" []
"Midnight In Lonesome Hollow: A Kit Kittredge Mystery" [] by Kathleen Ernst
"Danger At The Zoo: A Kit Kittredge Mystery" [3/2005] by Kathleen Ernst
http://www.amazon.com/Danger-Zoo-Mystery-American-Mysteries/dp/158485989X/
"The Hidden Gold: A Marie-Grace Gardner Mystery"[2/2012]
"The Haunted Opera: A Marie-Grace Gardner Mystery" [2/2013]
"Clues In The Shadows: A Molly McIntire Mystery" [3/2009] by Kathleen Ernst
"A Spy On The Home Front: A Molly McIntire Mystery" [] by Alison Hart
"A Growing Suspicion: A Rebecca Rubin Mystery" []
"The Crystal Ball: A Rebecca Rubin Mystery" []
"A Bundle of Trouble: A Rebecca Rubin Mystery" []
"Secrets At Camp Nokomis: A Rebecca Rubin Mystery" []
"Clue In The Castle Tower: A Samantha Parkington Mystery" []
"The Cry of The Loon: A Samantha Parkington Mystery" []
"The Stolen Sapphire: A Samantha Parkington Mystery" []

"An American Girl Adventure" TV movie [2005] /tt0460793/
"An American Girl On The Home Front" TV movie [2006] /tt0828151/
"Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" feature film [2008] /tt0846308/
"Project Runway: The History of The American Girl" documentary [2014] /tt4063374/

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Friday Barnes, Girl Detective Series
written by R.A. Spratt, who lives in Australia
browse all books at Amazonauthor's website • no entry at Wikipedia

Australia cover for Friday Barnes, Girl Detective YA novel by R.A. Spratt  USA cover for Friday Barnes, Girl Detective YA novel by R.A. Spratt & Phil Gosier  "Friday Barnes, Girl Detective" [ages 8-12; #1 = 2016]
by R.A. Spratt, Illustrated by Phil Gosier

Girl genius Friday Barnes solves a bank robbery and uses the reward money to send herself to exclusive Highcrest Academy.
Kindle Edition from Roaring Brook/Macmillan [1/2016] for $9.44
Square Fish pb [DUE Jan 2017] price unknown  1/2017
Roaring Brook Press 8½x5¾ hardcover [1/2016] for $8.77
Australia cover for Friday Barnes, Under Suspicion YA novel by R.A. Spratt  USA cover for Friday Barnes, Under Suspicion YA novel by R.A. Spratt & Phil Gosier  "Friday Barnes: Under Suspicion" [ages 8-12; #2 = 2016]  8/2016
by R.A. Spratt, Illustrated by Phil Gosier

After Friday Barnes solves the mystery of the legendary swamp yeti, she is placed under arrest, and also has to fend off two boys vying for her attention.
Kindle Edition from Roaring Brook/Macmillan [DUE August 2016] for $9.44
Roaring Brook Press hardcover [DUE August 2016] for $11.62

"Friday Barnes: Big Trouble" [ages 8-12; #3 = DUE January 2017]
Friday's father turns up with the news that her theoretical physicist mother has been kidnapped, and Highcrest Academy
is invaded by a master thief who calls himself The Pimpernel.

"Friday Barnes: No Rules" [ages 8-12; #4 = DUE August 2017]

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Vicki Barr Series [1947–1967]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicki_Barr_(novel_series)
http://www.series-books.com/vickibarr/vickibarr.html

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Trixie Belden Series [1948-1986]
The first six books {of 39} were written by Julie Campbell Tatham; the series then continued under the pseudonym Kathryn Kenny;
the rights to the series are currently owned by Random House, who began releasing new editions of the books in summer of 2003.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trixie_Belden
http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/trixiebelden/
http://www.trixie-belden.com/

1. The Secret of The Mansion
2. The Red Trailer Mystery
3. The Gatehouse Mystery
4. The Mysterious Visitor
5. The Mystery Off Glen Road
6. The Mystery In Arizona
7. The Mysterious Code
8. The Black Jacket Mystery
9. The Happy Valley Mystery
10. The Marshland Mystery
11. The Mystery At Bob-White Cave
12. The Mystery of The Blinking Eye
13. The Mystery On Cobbett's Island
14. The Mystery of The Emeralds
15. The Mystery On The Mississippi
16. The Mystery of The Missing Heiress
17. The Mystery of The Uninvited Guest
18. The Mystery of The Phantom Grasshopper
19. The Mystery of The Unseen Treasure
20. The Mystery Off Old Telegraph Road
21. The Mystery of The Castaway Children
22. The Mystery At Mead's Mountain
23. The Mystery of The Queen's Necklace
24. The Mystery At Saratoga
25. The Sasquatch Mystery
26. The Mystery of The Headless Horseman
27. The Mystery of The Ghostly Galleon
28. The Hudson River Mystery
29. The Mystery of The Velvet Gown
30. The Mystery of The Midnight Marauder
31. The Mystery at Maypenny's
32. The Mystery of The Whispering Witch
33. The Mystery of The Vanishing Victim
34. The Mystery of The Missing Millionaire
35. The Mystery of The Memorial Day Fire
36. The Mystery of The Antique Doll
37. The Pet Show Mystery
38. The Indian Burial Ground Mystery
39. The Mystery of The Galloping Ghost

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Brains Benton Series [1959-61]
by George Wyatt {pen name of prolific children's author Charles Spain Verral [1904-90]}
browse 'Brains Benton' series books'Brains Benton' book series entry at Wikipedia

"The Case of the Missing Message" [#1 = 1959)
"The Case of The Counterfeit Coin" [#2 = 1960)
"The Case of The Stolen Dummy" [#3 = 1961)
"The Case of The Roving Rolls" [#4 = 1961)
"The Case of The Waltzing Mouse" [#5 = 1961)
"The Case of The Painted Dragon" [#6 = 1961)

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

    The Boxcar Children Mystery Series [est. 1924]
Connecticut author Gertrude Chandler Warner [1890-1979] wrote the original book in 1924 and 18 more from 1953 to 1976; other authors-for-hire have written 124 more,
from 1991 to 2016; there are 22 Specials, published from 1993 to 2012. Series written for ages 6 to 10; the four Alden children – Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny – are nice kids,
they look out for each other, they use their heads, and they have great values •
publisher's official booksite

The Boxcar Children entry at Wikipedia
list of Boxcar Children books at Wikipedia
browse all Boxcar Children books {200+ titles} at Amazon

BlackHat Mystery Bookstore's
"The Boxcar Children" Books & Movies Page

"The Boxcar Children" animated family film
[Canada April 2014, USA DVD Aug 2014]
'The Boxcar Children' 2014 animated film  Four plucky orphan children seeking shelter discover an abandoned red railroad boxcar and make it their secret home . . . Based on the worldwide bestseller 1924 children's novel by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Directed by Daniel Chuba, Mark A.Z. Dippé & Kyungho Jo; adapted by Justin Merz & Zach Strauss; music by Kenneth Burgomaster (cello & piano); featuring voices of Zachary Gordon {as Henry}, Joey King {as Jessie}, Mackenzie Foy {as Violet}, Jadon Sand {as Benny}, Martin Sheen, Illeana Douglas, J.K. Simmons, Audrey Wasilewski, D.B. Sweeney; won Best Animated Feature at St. Tropez Intl. Film Festival
Phase 4 Films widescreen color DVD [8/2014] for $7.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch full movie {framed, with ads} [1:28:32] online at YouTube

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Rick Brant Series [1947–1968]
a series of 24 adventure and mystery novels by John Blaine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Brant

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Brixton Brothers Series [est. 2009]
by Mac Barnett
: official websiteWikipedia

Often hilarious series, described as 'the perfect mix of humor and intrigue'. Twelve-year-old Steve Brixton and his pal Dana rely
on “The Bailey Brothers Detective Handbook” and skip homework assignments to foil international plots.

"The Case of The Case of Mistaken Identity" illustrated by Adam Rex [Simon & Schuster, 10/2009]
"The Ghostwriter Secret" illustrated by Adam Rex [Simon & Schuster, 10/2010]
"It Happened on a Train" illustrated by Adam Rex [Simon & Schuster, 10/2011]
"Danger Goes Berserk" illustrated by Matthew Myers [Simon & Schuster, 10/2012]
"A Message From A Maniac" illustrated by Adam Rex ['Coming Soon']

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Katie Carter Series by P. Katie Barkley
browse author's booksauthor's official website • no entry on Wikipedia
http://www.amazon.com/Katie-Carter-Case-Colored-Mystery-ebook/dp/B007RP527W/ [#1 = 4/2012]
http://www.amazon.com/Katie-Stolen-Map-Mystery-Barkley/dp/1478368527/ [8/2012]
http://www.amazon.com/Katie-Golden-Egg-Mystery-Carter/dp/1482371847/ [2/2013]
http://www.amazon.com/Katie-Mystery-Witchs-Curse-Carter/dp/1481831151/ [#4 = 2013]
http://www.amazon.com/Katie-Great-Mix-Up-Carter-Mystery/dp/1482094436/ [#5 = 1/2013]
http://www.amazon.com/Katie-Mystery-Vampire-Carter/dp/1482381575/ [#8 = 2/2013]
http://www.amazon.com/Katie-Missing-Dinosaur-Carter-Mystery/dp/1482665999/ [#9 = 3/2013]
"Katie and The Case of The Embezzling Politician" [#14]

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Dana Girls Series [1934–1979]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dana_Girls
http://www.series-books.com/danagirls/danamain.html

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

preteen Flavia de Luce Series [est. 2009] by Alan Bradley
browse author's books • not yet listed on IMDb • author's entry at Wikipedia

five novels so far, 3009-2013 • Flavia's official website
TV series rights optioned by Sam Mendes (May 2012)

"The Sweetness At The Bottom of The Pie" [#1 = 2009]
book won the Debut Dagger Award, the Agatha & Anthony Awards for Best First Novel, more awards & noms
http://www.amazon.com/The-Sweetness-at-Bottom-Pie/dp/0385342306/
"The Weed That Strings The Hangman's Bag" [#2 = 3/2010]
http://www.amazon.com/The-Weed-That-Strings-Hangmans/dp/0385342314/
"A Red Herring Without Mustard" [#3 = 2/2011]
http://www.amazon.com/Red-Herring-Without-Mustard-Flavia/dp/0385342322/
"I Am Half-Sick of Shadows" [#4 = 12/2011]
http://www.amazon.com/Am-Half-Sick-Shadows-Flavia-Novel/dp/0385344015/
"Speaking From Among The Bones" [#5 = 1/2013]
http://www.amazon.com/Speaking-Among-Bones-Flavia-Novel/dp/0385344031/
"The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel" [#6 = DUE Jan 2014]
http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Their-Vaulted-Arches-Flavia/dp/0385344058/

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

BlackHat Mystery Bookstore's
Nancy Drew Mystery Series [est. 1930] Page

written by pseudonym Carolyn Keene: Wikipedia
http://www.nancydrewsleuth.com/
listed on Amazon Editors '100 Children's Books To Read In A Lifetime' 8/2014

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

The Echo Falls Mysteries Series [est. 2006]
by Peter Abrahams of Cape Cod, Massachusetts

browse author's booksauthor's official websiteauthor's entry at Wikipedia

Teen super sleuth Ingrid Levin-Hill gets into trouble and then out, while starring in a play at the Prescott Players amateur theatre group.

"Down The Rabbit Hole" [5/2006]
"Behind The Curtain" [8/2008]
"Into The Dark" [3/2009]

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

logo for 'Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective'
Encyclopedia Brown Series by Donald J. Sobol [1924-2012]
browse all author's booksauthor's IMDb listingauthor's entry at Wikipedia
listed on Amazon Editors '100 Children's Books To Read In A Lifetime' 8/2014

Ten-year-old neighborhood detective Leroy Brown and friend and 'bodyguard' Sally Kimball solve various petty crimes
('no case too small'), often committed by the local bully Bugs Meany and his Tigers gang. Each book contains
a loosely-connected series of ten or so cases, with plenty of clues, plus an answers section in the back for the obtuse.
Wikipediavideos (VHS/used)

Encyclopedia Brown box set by Donald J. Sobol  "Encyclopedia Brown Box Set" [2007]
includes the first four books: "Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective" [1963], "Encyclopedia Brown and The Case of The Secret Pitch" [1965], "Encyclopedia Brown Finds The Clues" [1966], and "Encyclopedia Brown Gets His Man" [1967]
Puffin slipcase 8x5¼ pb [10/2007] 4 books for $15.70

"Encyclopedia Brown" comic strip [Dec 1978 to Sept 1980] by Elliot Caplin
"Encyclopedia Brown's Book of Comic Strips, Volume 1" [1985] ISBN 0-553-15228-9
"Encyclopedia Brown's Book of Comic Strips, Volume 2" [1985] ISBN 0-553-15217-3

"Encyclopedia Brown" TV series [H.B.O. 1990-91] /tt0096576/
Hour-long pilot plus ten monthly half-hour episodes; co-produced by Howard David Deutsch

"Encyclopedia Brown" movie series [in development]  
Announced 6/2013: Producers Roy Lee & Howard David Deutsch are making a feature adaptation • latest info at IMDb

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

The Famous Five Series
by Enid Mary Blyton [1897-1968]

browse all Blyton bookscredits [since 1955] at IMDbWikipediaEnid Blyton Society [est. 1995]

21 novels, 1942–62 featuring Julian, Anne, George, Dick, and Timmy (the dog)
"Five On A Treasure Island" [#1 = 1942]
"Five Go Adventuring Again" [#2 = 1943]
"Five Run Away Together" [#3 = 1944]
"Five Go To Smuggler's Top" [#4 = 1945]
"Five Go Off In A Caravan" [#5 = 1946]
"Five On Kirrin Island Again" [#6 = 1947]
"Five Go Off To Camp" [#7 = 1948]
"Five Get Into Trouble" [#8 = 1949]
"Five Fall Into Adventure" [#9 = 1950]
"Five On A Hike Together" [#10 = 1951]
"Five Have A Wonderful Time" [#11 = 1952]
"Five Go Down To The Sea" [#12 = 1953]
"Five Go To Mystery Moor" [#13 = 1954]
"Five Have Plenty of Fun" [#14 = 1955]
"Five On A Secret Trail" [#15 = 1956]
"Five Go To Billycock Hill" [#16 = 1957]
"Five Get Into A Fix" [#17 = 1958]
"Five On Finniston Farm" [#18 = 1959]
"Five Go To Demon's Rocks" [#19 = 1960]
"Five Have A Mystery To Solve" [#20 = 1962]
"Five Are Together Again" [#21 = 1962]
"Five Have A Puzzling Time and Other Stories" [1963]
http://www.amazon.com/Famous-Five-Short-Story-Collection/dp/034093249X/

http://www.amazon.com/Enid-Blyton-Famous-Five-Books/dp/B004CJKMNA/
http://www.amazon.com/Famous-Five-Classic-Enid-Blyton/dp/1444907956/
http://www.amazon.com/Famous-Fives-Survival-Guide/dp/0340970839/
http://www.amazon.com/Famous-Five-Mysteries-Collection~Enid-Blyton/dp/034089363X/ = red
http://www.amazon.com/Famous-Five-Adventures-Collection-Blyton/dp/0340893621/ = blue
http://www.amazon.com/Famous-Five-Library-Treasure-Adventuring/dp/0340587520/
http://www.amazon.com/Famous-Five-Slipcase-Enid-Blyton/dp/0340956895/

There are also 24 'Famous Five' books [1971-85] written originally in French by Claude Voilier,
and 21 'Famous Five' books [2004-2012] written originally in German by Sarah Bosse

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

BlackHat Mystery Bookstore's
The Hardy Boys Mystery Series [est. 1927] Page

written under house pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon { aka Edward Stratemeyer [1862-1930] }

Hardy Boys Complete Series Set - Books 1-66 [10/2006 Amazon Exclusive]

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Jennifer 'Cam' Jansen Series [est. 1980] by David A. Adler
Ten-year-old Jennifer Jansen has an innate photographic memory, a gift that naturally lends itself to the mystery-solving business.
'Cam' and her best friend Eric uncover clues that will set the innocent free and put the real culprit/s behind bars.
http://www.amazon.com/Cam-Jansen-Mystery-U-F-O-2/dp/0142400114/ [#2 = 7/2004]
http://www.amazon.com/Young-Cam-Jansen-Missing-Cookie/dp/0140380507/ [7/1998]
http://www.amazon.com/Jansen-Mystery-Babe-Ruth-Baseball/dp/0142400157/ [7/2004]
http://www.amazon.com/Young-Jansen-Pizza-Shop-Mystery/dp/0142300209/ [10/2001]
http://www.amazon.com/Cam-Jansen-Mystery-Stolen-Diamonds/dp/0142400106/ [7/2004]
http://www.amazon.com/Cam-Jansen-Mystery-Dinosaur-Bones/dp/0142400122/ [7/2004]
http://www.amazon.com/Cam-Jansen-Summer-Camp-Mysteries/dp/0142407429/ [4/2007]
http://www.amazon.com/Cam-Jansen-Chocolate-Fudge-Mystery/dp/0142402117/ [#14 =]
http://www.amazon.com/Cam-Jansen-Birthday-Mystery-20/dp/0142403547/ [#20]

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Sammy Keyes Series by Wendelin Van Draanen
all bookspublisher pagesIMDb listingWikipedia

Sammy Keyes teen mysteries: series books

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

logo for 'The Last Chance Detectives' radio & TV shows
The Last Chance Detectives Series on TV & radio
The tiny fictional town of Ambrosia, Arizona consists of the Last Chance Gas & Diner and a private airport that includes a restored B-17. Preteen resident Mike and three other kids solve mysteries and learn Xian values. Xian fundamentalist group Focus On The Family produced three feature films and twelve half-hour radio programs in the late 1990s.
official JellyTelly homepageWikipediawatch official promo for VHS [1:33] online at YouTube
simple 'The Lady Liberty' T.L.C.D. fansite & weblog [est. 7/2010]

'Last Chance Detectives / Mystery Lights of Navajo Mesa' TV movie  "The Last Chance Detectives: Mystery Lights of Navajo Mesa" [video release 1994]
The local museum is robbed, leading to an evil conspitacy with international consequences.
Co-produced & directed by Stephen Stiles; co-produced & story by Robert Vernon; starring Ryan Calhoun, Crystle Lightning, Davin Jacob Carey, David Netter, Gregory Grudt, Sherry Hursey, Casey Biggs, James T. Callahan, Peg Stewart, Steve Kanaly, Patrika Darbo, Christopher Neame
Tyndale Family Video color DVD [7/2004] for $12.97
Tyndale Family Video color VHS [1994] for $11.95
full credits at IMDbwatch full movie [47:43] online at YouTube
Tyndale House Publrs 7¾x5¼ pb [8/94] out of print/40+ used
'Last Chance Detectives / Legend of the Desert Bigfoot' TV movie  "The Last Chance Detectives: Legend of The Desert Bigfoot" [video release 1995]
Old prospector Silas has a wild story about seeing a monster, and now his gold is missing, tourists panic when a monster drops in to their campsite at dinner time, and a stranger's trailer is overturned with claw marks left on it – maybe Bigfoot/Sasquatch is real! Co-produced by Stephen Stiles; co-produced & story & directed by Robert Vernon; starring Ryan Calhoun, Crystle Lightning, Davin Jacob Carey, David Netter, Sherry Hursey, James T. Callahan, Peg Stewart, Steve Kanaly, Raymond Guth, Alan Johnson, Brian Frejo, Donnie Jeffcoat, Kevin Kraft, with Jody St. Michael as the gorilla
Tyndale Family Video color DVD [7/2004] for $12.97
Tyndale Family Video color VHS [8/95] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbwatch full movie [55:06] online at YouTube
Tyndale House Publrs 7½x5¼ pb [3/96] out of print/used
'Last Chance Detectives / Escape from Fire Lake' TV movie  "The Last Chance Detectives: Escape From Fire Lake" [video release 1996]
The four kids hunt around for a new case to solve, oblivious to the bank heist going on behind them; Mike and Jack discover activity at a supposedly-closed up house, and realize that they have found a gang of bank robbers . . . Co-produced & directed by Stephen Stiles; co-produced & story by Robert Vernon; starring Ryan Calhoun, Crystle Lightning, Davin Jacob Carey, David Netter, Anthony De Longis, Peg Stewart, James T. Callahan, J. Marvin Campbell, Sherry Hursey, Steve Kanaly, Gregory Grudt, Casey Biggs
Tyndale Family Video color DVD [7/2004] for $37.49 {sic}
Tyndale Family Video color VHS [2/96] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbwatch full movie [55:43] online at YouTube
Tyndale House Publrs 7¼x5¼ pb [3/96] out of print/used
Last Chance Detectives Complete Collection  
"The Last Chance Detectives: The Complete Collection - Gift Set" [2004]
all three "Last Chance Detectives" TV movies
Tyndale Ent. color DVD [2009] 3 disks for $33.65
Tyndale Ent. color DVD-R [2009] 3 disks for $33.65
Tyndale Ent. color VHS [7/2004] 3 tapes - out of prodn/used
'Last Chance Detectives / Canyon Quest' prequel book by Jim Ware  "The Last Chance Detectives: Canyon Quest - The Exciting Start of The Last Chance Detectives" [2004] by Jim Ware
A prequel, describing the formation of The Last Chance Detectives; when Mike's fighter pilot father is declared Missing In Action in the Gulf War, Mike's mother moves in with her in-laws in the tiny desert town of Ambrosia, Arizona; Mike begins to study books about being a detective (to find his father); when a local mystery shows up, Mike enagages in solving it, and becomes friends with Ben Jones, Wynona Whitefeather, and Spence Martin.
Tyndale Kids 7½x6½ pb [6/2004] out of print/used

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Toby Martin Series by Barbara Grengs
http://www.amazon.com/Toby-Martin-Pet-Detective/dp/1594317356/ [#1 = 7/2009]
http://www.amazon.com/Toby-Martin-School-Sleuth-Detective-ebook/dp/B004SQ0EB2/ [#2 = 8/2009]
http://www.amazon.com/Toby-Martin--House-Investigator/dp/1594318549/ [#3 = 8/2010]
http://www.amazon.com/Toby-Martin-Park-Patrol-Detective-ebook/dp/B00608AWL8/ [#4 = 10/2011]
http://www.amazon.com/Toby-Martin-Park-Patrol-Vol/dp/1613860226/
http://www.amazon.com/Toby-Martin-State-Fair-Security-ebook/dp/B00HJB0FOO/ [#5 = 12/2013]
http://www.amazon.com/Toby-Martin-State-Fair-Security/dp/1613862741/

★     ★     ★    ★     ★

The Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe Series by Gordon McAlpine
browse author's booksauthor's official websiteauthor's entry at Wikipedia
illustrator Sam Zuppardi lives in England

The Tell-Tale Start novel by Gordon McAlpine  "The Tell-Tale Start: Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe, Book One" [YA novel 2013]
by Gordon McAlpine, Illustrations by Sam Zuppardi

Identical twins Edgar & Allan Poe (great-great-great-great grandnephews of 'the' Edgar Allan Poe) are wrongfully expelled for cheating on a test; thentheir black cat, Roderick Usher, goes missing; the real Poe and his boss Will Shakespeare communicate clues 'from beyond' which helps the two boys solve the case.
Kindle Edition from Viking/Penguin Publng[1/2013] for $10.99
Viking Juvenile 8½x5¾ hardcover [1/2013] for $10.87
Once Upon A Midnight Eerie novel by Gordon McAlpine  "Once Upon A Midnight Eerie: Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe, Book 2"
[YA novel 2014] by Gordon McAlpine, Illustrations by Sam Zuppardi

The boys are hired to play young Edgar Allan Poe in a movie being filmed in New Orleans, where someone tries to kill them; they are helped by co-star twins Em & Milly Dickinson, by their ghostly forebear, and by a pair of real ghosts.
Kindle Edition from Viking/Penguin Publng [4/2014] for $9.78
Viking Juvenile hardcover [4/2014] for $13.53
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

The Mysterious Benedict Society Series by Trenton Lee Stewart
Recommended for ages 10 to 12 - After answering an ad in the paper seeking gifted and talented children, eleven-year-old orphan Reynie Muldoon finds himself under the tutelage of Mr. Benedict, a brilliant man out to save humanity. The evil Mr. Curtain is hatching a diabolical plot to take over the world using children as his minions. Once trained, Reynie and his new colleagues form The Mysterious Benedict Society and go under cover to sneak into and disable Mr. Curtain’s operation. Each member of the Society brings their own unique skillset and know-how to the case, and the careful detailing of each character lends an abundance of charm and eccentricity to this peculiar and wholly likable series.

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Nate the Great Series
They don’t come any cooler than Nate the Great, both in style and in temperament. This steely kid detective has been engaging young readers for more than thirty years in twenty-six books, yet he never forgets to leave his mom a note before heading out to solve another mystery. In his signature trench coat and Sherlock Holms cap, Nate was an early pioneer in the pint-sized private eye business, but his marvelous powers of deduction and unflinching resolve in the face of stolen goldfish, absconded cookies, and missing pets have held up terrifically well over the years. As fresh and funny now as he was in his early days, Nate still stands tall among his modern counterparts.

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Penny Parker Series [1939–1947]
a series of 17 books written by Mildred A. Wirt
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny_Parker
http://www.series-books.com/pennyparker/pennyparker2.html
http://www.nancydrewsleuth.com/mwbpp.html
http://www.amazon.com/The-Penny-Parker-Megapack-Complete-ebook/dp/B007EUZ00Y/

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Elizabeth Parrot (Landers) Mysteries Series [est. 2014]
by Treva Hall Melvin - who lives outside of Philadelphia, PA

author's official publisher webpage

Mr. Samuel's Penny mystery novel book by Treva Hall Melvin (Elizabeth Parrot Landers)  "Mr. Samuel's Penny: An Elizabeth Parrot Mystery" [#1 = 2014]
by Treva Hall Melvin

When Mr. Samuel's car skids off of the bridge into the river, killing the man and his daughter, the coronor concludes accidental death, but the sheriff finds fresh bullet holes in the bridge structure.
Bored teen Elizabeth decides to help the stunned widow find out what happened . . .

Kindle Edition from The Poisoned Pencil [11/2014] for $7.99
The Poisoned Pencil 8½x5½ pb [11/2014] for $9.79
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Power Boys Series [1964–1967]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_Boys

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Devlin Quick Series [grades 3-7; 2016-?]
by mystery author Linda Fairstein

"12-year-old New Yorker Devlin Quick has a high spirit, a keen mind, a bunch of close friends, and a love for books and libraries"

Into The Lion's Den YR mystery novel by Linda Fairstein (Devlin Quick)  "Into The Lion's Den: A Devlin Quick Mystery" [#1 = 2016]
Liza witnesses someone cut a page from a rare book at the New York Public Library
and asks her friend Dev to help bring that person to justice . . .

Kindle Edition from Dial Books/Penguin [11/2016] for $10.99
Dial Books 8½x5¾ hardcover [11/2016] for $12.21
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

The Rover Boys Series For Young Americans [1899-1926]
written under pseudonym Arthur M. Winfield { aka Edward Stratemeyer [1862-1930] }

The three Rover Boys were more adventurers than detectives, although they did solve several murders;
based at military school Putnam Hall, and later at college

FIRST SERIES with brothers Tom, Sam, and Dick Rover
"The Rover Boys At School: or, The Cadets of Putnam Hall" [1899]
"The Rover Boys On The Ocean" [1899]
"The Rover Boys In The Jungle" [1899]
"The Rover Boys Out West" [1900]
"The Rover Boys On The Great Lakes" [1901]
"The Rover Boys In The Mountains" [1902]
"The Rover Boys On Land and Sea" [1903]
"The Rover Boys In Camp" [1904]
"The Rover Boys On The River" [1905]
"The Rover Boys On The Plains" [1906]
"The Rover Boys In Southern Waters" [1907]
"The Rover Boys On The Farm" [1908]
"The Rover Boys On Treasure Isle" [1909]
"The Rover Boys At College" [1910]
"The Rover Boys Down East" [1911]
"The Rover Boys In The Air" [1912]
"The Rover Boys In New York" [1913]
"The Rover Boys In Alaska" [1914]
"The Rover Boys In Business" [1915]
"The Rover Boys On A Tour" [1916]

PUTNAM HALL SERIES featured characters from the above books, but not the Rover Boys
"The Putnam Hall Cadets: or, Good Times In School & Out" [1901]
"The Putnam Hall Rivals: or, Fun and Sport Afloat and Ashore" [1906]
"The Rebellion At Putnam Hall: or, The Rival Runaways" [1909]
"The Putnam Hall Encampment; Or, The Secret of The Old Mill" [1910]
"The Putnam Hall Mystery: or, The School Chums' Strange Discovery" [1911]
"The Champions of Putnam Hall: or, Bound To Win Out" [1921]

SECOND SERIES with Fred (son of Sam Rover), Jack (son of Dick), and Andy & Randy (twin sons of Tom)
"The Rover Boys At Colby Hall" [1917]
"The Rover Boys On Snowshoe Island" [1918]
"The Rover Boys Under Canvas" [1919]
"The Rover Boys On A Hunt" [1920]
"The Rover Boys In The Land of Luck" [1921]
"The Rover Boys At Big Horn Ranch" [1922]
{ The 26 Rover Boys books and six Putnam Hall books above are public domain; the four books below remain under copyright. }
"The Rover Boys At Big Bear Lake: or, The Camps of The Rival Cadets" [1923]
"The Rover Boys Shipwrecked: or, A Thrilling Hunt For Pirates Gold" [1924]
"The Rover Boys On Sunset Trail: or, The Old Miner's Mysterious Message" [1925]
"The Rover Boys Winning A Fortune: or, Strenuous Days Ashore and Afloat" [1926]

"The Dover Boys At Pimento University, or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall"
[Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies Sept 1942]
'Dover Boys At Pimento University' cartoon spoof of the Rover Boys  Three fun-loving, morally upright brothers from Pimento University let their fiancée be kidnapped by their fiendish archenemy, Dan Backslide – a color cartoon spoof of the Rover Boys.
Produced by Leon Schlesinger; directed by Chuck Jones; story by Tedd Pierce
full credits at IMDbwatch online [8:59] at YouTube

The Rover Boys Complete First Series in Kindle format from Halcyon Classics  "The Rover Boys: Complete First Series" for Kindle [2010]
Kindle Edition from Halcyon Classics [6/2010] for $1.99 {sic}
The first twenty books {as above} published 1899 to 1916.
The Rover Boys Complete Second Series in Kindle format from Halcyon Classics  "The Rover Boys: Second Series" for Kindle [2010]
Kindle Edition from Halcyon Classics [6/2010] for $1.99 {sic}
Six books {as above} published 1917 to 1922, thus are public domain.
Title is confusing: actually includes six of ten books in the series
Rover Boys Megapack in Kindle format from Wildside Press  "The Rover Boys Megapack™: 26 Boys' Adventure Novels" [2013]
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [2/2013] for 99¢ {sic}
contains all 26 public domain Rover Boys books
by Arthur M. Winfield (publisher Edward Stratemeyer)
★     ★     ★     ★     ★

The Secret Seven Series
by Enid Mary Blyton [1897-1968]

browse all Blyton bookscredits [since 1955] at IMDbWikipediaEnid Blyton Society [est. 1995]

15 novels, 1949–63 featuring leader Peter, Janet, Jack, Barbara, George, Pam, and Colin (with interfering Susie & Binkie)
"The Secret Seven" [#1 = 1949]
"Secret Seven Adventure" [#2 = 1950]
"Well Done Secret Seven" [#3 = 1951]
"Secret Seven On The Trail" [#4 = 1952]
"Go Ahead Secret Seven" [#5 = 1953]
"Good Work Secret Seven" [#6 = 1954]
"Secret Seven Win Through" [#7 = 1955]
"Three Cheers Secret Seven" [#8 = 1956]
"Secret Seven Mystery" [#9 = 1957]
"Puzzle For The Secret Seven" [#10 = 1958]
"Secret Seven Fireworks" [#11 = 1959]
"Good Old Secret Seven" [#12 = 1960]
"Shock For The Secret Seven" [#13 = 1961]
"Look Out Secret Seven" [#14 = 1962]
"Fun For The Secret Seven" [#15 = 1963]
"Secret Seven: Short Story Collection"

http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Seven-Collection-Adventure-Trail/dp/0340893648/
http://www.amazon.com/More-Adventures-Secret-Seven-Blyton/dp/1851520937/
http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Seven-Library-Mystery-Fireworks/dp/034067802X/

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

The Sisters Grimm Series by Michael Buckley
Recommended for ages 8 to 10 - This high concept blending of fantasy, folklore, and mystery makes for a unique take on classic fairy tales and the kid detective genre. When Sabrina and Daphne are sent to live with their strange grandmother, Relda Grimm, in upstate New York, the girls soon discover that they are in fact the last descendants of The Brothers Grimm. If that weren’t enough, the beloved collectors of children’s folktales are revealed to have actually been detectives, investigating the nefarious activities of witches, wizards, dwarves and trolls who ran rampant in their day. The world is not what it once seemed, and it’s now up to the girls to pick up the trail where their ancestors left off. Quirky and full of magic, this mystery series plays perfectly to fantasy fans who like a good dose of intrigue and suspense.

★     ★     ★     ★     ★

Wollstonecraft Detective Agency Series by Jordan Stratford
In 1826, Lady Ada Byron [1815-52] is eleven years old and a genius who will later become the world's first computer programmer; Mary Godwin [1797-1851] is here
an unhistoric age fourteen (she wrote "Frankenstein" at age 21 in 1818). The two teenage girls meet in London and become fast friends; they form a secret detective agency
and precociously use math, science, and creative analytical thinking to solve crimes.

The Case of the Missing Moonstone mystery novel by Jordan Stratford & Kelly Murphy  "The Case of The Missing Moonstone" [#1 = grades 3-7; 2015]
by Jordan Stratford, Illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Best friends Ada and Mary accept the first case of their detective agency when a housemaid is accused of stealing a valuable necklace and her employer wants the girl proven innocent.
Kindle Edition from Knopf/Random House [1/2015] for $6.99
Yearling 7½x5¼ pb [1/2016] for $5.85
Knopf BFYR 8x5½ deckle-edge hardcover [1/2015] for $11.25
The Case of the Girl in Grey mystery novel by Jordan Stratford & Kelly Murphy  "The Case of The Girl In Grey" [#2 = grades 3-7; 2016]
by Jordan Stratford, Illustrated by Kelly Murphy

The successful solution by best friends Ada and Mary of their first case leads to another, a puzzle indeed, involving a horrible hospital, a missing will, a hasty engagement, and a suspiciously slippery servant. Then Mary spots a ghostly girl in a grey gown dashing through the park who is the spitting image of their new client . . .
Kindle Edition from Knopf/Random House [1/2016] for $10.99
Yearling pb [DUE Jan 2017] for $6.99
Knopf BFYR 8x5½ hardcover [1/2016] for $11.69

"The Case of The Counterfeit Criminals" [#3 = 2017]  1/2017
by Jordan Stratford, Illustrated by Kelly Murphy
Kindle Edition from Knopf/Random House [DUE Jan 2017] for $10.99
Knopf BFYR 8x5½ hardcover [DUE Jan 2017] for $16.99


Non-Series  Kid  Sleuths

Case Closed / Real Detective Work book by Milton Meltzer  "Case Closed: The Real Scoop On Detective Work" [YA 2001]
by Milton Meltzer

Non-fiction author Meltzer wrote a book about real-life detective practices designed to be read by young fans of mysteries and-or potential kid sleuths.
Scholastic 9¾x7¾ pb [9/2001] out of print/used
Orchard 10¼x8½ hardcover [9/2001] out of print/many used
Master Detective Handbook book by Janice Eaton Kilby & Jason Chin  "The Master Detective Handbook: Help Our Detectives Use Gadgets & Super Sleuthing Skills To Solve The Mystery & Catch The Crooks" [ages 8-12; 2007]
Written by Janice Eaton Kilby, Illustrated by Jason Chin

Middle-schoolers Ellen 'Pink' Pinkerton, her dog Sam Spayed, and her friends Sherman Homes and Mike Hu search for a missing high school student; book offers technical training and practical exercises, partly-based on Melzer's "Case Closed" handbook.
Lark Books 9¼x7¾ pb [3/2008] out of print/used
Lark Books 9x8¼ hardcover [1/2007] for $16.16
The Search for the Homestead Treasure mystery novel by Ann Treacy  
"The Search For The Homestead Treasure: A Mystery" [2016] by Ann Treacy
After a death in the family, the Gunnarssons move to the old homestead in Minnesota, circa 1903.
Kindle Edition from Univ Minnesota Press [5/2016] for $10.99
Univ Minnesota Press 8½x5½ hardcover [5/2016] for $12.68
Howard Wallace, P.I. book by Casey Lyall  "Howard Wallace, P.I." [grades 3-7; 2016] by Casey Lyall   9/2016
A hot case of blackmail lands on the makeshift desk of 12-year-old detective Howard, new kid Ivy convinces him to take her on as junior partner, and then they both receive threats to drop the case . . .
Sterling Children's Books 7¾x5¼ hardcover [9/2016] for $10.17


Kindle  Editions
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Girl Detective Megapack Classic Mystery Novels for Girls in Kindle format from Wildside Press  "The Girl Detective Megapack™: 25 Classic Mystery Novels For Girls" for Kindle [2013]
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [9/2013] for 99¢ {sic}
More than 2,900 pages of classic mysteries: 25 mystery novels written for girls, including: eight 'Adventure Stories For Girls' books by Roy Judson Snell [1878-1959]: "The Blue Envelope" [1922], "The Cruise of The O Moo" [1922], "The Secret Mark" [1923], "Purple Flame" [1924], "The Crimson Thread" [1925], "The Silent Alarm" [1926], "Witches Cove" [1928], and "The Magic Curtain" [1932]; all four books of the Penny Nichols Mystery Series by Mildred A. Wirt Benson [1905-2002] - writing as Joan Clark: "Penny Nichols Finds A Clue" [1936], "Penny Nichols and The Mystery of The Lost Key" [1936], "Penny Nichols and The Black Imp" [1936], "Penny Nichols and the Knob Hill Mystery" [1939]; all three books of the Arden Blake Mystery Series by Cleo F. Garis [1905-98]: "The Orchard Secret" [1934], "Mystery of Jockey Hollow" [1934], and "Missing At Marshlands"
[1934]; all three books of the Madge Sterling Mystery Series by Mildred A. Wirt Benson [1905-2002] - writing as Ann Wirt: "The Missing Formula"
[1932], "The Deserted Yacht" [1932], and "The Secret of The Sundial" [1932]; all three books of the Mary Louise Gay Mystery Series by Edith Lavell [1892-1957]: "The Mystery of The Secret Band" [1935], "The Mystery At Dark Cedars" [1935], and "The Mystery of The Fires" [1935]; three books by Grace May North [1876-1960] who sometimes used the pen name Carol Norton: "Bobs, A Girl Detective" [Saalfield 1928], "The Phantom Town Mystery" [Saalfield 1933], and "The Seven Sleuths Club" [Saalfield 1923]; and lastly "The Camp Fire Girls Solve A Mystery: or, The Christmas Adventure At Carver House" [1919] by Hildegard G. Frey
Mary Lou Series by Edith Lavell in Kindle format by Edith Lavell  
"The Mary Lou Series by Edith Lavell" for Kindle [2013]
Kindle Edition from B.Z. Editores [8/2013] for 99¢ {sic}
contains all three books of the Mary Louise Gay Mystery Series by Edith Lavell
[1892-1957]: "The Mystery of The Secret Band" [1935], "The Mystery At Dark
Cedars" [1935], and "The Mystery of The Fires" [1935]
Second Girl Detective Megapack Classic Mystery Novels for Girls in Kindle format from Wildside Press   "The Second Girl Detective Megapack™: 23 Classic Mystery Novels For Girls" for Kindle [2014]
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [5/2014] for 99¢ {sic}
More than 2,900 pages of classic mysteries: 23 mystery novels written for girls, including: five 'Betty Gordon' books by Stratemeyer house name Alice B. Emerson: "B.G. At Bramble Farm: or, The Mystery of A Nobody" [1920], "B.G. In Washington: or, Strange Adventures in a Great City"
[1920] by Josephine Lawrence, "B.G. In The Land of Oil: or, The Farm That Was Worth a Fortune" [1920], "B.G. At Boarding School: or, The Treasure of Indian Chasm" [1921] by Josephine Lawrence, "B.G. At Mountain Camp: or, The Mystery of Ida Bellethorne" [1922]; three 'Adventure Stories For Girls' books by Roy Judson Snell [1878-1959]: "Green Eyes" [1930], "The Phantom Violin" [1934], "The Crystal Ball" [1936]; three 'Doris Force' books by Henry Altemus Co. house name Julia K. Duncan: "D.F. At Locked Gates: or, Saving A Mysterious Fortune [1931], "D.F. At Cloudy Cove: or, The Old Miser's Signature [1931], "D.F. At Raven Rock: or, Uncovering The Secret Oil Well" [1931] by Walter Karig; three 'Mexican Mystery Series' books by Saalfield Publng house name Helen Randolph (co-authors Nell Virginia Fairfax [1884-1956] & Helen Ripley [1889-1982]): "Crossed Trails In Mexico" [1936], "The Mystery of Carlitos" [1936], "The Secret of Casa Grande" [1936]; three 'Dorothy Dixon' books by pseudonym Dorothy Wayne (Noel Sainsbury [1884-1955]): "D.D. and The Double Cousin" [1933], "D.D. and The Mystery Plane" [1933], "D.D. Wins Her Wings" [1933]; all three 'The Adventure Girls' books by Clair Blank [1915-65]: "T.A.G. At Happiness House" [1936], "T.A.G. At The K Bar O" [1936], "T.A.G. In The Air" [1936]; two books by Helen M. Persons [1912-98]: "Finding The Lost Treasure" [1933], "The Mystery Of Arnold Hall" [1934]; and lastly "The Secret of Steeple Rocks" [1928] by Harriet Pyne Grove [1866–1939]
Boy Detectives Great Mysteries Megapack in Kindle format from Wildside Press  "The Boy Detectives Megapack™: 12 Great Mysteries" for Kindle [2015]
Kindle Edition from Wildside Press [10/2015] for 99¢ {sic}
contains 11 novels and one short story, here listed by author: "Bob Dexter and The Storm Mountain Mystery" [1925] by Willard F. Baker; "Ken Holt and The Mystery of The Iron Box" [1952] by Bruce Campbell; "The Air Mystery of Isle La Motte" [1930] by E.J. Craine; "Jimmy The Sleuth" [1918 short story] by Frank Farrington; "Detectives, Inc." [1935] by William Heyliger; "The Mystery of The False Fingertips" [1964] by James Holding; "The Lost Mine of The Amazon" [1933] and "Prisoners In Devil's Bog" [1934] by Hugh Lloyd; "Triple Spies" [1920] by Roy J. Snell; "Tom Sawyer, Detective" [1896] by Mark Twain; and "The Mystery Hunters At The Haunted Lodge" [1934] and "The Mercer Boys At Woodcrest" [1948] by Capwell Wyckoff


Works  About  Kid  Sleuths

The Girl Sleuth book by Bobbie Ann Mason  "The Girl Sleuth: On The Trail of Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton & Cherry Ames"
[orig 1975] by Bobbie Ann Mason

Univ GA Press 8¼x5¼ pb [5/95] for $16.16
Tom Swift Boys Books book by John T. Dizer   "Tom Swift & Company: Boys' Books By Stratemeyer and Others" [1982]
by John T. Dizer

McFarland & Co. 9x6 hardcover [1982] out of print/used
Tom Swift, Bobbsey Twins, American Juvenile Literature book by John T. Dizer  "Tom Swift, The Bobbsey Twins and Other Heroes of American Juvenile
Literature" [1997] by John T. Dizer

Edwin Mellen Press 9x6 pb [9/97] for $79.95
Edwin Mellen Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [9/97] out of print/used
Mysterious Case of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys book by Carole Kismaric & Marvin Heiferman  "The Mysterious Case of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys" [1998]
by Carole Kismaric & Marvin Heiferman

CAVEAT: Hardy Boys fan/expert Bob Finnan strongly dis-approves of this book.
Fireside 10¾x8½ pb [5/2007] out of print/50+ used
Fireside 10¾x8½ pb [10/98] out of print/50+ used
Secret of Collecting Girls' Series Books book by John Axe  "The Secret of Collecting Girls' Series Books: Featuring Nancy Drew, Judy
Bolton, Kay Tracey, Beverly Gray, Penny Parker & Ruth Fielding" [2000]
by John Axe

Hobby House Press 11x8½ pb [7/2000] out of print/used
All About Collecting Girls' Series Books book by John Axe  "All About Collecting Girls' Series Books: Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton, Cherry Ames,
Penny Parker, Kay Tracey, Beverly Gray, Connie Blair, Vicki Barr, Dana Girls &
Others" [2002] by John Axe

Hobby House Press 11x8½ pb pb [7/2002] out of print/used
All About Collecting Boys' Series Books book by John Axe  "All About Collecting Boys' Series Books: The Hardy Boys, Tom Swift & Tom Swift Jr.,
Chip Hilton, Ted Scott, Mark Tidd, Tom Slade & Others" [2002] by John Axe

Hobby House Press 11x8½ pb pb [7/2002] out of print/used
American Juvenile Literature / Collected Essays of John T. Dizer book edited by Karl J. Terryberry   "Readings in American Juvenile Literature: The Collected Essays of John T. Dizer"
[2006] Edited & with Critical Introduction by Karl J. Terryberry

Edwin Mellen Press pb [9/2006] out of print/scarce
Edwin Mellen Press 9x6¼ hardcover [9/2006] out of print/used
Boy Detectives Essays book edited by Michael G. Cornelius  "The Boy Detectives: Essays On The Hardy Boys and Others" [11 essays, 2010]
Edited by Michael G. Cornelius

Series explored include the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, the Three Investigators, Christopher Cool, and Tim Murphy, as well as works by Astrid Lindgren, Mark Haddon, and Joe Meno
Kindle Edition from McFarland & Co. [7/2010] for $9.99
McFarland & Co. 9x6 pb [7/2010] for $35.00
Radio Boys and Girls book by Mike Adams  "The Radio Boys and Girls: Radio, Telegraph, Telephone, and Wireless Adventures For Juvenile Readers, 1890-1945" [2015]
by Mike Adams, Foreword by Christopher H. Sterling

Kindle Edition from McFarland & Co. [10/2015] for $19.99 {sic}
McFarland & Co. 10x7 pb [10/2015] for $39.95
official book site


Movies  &  Television

"Mickey The Detective" silent short [R.K.O. Oct 1928]
/tt0411648/ starring Mickey Rooney {at age 8}

"Little Rascals Classics - Hide and Shriek"
[Hal Roach/Pathe June 1938]
screenshot from Our Gang / Little Rascals 1938 short film "Hide and Shriek"  10-minute Little Rascals / Our Gang sound short produced by Hal Roach; Alfalfa's detective agency is working on a case for Darla to find a candy thief; he takes on Porky and Buckwheat as assistants, and their investigation leads them to a carnival's haunted house ride. Directed by Gordon Douglas; written by Jack Jevne; starring Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer {as Agent X-10}, Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas {as X-6½}, and Eugene 'Porky' Lee {as X-6} with Darla Hood, Billy Bletcher, Dick Elliott, Fred Holmes, Gary Jasgur & Leonard 'Percy' Landy
Spotlight Video b&w VHS [undated] out of prodn/used with short "Second Childhood" [1936]
also available on several all-Rascals DVD sets on the Little Rascals / Our Gang Page
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch framed short [10:26] online at YouTube

"Clubhouse Detectives" [1996] /tt0115916/

"Clubhouse Detectives In Search of A Lost Princess" [2002] /tt0365068/

"Clubhouse Detectives In Big Trouble" [2002] /tt0365066/

"Clubhouse Detectives In Scavenger Hunt" [2003] /tt0365067/

"Kid Detectives" home science TV series [Australia 2009]
Based on the book "Crime Scene Detective" by Dorling Kindersley
official websiteseries IMDb listingWikipedia

"The Boathouse Detectives" family film [2010] /tt1888516/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boathouse_Detectives
http://www.amazon.com/Boathouse-Detectives-Ella-Harris/dp/B004EZUNXG/

"Sam Steele and The Junior Detective Agency" family video
[Screen Media Ventures 2009]
Sam Steele and the Junior Detective Agency video  Sam Steele, Jr. wants to be like his detective father, so he forms the Junior Detective Agency and tracks down a jewel thief with the help of a girl and a dog. Filmed in Des Moines, Iowa; co-produced, written & directed by Tom Whitus; starring Jacob Hays, Katherine McNamara, Libby the Beagle, Luke Perry, M. Emmet Walsh, Darren Kennedy, Jilanne Klaus, Mike Delia, Holly Reimer, Lee Look, Kerry Scram, Mik Scriba, Connor Bredbeck, Sarah Killion, Tammy Brice, Vince Valdez, Paul M. Walker III, Jeffrey Hyler, Grant Carricker, Melanie Hall, Patrick Gouran, Sharrie Milner, Bonnie Norris, Ty Kamerman, Haley Busch, Dana Cook, Chase Stine & Keena the Raccoon • full credits at IMDb
DVD/Blu-ray not available • Amazon Instant Video [2011] rental $1.99, purchase $3.99

sequel "Sam Steele and The Crystal Chalice" family video
[Fantastic Films Intl. Nov 2011]
Sam Steele and the Crystal Chalice video  A homework assignment about a Soviet leader's visit to America in the 1950s leads Sam on a quest for Peter the Great's crystal chalice, helped by a girl and a dog. Filmed in Indiana & Kentucky; co-produced, written & directed by Tom Whitus; starring Jacob Hays, Kevin Sorbo, Katherine McNamara, Dee Wallace, Mik Scriba, Gene Wolande, Jeff Chase, Michael A. Delia, Ron Dean, Jilanne Klaus, Joe Backer, Haley Busch, Troy Doherty, Tim Byron Owen • DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

"The Bike Detectives" [Germany 2011]
The Bike Detectives Xian movie from Germany  Overtly Xian 70-minute family movie, straight to video; dubbed into English from the original German; the new kid in the neighborhood is refused membership in the Mountain Bike Detective Club because he has no bicycle, then is given money by a stranger on a motorcycle . . .
Vision Video color DVD [5/2011] for $13.75
not listed on IMDb • official movie site

"The World Famous Kid Detective" [2013] /tt2713440/
http://www.kiddetectiveagency.com/ + http://www.vimeo.com/65911708 [1:44]


L i n k s
found no distinct 'kid detective' or 'kid detectives' entry at Wikipedia

JW's 'Vintage Series Books for Girls & Boys' fansite
Alex's 'The Series Bookcase' website {last update 2006?}


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