Mystery books for second graders

Start solving mysteries with these books about everything from baseball to secret agents.

By GreatSchools Staff

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball by David Adler, illustrated by Susanna Natti (Puffin, 2004). $3.99.
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Jennifer "Camera" Jansen uses her photographic memory to save the day once again! At a hobby show a man's prized Babe Ruth baseball goes missing. Cam clearly remembers a boy in a green jacket standing very close to that same baseball, but can she prove it? 64 pages.

— Krisha Roach

Julian, Secret Agent

Julian, Secret Agent

Julian, Secret Agent by Ann Cameron (Yearling, 1988). $4.99.
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Julian, his brother Huey and their friend Gloria see a wanted poster at the post office with a reward of $25,000. All they have to do is find a certain master of disguise who loves to cook. Or stop a bank robber or even a dognapper. Suddenly, cracking the case is the name of the game! 64 pages.

— Krisha Roach

The Seven Treasure Hunts

The Seven Treasure Hunts

The Seven Treasure Hunts by Betsy Byars, illustrated by Jennifer Barrett (Harper Trophy, 1992). $4.99.
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Jackson and Goat love trying to outsmart each other by creating treasure hunts for one another. But when Jackson misunderstands a clue, he lands Goat in hot water with his sister Rachel. 80 pages.

— Krisha Roach

Tuff Fluff: The Case of Duckie's Missing Brain

Tuff Fluff: The Case of Duckie's Missing Brain

Tuff Fluff: The Case of Duckie's Missing Brain by Scott Nash, illustrated by the author (Candlewick Press, 2004). $5.99.
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When Duckie, resident storytelling toy of Los Attic, loses some of his brainy stuffing and can't tell tales anymore, Tuff Fluff, Private Investigator, is on the case. Creative surgery and sharing between friends puts Duckie back in action. Case closed. 40 pages.

— Children's Choices