August 22, 2008

THE FIVE: Top Mysteries for Summer’s End

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What’s on your list of must-do’s for end of summer? My list includes: evening walks while it’s still light late; eating lots of corn, tomatoes, and blueberries; and picking up a good mystery — or five — to read. Mysteries are my favorites for summer. Maybe because the characters are running around trying to solve things while I’m relaxing in the backyard with a popsicle?

5. Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett, illustrated by Brett Helquist
A smart puzzle featuring mysterious messages, a missing masterpiece, and the meaning behind blue M&Ms.

4. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
A classic! Sixteen unique individuals gather for the reading of a will, but the will is a puzzle — and what happens next must be read to be believed.

3. The Long Secret by Louise Fitzhugh
I assume you’re already friends with Harriet the Spy, right? If not, what have you been waiting for — go on now and read it! In this installment, Harriet and Beth Ellen are on the trail of an anonymous note-leaver who’s shaking up summer in a seaside town.

2. Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman by Eleanor Updale
Travel back to Victorian London and take a trip through the sewers. Can one man become two, or will that spell double trouble for everyone?

1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Here, the master of mysteries weaves a crazy and crafty tale. Ten strangers are invited to an island where they soon discover the grizzly connection they share and the extreme danger they now also have in common.

What are YOUR favorite mysteries?

— Amy, Scholastic.com Editor

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