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Mysteries, Mayhem and Madcap Heroes for Younger Readers

by Mary Esther Judy

Mysteries, Mayhem and Madcap Heroes for Younger Readers

Who doesn’t like a good, gripping mystery? Especially when it involves unlikely heroes and a bit of mayhem! At LitVox, we’ve got the adventures that will keep those newly competent readers glued to the page and to add laughter and spark to family reading time.

Rainbow Grey by Laura Ellen Anderson 

Ten-year-old Ray Grey lives in the city of Celestia, in the magical Weatherlands in the sky. Surrounded by Weatherlings with astounding weather power at their fingertips, Ray has no magic of her own.  But she vows to be an Earth Explorer like her hero, La Blaze DeLight.

Taking off on a forbidden journey to Earth, her life changes forever! Ray Grey is transformed into Rainbow Grey, possessing rainbow magic that has been missing from the world for centuries. the help of her best friends (and exploding cloud cat, Nim) now all Ray has to do is master her powers AND save the world from a mysterious, powerful enemy. Warm-hearted, imaginative, quirky adventure that bursts with colour and joy!

Get your copy of this magical adventure from LitVox today!

Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting by Robin Bennett; illustrated by Tom Tinn-Dinsbury

Max is really just a slightly scruffy, ordinary kind of boy…until he burps, that  is. When he burps, he turns into a huge, hairy monster. Being a monster is great! He can go where he wants (who’s going to stop him?) and do what he likes. And Max has made a super-hero kind of vow to only “protect and do good stuff”… if that pesky kid, Peregrine would let him get on with it.

Full of action, drama and a hefty amount of monster-sized heart…and completely bonkers!

Get your copy of Monster Max here.

Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape by Dermot O’Leary; illustrated by Nick East

Toto the cat and her brother Silver live a sheltered life in a townhouse in London. Toto is almost totally blind, but learned to trust her senses from a ninja cat-master who taught her back in Italy where they were born. By day, Toto and Silver seem to be ordinary cats. By night, they turn into ninjas, seeking out evil doers and becoming involved in secret escapades!

One evening, news reaches Toto that a king cobra has escaped from London Zoo! Together with help from a very posh cat and two hungry tigers, Toto and Silver set off to investigate… Exciting, funny page-turner of a book! Get acquainted with Toto today.

Agents of the Wild: Operation Honeyhunt by Jennifer Bell; illustrated by Alice Lickens 

When the Society for the Protection of Endangered and Awesomely Rare Species (SPEARS for short) sends out an urgent distress call, there’s only one team for the job. And eight-year-old Aggie and her elephant-shrew mentor Attie (short for “Attenborough”) are always ready for action.

Operation Honeyhunt sends them to the Brazilian rainforest, on a mission to save an endangered, dance-loving bee named Elton. Species in danger? Girl and shrew to the rescue! Brilliant Bond-esque adventure for young wildlife enthusiasts bustling with action, intrigue and humour. Oh! And plenty of wildlife facts, too.

Check out the Agents of the Wild trilogy today!

Stick and Fetch Investigate: Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Philip Ardagh; illustrated by Elissa Elwick 

Sally loves investigating a good mystery – and her shaggy canine companion Fetch is always at her side when she does. There’s just one small problem: they always get the wrong end of the stick!

That doesn’t seem to bother them, however, as they dash from one crime scene to another on their bicycle, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake … yet always emerging blissfully unaware. A silly set of stories featuring two loveable heroes with a LOT of hair. Full of curiosity, imagination and laughs!

Get your copy from the LitVox kids bookshop today.

Cass and the Bubble Street Gang: Scavenger Hunt by Erika McGann; illustrated by Vince Reid 

Mr. McCalls’ partner Graham is holding a Scarecrow Festival at McCall Mansion, complete with an all-day Scavenger Hunt. Because they are world-class detectives, Cass, Lex and Nicholas (aka: the Bubble Street Gang) are sure to win. But with the NaSaJi Club working to sabotage them and one of the crucial items going missing early on, it turns into a mystery they need to solve.

In the meantime, over at the local nursing home where Cass’ Dad works, one of the residents has lost her treasured locket. It seems a thief on the loose. Don’t worry…the Bubble Street Gang is on the case! Sparkling with mystery, friendship and fun!

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Boot: The Rusty Rescue by Shane Hegarty; illustrated by Ben Mantle 

Since Boot came to live in the abandoned Dr Twitchys’ Emporium of Amusements, he’s had a lot of adventures, made fantastic new friends and learned A LOT; though he still doesn’t really understand humans. And now, while searching for a new nose for Gerry, Boot and the gang discover a rusty, broken old robot in the back of the testing lab.

Soon to be tossed down the chute to ‘Robot Heaven’, Boot has to save him! Every robot deserves a chance of happiness. Fast, funny and heartfelt; a fantastic adventure!

You can check out all of BOOT’s brilliant adventures here.

Rabbit & Bear: Attack of the Snack by Julian Gough; illustrated by Jim Fields

SPLASH! A Mysterious Thing lands in Rabbit and Bear’s peaceful summer lake. Is it exciting, or terrifying? Is it a tiny fluffy owl, or a huge hungry monster? And has Rabbit finally met a creature with worse habits than himself?

Rabbit’s SURE he can solve this mystery. But when he accidentally turns the Best Day Ever into the Worst Day Ever, he needs Bear’s help …Packed with action and lots of word-play, this unlikely friendship will win your heart and make you want more!

You can see all of Rabbit and Bear’s adventure at LitVox.

Our children’s books editor is Mary Esther Judy. You can read more of Mary’s reviews, features and brilliant kids-book news at Fallen Star Stories.