Author Willow Night wrote The Mystery of the Haunted House for her youngest children when they were in elementary school. She wanted them to read about siblings and friends having an adventure that felt like it could really happen.
Her chapter book mysteries feature siblings, cousins and friends solving mysteries and having adventures with clean language, good attitudes, and the use of science and technology.
From Willow Night:
As a child I always wished there would be a mystery to solve right in my own neighborhood. I've taken inspiration from The Boxcar Children and other books that feature children working together as a team.
My illustrated mysteries are written for 2nd-4th graders and are perfect for students who read Magic Tree House or Junie B. Jones. They also work as read-aloud books for younger kids.
The Sycamore Street Mysteries
Follow along with brothers Josh and Noah and their friend Olivia as the three kids discover and solve mysteries in their own neighborhood! These short, illustrated chapter book mysteries for elementary school readers combine adventure and high-tech gear with research and pure nerve. The series showcases friends and siblings working together with good attitudes, clean language, and teamwork. The danger and action are matched by the intelligence, bravery and loyalty of the characters.
The Pebble Beach Mysteries
Zoey and her cousins Sam and Morgan are all staying at Pebble Beach this summer, looking forward to boating, exploring, playing games, and swimming with Zoey's dog Skippy. But unusual and sinister clues pull them into an unexpected mystery. This new series, the Pebble Beach Mysteries, combines the thrill of summer vacation with the high adventure of solving mysteries on the waterfront!