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									The Giant Print
Library:

Mysteries and Thrillers
(suggested reading
ages 8 to 15+)
Titles updated October 2009
Introduction
Any UK member of our library service may borrow
up to a maximum of 6 books per service for a 3
month loan period.

Most of the books have been produced by the
National Blind Children's Society and are in 24
point type with identical covers to the ordinary
print versions of the books.

Please be aware that due to their size, many of
the books are split into two or more volumes, and
these will have the same covers.

For details on borrowing any of the titles listed or
for further information regarding the Giant Print
collection please contact Liz Farrell or Hazel
Sharrock, Children's Librarians at RNIB National
Library Service on 0161 355 2061.




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Mysteries and Thrillers

Balliett, B.
Chasing Vermeer. 2004. Suggested reading
age 13+. 2v.
A stolen painting, a series of unexpected events,
and two smart children. Petra and Calder live in a
neighbourhood where strange things have started
to happen. Seemingly unrelated events connect,
a sharp old woman seeks their company - and a
priceless Vermeer painting disappears.

Blyton, Enid
The mystery of the disappearing cat. 1944 .
Suggested reading age 9+. 1v.
Lady Candling lives next door to Pip and Bets,
and owns some very expensive, pedigree
Siamese cats. When her most famous cat, Dark
Queen, goes missing, the gardener's help, Luke
seems the obvious suspect.




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Bowler, Tim.
Storm catchers. 2005 . Suggested reading age
13+. 2v.
Fin is devastated by guilt when his sister, Ella, is
kidnapped. As the kidnappers make their
demands though, his guilt is replaced by a fierce
determination to find his sister by whatever
means and bring the criminals to justice. As the
drama unfolds, a complex web of family secrets is
revealed.

Broad, Michael.
Zombie cows. 2007 . Suggested reading age
9+. 1v.
These are the secret agent case files of Amelia
Kidd. She's saved the world loads of times from
evil geniuses and criminal masterminds, thanks to
her great disguises, her own gadgets and her
brilliance at improvising in sticky situations.

Brooks, Kevin.
Bloodline. 2004. Suggested reading age 8+.
Suggested interest level 12+. 1v.
A Barrington Stoke book.


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Finbar Black's day is turned upside down when a
crazy, beautiful girl bursts into the house with a
gun and a bag full of cash. Here we meet the
Black family: four generations of schemers, liars,
cheats and losers and, via a succession of twists
and turns, we find out why she's there.

Brooks, Kevin.
Martyn Pig. 2002. Suggested reading age 13+.
2v.
Faced with the possibility of living with a dreadful
aunt, fifteen-year-old Martyn Pig decides not to
tell authorities when his alcoholic father dies
accidentally, instead asking a friend for her help in
disposing of the body.

Cassidy, Anne.
Looking for JJ. 2004. Suggested reading age
13+. 2v.
This book explores the circumstances and
motives behind the murder of a child - by her
friend. Six years later, JJ has been released, and
has a new identity. But is there any way that she
can lead a "normal" life?


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Cassidy, Anne.
Forget me not. 2008. Suggested reading age
13+. 2v.
A child has been stolen. Jade Henderson is
missing, taken from her cot. Stella Parfitt watches
the police investigation unfold, and begins to ask
her own questions. Where was her mother that
night? The woods hold a dark secret.

Crowley, B.
Ship's angel. 2004. Suggested reading age
13+. 2v.
With no friends and no family, John must make
his way alone. He boards a ship, heading for a
new life. But the ship is wrecked and John is
washed up on the coast of England. He befriends
a girl who is engaged to be married to a man she
hates. Then her husband-to-be is found murdered
and John finds that he is falsely accused. Finally
released when new evidence appears, he boards
another ship. But during a stormy night on board,
John finds out the identity of the killer...




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Doder, Joshua.
Grk and the hot dog trail. 2006. Suggested
reading age 9+. 1v.
New York might be the Big Apple, but for Tim it's
sausage city! A priceless golden statue has been
stolen and Tim has a vital clue. He follows the trail
of hot dogs in a sizzling chase - helped by the
hottest dog of all, Grk!

Donnelly, Jennifer.
A gathering light. 2004. Suggested reading
age 13+. 2v.
Set in 1906 and built around the real life murder
of a young woman in a popular holiday resort.
When Mattie is given the letters by a guest at the
hotel in which she has a summer job she thinks
the giver is simply upset. But when the woman is
found drowned in Big Moose Lake, Mattie has to
decide if she will read the letters, or burn them.
But Mattie has problems of her own as she is
growing up and trying to decide on her future.




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Dowd, Siobhan.
Bog child. 2008. Suggested reading age 13+.
2v.
Set in Ireland during the Troubles Fergus is
digging for peat in the mountain with his Uncle
Tally when he finds the body of a child. Who is
she? Suddenly a little voice comes to him in his
dreams, and the mystery of the bog child unfurls.

Dowd, Siobhan.
The London Eye mystery. 2007. Suggested
reading age 9+. 2v.
When Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim get
on board the London Eye, he turned and waved
before getting on. But after half an hour it landed
and everyone trooped off - but no Salim. Where
could he have gone? How on earth could he have
disappeared into thin air? So Ted and his older
sister, Kat, become sleuthing partners, since the
police are having no luck.




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Haddon, Mark
The curious incident of the dog in the night
time. 2003. Suggested reading age 15+. 2v.
This is a murder mystery novel like no other. The
detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone,
who is fifteen and has Asperger's, a form of
autism. He has never gone further than the end of
the road on his own, but when he finds a
neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a
terrifying journey which will turn his whole world
upside down.

Hinton, Nigel.
Until proven guilty. 2006. Suggested reading
age 8 +. Suggested interest level 12+. 1v.
When Nathan's father is arrested on suspicion of
murder, his whole life falls apart. He's shunned at
school, bullied by neighbours, targeted by
vigilantes. Nathan clings onto the hope he can
prove his father's innocence - but what if he can't?
And what if his Dad is guilty?




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Kennen, Ally.
Berserk. 2007. Suggested reading age 13+. 2v.
When Chas finds a website asking people to write
to prisoners on death row, he decides it would be
funny to get letters from a murderer. He writes to
an inmate, but the replies are not what he
expects. His own escapades land him in a young
offender's institute, where he learns his penpal
has been released.

Kemp, Gene.
Nothing scares me. 2006. Suggested reading
age 9+. 1v.
Petra can predict the future, and it's a talent that
she hates. People think she's weird and she
knows that if she wants any friends she'll have to
keep her gift a secret. Then a student from her
school goes missing, it becomes clear that Petra's
visions may hold the key to the disappearance.
But danger lies much closer to home and Petra is
going to need all her talents to face what lies
ahead.




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Lawrence, Caroline.
The thieves of Ostia. 2001. Suggested reading
age 9+. 1v.
In Rome in the year 79 A.D., a group of children
from very different backgrounds work together to
discover who beheaded a pet dog - and why.

Lawrence, Caroline.
The secrets of Vesuvius. 2001. Suggested
reading age 9+. 1v.
It's August AD79. Around the bay of Naples,
tremors shake the ground. Mount Vesuvius is
about to erupt. Flavia Gemina, a Roman sea
captain's daughter is spending the summer with
her uncle near Pompeii. When the volcano erupts
Flavia and her friends Jonathon, Nubia and Lupus
find themselves in desperate danger.

Lovegrove, James.
Kill swap. 2007. Suggested reading age 8+.
Suggested interest level 12+. 1v.
A Barrington Stoke book.
Tom has a big problem. A stranger says he has
the answer. Now a man is dead and Tom's world
has become a nightmare.

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McGowan, Anthony.
The knife that killed me. 2008. Suggested
reading age 15+. 1v.
This thought-provoking and original novel
highlights the terrible consequences of peer
pressure and violence, and casts a spotlight on
the worrying rise in knife crime among teenagers.

McKenzie, Sophie.
Girl missing. 2006. Suggested reading age
13+. 2v.
Lauren has always known she was adopted but
when a little research turns up the possibility that
she was snatched from an American family as a
baby, suddenly Lauren's life seems like a sham.
How can she find her biological parents? And are
her adoptive parents really responsible for
kidnapping her?

MacPhail, Catherine.
Nemesis into the shadows. 2006. Suggested
reading age 13+. 2v.
Ram has no memory of who he is, his
background, or where he has come from. He

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awakes in a darkened corridor of a block of flats
with no idea of how he has got there. And then,
the lift doors nearby open and inside is a dying
man. Ram is now the murder suspect and on the
run.

Mahy, Margaret
Foxman. 1997. Suggested reading age 9+. 1v.
It was Harley's idea that he and David should take
a ride in the abandoned car. But when the boys
find themselves in a mysterious research station,
David suspects it's all part of a sinister plan? But
who wants to trap them? And why?

Paulsen, G.
Foxman. 1977. Suggested reading age 13+. 1v.
With a storm coming on fast, Carl and his cousin
are desperate for shelter. The remote shack,
deep in the woods, is their best chance of
survival. But the man who saves their lives that
night is the Foxman - a hideously mutilated
survivor of unspeakable horror. A man who
should, by rights, be dead...



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Pullman, Philip.
The ruby in the smoke. 1985. Suggested
reading age 13+. 2v. Book 1 in the Sally
Lockhart series (other books in this series are
also available).
Sally Lockhart's father was an unconventional
man. When he dies suddenly on a voyage to the
Far East, Sally receives a mysterious letter
containing a strange warning. Soon Sally finds
herself at the heart of a deep and dangerous
mystery, one she is determined to solve at all
costs.

Swindells, Robert.
Stone cold. 1995. Suggested reading age 15+.
1v.
Homeless on the streets of London, 16-year-old
Link feels he has become an invisible outcast.
When he meets streetwise Ginger life becomes
more bearable and he learns the tricks of survival.
When Ginger goes missing, Link is anxious. Then
other homeless kids disappear and, guessing at a
gruesome possibility, Link starts to track down his
suspect with an ominous sense of foreboding.


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Thompson, Kate
Creature of the night. 2008. Suggested reading
age 13+. 2v.
When Bobby's mother moves the family into a
rented house in the country, a neighbour tells him
that a child was once murdered there. Bobby
doesn t care. He wants to get back to Dublin and
resume his wild life there, stealing and racing
stolen cars.

Townson, Hazel
The deathwood letters. 2003. Suggested
reading age 9+. 1v.
Damian Drake rescues his dog from a well and
gets his name into the newspapers. He then
receives a letter from a girl he has never met
which sparks off a long correspondence between
the two. As more letters are exchanged a sinister
thread creeps in and the story gathers speed for a
final amazing drama.




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Wynne-Jones, Tim
A thief in the house of memory. 2007.
Suggested reading age 13+. 1v.
Dec hasn't seen his mother for six years. Having
moved into a new home with his father, Dec rarely
visits the old family home, until one day he makes
a horrific discovery there - a man crushed to
death in the hall. Was it an accident or something
more sinister? As Dec tries to piece together the
mystery memories from the past begin to reveal
the elusive truth about his mother's
disappearance.




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