crocodile on the sandbank

Summer Reading: If You Liked Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys

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Let’s face it: Few things are as fun as racing to put together the clues before your favorite intrepid detective solves the case. We think these books make worthy follow-ups (or lead ups!) to the adventures of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.

Your next picture book

Alphabet Mystery
By Audrey Wood

In Alphabet Mystery by Audrey Wood, the lowercase letters must team up to find little x, who’s gone missing just before his mom’s big birthday bash.


Your next chapter book

By Gary Paulsen

Mudshark by Gary Paulsen introduces Mudshark, a kid whose reputation as a great problem solver is challenged by a case of disappearing erasers at his school. 


Your next readaloud

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief
By Wendelin Van Draanen

Sammy Keys and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen kicks off a mystery series about a 12-year-old detective who finds trouble wherever she goes. In this book, Sammy spies a thief in action. Unfortunately, the thief sees her, too.


Your next teen read

By Kathy Reichs, Brendan Reichs

Virals by Kathy Reichs starts another series, when sci-phile teens led by Tory Brennan rescue a dog from a medical testing facility, kicking off a chain of events that will put them hot on the trail of a not-so-cold case and launch a surprising new phase of their lives.


Your next grown-up book

The Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters is the first book in the delightful Amelia Peabody mysteries, in which an eternally curious 19th-century spinster decides to take her inheritance to Egypt, where she falls in love with Egyptology and becomes caught up in an old-fashioned whodunnit.

Stuff We Like :: 10.30.15

home|school|life's Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources.

It’s a big weekend for us here since our very favorite girl will be celebrating her birthday! So there’s lots to love about this week.

around the web

I have learned to love my Kindle (you can pack 100 books in one suitcase), but I’m thrilled by the resurgence of print.

I am insanely, ridiculously excited that the Cure is planning a 2016 concert tour.

Well, yes, everybody should be studying Buffy.


at home/school/life

on the blog: Nine new fall books that should probably be on your library list.

in the magazine: It’s looking like we’ll be breaking our total page number record with the winter issue. There’s some terrific stuff coming in!

from the archives: I love this post from Idzie about why boredom can be a good thing.


reading list

I’m listening to Pride and Prejudice on audiobook (it is only $1.95 if you download the free ebook on your Kindle—totally worth it!) because it’s like the literary equivalent of mashed potatoes—comfort food for the brain.

Apparently, this is my week for intellectual comfort food because I’ve also been rereading The Crocodile on the Sandbank, the first in the Amelia Peabody series. (If you like Agatha Christie and Egyptology, this series is probably right up your alley.)

My kids have been reading the Warrior Cats series out loud together, and they’re pretty adorable about it. I like it so much when my daughter likes a book so much she wants to share it with her little brother—it’s the best reading inspiration he could have.


at home

Invader Zim inspired this year’s Halloween costumes, so we’ve been enjoying a Zim marathon this week while carefully embroidering alien masks. Jason has promised to wheel me around our neighborhood for trick-or-treating, so wish us luck.

My creative writing students are publishing a magazine this year, and I’m so proud of their hard work. Seriously, that class is often the high point of my week—I love the energy and enthusiasm they bring to the project.

I am bopping along on my holiday knitting. (I’m halfway through with my daughter’s very pink Boxy.) What about you?