Mystery Adventures for 9-12 years
Fantasy Adventures for 9-12 year olds
Short Stories for 5-9 years at home, in classroom or homeschool
Free Homeschool and Classroom Worksheets for 5-13 years
Fantasy Series for Kids
The Adventures of Crimson
and the Guardian
Mystery storybooks for kids with action, adventure, danger and!

Crime Stopper Kids Mysteries

Childrens online short stories and read alouds

Short Bedtime Stories and Classroom Read Alouds

Printable Worksheets pdf

FREE Printable PDF reading worksheets & book report templates

Karen Cossey writes short stories, fantasy books and mystery stories to help you entertain, educate and connect with your children.

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Karen Cossey Childrens Writer

About Karen

I’ve always enjoyed stories and books. I loved to read curled up on my favourite chair by the window when I was a child. When my two children were young, I home-schooled them, and the best time of day was always story-time. Nowadays, I like to write stories that capture the fun of family and friendship mixed with a good mystery that keeps the reader guessing. I live in New Zealand, near the beach, with my husband and like all good authors, I have a pet (actually I have two: my cats, Louie and Mikey). If you would like to keep up-to-date with my news (and my cat news), please subscribe to my newsletter here.

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Choose a free online classroom read-aloud and bedtime short story to read now to your 5-9-year-olds here


Try a chapter from the popular unicorn and dragon fantasy series: The Adventures of Crimson and the Guardian
for 9-12-year-olds here


Read a fun chapter from the bestselling Mystery Series “The Crimestopper Kids Mysteries
for 9-13-year-olds here


Download Free Printable Worksheets—find Language Arts Worksheets and Book Report Templates
for 5-13-year-olds here

Kids Bestselling Mystery Books
Fantasy Unicorn Quest for 8-12 year olds
Free Classroom Read Alouds and bedtime short stories for kids 5-9
Over 80 pages of free classroom worksheets for kindergarten to grade 5

Common Sense Says: It's highly unlikely you'll ever find treasure at the bottom of the ocean.

The Trespasser’s Unexpected Adventure Says:

“What if those buckets are loaded with shipwreck coins?”

Good Advice Says: Don't Jump on a Dragon

The Battle of the Snake Says:

“He thundered out a blood-curdling roar and swung his neck wildly, trying to dislodge me…”

People say: It's hard to catch a criminal

The Con Artist’s Takeover  Says:

“The problem is the Bugatti was stolen a few weeks ago.”

Wise Advice Says: Don't believe everything a Unicorn tells you

The Return to Deephaven says

She tossed her head out of my hands and twisted it towards the black crystal. “Be brave, and you will stop them.”

What Readers Are Saying:

This is a great book. It is different from some other middle grade adventure books as the characters are as strong as the plot. The characters are fresh and well developed. ~David Lloyd

This adventurous kids story had me hooked from the very beginning and I really didn’t want to put it down. It was more exciting than some of the adult fiction I usually read. I certainly plan to read it to my class this year! ~ Marion Kirby

What a feel good, great read! It has a bit of everything; family, friendship, action, suspense, laugh-out-loud wit, fight scenes, racing cars and more. The story is believable and heart-warming. ~Mike Jansen

I tossed aside a 5 book series which was highly recommended, excellent plot, world building etc, and grabbed this one out of curiosity. Fun Fun Fun! No spoilers here. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. ~ Amazon Customer

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