Middle Grade Mystery Series for boys: Caden Chronicles

Enjoy this middle grade mystery series for boys, girls… even adults who enjoy a good “who done it.”

Writing a great book report can be a challenging assignment because it requires the reader (or listener, if an audio book) to remember and analyze large amounts of information. Information like: the story’s main themes, its plot, character’s external problems and emotional issues.

No worries!

Included in each book are the questions you will need to complete your book report.

With these easy-to-follow “Official Criminal Inquiry” worksheets, you can fill in the answers to the questions while you read. When finished, your book report should be thorough enough to convict a killer!

Middle Grade mystery series readers will love the challenge of discovering who is behind these paranormal, supernatural crimes.

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Why should a boy or girl begin reading the Caden Chronicles?

Novels in the Caden Chronicles are fast, fun, clean teen and tween books. Boys and girls will fall in love with the quirky characters Nick meets, their oddball antics, and the way Nick solves murder cases by watching police and detective shows — all while Nick displays daring confidence, while also finding trouble and danger.

Why should parents pick the Caden Chronicles for their boys and girls?

Parents will appreciate the clean elements and moral values that avoid profanity and suggestive situations. As an imperfect teen sleuth, Nick is troubled by the phoniness he sees around him and the lies of others that pass for facts. Above all, he wants to find the truth. This drives him to act in ways that lead him towards danger. Nick believes his generation needs to seek truth and that can only be found by asking hard questions.

Each book has some romance, but it’s innocent and clean. The girls who help Nick solve the cases are independent, smart, brave, and often see things Nick overlooks.

What age is appropriate for these books?

The Caden Chronicles are appropriate for mature sixth grade readers. Other parents may choose seventh or eighth grade, due to the fact that Nick IS solving a murder. Because he watches old copy and detective TV shows in order to solve crimes, he’ll sometimes think and act like an older teen might. The Caden Chronicles are also a great, nostalgic read for adults.

Want to help teen sleuth Nick Caden uncover the mystery behind the avenging ghost?

Complete the “Official Criminal Inquiry” book report found in each book and see if you have the makings of a “cold case” detective. Why not get started today!

Dream the Dreams of Jesus

Bahama Breeze

What Would You Attempt to Do if You Knew You Wouldn’t Fail?

When faced with a barren field dream the dreams of Jesus. A few years back I found myself sleeping in Lums Pond State Park near Newark, Delaware. Some months earlier I’d lost my job.

Oh, I knew where my job hid—in a cubicle in Bangalore, India. But I wasn’t flying halfway around the world to bring it home. I couldn’t afford the plane ticket. Couldn’t afford a room at the Howard Johnson in Newark, Delaware, either. So, the afternoon before the start of the Delaware Christian Writers Conference I pitched my tent on hard-packed dirt, unloaded my gear and drove my twenty-year-old Toyota hatchback up the road to the University of Delaware campus. I had a dream and a manuscript and not much else.

Dreams Have a Life of Their Own

Dreams come alive when we are not watching. While we’re going about life with all its worries, our dreams slip off and—if blessed by God—come alive. My dream sat in the passenger seat staring out the window. My dream dreamed of sailing the islands, surfing reef breaks and writing a best-selling novel. My dream was a big time dreamer.

Before I left the house that morning I’d “prayed on” the breastplate of righteousness. I’d asked God to keep my thoughts pure and my dreams secure. Righteous thoughts are the lifeblood of Christians. What we hold in our hearts, we speak with our mouth. And what we speak often come to life because our words carry life and death (Proverbs 18:21).

Lust long enough and you take what’s not yours. Meditate on God’s Word and your spirit aligns with his Spirit and his Spirit creates.

God knows the plans He has for us (Jeremiah 29:11). Plans for good not ill, plans for a future and hope. One of the dreams God placed in my heart was to write for Him.

The last night of the writers conference the John Riddle called my name. My manuscript Bahama Breeze had won first place. With award came a $1000 check. Minutes later, sitting in my beater car, I wept. God’s affirmation that my dream was also his dream meant more to me than a thousand dollars.

Dreaming the Dreams of Jesus Pays Off

But a thousand dollars is still a thousand dollars, so… when I returned to my campsite and found my tent in a soaking heap and my sleeping bag drenched, I threw it all in the trunk, crawled behind the wheel and said to my dream in the passenger seat, “Come on, dream. We’re checking into a hotel. God has upgraded us.”

A good many act as if Jesus came to kill, steal and destroy, but that’s the other guy. Jesus came to heal, fill and restore. Jesus is not a genie whose head we can rub to get what we want. But when our heart aligns with His and His dreams for us re-align our spirit to His, small and great things will spring forth.

This vision you have in your heart? Is it a dream of dreams from Jesus? Ask Jesus if it’s from him or the enemy. And if it’s from him, believe he will bring it to life.


I Entrust This Book to You, Lord.

Bless This Book

Jesus would not entrust (assign the responsibility for doing something to) himself to others for he knows the hearts of everyone. He knows what is in a person. (John 2:24)

Lord, you alone are my help and savior. You are Jehovah-jireh, the Lord Who Provides! I do not put my trust in men and women but in you. Where others promise and fail to show up, stand up, and stand with, you remain faithful.

Paul said, “I have no one else like Timothy who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. For everyone looks out for their own interests.” (Philippians 2:20-21)

Lord, I declare that you are my hope and God. When all others flee, you stand fast. When all others become distracted by the concerns, wants, and needs of their lives, you remain by my side. You listen to my cries, my prayers, hear my plans and pleas. You answer me when I call out. (Psalm 91:15) My provision is in you and you alone.

Paul said, “Be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” (Philippians 2:2)

Oh, Lord, that I would be like-minded, of one spirit, one mind, one love in you and for you and have this same love for others.

In you I have all that I need for the works of my hands.

All the seed I sow will produce a harvest. Because you are the God who provides provision and protection, I declare that my hope in you will bring success, book sales, new readers, new customers, and new vision. I declare blessing upon the works of my hands. My territory is enlarged. My influence for you is expanded. My books sell!

Praise to you, Lord, the God who provides.