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Mysteries for Middle Grade and YA Readers

Fascinating and sometimes troubling mysteries to challenge you on your next read. 

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Lavie
Tidhar
Daniel Duncan
2020

Nelle Faulkner is a preteen private detective who solves cases from her mother's garden shed. She also lives in a city where the mayor has prohibited candy and kid-led candy gangs are thriving.

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Nic
Stone
2021

It's up to Shenice to discover the truth about her family's past--and fast--before secrets take her team out of the regional championship. A coming-of-age story about a softball player looking to prove herself on and off the field.

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Rebecca K.S.
Ansari
2021

Cooper learns of an unsolved mystery his sister, Jess, has discovered online. It's the tale of a deadly train crash that occurred a hundred years ago, in which one young boy among the dead was never identified. A dark, twisty adventure about the forgotten among us and what it means to be seen.

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Rucker Moses and
Theo Gangi
Sienne Josselin
2021

Twelve-year-old Kingston has just moved from the suburbs back to Echo City, Brooklyn--the last place his father was seen alive. Kingston's father was King Preston, one of the world's greatest magicians until one trick went wrong and he disappeared. Kingston is determined to find his father and bring magic back.

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Jacqueline
West
2021

Once there were two sisters who did everything together but only one of them disappeared. Author Jacqueline West weaves a heart-pounding, intense, and imaginative mystery that builds anticipation on every page, while centering on the strong and often tumultuous bond between sisters.

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Sarah
Kapit
2021

Two sisters start a detective agency and solve a series of everyday mysteries about themselves and their family.

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David
Levithan
2021

Aidan disappeared for six days. Six agonizing days of searches and police and questions and constant vigils. Then, just as suddenly as he vanished, Aidan reappears. Where has he been? The story he tells is simply impossible.

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Kate
Milford
Nicole Wong
2021

Nothing is what it seems and there's always more than one side to the story as a group of strangers trapped in an inn slowly reveal their secrets in this new standalone mystery set in the world of the best-selling Greenglass House.

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Chris Grabenstein and
various authors
2020

From tales of hapless superheroes and stolen squirrel monkeys to murderous triplets and haunted basements, these thrilling, puzzling, and hilarious cases have one thing in common--YOU get a chance to be the detective before the author reveals the solution.

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Sachiko Kashiwaba and Avery
Fischer Udagawa (translator)
Miho Satake
2021

A fantastical and mysterious adventure filled with the living dead, a magical pearl, and a suspiciously nosy black cat named Kiriko featuring beautiful illustrations from Miho Satake.

Middle Grade Series

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James
Patterson

Ali Cross has always looked up to his father, former detective and FBI agent Alex Cross. While solving some of the nation's most challenging crimes, his father always kept his head and did the right thing. Does Ali have what it takes to be a great detective?

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Kevin
Sands

Following a series of murders, Christopher Rowe, an apothecary's apprentice, must solve puzzles and decipher codes in pursuit of a secret that could destroy the world.

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Stuart
Gibbs

A thrilling series about an unbelievable twelve-year-old genius who uses her skills as an operative for the CIA.

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Stuart
Gibbs

Teddy Fitzroy is FunJungle’s resident zoo sleuth. He solves mysteries and strives to protect the animals at the zoo. 

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Stuart
Gibbs

Twelve-year-old Ben Ripley leaves his public middle school to attend the CIA's highly secretive Espionage Academy, which everyone is told is an elite science school.

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Maia Shibutani, Alex Shibutani and
Michelle Schuster
Yaoyao Ma Van As

The brother and sister duo, Andy and Mika, solve mysteries on their travels in this action-packed series.

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Michael
Hutchinson

Sam, Otter, Atim, and Chickadee are four inseparable cousins growing up on the Windy Lake First Nation. Nicknamed the Mighty Muskrats for their habit of laughing, fighting, and exploring together, the cousins find that each new adventure adds to their reputation.

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Elizabeth C.
Bunce

Myrtle Harcastle is a wickedly smart 12-year-old with a keen interest in the new tools of criminology and a nose for murder in the Victorian English village where her father is the local prosecutor.

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Trenton Lee
Stewart

Dozens of children respond to a peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children--two boys and two girls--succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete. 

Middle Grade Graphic Novels

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Gillian
Goerz

When Shirley and Jamila meet, Jamila is simply hoping for a friend in her new neighborhood but Shirley is a detective and together they form a crime-solving partnership and also discover what it means to be a friend. 

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Ryan
Estrada
Axur Eneas
2020

A student ambassador is sent on a high-stakes diplomatic mission to a far-away land, where he and a newly crowned boy king are thrust into a globe-trotting action-adventure mystery.

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Kim
Dwinell
2019

When one of the ghosts from Danger Point gets spooked, it's time for Sam and Jade to bring out the Journal of Weird and leap into action! Trying to solve this two-hundred-year-old mystery takes the girls all over their town and beyond, all while Surfside's Annual Surf Competition is going on. 

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Matthew
Cody
Yoshi Yoshitani
2020

Welcome to the magical, mystical, topsy-turvy world of the House of Secrets, where Zatanna embarks on a journey of self-discovery and adventure with her pet rabbit, Pocus, at her side.

YA Titles

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Faridah
Àbíké-Íyímídé
2021

When two Niveus Private Academy students, Devon Richards and Chiamaka Adebayo, are selected to be part of the elite school's senior class prefects, it looks like their year is off to an amazing start. Shortly after the announcement is made, though, someone who goes by Aces begins using anonymous text messages to reveal secrets about the two of them that turn their lives upside down and threaten every aspect of their carefully planned futures.

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Tash
McAdam
2020

Jason is sure his sister, Becca, was murdered, but he's the only one who thinks so. After finding a photograph Becca kept hidden, he decides to infiltrate a boxing gym to prove that she didn't die accidentally. As a transgender kid, Jason's been fighting for as long as he can remember, and those skills are going to come in handy as he investigates. 

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Aden
Polydoros
2021

Alter Rosen is living a nightmare: possessed by his murdered best friend’s dybbuk, a malevolent spirit. He is plunged into a world of corruption and deceit, and thrown back into the arms of a dangerous boy from his past. The two boys must race to track down the killer--before the killer claims them next.

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Courtney
Gould
2021

When Logan, the adopted daugther of reality television ghosthunters, teams up with Ashley to search for missing teens in Snakebite, Oregon, they find themselves falling for each other as they uncover a hidden evil.

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Angeline
Boulley
2021

Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. She dreams of a fresh start at college but then witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into an FBI investigation of a lethal new drug.

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Eliot
Schrefer
2021

Two boys, alone in space. Sworn enemies sent on the same rescue mission. In order to survive the ship's secrets, Ambrose and Kodiak will need to work together and learn to trust each other, especially once they discover what they are truly up against. 

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June
Hur
2021

Hwani's family has never been the same since she and her younger sister went missing and were later found unconscious in the forest near a gruesome crime scene. Years later, Detective Min--Hwani's father--learns that thirteen girls have recently disappeared from the same forest. He travels to their hometown to investigate only to vanish as well. Determined to find her father and solve the case that tore their family apart, Hwani returns home to pick up the trail.

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Markus
Zusak
2005

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver, pathetic card player, and useless at romance. When Ed inadvertently stops a bank robbery, that's when he becomes the messenger. 

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Claire
Kann
2021

Three teens are locked together in a mansion, competing for a big cash prize in a competition run by a mysterious heiress.

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Kara
Thomas
2021

After Claire wakes up alone on a mountain with no memory of how she got there, she learns her best friend Kat and Kat's boyfriend are missing and Kat's past is full of secrets.
 

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Lemony
Snicket
Margaux Kent
2021

Mr. Snicket has investigated many things, including villainy, treachery, conspiracy, ennui, and various suspicious fires. In this book, he is investigating his own death.

YA Series

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Holly
Jackson

As her senior capstone project, Pippa Fitz-Amobi is determined to find the real killer in a closed, local murder case, but not everyone wants her meddling in the past.

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Tirzah
Price
2021

The first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a thrilling and high-stakes whodunit.

Cover of Project Nemesis
Brendan
Reichs

As the Anvil, an enormous asteroid, threatens to end all life on Earth, sixteen-year-old Min begins to uncover a lifetime of lies, a sinister conspiracy involving all students in her sophomore class in Fire Lake, Idaho.

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Maureen
Johnson

The Truly Devious case--an unsolved kidnapping and triple murder that rocked Ellingham Academy in 1936--has consumed Stevie Bell for years. It's the very reason she came to the academy.