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Mystery Recommendations for Kids

Cam Jansen and the Secret Service Mystery book cover
Author:  David A. Adler
Title:  Cam Jansen and the Secret Service Mystery

Cam and her friend Danny help solve the mystery of a stolen pearl necklace when the governor comes to visit their school for the dedication of the new library.


Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator book cover
Author:  Jennifer Allison
Title:  Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator

During the summer before ninth grade, intrepid Gilda Joyce invites herself to the San Francisco mansion of distant cousin Lester Splinter and his thirteen-year-old daughter, where she uses her purported psychic abilities and detective skills to solve the mystery of the mansion's boarded-up tower.


Chasing Vermeer book cover
Author:  Blue Balliett
Title:  Chasing Vermeer

When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.


The Black Tower book cover
Author:  Betsy Byars
Title:  The Black Tower  (a Herculeah Jones mystery)

Herculeah Jones gets involved in another dangerous mystery when she goes to visit old Mr. Shivers Hunt, resident of the forbidding Hunt House.


Sebastian Super Sleuth and the Impossible Crime book cover
Author:  Mary Blount Christian
Title:  Sebastian Super Sleuth and the Impossible Crime

Clever canine cop Sebastian and his human John take on the finding of an art masterpiece stolen in the very presence of the chief of police.


Room One: A Mystery or Two book cover
Author:  Andrew Clements
Title:  Room One: A Mystery or Two

Ted Hammond, the only sixth grader in his small Nebraska town's one-room schoolhouse, searches for clues to the disappearance of a homeless family.


Annabel the Actress Starring in Hound of the Bakervilles book cover
Author:  Ellen Conford
Title:  Annabel the Actress Starring in Hound of the Barkervilles

When Annabel, who wants to be a famous actress someday, has a part in a real play, she finds she must cope with a big dog and an unruly audience member.


Mr. Chickee's Messy Mission book cover
Author:  Christopher Paul Curtis
Title:  Mr. Chickee’s Messy Mission

Flint Future Detective Club members Steven Carter and his friends Russell and Richelle follow Russell's dog, Rodney Rodent, into a mural to chase a demonic-looking gnome, only to find the mysterious Mr. Chickee on the other side.


The Missing Manatee book cover
Author:  Cynthia DeFelice
Title:  The Missing Manatee

While coping with his parents' separation, eleven-year-old Skeet spends most of Spring Break in his skiff on a Florida river, where he finds a manatee shot to death and begins looking for the killer.


The Baker Street Irregulars in the Case of the Missing Masterpiece book cover
Author:  Terrance Dicks
Title:  The Baker Street Irregulars in the Case of the Missing Masterpiece

When an early painting by Constable is stolen from a private collector, four English children decide to solve the crime.


Mercy Watson Fights Crime book cover
Author:  Kate DiCamillo
Title:  Mercy Watson Fights Crime

Mercy the pig's love of buttered toast leads to the capture of a small thief who would rather be a cowboy. Leroy Ninker is a small man with a big dream: he wants to be a cowboy, but for now he's just a thief. In fact, Leroy is robbing the Watsons' kitchen right this minute! As he drags the toaster across the counter - screeeeeech - and drops it into his bag - clannngggg - little does he know that a certain large pig who loves toast with a great deal of butter is stirring from sleep. Even less could he guess that comedy of errors (not to mention the buttery sweets in his pocket) will soon lead this little man on the wild and raucous rodeo ride he's always dreamed of! Nosy neighbors, astonished firemen, a puzzled policeman, and the ever-doting Watsons return for a new tongue-in-snout adventure about Kate DiCamillo's delightfully single-minded pig.


Dovey Coe book cover
Author:  Frances O'Roark Dowell
Title:  Dovey Coe

When accused of murder in her North Carolina mountain town in 1928, Dovey Coe, a stronged-willed twelve-year-old girl, comes to a new understanding of others, including her deaf brother.


Harriet Spies Again book cover
Author:  Helen Ericson
Title:  Harriet Spies Again

Harriet M. Welsch has just received the best news of her 11th year--Ole Golly is coming back! But the circumstances of her return are unclear. Where is Geroge Waldenstein?


Hank the Cowdog: The Case of the Twisted Kitty book cover
Author:  John R. Erickson
Title:  Hank the Cowdog: The Case of the Twisted Kitty

After getting blamed when Sally May's car ends up in a snowdrift, Hank suspects that this is another plot by Pete the Barncat to get him in trouble.


The Thief Lord book cover
Author:  Cornelia Caroline Funke
Title:  The Thief Lord

Two brothers, having run away from the aunt who plans to adopt the younger one, are sought by a detective hired by their aunt, but they have found shelter with--and protection from--Venice's "Thief Lord."


Key Lardo: A Chet Gecko Mystery book cover
Author:  Bruce Hale
Title:  Key Lardo: A Chet Gecko Mystery

When the new penguin at school turns out to be a private eye, Chet Gecko confronts not only a devious sparrow but also his own jealousy.


Flush book cover
Author:  Carl Hiassen
Title:  Flush

With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.


Author:  E.W. Hildick
Title:  The Case of the Wandering Weathervanes

McGurk's detectives begin to investigate the thefts of numerous weathervanes and find themselves tracking an enemy agent.


Ghost Canoe book cover
Author:  Will Hobbs
Title:  Ghost Canoe

Fourteen-year-old Nathan, fishing with the Makah in the Pacific Northwest, finds himself holding a vital clue when a mysterious stranger comes to town looking for Spanish treasure.


Regarding the Bathrooms: A Privy to the Past book cover
Author:  Kate Klise
Title:  Regarding the Bathrooms: A Privy to the Past

In this novel told through letters, newspaper articles, and police reports, a middle school principal's bathroom renovation project leads to the discovery of stolen Roman antiquities.


From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler book cover
Author:  E.L. Konisburg
Title:  From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.


The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas book cover
Author:  Tracy Mack
Title:  The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas

The ragamuffin boys known as the Baker Street Irregulars help Sherlock Holmes solve the mysterious deaths of a family of circus tightrope walkers.


Bernie Magruder & the Bats in the Belfry book cover
Author:  Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Title:  Bernie Magruder & the Bats in the Belfry

Many residents of Middleburg, Indiana, are already going crazy from the ever-ringing church bells and now, after a bat is spotted in the hotel run by Bernie's family, they worry that the dangerous Indiana Aztec bat has finally arrived.


The Other Side of Dark book cover
Author:  Joan Lowery Nixon
Title:  The Other Side of Dark

Seventeen-year-old Stacy awakens from a four-year coma ready to identify, locate, and prosecute the young man who murdered her mother and wounded her.


Author:  Edgar Allan Poe
Title:  The Gold Bug and Other Tales of Mystery

Eight of the author's poems are interspersed with nine of his short stories which include "The Man That Was Used Up," "The Balloon-Hoax," and "The Purloined Letter." Includes a brief biography of the author.


The Case of the Mummy Mystery book cover
Author:  James Preller
Title:  The Case of the Mummy Mystery

Jigsaw investigates when Joey reports that his worm has been stolen by a mummy.


Author:  Robert M. Quackenbush
Title:  Stage Door to Terror: A Miss Mallard Mystery

In Paris to visit an old friend, Miss Mallard becomes involved in one of the most terrifying cases of her career centering around the disappearance of her friend's granddaughter and the long-ago theft of a fabulous jewel.


The Westing Game book cover
Author:  Ellen Raskin
Title:  The Westing Game

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.


The Case of the Desperate Duck book cover
Author:  Cynthia Rylant
Title:  The Case of the Desperate Duck

In their latest case, animal detectives Bunny and Jack help Mabel the duck find out who stole the sugar cubes from her tea room.


Nate the Great Talks Turkey book cover
Author:  Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Title:  Nate the Great Talks Turkey

Nate the Great and his cousin Olivia are on the case of a runaway turkey, but unfortunately the clues appear to contradict each other.


The Boys of San Joaquin book cover
Author:  D.J. Smith
Title:  The Boys of San Joaquin

In a small California town in 1951, twelve-year-old Paolo and his deaf cousin Billy get caught up in a search for money missing from the church collection, leading them to complicated discoveries about themselves, other family members, and townspeople they thought they knew.


Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective book cover
Author:  Donald J. Sobol
Title:  Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

Encyclopedia Brown, a ten-year-old detective, uses his intelligence to help solve ten puzzling crimes. Fifth-grader "Encyclopedia" Leroy Brown solves ten mysteries and, by putting the solutions at the back of the book, challenges the reader to do the same.


The House Where Nobody Lived book cover
Author:  Brad Strickland
Title:  The House Where Nobody Lived

Twelve-year-old Lewis and his best friend Rose Rita investigate a strange old house in their home town and discover that they may be dealing with powerful ancient Hawaiian spirits.


Sammy Keyes and the Dead Giveaway book cover
Author:  Wendelin Van Draanen
Title:  Sammy Keyes and the Dead Giveaway

While investigating why someone is trying to force people from their homes to expand a recreation center, Sammy is distracted by the lies she must tell to cover an accident she caused, but which was blamed on her nemesis, Heather.


The Dollhouse Murders book cover
Author:  Betty Ren Wright
Title:  The Dollhouse Murders

A dollhouse filled with a ghostly light in the middle of the night, and dolls that have moved from where she last left them, lead Amy and her mentally handicapped sister to unravel the mystery surrounding grisly murders that took place years ago.


Detective Small in the Amazing Banana Caper book cover
Author:  Wong Herbert Yee
Title:  Detective Small in the Amazing Banana Caper

When shop owners call on Detective Small to track down a banana thief, he follows the clues to a likely suspect, then learns that the real culprit is still on the loose.


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