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Mysteries - For older readers

These titles are best for readers in grades five through eight. If you like these, then please browse the j mystery section for more just like them. Click on the book covers to check current availability.

Behind The Curtain
Peter Abrahams

An avid Sherlock Holmes fan, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill is kidnapped wile investigating mysterious happening in her home town. (Series

Wright 3
Blue Balliet

In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Robie House from being demolished. (Series)

Grooves: A Kind of Mystery
Kevin Brockmeier

After a seventh-grader discovers that the grooves in his Thigpen-brand blue jeans are encoded with a cry for help, he sets out to save the factory workers from greedy entrepreneur Howard Thigpen
Once Upon A Crime
Michael Buckley

When the fairy tale detectives rush to new York City hoping to find an Everafter who can cure Puck, they trigger a chain of events that includes a murder mystery and learn many new things about their mother, who along with their father is still in an enchanted sleep. (Series)
The Black Tower
Betsy Byars

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

Grace Cavendish

Thirteen-year-old Lady Grace Cavendish, favorite maid of honor of Elizabeth I, must solve a murder mystery and clear the name of her betrothed. (Series)


The Vanishing Act
John Feinstein

Eight-grade sports reporters Susan, Carol and Stevie reunite at the U.S. Open tennis championships where  they investigate the mysterious disappearance of a top Russian player. (Series)

Farewell My Lunchbag
Bruce Hale

When fourth-grade private eye Chet Gecko is called to catch someone who is stealing food from the school cafeteria, he finds himself framed for the crime. (Series)

A Samurai Never Fears Death
Dorothy Hoobler

Returning home to investigate the possible connection of his family's tea shop with smugglers, Seikei, now a samurai in eighteenth-century Japan, becomes involved in a murder at a local puppet theater. (Series)

Minerva Clark Gets A Clue
Karen Karbo

A thirteen-year-old girl in Portland, Oregon, loses all her self-doubt when she is zapped by lightening and uses her newfound courage to solve a murder mystery. (Series)

Danger in the Dark
Tom Lalicki

Thirteen-year-old Nathaniel, aided by the famous magician Harry Houdini, plots to unmask a phony spirit advisor attempting to relieve the boy's great-aunt of her fortune. (Ser
Hawkeye Collins and Amy Adams in the case of the Chocolate Snatcher & Other Mysteries
M. Masters

Nine short stories starring Hawkeye Collins and Amy Adams, two twelve-year-old sleuths who solve mysteries using Hawkeye's sketches of important clues.

The Raven League: Sherlock Holmes Is Missing
Alex Simmons and Bill McCay

Archie Wiggins is forced out of the Baker Street Irregulars and after forming another band, he and his new cohorts investigate the disappearance of Sherlock Holmes. (Series)

The Case of the Left-Handed Lady
Nancy Springer

Pursued by her much older brother, famed detective Sherlock Holmes, fourteen-year-old Enola, disguised and using false names, attempts to solve the kidnapping of a baronet's sixteen-year-old daughter in nineteenth century London. (Series)

The Mystery of the Yellow Hands
Jake Thoene and Luke Thoene

The three friends, Danny, Peachy and Duff, assist Sherlock Holmes in solving the mysteries kidnapping of children in London during the 1880's. (Series)

Fall of the Amazing Zalindas
Mark Tracy

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

Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things
Wendelin Van Draanen

While on her first hiking and camping trip, thirteen-year-old Sammy tries to solve a mystery involving endangered condors while avoiding scorpions, ticks and embarrassment. (Series)

Backstage Pass
Mary Wilcox

Having moved from Anaheim to Hollywood, California so her sister can star in a television sitcom, shy and lonely Jessica tries to discover who is selling unflattering stories about her sibling to the tabloids.

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