A to Z Mysteries Series

Book review by
Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Good-hearted kids solve mysteries in fun, short chapters.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

The three kids learn a bit about nature, science and history while solving cases using logic, keen observation skills, perseverance. Not a lot of true academic content, but there's plenty to learn in these books.

Positive Messages

Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose want to solve mysteries not because of what they might gain, but because learning the truth and doing the right thing are important, and they honestly want to help other people. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

All the adults are supportive and caring, and they encourage the kids' sleuthing and independence. The kids are kind to one another -- no social drama here.

Violence & Scariness

Not so much scary as very mildly tense, which is exactly what a mystery series for beginning readers should deliver.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ron Roy's A to Z Mysteries series is a wholesome, funny bunch of sleuthing stories that have just enough twists to keep readers interested, and enough clues that readers can solve the mystery before Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose. The kids are always trying to help others and do the right thing, like when they gave their reward money to a high school kid so he could afford college. There's nothing scary in these mysteries, the chapters are short, and everything wraps up nicely at the end of each book: good guys win, bad guys lose. 

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Parent of a 6-year-old Written bySid mom August 6, 2019
Kid, 7 years old August 21, 2018

What's the story?

In the A TO Z MYSTERY series, young friends Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose work together to solve mysteries in and around their town of Green Lawn. They cases range from smaller issues (finding a secret valentine or a missing lottery ticket), to solving the case of a kidnapped author, a stolen mummy, a bank robbery, and more. Their adventures occasionally taken them outside Green Lawn, but they mysteries are always solved by the end of the book, with a happily-ever-after conclusion.

Is it any good?

These are great mysteries for beginning readers. The chapters are short but interesting, the friends are funny and helpful, and the mysteries aren't too complicated. There are bits of humor for adults reading along, such as the California-bound thief named Dorothy Calm, aka Dot Calm. The three friends in A to Z Mysteries are always on the go, and while their parents are mentioned, they never worry that elementary school kids are chasing felons -- and neither will readers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the kids solve crimes in the A to Z Mysteries. What helps them figure out the answer? 

  • Do you think your town would ever ask you to help solve a mystery? Why or why not?

  • Are these cases easier or harder to solve than other mystery books you've read?

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