Girl Heroes and Detectives

If your tweens and teens have moved beyond Nancy Drew but aren't quite ready for P.D. James, these girl-centered mysteries are just the thing. With strong heroes and gripping plots, they're bound to keep teens reading.

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Action-packed female detective story champions smarts.
By Kate Hannigan
(2015)
Action-packed mystery teaches kids detective skills.
By Octavia Spencer
(2013)
Smart girl solves boarding school mysteries in fun romp.
By R. A. Spratt
(2016)
Funny, violent Wild West saga of autistic kid vs. killers.
By Caroline Lawrence
(2012)
Fun debut of spy school series is OK for tweens.
By Ally Carter
(2009)
Intriguing, history-minded mystery with a modern twist.
By Marilyn Nelson, Tonya C. Hegamin
(2008)
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Manga, art, and life lessons in topnotch mystery adventure.
By Diana Renn
(2012)
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Fun, provoking start to dystopian series for teens.
By Ally Condie
(2011)
Amnesia's just the half of it for post-coma teen.
By Mary E. Pearson
(2008)
Teen must prove she didn't kill parents in taut thriller.
By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
(2012)

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