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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The Detective's Assistant Book Poster Image
Action-packed female detective story champions smarts.
By Kate Hannigan
(2015)
(2015)
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Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit Book Poster Image
Action-packed mystery teaches kids detective skills.
By Octavia Spencer
(2013)
(2013)
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The Real McCoys, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Imaginative artwork makes fun detective story a joy to read.
By Matthew Swanson
(2017)
(2017)
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Friday Barnes, Girl Detective Book Poster Image
Smart girl solves boarding school mysteries in fun romp.
By R. A. Spratt
(2016)
(2016)
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P.K. Pinkerton and the Deadly Desperados: P.K. Pinkerton, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Funny, violent Wild West saga of autistic kid vs. killers.
By Caroline Lawrence
(2012)
(2012)
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The Secret of Danger Point: Surfside Girls, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Sunny summer mystery has a touch of the supernatural.
By Kim Dwinell
(2017)
(2017)
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I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You Book Poster Image
Fun debut of spy school series is OK for tweens.
By Ally Carter
(2009)
(2006)
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Pemba's Song: A Ghost Story Book Poster Image
Intriguing, history-minded mystery with a modern twist.
By Marilyn Nelson, Tonya C. Hegamin
(2008)
(2008)
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Tokyo Heist Book Poster Image
Manga, art, and life lessons in top-notch mystery adventure.
By Diana Renn
(2012)
(2012)
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Matched Book Poster Image
Fun, provoking start to dystopian series for teens.
By Ally Condie
(2011)
(2010)
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The Adoration of Jenna Fox: The Jenna Fox Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Amnesia's just the half of it for post-coma teen.
By Mary E. Pearson
(2008)
(2008)
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Confessions of a Murder Suspect Book Poster Image
Teen must prove she didn't kill parents in taut thriller.
By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
(2012)
(2012)
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