"Best of" Lists
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
Girl works to clear her father of a crime in smart tale.
By Janae Marks
Action-packed mystery teaches kids detective skills.
By Octavia Spencer
Imaginative artwork makes fun detective story a joy to read.
By Matthew Swanson
Smart girl solves boarding school mysteries in fun romp.
By R. A. Spratt
Funny, violent Wild West saga of autistic kid vs. killers.
By Caroline Lawrence
Sunny summer mystery has a touch of the supernatural.
By Kim Dwinell
Fun debut of spy school series is OK for tweens.
By Ally Carter
Intriguing, history-minded mystery with a modern twist.
By Marilyn Nelson, Tonya C. Hegamin
Manga, art, and life lessons in top-notch mystery adventure.
By Diana Renn
Fun, provoking start to dystopian series for teens.
By Ally Condie
Amnesia's just the half of it for post-coma teen.
By Mary E. Pearson