Mystery Books

Looking for some crimes to solve? From historical novels to detective yarns to taut thrillers, these mysteries for kids, tweens, and teens are sure to keep readers guessing until the final pages.

Browse Mystery Books

 
Murder and mystery create a unique intro to the orchestra.
By Lemony Snicket
(2009)
 
Funny, clever dog-next-door mystery good for early readers.
By Doreen Cronin
(2012)
 
Chapter book mystery promises more fun for Fancy Nancy fans.
By Jane O'Connor
(2012)
 
Intriguing tale of boy as detective after parents vanish.
By Cynthia Voigt
(2013)
 
Exciting mystery, heavily merchandised.
By Gordon Korman, Jude Watson, Peter Lerangis, Rick Riordan
(2008)
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Fascinating mystery nurtures a love of puzzles and codes.
By Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
(2015)
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Newbery Honor book is a fun mystery romp.
By Zilpha Keatley Snyder
(2007)
 
Fun mystery about kids locked in library by wacky genius.
By Chris Grabenstein
(2013)
 
Gripping mystery told by kid with Asperger's.
By Siobhan Dowd
(2008)
 
Funny, intriguing mystery of school's hidden treasure.
By Emily Fairlie
(2012)
 
Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
 
Snicket in fine form as a 12-year-old solving noir mystery.
By Lemony Snicket
(2012)
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Delightful, engaging mystery with a twist.
By Kate Milford
(2014)
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Touching story of resourceful girl solving a family mystery.
By Blue Balliett
(2013)
 
Holmes in top form vs. spectral hound on the moor.
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(2011)
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Clever, quirky kickoff to father-son detective series.
By Rohan Gavin
(2014)
 
Clever writing, characters shine in boarding-school mystery.
By Robin Stevens
(2015)
 
Funny mystery with spunky girl touches on serious themes.
By Sheila Turnage
(2012)
 
Dark but fun 1890 murder mystery has feminist message.
By Julie Berry
(2014)
 
Series starter about teen lawyer teaches Courtroom 101.
By John Grisham
(2011)
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Newsboy and street urchin solve a mystery in 1893 New York.
By Avi
(2011)
 
Smart mystery about blind girl searching for missing dad.
By Marcus Sedgwick
(2014)
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Manga, art, and life lessons in topnotch mystery adventure.
By Diana Renn
(2012)
 
Compelling mystery offers intro, insight into Hitler's rise.
By Anne Blankman
(2014)
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Fast-paced YA thriller from "suburban noir" pro.
By Harlan Coben
(2012)
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Top-notch Finnish murder mystery has great female heroine.
By Salla Simukka
(2014)
 
Teen must prove she didn't kill parents in taut thriller.
By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
(2012)

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