Book Reviews

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age 9+
 
Fascinating mystery nurtures a love of puzzles and codes.
By Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
(2015)
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age 9+
 
Mystery, adventure, laughs in imaginative series start.
By Gordon Korman
(2015)
age 9+
 
Slapdash mystery misses potential.
By Tony Abbott
(2014)
age 9+
 
Snicket trails an arsonist in compelling installment.
By Lemony Snicket
(2014)
age 9+
 
Boy sketch artist helps catch art thieves in zippy mystery.
By Marcia Wells
(2014)
age 9+
 
Girl comes to terms with dad's illness in relatable tale.
By Megan Jean Severn
(2014)
age 9+
 
Fun, clever mini-mysteries let readers play detective.
By Lemony Snicket
(2014)
age 9+
 
Violent but gleeful secret-agent thriller with heart.
By Chris Rylander
(2014)
age 9+
 
Complex globetrotting mystery has science, history, puzzles.
By Tony Abbott
(2014)
age 9+
 
Funny tween-sleuths mystery more complex than first.
By Emily Fairlie
(2013)
age 9+
 
More playful sequel, even as menace and mystery build.
By Lemony Snicket
(2013)
age 9+
 
Fun mystery about kids locked in library by wacky genius.
By Chris Grabenstein
(2013)
age 9+
 
Snicket in fine form as a 12-year-old solving noir mystery.
By Lemony Snicket
(2012)
age 9+
 
Funny, intriguing mystery of school's hidden treasure.
By Emily Fairlie
(2012)
age 9+
 
Smart kids, lessons in Mysterious Benedict Society prequel.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2012)
age 9+
 
Misfit finds a place to belong through Scrabble superpower.
By Meg Wolitzer
(2011)
age 9+
 
Protagonist shows more depth here, but still pretty shallow.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2010)
age 9+
 
First in diary series thick with materialism, thin on plot.
By Rachel Renee Russell
(2009)
age 9+
 
Tween friends tackle healthy relationships and food choices.
By Lauren Myracle
(2010)
age 9+
 
Not as inventive as first two books, but still great fun.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2009)

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