Book Reviews

age 9+
Perfectly voiced, mysterious sci-fi coming-of-age tale.
By Rebecca Stead
(2009)
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age 9+
A mystery, fantasy, and imaginative launch pad.
By Blue Balliett
(2004)
age 10+
Clever detective fiction for middle-graders.
By Eoin Colfer
(2006)
age 9+
Positive lessons, but more danger than 1st book.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2008)
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age 9+
Newbery Honor book is a fun mystery romp.
By Zilpha Keatley Snyder
(1985)
age 9+
Suspenseful mystery with a Lemony Snicket vibe.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
(2007)
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age 9+
Poignant tale of dyslexic seeking his past.
By Patricia Reilly Giff
(2008)
age 15+
Sophisticated, mature mystery better for older teens.
By Judy Blundell
(2008)
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age 10+
Eco-mystery is suspenseful and funny.
By Carl Hiaasen
(2009)
age 14+
Teen must prove she didn't kill parents in taut thriller.
By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
(2012)
age 12+
Absorbing mystery includes child abuse, sexual manipulation.
By E. L. Konigsburg
(2000)
age 13+
OK read. Teens may love the supernatural elements.
By Lois Duncan
(1981)
age 10+
Exciting but flawed murder mystery for tweens.
By Willo Davis Roberts
(1998)
age 9+
Predictable yet appealing Nancy Drew classic.
By Carolyn Keene
(1930)
age 9+
Mild mystery tries too hard to be Lemony Snicket.
By Pseudonymous Bosch
(2007)
age 9+
Exciting mystery, heavily merchandised.
By Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, Jude Watson, Peter Lerangis
(2008)
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age 11+
Book/online-video hybrid is creepy fun.
By Patrick Carman
(2009)
age 12+
Engaging cliffhanger continues series' rollercoaster ride.
By Meg Cabot
(2009)
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age 14+
Suspenseful series starter full of pranks and mean girls.
By Sara Shepard
(2010)