It's a Mystery

Enter a thrilling world of suspense with some of our favorite mystery stories for school-age children.

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Picture Books and Younger Elementary

The Absent Author

Ron Roy
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Roy)
Series: A to Z Mysteries; 1

Dink Duncan and his two friends investigate the apparent kidnapping of famous mystery author Wallis Wallace. Recommended for ages 6-9.


Big Bad Detective Agency

Bruce Hale
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Hale)

The houses of all Three (not-so-) Little Pigs were broken into and ransacked, and the Pigs are squealing for justice. So Prince Tyrone, ruler of Fairylandia, drags in the obvious suspect: Wolfgang. The lone wolf has big teeth, sharp claws, no alibi -- and a single day to find the real culprit and clear his big bad name. When Wolf (reluctantly) teams up with the fourth Little Pig to crack the case, the Big Bad Detective Agency is born. Recommended for ages 6-9.


King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats

Dori Hillestad Butler
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER But)
Series: King & Kayla; 1

King's human, Kayla, has baked some treats for a friend's new puppy, Thor, but some go missing and it is up to King to find the culprit. Recommended for ages 6-9.


Wallace and Grace and the Lost Puppy

Heather Alexander
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Alexand)
Series: Wallace and Grace Mysteries; 3

When Wallace and Grace are on a scavenger hunt, they stumble upon a puppy named Jasper who can't find his way home. Will the owl detectives be able to follow clues to get the lost puppy home? Recommended for ages 6-9.


Older Elementary

Bunnicula : A Rabbit-tale of Mystery

Deborah Howe, James Howe
(Juvenile Fiction - J Howe)

Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire. Recommended for ages 9–12.


The Case of the Missing Marquess

Nancy Springer
(Juvenile Fiction - J Springe)
Series: An Enola Holmes Mystery; 1

Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, must travel to London in disguise to unravel the disappearance of her missing mother. Recommended for ages 9-12+.


Chasing Vermeer

Blue Balliett
(Juvenile Fiction - J Balliet)
Series: Chasing Vermeer; 1

When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal. Recommended for ages 9-12.


Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Chris Grabenstein
(Juvenile Fiction - J Grabens)
Series: Mr. Lemoncello's Library; 1

Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape. Recommended for ages 9-12.


From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

E. L. Konigsburg
(Juvenile Fiction - J Konigsb)

A young girl runs away with her brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The two unravel a mystery behind a famous sculpture. Recommended for ages 9-12.


The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

Sheila Turnage
(Juvenile Fiction - J Turnage)
Series: Tupelo Landing; 2

When Miss Lana accidentally buys a haunted inn at the Tupelo Landing town auction, Desperado Detectives--aka Mo LoBeau and her best friend Dale--opens up a paranormal division to solve the ghost's identity before the town's big 250th anniversary bash. Recommended for ages 9-12.


Hold Fast

Blue Balliett
(Juvenile Fiction - J Balliett)

On a cold winter day in Chicago, Early's father disappeared, and now she, her mother, and her brother have been forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless––and it is up to Early to hold her family together and solve the mystery surrounding her father. Recommended for ages 9–12.


Masterminds

Gordon Korman
(Juvenile Fiction - J Korman)
Series: Masterminds; 1

Eli Frieden convinces his friends to help him investigate strange occurrences in their idyllic town, and soon it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems in Serenity, New Mexico. The clues mount to reveal a shocking discovery, connecting their ideal crime-free community to some of the greatest criminal masterminds ever known. The kids realize they can trust no one—least of all their own parents. Recommended for ages 9-12.


Maze of Bones

Rick Riordan
(Juvenile Fiction - J Thirty Rio)
Series: 39 Clues; 1

Dan and Amy Cahill are given the choice of receiving a million dollars or uncovering the 39 clues hidden around the world that will lead to the source of the family's power, but by taking on the clues, they end up in a dangerous race against their own family. Recommended for ages 9-12.


The Parker Inheritance

Varian Johnson
(Juvenile Fiction - J Johnson)

Spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, Candice discovers the letter that sent her grandmother on a treasure hunt, and with her new friend Brandon, sets off to expose the injustice once committed against a local African American family. Recommended for ages 9-12.


The Shrunken Head

Lauren Oliver
(Juvenile Fiction - J Oliver)
Series: Curiosity House; 1

Orphans Philippa, Sam, Thomas, and Max must find out who stole a valuable artifact in order to save to save their home, Dumfrey's Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders. Recommended for ages 9-12.


Spy School

Stuart Gibbs
(Juvenile Fiction - J Gibbs)
Series: Spy school; 1

Twelve-year-old Ben Ripley leaves his public middle school to attend the CIA's highly secretive Espionage Academy, which everyone is told is an elite science school. Recommended for ages 9-12.


Squirm

Carl Hiaasen
(Juvenile Fiction - J Hiaasen)

Discovering the address of the father who left when he was only four, Billy is forced to move repeatedly with his activist mother before embarking on a summer of unconventional travel and animal rescue. Recommended for ages 9-12.


The Strangers

Margaret Peterson Haddix
(Juvenile Fiction - J Haddix)
Series: Greystone Secrets; 1

Receiving reports that three children with their names and birth dates have been kidnapped, three siblings investigate complex codes, hidden rooms, and a dangerous secret that turns their lives upside down. Recommended for ages 9–12.


The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

Leslie Connor
(Juvenile Fiction - J Connor)

As he grieves his best friend Benny's death, Mason and his friend Calvin, who are targeted by the neighborhood bullies, create an underground haven for themselves, but when Calvin goes missing Mason finds himself in trouble. Recommended for ages 9-12.


The Westing Game

Ellen Raskin
(Juvenile Fiction - J Raskin)

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance. Recommended for ages 9-12.