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Middle School Ideas for Mystery Books
Bad Girls Don't Die
by Katie Alender
When fifteen-year-old Lexi's younger sister Kasey begins behaving strangely and their old Victorian house seems to take on a life of its own, Lexi investigates and discovers some frightening facts about previous occupants of the house, leading her to believe that many lives are in danger.
by Blue Balliett
Call Number: FIC Bal
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.
by Erin Bowman
After receiving a distress call from a drill team on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is sent into deep space to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission. When they arrive, they find the planet littered with the remains of the project--including its members' dead bodies. As they try to piece together what could have possibly decimated an entire project, they discover that some things are best left buried--and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.
by Kate Milford
Call Number: FIC Mil
At Greenglass House, a smuggler's inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing, but soon guests are arriving with strange stories about the house that send Milo and Meddy, the cook's daughter, on an adventure.
Hide and Seek
by Kate Messner
Call Number: FIC Mes
For five hundred years the Jaguar Cup, sacred to the Silver Jaguar Society, was hidden in a cave on the coast of Costa Rica--so when a fake copy shows up on display in America, it is up to José, Anna, and Henry, junior members of the society, to travel to Costa Rica and rescue the real cup from thieves.
Murder Is Bad Manners
by Robin Stevens
Call Number: FIC Ste
At an English boarding school in the 1930s, crime-solving friends Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells struggle to find an exciting mystery to investigate until Hazel discovers the dead body of Miss Bell, the science teacher.
The Parker Inheritance
by Varian 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.
The Sixty-Eight Rooms
by Marianne Malone
Call Number: FIC Mal
An adventure inspired by the Thorne Rooms, an exhibition of 68 exquisitely crafted miniature rooms in the Children's Galleries of the Chicago Art Institute, envisions a magical key that enables people to shrink to a small enough size to visit the rooms directly and discover hidden secrets and the mysterious activities of previous visitors.
Three Times Lucky
by Sheila Turnage
Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.
The Westing Game
by Ellen Raskin
Call Number: FIC Ras
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.
When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead
Call Number: FIC Ste
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.
Who Could That Be at This Hour?
by Lemony Snicket
Call Number: FIC Sni
Thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket begins his apprenticeship with S. Theodora Markson of the secretive V.F.D. in the tiny dot of a town called Stain'd By The Sea, where he helps investigate the theft of a statue.
by Martha Freeman
Eleven-year-olds Luis and Maura investigate the cause of a long-term, city-wide power outage in Hampton, New Jersey. Includes facts about electric power and instructions for assembling an emergency kit.
Zora and Me
by Victoria Bond
A fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston's childhood with her best friend Carrie, in Eatonville, Florida, as they learn about life, death, and the differences between truth, lies, and pretending. Includes an annotated bibliography of the works of Zora Neale Hurston, a short biography of the author, and information about Eatonville, Florida.
Upper School Ideas for Mystery Books
by Gretchen McNeil
Call Number: ON ORDER
When seventeen-year-old Dee wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she's about to be the next victim of the app. But Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn't commit. Can Dee prove she's innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see?
After the Fire
by Will Hill
Moonbeam, seventeen, survives a devastating confrontation between government forces and the cult she grew up in, but will need a lot of help to heal mentally, emotionally, and physically.
The Beekeeper's Apprentice
by Laurie R. King
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Fifteen-year-old Mary Russell, becomes the apprentice of Sherlock Holmes and together investigate the disappearance of an American senator's daughter.
by Sasha Dawn
Sixteen-year-old Josh falls in love with newcomer Chatham Claiborne, who has come to town to find her missing sister, but when Chatham suddenly disappears Josh unearths a web of lies and secrecy surrounding her life, and in doing so unwittingly discovers vital clues to the town's longest unsolved mystery.
by E. Lockhart
Call Number: FIC Loc
Told through flashbacks, best friends Jule and Imogen are orphaned outcasts who will do almost anything to attain a happy, wealthy life.
Girl on a Wire
by Gwenda Bond
Call Number: FIC Bon
Sixteen-year-old Jules Maroni gets to join her family on the high wire, but the Flying Garcias, the Maronis' rivals, and bad luck talismans, threaten to derail her future. Jules teams up with Remy Garcia to try to find out who is planting the talismans before her dream falls into the nets.
Mr. Churchill's Secretary
by Susan Elia MacNeal
Call Number: FIC Mac
In 1940, Maggie Hope graduates at the top of her college class and because she is a woman she is hired on as a mere secretary, but soon finds that her low level job as Prime Minister Churchill's assistant gives her access to many more secrets than she imagined.
One of Us Is Lying
by Karen M. McManus
Call Number: FIC McM
When the creator of a high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students all four become suspects. It's up to them to solve the case.
Out of the Easy
by Ruta Sepetys
Call Number: FIC Sep
Josie, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, is striving to escape 1950 New Orleans and enroll at prestigious Smith College when she becomes entangled in a murder investigation.
A Room Away from the Wolves
by Nova Ren Suma
eenage Bina runs away to New York City's Catherine House, a young women's residence in Greenwich Village with a tragic history and dark secrets, where she is drawn to her mysterious downstairs neighbor Monet.
by Courtney Summers
Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. She is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.
This Is Our Story
by Ashley Elston
Call Number: FIC Els
When a hunting accident claims a boy's life, his best friends all come under suspicion.
This Is the Story of You
by Beth Kephart
A superstorm strikes and devastates Haven, a small barrier island, and home to Mira Banul. Her mother and brother are stranded on the mainland. A stranger appears in the wreck of Mira's home. A friend obsessed with vanishing disappears. As the mysteries deepen, Mira must find the strength to hold her memories and to trust a radically reinvented future.
by Maureen Johnson
Call Number: FIC Joh
New at Ellingham Academy, Stevie Bell tries to both solve a murder at campus and the cold case of a double kidnapping.
The Wrath and the Dawn
by Renée Ahdieh
Call Number: FIC Ahd
In this reimagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace.