Get your middle school kid hooked on these exciting mystery books for middle schoolers, and you’ll help develop a reader for life.
Getting kids excited about reading can sometimes be tough!
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Award-winning author Tony Abbott weaves an intriguing and entertaining mystery of adventure, friendship and family.
In the third book in the Edgar Award–nominated and national bestselling Echo Falls series, Peter Abrahams’ talent for building suspense shines as Ingrid embarks on her most harrowing adventure yet. Perfect for middle schoolers looking for a good mystery.
When Gilda lands a summer internship at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., she finds herself caught up in both a museum haunting and a real case of espionage.
While investigating a cemetery where Abraham Lincoln/s son was once buried, Gilda stumbles upon a spy’s dead drop of classified information.
It is into the mist-shrouded heart of this forbidden, mountainous realm that our plucky and intrepid heroes, Jasper Dash, Boy Technonaut, and his friends Lily Gefelty and Katie Mulligan, must journey to unravel a terrible mystery.
Intricate plotting, surprise twists, and lively prose make for another suspenseful page-turner that stands alone or sets the stage for Midnight Magic!
It’s 1849, the year John Huffman’s father is sentenced to London’s Whitecross Street Prison.
He’s been put away for gambling debt — leaving fourteen-year-old John and his family out on the street.
It seems gambling is the least of their problems: Father Huffman is accused of treason.
Surrounded by a cast of sinister and suspicious characters, John’s not sure what to believe…or whom.
Michael Beil, a New York City high school English teacher and life-long mystery fan, delivers a middle-grade caper that’s perfect for middle-grade readers who have loved The Lemonade War series and are ready for more advanced mysteries!
When a local potato chip tycoon invites area kids to an all-day puzzle hunt, Winston Breen is psyched.
It turns out the day is not all fun and games.
Their teacher is being overly competitive, the puzzles are hard (even for Winston), and someone in the contest is playing dirty in order to win the fifty-thousand-dollar grand prize!
Trying to stop the mystery cheater before it’s too late takes an already tough challenge to a whole new level…
Not only is the name of this series a secret, but the story is, too.
For it concerns a secret–a big secret–that has been tormenting people like you for over . . . oh no!
Did I just mention the secret? Then it’s too late. I’m afraid nothing will stop you now.
Read this series if you must. But please, tell no one.
2009 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year
A New York Times bestselling middle grade mystery novel full of adventure, friendship, and stolen art.
A woman “cursed” with a gift must join forces with a man hiding ulterior motives – or die.
Born with synesthesia, Annie sees a pulsating World of color others can’t perceive.
This makes her a sought-after stained-glass artist and a key member of the K-9 Search and Rescue Team.
No one knows how well Annie hides her insecurities – until Jed comes along.
Since 2005, Michael Buckley’s bestselling Sisters Grimm series has delighted fans with the story of the Grimm family, guardians of the world’s fairy-tale characters.
There’s only one book left in the series, and this comprehensive guide provides the perfect refresher for fans looking to brush up before the dramatic final installment and is the perfect introduction for new readers.
This gripping mystery, spiked with math clues, follows quirky outcasts Lady Di and Tom Jones as they try to save their woebegone island community.
In their trailer park next to the Folsom Energy Plant, people have started to vanish, and no one seems to care.
At first the kids barely notice the disappearances themselves — until their beloved math tutor, Mrs. Clarke, is abducted too.
Twelve-year-old Daniel, the new kid in town, soon learns the truth about his nice but odd new friends: one can fly, another can turn invisible, yet another controls electricity. Incredible.
The superkids use their powers to secretly do good in the town, but they’re haunted by the fact that the moment they turn thirteen, their abilities will disappear — along with any memory that they ever had them.
Is a memory-stealing super-villain sapping their powers?
When Aunt Gloria’s son, Salim, mysteriously disappears from a sealed pod on the London Eye, everyone is frantic.
Even the police are baffled.
Ted, whose brain runs on its own unique operating system, and his older sister, Kat, overcome their prickly relationship to become sleuthing partners.
They follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin, while time ticks dangerously by.
The Super Bowl. America’s biggest sports spectacle. Over 95 million fans will be watching.
Teen sportswriters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson know that what they’ll be watching is a lie.
They know that the entire offensive line of the California Dreams have failed their doping tests.
They know the owner is trying to cover up the results.
The only thing they don’t know is how to prove it.
2009 Edgar Award Nominee
The Big Splash revitalizes the noir novel while delivering a terrific, addictive mystery that crackles with wit and excitement.
Featuring the strong plotting and offbeat humor that won the Bloodwater Mysteries a prestigious Edgar nomination, Doppelganger is full of twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very end.
Winston Breen says the only thing better than discovering a puzzle is stumping someone else with it.
But when his sister uncovers mysterious strips of wood with words and letters on them, even Winston himself is stumped.
Chock-full of puzzles to solve, some tied to the mystery and some not, this treasure hunt will keep readers’ brains teased right up to the exciting ending!
Gilda Joyce’s best friend, Wendy Choy, is chosen to participate in a piano competition in Oxford, England, so of course super-sleuth Gilda finds a way to go too.
Once there, the grueling practice schedule takes a backseat to strange and spooky occurrences.
Even more chilling are Wendy’s ghostly nightmares of a young boy and the haunting melody she can’t shake out of her mind.
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