Sunday, May 29, 2016

RA RA Read: Middle Grade Mysteries

When I'm looking for mysteries for middle grade readers I'm looking for just that - mysteries. The kids generally aren't interested in complex characters, literary writing, or heartfelt messages. They want a dang MYSTERY. Preferably with clues and, depending on the kid, an actual murder. These are some of my most-recommended series and authors.

Clues and Codes: Mysteries to Solve

  • Titles and Series
    • Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett (trilogy)
    • The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin
    • Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School by Andrew Clements (series)
    • London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
    • Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
    • The Detective's Assistant by Kate Hannigan
    • Club CSI by David Lewman (series)
    • Maggie Brooklyn by Leslie Margolis (series)
    • Shredderman; Sammy Keyes by Wendelin Van Draanen (series)
    • Eddie Red Undercover by Marcia Wells

Mysteries with Adventure and Danger

  • Authors
    • Willo Davis Roberts
  • Titles and Series
    • 39 Clues by various authors (multiple series)
    • Trixie Belden by various authors (series)
    • Lenny and the Mikes by Josh Berk (series)
    • Hardy Boys by Franklin Dixon (classic series)
    • Hardy Boys Adventures by Franklin Dixon (newer reincarnation; edgy)
    • Cabin Creek Mysteries by Kristiana Gregory (series)
    • Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene (classic series)
    • Nancy Drew Diaries by Carolyn Keene (newer reincarnation; fluffy)

Caper Mysteries
  • Titles and Series
    • Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
    • Swindle by Gordon Korman (series)
    • Loot by Jude Watson
Mysteries with Humor and Quirk
  • Titles and Series
    • Brixton Brothers by Mac Barnett (series)
    • Science Fair by Dave Barry
    • The Brain by Martin Chatterton
    • Mudshark by Gary Paulsen
    • Smells like dog by Suzanne Selfors

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