Sunday, March 25, 2018

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)
    • 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 (series)
    • The Detective's Assistant by Kate Hannigan (historical fiction)
    • Club CSI by David Lewman (series)
    • Maggie Brooklyn by Leslie Margolis (series)
    • Framed by James Ponti (series)
    • Shredderman; Sammy Keyes by Wendelin Van Draanen (series)
    • Eddie Red Undercover by Marcia Wells (series)
Mysteries with Adventure and Danger
  • Authors
    • Willo Davis Roberts
  • Titles and Series
    • 39 Clues by various authors (multiple series)
    • Ring of Rocamadeur by Michael Beil (series)
    • Angie's first case by Donald Sobol (out of print)
    • Impossible clue by Sarah Rubin
    • Emperor's riddle by Kat Zhang
Caper Mysteries
  • Titles and Series
    • Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
    • Swindle by Gordon Korman (series)
    • Loot by Jude Watson (series)
Mysteries with Humor and Quirk
  • Titles and Series
    • Brixton Brothers by Mac Barnett (series)
    • Science Fair by Dave Barry
    • Belly up by Stuart Gibbs (series)
    • Mudshark by Gary Paulsen
    • Smells like dog by Suzanne Selfors
Mysteries with actual corpses
  • Titles and Series
    • Strike three, you're dead by Josh Berk (series)
    • The Brain by Martin Chatterton (duology - quirky)

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