Friday, December 23, 2022

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)
    • Drew Leclair gets a clue by Katryn Bury
    • 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)
    • Swallowtail Legacy by Michael Beil (series)
    • Camp Murderface by Josh Berk (series)
    • Mighty Muskrats by Michael Hutchison (series)
    • Impossible clue by Sarah Rubin
    • Kat Wolfe Investigates by Lauren St. John
    • 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 and/or ghosts
  • Titles and Series
    • Strike three, you're dead by Josh Berk (series)
    • Forgotten girl by India Hill Brown
    • Sunnyside Plaza by Scott Simon

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