Whether it’s solving a murder, outwitting the crime operation at school, or delving into an otherworldly revenge filled with magic and mystery, these books will keep teens reading.
Undone by Brooke Taylor
Sixteen-year-olds Serena and Kori look alike but have opposite personalities and live very different lives in Kismet, Colorado, but when tragedy strikes, Serena decides to complete Kori's list of "5 Secret Things" and uncovers, in the process, the mystery that has bound them together.
Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn
When thirteen-year-old Logan and his family move into a run-down old house in rural Virginia, he discovers that a woman was murdered there and becomes involved with his neighbor Arthur in a dangerous investigation to try to uncover the killer.
The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo
Matt Stevens, an average middle schooler with a glib tongue and a knack for solving crimes, uncovers a mystery while working with "the organization," a mafia-like syndicate run by seventh-grader Vincent "Mr. Biggs" Biggio, specializing in forged hall passes, test-copying rings, black market candy selling, and taking out hits with water guns.
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
This highly inventive mystery involves sixteen people who are invited to the reading of Samuel W. Westing's will. They could become millionaires, depending on how they play the tricky and dangerous Westing game, which involves blizzards, burglaries, and bombings.
The Mystery of the Fool and the Vanisher by David Ellwand
An eerie journal-within-a-journal, illustrated with exquisite photographs that tells a tale of archaeologists and fairies, human hubris and otherworldly revenge, and the magic of the natural world and the mystery of imagination.