What are the best mysteries for young readers?

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    #1The Westing Game

    The Westing Game
    Described by Booklist as 'a supersharp mystery, confoundingly clever and very funny' this is a bizarre chain of events that begin when 16 people gather for the reading of Samuel Westling's will. A fascinating book full of word games, disguises, aliases and subterfuges. 
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    Pamela Evans
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "As a kid, this was one of my favorite books, as an adult, I still think back to this book. I read it for the first time in 5th grade, it's kid of like Clue. It has lots of characters ranging from kids, to older people all trying to figure out who the heir of the Westing Fortune is. Really fun book!"
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    #2Miss Nelson Is Missing!

    Miss Nelson Is Missing!
    This is a classic mystery novel first published in 1977 that still being interesting and relevant today. The story of a class of students who don't proffer respect for their teacher Miss Nelson, until her substitute Miss Swamp appears on the scene. 


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    Jacqueline Lawson
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "What a great kids mystery book. Miss Nelson is Missing is a gem from the 1980's but still relevant today. It is a great way to get younger readers interested in stories and reading."
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    #3Half Moon Investigations

    Half Moon Investigations
    Fletcher Moon is a fully qualified private detective. Graduated online, he has solved minor school mysteries but it's just a matter of time he got his first major case. This will happen in the town of Lock when the shadow of the suspicion points to the Sharkey Brothers.
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    Anthony Carroll
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "Half Moon Investigations is by an author who has written quite a few other young adult series; it's maybe not his best book, but it still looks to be an easy and fun read for young people. You might recognize the author from his more well-known Artemis Fowl series - this book is geared towards a slightly younger audience. Some of the dialog is a little forced or over the top, I suppose, but otherwise, I recommend this book as a good option to keep kids interested and engaged."
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    #4The Secret of the Mansion (Trixie Belden)

    The Secret of the Mansion (Trixie Belden)

    The summer for Trixie is so boring until the daughter of a millionaire moves into the next-door mansion, an old miser hides a fortune in this creepy house. 

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    Jose Delgado
    Written on February 23, 2018
    "has perfect rating, probably is really good"
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    #5The Magic of Finkleton

    The Magic of Finkleton

    The Magic of Finkleton is a book by K.C Hilton that tells the story of  Jack, Lizzy, and Robert. When their Uncle Harry died Finkleton became different and the kids are going to find out how to make things back to normal again.

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    Wayne Arnold
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A fantastic book which follows the story of Jack, Lizzy and Robert as they adventure to learn about their town's amazing secret! I am a big fantasy reader, and I could not set the book down! Readers beware you may pull an all nighter like me as I was so eager to continue after each chapter! "
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    #6The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus)

    The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus)
    The Lost Hero, the first book in Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series, is centered on three new demigods: Jason, Piper, and Leo who go on a journey with their newly discovered powers to look for a lost hero and fulfill a long-awaited prophecy.

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    Douglas Cooper
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The mystery is a good way to expand one's mind. The feelings and surprises experienced by these young people in their fantasies are entertaining. It is a good read, especially for younger readers."
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    #7The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games is the first novel of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins which centers on Katniss Everdeen who volunteers as tribute to replace her younger sister in a game televised and ruled by a dictatorial government.

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    Marco Antonio Cervantes
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Hunger Games is a modern classic in a series of books taking you through the trials and tribulations of Katniss Everdeen. A good read for young readers and teens and a must for pop culture literacy."
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    #8The Boxcar Children

    The Boxcar Children

    The Boxcar Children, ideal for grade 2-6 readers, is about the four orphans who start to make a home in a boxcar just to stay together. In their adventure, they meet their grandfather.

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    Joyce Barnett
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I was still in elementary school when I first picked up the Boxcar Children. I couldn't stop reading. My father had to eventually turn off my night light and hide the book from me just to get me to go to bed at night. This is how good and exciting this series was for it. It still it. Now, as an adult, I encourage my nieces and nephew to read this series. It is fun and easy to read, but interesting enough with all the thrills and excitement of a mystery to keep young readers captivated. When I have kids, I am sure to buy then the entire series. It's that good. "
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    #9Chasing Vermeer

    Chasing Vermeer
    When a sort of incredible occurrences brings Patra Andalee and Calder Pillay together, very odd things are about to happen: unrelated events and the disappearing of a Vermeer painting. Petra and Calder are drawn clue by clue to solve the mysterious labyrinth.
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    Jane Bennett
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "I like to book but I gave it to my neice that liked it more. It's more for her as a young reader."
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    #10Harriet the Spy

    Harriet the Spy

    Harriet the Spy is the first book in the Harriet the Spy series written by Louise Fitzhugh. This book for children and young adult readers was originally published in 1964.

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    Diana Williamson
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Harriet the Spy was given to me as a suggestion for my search on the best mysteries for young readers. With over 300 reviews at 4.5 stars out of 5 this is a wonderful suggestion. I believe I recall the Harriet book from some of my older children and with the many purchase options this is a keeper."
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    #11The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot (The Three Investigators)

    The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot (The Three Investigators)

    The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot is a young adult and children's mystery fiction and the second book in Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators series by Robert Arthur. It is published in 1964.

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    Christine Lawrence
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Although this book was written a long time ago, the story never gets old. It is better suited for boys than girls since the main characters are boys. It's a great detective-style book I can still appreciate as an adult. The theme of helping animals out makes the boy a hero, another great lesson for male readers."
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    #12The Woman in Cabin 10

    The Woman in Cabin 10

    The Woman in Cabin 10 is an adventure and mystery book for young adults and adults written by Ruth Ware. It was a Summer Must-Read for both the Entertainment Weekly and the New York Post last 2016.

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    Dorothy Silva
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is gold! This accurately depicts the topic in the solution. "
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    #13The Marshland Mystery (Trixie Belden)

    The Marshland Mystery (Trixie Belden)

    The Marshland Mystery is a young adult mystery fiction and the tenth book in Trixie Belden series written by Kathryn Kenny. It is first published in 1962. 

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    Raymond Davidson
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "While The Marshland Mystery (Trixie Belden) is a good book for younger readers, it's still missing something that may disinterest them. The depth just isn't there and the characters don't seem to be developed enough that they would keep the interest of earlier readers."
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    #14The Hockey Mystery (The Boxcar Children)

    The Hockey Mystery (The Boxcar Children)

    The Hockey Mystery is a children's mystery fiction and the eightieth book in The Boxcar Children series written by Gertrude Chandler Warner. It is published in 2000. 

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    Olivia Parker
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "My daughter is a huge hockey fan and has a hard time getting into books. This one however held her attention and she is now looking for other books with a hockey theme. So glad that she decided to give it a try. "
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    #15The Mystery of the Green Ghost (The Three Investigators)

    The Mystery of the Green Ghost (The Three Investigators)

    The Mystery of the Green Ghost is a young adult and children's mystery fiction and the fourth book in The Three Investigators by Robert Arthur. It is first published in 1965. 

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    Nicholas Ortiz
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "my son actually has this book. he got it for christmas and said it was a really good book and ive seen him read it a few times since then"
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    #16The Mystery of the Talking Skull (The Three Investigators)

    The Mystery of the Talking Skull (The Three Investigators)

    The Mystery of the Talking Skull is a young adult mystery fiction and the eleventh book in The Three Investigators series written by Robert Arthur. It is published in 1969. 

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    Brian Kelley
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "The Mystery of the Talking Skull is an excellent mystery book suitable for kids and teens. The characters and plot are fun and interesting. It's a bit old but still holds up well, a true classic. My son loved it."
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    #17The Mystery of the Screaming Clock (The Three Investigators)

    The Mystery of the Screaming Clock (The Three Investigators)

    The Mystery of the Screaming Clock is a young adult mystery fiction and the ninth book in The Three Investigators series by Robert Arthur. It is first published in 1965. 

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    Albert Coleman
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The Mystery of the Screaming Clock is the 9th book in The Three Investigators series. It was originally published in 1965 and has really stood the test of time in regard to great books for young boys. If you have a 7-12 year old boy, I would recommend this book and series."
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    #18The Gatehouse Mystery (Trixie Belden)

    The Gatehouse Mystery (Trixie Belden)

    The Gatehouse Mystery is a young adult mystery fiction and the third book in Trixie Belden series written by Julie Campbell. It is first published in 1951. 

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    Margaret Smith
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "My daughter has always loved mysteries so I figured that she would love a book for a present. One of the best books that I came across for her had to be The Gatehouse Mystery (Trixie Belden). I gave her this book and she finished it within days! She said that Trixie Belden really did an awesome job with this book."
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    #19Mystery at Lake Placid (Screech Owls)

    Mystery at Lake Placid (Screech Owls)

    Mystery at Lake Placid is a children's mystery fiction and the first book in Screech Owls series written by Roy MacGregor. It is first published in 1995. 

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    Bobby Warren
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "My daughter read this book for her literature class and she said she really enjoyed it. She even bought a copy for her friend's birthday so that she can read it too. It's a very good book "
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    #20The Mystery in Arizona (Trixie Belden)

    The Mystery in Arizona (Trixie Belden)

    The Mystery in Arizona is a young adult mystery fiction and the sixth book in Trixie Belden series written by Julie Campbell. It is first published in 1958. 

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    Rosa María Leal
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I think this is a great story for young readers. It was published half a century ago but tells a timeless tale that will resonate with the youth of today just as well. "
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    #21The Mysterious Visitor (Trixie Belden)

    The Mysterious Visitor (Trixie Belden)

    The Mysterious Visitor is a young adult mystery fiction and the fourth book in Trixie Belden series written by Julie Campbell. It is first published in 1954. 

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    Kimberly Robertson
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "The Mysterious Visitor is the fourth book in Trixie Belden, a series of young adult mystery fiction. My young reader has been through many of these books and enjoyed this one as much as the others."

Summary

Best What are the best mysteries for young readers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Westing GameBooks 14 Paid
2Miss Nelson Is Missing!Books 12 Paid
3Half Moon InvestigationsBooks 11 Paid
4The Secret of the Mansion (Trixie Belden)Books 9 Paid
5The Magic of FinkletonBooks 7 Paid
6The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus)Books 6 Paid
7The Hunger GamesBooks 4 Paid
8The Boxcar ChildrenBooks 3 Paid
9Chasing VermeerBooks 2 Paid
10Harriet the SpyBooks 1 Paid
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