What are the best young adult mystery books?

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    #1If You Find Me

    If You Find Me

    If You Find Me is a standalone young adult realistic fiction novel written by Emily Murdoch which centers on 15-year-old Carey trying to find out the truth why her mother abducted her 10 years ago. 

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    Isidro Molina
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I love books like this with an odd mystery to solve. Emily is a great protagonist and I loved what she found out near the end. I recommend."
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    #2Among the Hidden (Shadow Children)

    Among the Hidden (Shadow Children)

    Among the Hidden is the first book in the young adult dystopian series Shadow Children written by Margaret Peterson Haddix which centers on one of the shadow children named Luke who meets a girl named Jen who is like him.  

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    Terry Young
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I found this book very cliche. It's the basic boy meets girl story. While I never found it revolutionary it is well written and tells a good story. Although it's a story we've all heard a thousand times, just in a different setting. "
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    #3Code Orange

    Code Orange

    Code Orange is a standalone young adult realistic fiction novel written by Caroline B. Cooney which follows the life of Mitty Blake after he becomes engrossed in a project on infectious diseases.

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    Gloria Woods
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I really love this book. It isn't a typical mystery that you can sort of switch out with all the other typical mysteries. It left me guessing and really wanting to know answers. I couldn't put it down and was disappointed when I was finished. "
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    #4The Secret of Terror Castle (The Three Investigators)

    The Secret of Terror Castle (The Three Investigators)

    The Secret of Terror Castle is the first book in the young adult mystery series The Three Investigators written by Robert Arthur which is centers on three male friends who decide to launch their own investigative agency from their home base. 

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    Julia Walsh
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is a fun series of books that my daughter literally devoured when she was younger. I'm sort of surprised to see this listed as a young adult series, though, since she read this when she was in 5th or 6th grade. I'm not sure she'd be as captivated by it, now, and she's just a teen. I've read these too, at the breakfast table, when I was just hanging out. They're cute and fun - and I'd highly recommend them for a younger child."
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    #5The Tower Treasure (Hardy Boys)

    The Tower Treasure (Hardy Boys)

    The Tower Treasure is the first book in the young adult adventure series Hardy Boys written by Franklin W. Dixon which follows the adventures of Frank and Joe Hardy.

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    Megan Martin
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Very good book with a interesting story. I like how the author explains the details of the story. I think many people will enjoy reading this, the author is good and the price is fair. Also good reviews. Recommend this book. "
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    #6The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew)

    The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew)
    The Nancy Drew Mystery Series portrays Nancy's thrilling adventures while searching for Mr. Crowley's missing will. This original volume is the 1930 version written by Carolyn Keene.
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    Katherine Stone
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "On a lark, I reread this as a 63 year-old because it was such a favorite when I was about 8 or 9. I couldn't believe how much I enjoyed this re-read. Of course this is not "good" literature and like all the Nancy Drew books I read as a child is formulaic. Unfortunately, I don't think my daughter would want her daughter reading these books, simply because they are not "good" literature. However, I couldn't believe how exciting it was today as it was back then. I couldn't put it down. I liked the simplicity and yet the plot at the same time. It sparkled for me and not just from bringing back memories of childhood. Of course, it's a quick read. I don't think there is anything wrong with getting a reluctant reader to get hooked on these. Nancy Drew hooked me on reading more than any other books and I can imagine younger girls today might want to devour them as I did back in the early 60's."
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    #7Gallows Hill

    Gallows Hill

    Gallows Hill is a thrilling mystery and fantasy novel for teens written by Lois Duncan. It was released in 1998. It is about a teenaged girl who found out she was a witch and inflicted panic on a small town.

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    Lawrence Simpson
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This one was a little strange, i read this on a plane ride. It was not what i expected it to be . Although i found it very interesting and finished the book pretty fast. I more than likely think this one was geared towards young children. Not to say that adults won't find it a good book as well but in my opinion that is what i think it was geared towards. "
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    #8The Face on the Milk Carton

    The Face on the Milk Carton

    The Face on the Milk Carton is the first book in the mystery fiction series Janie Johnson written by Caroline B. Cooney which centers on 15-year-old Janie Johnson trying to find clues why her parents kidnapped her. 

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    Kimberly Dunn
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Just a single glance at the author (Caroline B. Cooney, for those unaware) and you know its going to a good book. "The Face on the Milk Carton" lays the foundation for an entire series and is the perfect introduction for young adults into the genre of mystery. This book is sure to suck any young adult into the world of mystery and spark a passion for reading that is sure to last a lifetime. "
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    #9The 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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    Tammy Schultz
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "My teen is looking for some reading material over the summer, and she really likes mysteries. I wanted to get a few for her as a gift. Trixie Belden is not going to work. The reading level and plot are for a much younger audience. I would say about 4th to 6th grade, definitely not a teen. It looks like a great book for that age level, just not what I'm looking for."
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    #10Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

    Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

    Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief is the first book in Wendelin Van Draanen's mystery and comedy series for pre-teens and young adults. It was first released in 1999 and won an Edgar Award.

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    Phillip Brown
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Good book, strong characters, interesting mystery. That's the idea I got from watching my daughter read this book when I bought it for her. She is officially hooked on Van Draanen's book series. She likes that it makes her think."
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    #11The Chicken and The Quail

    The Chicken and The Quail

    The Chicken and The Quail is a mystery and thought-provoking book written by Nissar Ahmed A. Naik, published on August 18, 2012 by Createspace. It follows a dead man who rises from the dead.

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    Marco Antonio Bernal
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "So i was looking for the best possible young adult mystery books and for that I ended up buying The Chicken and The Quail. I love it! I have finished the book in a couple days i love it so much."
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    #12Double Identity

    Double Identity

    Double Identity is a scicen fiction and suspense-thriller novel written by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This book was republished in March 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books. It tells the story of a 13-year old girl named Bethany and her family.

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    Kathy Robertson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I really liked this one. It's a decent read for adults and a great read for the young adult set. It brings science and intrigue together."
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    #13The Dollhouse Murders

    The Dollhouse Murders

    The Dollhouse Murders is a standalone children's horror novel written by Betty Ren Wright which centers on 12-year-old Amy who discovers a haunted dollhouse in the attic of her aunt's old family home. 

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Best What are the best young adult mystery books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1If You Find MeBooks 44 Paid
2Among the Hidden (Shadow Children)Books 39 Paid
3Code OrangeBooks 38 Paid
4The Secret of Terror Castle (The Three Investigators)Books 36 Paid
5The Tower Treasure (Hardy Boys)Books 35 Paid
6The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew)Books 33 Paid
7Gallows HillBooks 26 Paid
8The Face on the Milk CartonBooks 4 Paid
9The Secret of the Mansion (Trixie Belden)Books 4 Paid
10Sammy Keyes and the Hotel ThiefBooks 1 Paid
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