Mystery and Suspense
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs; 2011
Gr 8 Up-Sixteen-year-old Jacob, traumatized by his grandfather’s sudden, violent death, travels with his father to a remote island off the coast of Wales to find the orphanage where his grandfather was sent to live to escape Nazi persecution. When he arrives, he finds the children from his grandfather’s stories are still at the orphanage, living in a time loop in 1940.
Midnight Tunnel: a Suzanne Snow Mystery by Angie Frazier; 2011
Gr 4-7-It is 1904, and Suzanna Snow, 11, is being trained to be a proper lady and hostess at her family’s inn in Loch Harbor, New Brunswick. However, Zanna has other aspirations. She wants to be a detective like her famous Uncle Bruce. A chance for sleuthing comes her way when a young guest goes missing on a stormy night.
Liar Society by Lisa Roecker; 2011
Gr 7-10-The past year has been a nightmare for Kate as she mourns the accidental death of her best friend, Grace, and the estrangement of her other friend, Maddie. Sitting alone in her bedroom, Kate receives an email from Grace telling her that she is still here and that Kate must help her.
Death Cloud by Andrew Lane; 2011
Gr 6-9-It’s the summer of 1868 and 14-year-old Sherlock Holmes is on a break from school. Since his father is away in the army and his older brother is busy in London, Sherlock lands at the estate of some relatives he doesn’t know and is soon embroiled in a mystery.
Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers; 2011
Gr 9 Up- Eddie’s father, a brilliant but reclusive photographer, has killed himself, and Eddie is struggling for answers far beyond the one-line note her father left behind.
Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk; 2011
Gr. 8 Up-Being a hefty, deaf newcomer makes Will Halpin the least popular guy at Coaler High. But when he befriends the only guy less popular than him, this duo has the smarts and guts to figure out who knocked off the star quarterback. Will can’t hear what’s going on, but he’s a great observer. So, who did it?
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Ashe; 2007
Gr 7 Up-High school senior Clay Jensen receives 7 audiotapes in the mail, containing the story of why Hannah Baker, a girl he adores, committed suicide. Each Side is devoted to a person in her life and a reason for her death.
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen; 2008
Gr. 8 Up-Ever since their world was destroyed by a nuclear attack, 15-yr-old Eli and his family have lived in the Compound, a bomb shelter built by his billionaire father. Despite having every comfort, Eli is haunted by the fact that his twin and his grandmother were left behind.
Peeled by Joan Bauer; 2008
Gr 6-9-Hildy Biddle, high school reporter for The Core, has her hands full following the story of a ghost haunting the old Ludlow place. Life in her sleepy apple-valley town is upset when a dead body turns up in the Ludlow orchard.
London Eyed Mystery by Siobhan Dowd; 2008
Gr. 5-8– When Ted and Kat’s cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye ferris wheel, the two siblings must work together to try to solve the mystery of what happened to him.
Virals by Kathy Reichs; 2010
Gr. 6-10-Tory Brennan leads a band of teen ‘sci-philes’ living off the coast of South Carolina. The group rescues a dog caged for medical testing, and are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.
Boxer and the Spy by Robert B. Parker; 2008
Gr. 9 Up– Terry, an aspiring boxer, uncovers the mystery behind the unexpected death of a classmate.
Code Orange by Caroline Cooney; 2005
Gr. 6-9-Hunting for a topic for his biology research paper on infectious diseases, Manhattan private schooler Mitty Blake picks up an antique textbooks, discovers an envelope within its pages, and takes out its contents: scabs from a long=-ago smallpox epidemic.
Wolf Rider by Avi; 2007
Gr. 7 Up-After receiving an apparent crank call from a man claiming to have committed murder, Andy struggles to make everyone believe him.
Strings Attached by Judy Blundell; 2011
Gr. 7 Up- From National Book Award winner Judy Blundell, the tale of a sixteen-year-old girl caught in a mix of love, mystery, Broadway glamour, and Mob retribution in 1950 New York.
Missing by Becky Citra; 2011
Gr. 6-8-After her mother dies in a horseback-riding accident, Thea’s father lands a job fixing up a rundown guest ranch. But something is not quite right here. Not only does Thea discover a neglected, abused, and mistrustful horse in the barn, but she also finds records that a four-year-old girl disappeared many years ago under mysterious and sinister circumstances
Blood On My Hand by Todd Strasser; 2010
Gr. 8 Up– Callie Carson is happy-she finally got an invite to one of the coolest parties of the year. But her night with the inner circle quickly ends when she makes a horrifying discovery; her friend Katherine has been killed.
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan; 1978
Gr. 7 Up-A group of students kidnap their teacher to “teach him a lesson,” but their plans go awry when he dies, leaving them in a morass of lies and guilt.
Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game by John Feinstein; 2010
Gr 6-9–14-year-old reporters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson get a chance to help major Washington newspapers cover the Army-Navy football game and stumble across an illegal gambling racket, perpetrated by the game’s officiating squad.
Half-Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer; 2006
Gr. 4-7– Private investigator Fletcher Moon, nicknamed “Half Moon” because of his shortness, must track down a conspiracy or be framed for a crime he did no commit.