Mystery
... for grades 7 and 8

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Abrahams, Peter. Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery. 2005. *
Junior High Fiction ABR
Ingrid Levin-Hill’s mom is late picking her up from the orthodontist, so Ingrid decides to walk to soccer practice. Somehow she finds herself lost in a strange part of town. Fortunately, she gets some help from an eccentric but kind old lady who everyone knows as Cracked-up Katie. There’s only one problem: the next day Katie is found dead, and Ingrid’s soccer cleats are found at the crime scene.
Almond, David. Skellig. 1998. *
Youth Fiction ALM
Michael finds a filthy, ragged stranger in an abandoned shed on the property his family has just purchased. Who–or what–is this strange being?
Anderson, M.T. The Game of Sunken Places. 2004. *
Youth Fiction AND
Gregory and Brian are two 13-year-olds who receive a strange invitation to visit Gregory’s uncle Max at his mansion in Vermont. Uncle Max is decidedly eccentric. He drives a horse and buggy, and there is no electricity in his home. In fact his whole life seems to be from another era. But it is more than eccentricity when Uncle Max burns the boys’ luggage, forces them to wear Victorian clothes, and involves them in a game– a deadly game.
Avi. Wolf Rider: A Tale of Terror. 1986. *
Junior High Fiction AVI
Fifteen-year-old Andy Zadinski picks up the kitchen phone one evening and hears the caller confess that he is standing in a room with the body of a woman he has just murdered. Probably just a crank call, right? Wrong.
Bloor, Edward. Story Time. 2004. *
Junior High Fiction BLO
If you like a little of the supernatural with your mystery, you’ll enjoy this tale of a bizarre school for the gifted. Sixth-grader George and eighth-grader Kate are two bright students who find themselves going to school in a library rumored to be haunted.
Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. 1991. *
Junior High Fiction BRO
Jane Eyre tells her life story to you as though you were her closest friend. Orphaned and mistreated as a child, Jane grows into a plain, solitary young woman who finds work as a governess for the child of the wealthy and mysterious Edward Rochester. As time goes on, Jane begins to sense that the Rochester mansion is concealing a sinister secret.
Cooney, Caroline B. The Face on the Milk Carton. 1990. *
Junior High Fiction COO
Everyone has seen those faces of abducted children on signs, postcards, and food containers. But one day in the school cafeteria, 15-year-old Janie Johnson looks at the picture on her milk carton and sees herself.
Cross, Gillian. On the Edge. 1984.
Youth Fiction CRO
Thirteen-year-old Tug returns from an afternoon run to find his house oddly dark and silent. As he enters, he is grabbed from behind, struck on the head, and kidnapped. A short while later, a girl named Jinny starts to notice unusual goings-on in a supposedly empty cottage near her family’s farm.
Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes. 1983. *
Junior High Fiction DOY
If you’re a mystery fan you will love this collection of 37 original Sherlock Holmes stories. Match wits with the greatest detective in literature to find the answer to the most baffling crimes ever committed. And remember– nothing is what it appears to be in a Sherlock Holmes mystery!
Du Maurier, Daphne. Rebecca. 1938. *
Junior High Fiction DUM
If you have never read this page-turner, treat yourself to a book that never lets up on suspense. When an awkward, naïve girl marries a wealthy socialite widower, she finds sinister reminders of her husband’s first wife everywhere. It is almost as if the beautiful, elegant Rebecca is still alive, taunting her– and watching her every move.
Duncan, Lois. I Know What You Did Last Summer. 1973.
Junior High Fiction DUN
The future looks bright for Julie James as she finishes up her senior year and looks forward to college. She can almost forget the horrible, deadly accident that she and her friends caused the summer before. At the time the four of them had sworn never to tell anyone about it, and all of them had kept their promise. But someone knows – and is after revenge.
Hiaasen, Carl. Flush. 2005. *
Junior High Fiction HIA
The author of Hoot is back with another funny, quirky environmental mystery. Noah Underwood’s dad has really gone too far this time. A passionate environmentalist, Paine Underwood has been arrested for sinking a floating casino that he thinks is dumping its waste into the water. With their father behind bars, it is up to Noah and his sister Abbey to prove that Dad’s claims are true – but how?
Hobbs, Will. Ghost Canoe. 1997.
Junior High Fiction HOB
It is 1874, and 14-year-old Nathan’s father is a lighthouse keeper off the coast of Washington State. When Nathan’s mother becomes ill, he must move with her to a small town on the mainland to speed her recovery. But from the moment they arrive, Nathan senses that something strange – and deadly – is going on.
Hoeye, Michael. Time Stops for No Mouse. 2002.
Junior High Fiction HOE
Watchmaker – and mouse – Hermux Tantamoq enjoys his quiet, peaceful life until the day Linka Perflinger comes to his shop with an urgent request for a watch repair. Adventurous, fearless and full of life, Linka is everything Hermux wishes to be. He can’t wait for her to return to pick up her watch. When she fails to show up, Hermux decides to investigate, and finds himself mixed up with spies, corporate criminals, kidnappers – and murderers.
Horowitz, Anthony. The Falcon’s Malteser. 2004.
Junior High Fiction HOR
The Diamond Brothers Detective Agency, the world’s worst detective agency, has blundered into a real mess. Their only client, Johnny Naples, has been found dead after entrusting them with a mysterious package. The chief suspect? Tim Diamond! Now it is up to 13-year-old Nick to solve the case and free his brother from jail.
Lisle, Janet Taylor. The Art of Keeping Cool. 2000.
Youth Fiction LIS
The year is 1942 and Robert is staying with his grandparents while his father is fighting in World War II. In the coastal New England town where they live, there’s plenty of excitement: talk of war, military maneuvers, and even submarine sightings. But the mysteries within Robert’s family are even more intriguing than the action taking place all around them.
Littke, Lael. Lake of Secrets. 2002.
Junior High Fiction LIT
Here is a story that combines mystery and the paranormal. Fifteen-year-old Carlene’s brother Keith disappeared at the age of 4, before Carlene was born. But her mother has never given up hope that he might be found. When remnants of his clothes are suddenly discovered, Carlene and her mother travel back to their former town to try to unravel the mystery. The town triggers powerful memories of the town for Carlene – even though she has never been there before.
Mass, Wendy. Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. 2006. *
Youth Fiction MAS
The ultimate mystery, of course, is the meaning of life, and this is the mystery that twelve-year-old Jeremy Fink sets out to solve. A month before his birthday, Jeremy receives an elaborate wooden box in the mail. The box is from his father, who died several years earlier, and it is marked, “The Meaning of Life: For Jeremy Fink to Open on His Thirteenth Birthday.” There is only one problem: the box is locked tight and can only be opened with a combination of four keys. No problem, right? Wrong. There are no keys.
Nixon, Joan Lowery. Don’t Scream. 1996.
Junior High Fiction NIX
When a cute guy moves in next door to seventeen-year-old Jessica, she’s thrilled. When another cute guy registers at school, Jess is ecstatic. But we know something that Jess doesn’t know: one of the newcomers is a vicious criminal who has been relocated by the Federal Witness Protection Program. What we don’t know is – which one?
Plum-Ucci, Carol. The Body of Christopher Creed. 2000.
Junior High Fiction PLU
Here is another mysterious disappearance. This time, it’s the class loser, Chris Creed, who is missing. Sixteen-year-old Torey, popular and athletic, has never had much to do with kids like Chris. Yet he becomes haunted by Chris’s disappearance, and determined to find out what happened. His partners in the investigation are Ali and Bo, two kids he would normally never hang out with.
Roberts, Willo Davis. Twisted Summer. 1996.
Youth Fiction ROB
Fourteen-year-old Cici is looking forward to her summer at Crystal Lake. She’s finally old enough to hang around with the “big kids,” and she looks great in a bathing suit! This will be the summer her crush, Jack, will finally notice she’s alive! But when she gets to the lake, nothing is the same. Jack’s brother Brody is in jail, accused of murder. Convinced that he couldn’t have committed such a horrible crime, Cici decides to discover who did. She soon finds herself facing a horrible choice: stop investigating, or risk the wrath of a ruthless killer.
Springer, Nancy. Blood Trail. 2003. *
Junior High Fiction SPR
Jeremy and Aaron have been best friends since second grade. On one of their many afternoons together, Aaron confesses that he has become afraid of his twin brother Nathan. Later that day, Aaron is found dead. Was Nathan the murderer? It is up to Jeremy to find out.
Trueman, Terry. Stuck in Neutral. 2000. *
Junior High Fiction TRU
Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel has cerebral palsy. Confined to a wheelchair, unable to speak, move, or control his most basic functions, Shawn is easily mistaken for a “vegetable,” someone with no mental capacity. Nothing could be further from the truth. Shawn is a genius, and even though he cannot communicate with anyone in his world, he tells us, the readers, everything– including the fact that he thinks his father is planning to kill him.
Weatherly, Lee. Missing Abby. 2004.
Junior High Fiction WEA
Emma and Abby were best friends for years, united by the fantasy games they shared. But lately they have drifted apart, hanging out with different people and even attending different schools. When Abby is reported missing, Emma joins the search for her friend, reconnecting with Abby’s world– a world of Goth dress and Medieval role-playing.
Werlin, Nancy. The Killer’s Cousin. 1998.
Junior High Fiction WER
Seventeen-year-old David’s girlfriend was brutally murdered and he was one of the prime suspects. Although he was eventually acquitted, he is haunted by his past– so much so that his parents suggest he finish out his senior year at a new school in a new town. So David moves in with his aunt and uncle and their 11-year-old daughter. What he finds in his new home is far more terrifying than the life he left behind.