Mysteries: Books for Teens


Avi. Wolf Rider: A Tale of Terror. 1986.
Fifteen-year-old Andy Zadinski risks his own safety to protect a young woman while tracking down her pretended killer, a stranger named Zeke.
Bennett Jay. Death Grip. 1993.
While pretending to find out who stole his precious violin, violinist Shane Lockwood falls in love with a beautiful young woman who, Shane discovers, could be involved in the disappearance of his instrument.
Bennett, Jay. The Executioner. 1982.
Three survivors of an automobile crash in which the driver was killed are threatened by an executioner who believes they should die too.
Bennett, Jay. Sing Me a Death Song. 1990.
Jason risks his life to find evidence that his mother, a convicted murderer facing execution, was framed.
Bennett, Jay. The Skeleton Man. 1986.
When his uncle Ed commits suicide, after giving him a birthday gift of $30,000, Ray receives mysterious death threats and becomes involved in a dangerous series of events.
Bennett, Jay. Skinhead. 1991.
A plea from a dying man he has never seen before gets nineteen-year-old Jonathan involved in a life-and-death struggle with a group of white-supremacist skinheads.
Cadnum, Michael. Zero at the Bone. 1996.
When 18-year-old Anita fails to return home from work, her parents and younger brother try to understand and cope with her disappearance.
Cascone, A.G. In a Crooked Little House. 1994.
People are dying at Huntington Prep in what appear to be accidents, but Iggy-Boy knows they're not.
Chandler, Raymond. The Big Sleep. 1967.
Phillip Marlowe's classic case involves a paralyzed California millionaire, his two psychotic daughters, blackmail,and murder.
Christie, Agatha. And Then There Were None. 1976.
Ten men and women, invited to an island retreat by an American millionaire whose identity remains unknown to them, begin to die off one by one.
Cooney, Caroline. Face on the Milk Carton. 1990.
Fifteen-year-old Janie sees a picture of her younger self on the side of a milk carton and is forced to seek the truth of her past.
Cooney, Caroline. Wanted! 1997.
Pursued by the police and her father's killer, Alice struggles to prove her innocence.
Cormier, Robert. Tenderness. 1997.
A psychological thriller told from the points of view of a teenage serial killer and the runaway girl who falls in love with him.
Duncan, Lois. Don't Look Behind You. 1989.
Seventeen-year-old April finds her comfortable life changed forever when death threats to her father force her family to go into hiding under assumed names and flee the pursuit of a hired killer.
Duncan, Lois. Killing Mr. Griffin. 1978.
A group of students kidnap their English teacher to "teach him a lesson," but their plans go awry when he dies.
Duncan, Lois. I Know What You Did Last Summer. 1973.
Four teenagers, trying to conceal their responsibility for a hit-and-run accident, are pursued by a mystery figure seeking revenge.
Duncan, Lois. Third Eye. 1984.
When a neighborhood child disappears, high school senior Karen discovers that she can somehow "see" the missing child.
Erlich, Amy. Where it Stops, Nobody Knows. 1988.
Moving from place to place seemed like a game to Nina when she was small. Now it seems more like hiding, and Nina wants to know why.
Guy, Rosa. The Disappearance. 1979.
Acquittal doesn't mean freedom.
Hahn, Mary Downing. Look for Me by Moonlight. 1995.
Cynda, feeling lonely and isolated with her father and his new family at their old Maine inn, takes solace in the attentions of a charming but mysterious guest.
Hauptman, Pete. Mr. Was. 1996.
In order to prevent his mother's death at the hands of his father, Jack travels back in time fifty-five years through a door in his grandfather's house.
Konigsburg, E.L. Silent to the Bone. 2000.
Is the British nanny lying when she accuses 13-year-old Bramwell of injuring his baby step-sister? His best friend thinks so, but Bramwell isn't talking. He's gone mute.
MacGregor, Rob. Hawk Moon. 1996.
Will faces a mystery involving drugs at his high school, while being framed for the disappearance and possible murder of his girlfriend.
Myers, Walter Dean. Monster. 1999.
Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon is on trial for murder. As the circumstances unfold, readers get a chance to think carefully about the crime and decide his innocence or guilt.
Nixon, Joan Lowery. The Name of the Game is Murder. 1993.
Everyone has a motive, and one is already dead.
Nixon, Joan Lowry. The Other Side of Dark. 1986.
Seventeen-year-old Stacy awakens from a four-year coma, ready to identify, locate, and prosecute the man who murdered her mother and wounded her.
Nixon, Joan Lowry. Whispers from the Dead. 1989.
After making contact with the spirit world during a near-death experience, sixteen-year-old Sarah receives other-worldly messages about a murder committed in her family's new house.
Peck, Richard. Are You in the House Alone? 1976.
A high school girl who receives threatening notes and phone calls, realizes that she is under constant observation, and survives her worst nightmare.
Plum-Ucci, Carol. The Body of Christopher Creed. 2000.
Did he run, was he kidnapped, or was he murdered?
Pullman, Philip. The Ruby in the Smoke. 1985.
In nineteenth century London, sixteen-year-old Sally becomes involved in a deadly search for a mysterious ruby.
Qualey, Martha. Close to a Killer. 1999.
Seventeen-year-old Barrie finds herself involved in a string of murders that are somehow connected to her mother's hair salon.
Roberts, Willo Davis. Twisted Summer. 1996.
Cici may be on the right track -- will she live long enough to find out?
Taylor, Theodore. The Weirdo. 1991.
Unexpectedly, the weirdo steps forward to take on the hunters, despite the risks of messing with hunters' rights.
Walter, Virginia. Making Up Megaboy. 1998.
When 13-year-old Robbie shoots an old man in a liquor store, everyone struggles to find out why such a seemingly nice kid would do such an unsettling thing.
Werlin, Nancy. The Killer's Cousin. 1998.
After being acquitted of murder, seventeen-year-old David goes to stay with relatives, where he is forced to face his past as he learns more about his strange cousin Lily.
Westall, Robert. A Place to Hide. 1986.
Lucy's father has a secret so dangerous that she is sent into hiding with a suitcase of money. She must change her name, her appearance, and her entire life.