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October 10, 2018

8 Mystery Books for Amateur Sleuths and Classroom Gumshoes of All Ages

Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    Whether it’s a complicated caper, a classic whodunnit, or a suspenseful thriller, students always love a good mystery. They’re often itching to get to the bottom of something, and nothing brings them more satisfaction than figuring out who did what and why, before they reach the final page.

    Fortunately for teachers and students, mysteries are easy to find across a wide range of reading levels. Even reluctant readers are captivated by the mystery genre, following every clue and piece of evidence with each turn of the page. And many of the best — and most widely read — mysteries don’t end after one book, they come in a series. So as students put one book, down they can immediately pick up another and dive right back in. 

    From classics with famous characters like Leroy “Encyclopedia” Brown and Sherlock Holmes to contemporary page-turners like Hoot and Conjured, there’s a mystery waiting to be solved for students young and old. Here are 8 mystery books perfect for any wannabe Sherlock, no matter the grade level:

    1. Jigsaw Jones Mysteries: The Case of the Food Fight (Grades PreK–2)

    In this classic, Jigsaw Jones knows Joey Pignattano would never start a food fight. Readers tag alongside Jigsaw and his partner Mila Yeh as they work to clear Joey’s good name.

    2. Bunnicula (Grades 3–5)

    In Bunnicula, students find out whether a cute baby bunny is really a vegetable-draining vampire. 

    3. Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Cake! (Grades 3–5)

    Every student’s favorite detective is always on the case. This time, it’s all about food.

    4. When You Reach Me (Grades 5–7)

    A series of mysterious notes leaves Miranda, a 12-year-old girl living in New York City, dumbfounded. Readers, too. 

    5. Hoot (Grades 5–8)

    Reading Hoot, students are quickly captivated as Roy Eberhardt works to track down a mysterious boy he witnesses running away from the school bus in one of the most mysterious places in the world — Florida. 

    6. Scholastic Classics: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Grades 8–9)

    For Sherlock Holmes, no case goes unsolved. Students enjoy reading about the adventures of the most famous sleuth of all time.

    7. Ten Great Mysteries by Edgar Allan Poe (Grades 8–12)

    Readers love these haunting tales from the master of suspense himself — Edgar Allan Poe.

    8. Conjured (Grades 10–12)

    Every high school student can relate to a fellow teenager in a paranormal witness protection program, right?

     

     

     

    Whether it’s a complicated caper, a classic whodunnit, or a suspenseful thriller, students always love a good mystery. They’re often itching to get to the bottom of something, and nothing brings them more satisfaction than figuring out who did what and why, before they reach the final page.

    Fortunately for teachers and students, mysteries are easy to find across a wide range of reading levels. Even reluctant readers are captivated by the mystery genre, following every clue and piece of evidence with each turn of the page. And many of the best — and most widely read — mysteries don’t end after one book, they come in a series. So as students put one book, down they can immediately pick up another and dive right back in. 

    From classics with famous characters like Leroy “Encyclopedia” Brown and Sherlock Holmes to contemporary page-turners like Hoot and Conjured, there’s a mystery waiting to be solved for students young and old. Here are 8 mystery books perfect for any wannabe Sherlock, no matter the grade level:

    1. Jigsaw Jones Mysteries: The Case of the Food Fight (Grades PreK–2)

    In this classic, Jigsaw Jones knows Joey Pignattano would never start a food fight. Readers tag alongside Jigsaw and his partner Mila Yeh as they work to clear Joey’s good name.

    2. Bunnicula (Grades 3–5)

    In Bunnicula, students find out whether a cute baby bunny is really a vegetable-draining vampire. 

    3. Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Cake! (Grades 3–5)

    Every student’s favorite detective is always on the case. This time, it’s all about food.

    4. When You Reach Me (Grades 5–7)

    A series of mysterious notes leaves Miranda, a 12-year-old girl living in New York City, dumbfounded. Readers, too. 

    5. Hoot (Grades 5–8)

    Reading Hoot, students are quickly captivated as Roy Eberhardt works to track down a mysterious boy he witnesses running away from the school bus in one of the most mysterious places in the world — Florida. 

    6. Scholastic Classics: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Grades 8–9)

    For Sherlock Holmes, no case goes unsolved. Students enjoy reading about the adventures of the most famous sleuth of all time.

    7. Ten Great Mysteries by Edgar Allan Poe (Grades 8–12)

    Readers love these haunting tales from the master of suspense himself — Edgar Allan Poe.

    8. Conjured (Grades 10–12)

    Every high school student can relate to a fellow teenager in a paranormal witness protection program, right?

     

     

     

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