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Find more Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth
There are mysteries here for all ages: new readers, middle readers, YAs—come on up and get a clue. These books were reviewed in Booklist between May 1, 2013, and April 15, 2014.
Al Capone Does My Homework.
By Gennifer Choldenko. 2013. Dial, $17.99 (9780803734722). Gr. 5–8.
In this final installment of the Alcatraz series, Moose Flanagan has a mystery to solve. Who burned down the family apartment? It’s up to Moose to discover the truth.
The Art of Secrets. By James Klise. 2014. Algonquin, $17.95 (9781616201951). Gr. 7–10.
Saba’s home has gone up in flames. When a rare book turns up at a fund-raiser for the family, its presence raises many questions about how it survived and the identity of the author. An art mystery, but much more.
Complicit. By Stephanie Kuehn. 2014. St. Martin’s/Griffin, $18.99 (9781250044594). Gr. 9–12.
Seventeen-year-old Jamie falls back into old disturbing patterns when his sister is released from juvie. Kuehn writes with the fleetness of a trained thriller author.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. By Chris Grabenstein. 2013. Random, $16.99 (9780375870897). Gr. 2–4
Eccentric game designer Mr. Lemoncello has just funded a special new library. Twelve lucky children are chosen for a special overnight in the building, but when they awaken, they find a game is afoot, with the prize going to the one who can find his way out.
From Norvelt to Nowhere.
By Jack Gantos. 2013. Farrar, $16.99 (9780374379940). Gr. 6–9.
Who dun it this time? That’s the question in this rambunctious sequel to Gantos’ Newbery Medal–winning Dead End in Norvelt (2011). Gantos keeps readers guessing about his characters as the suspense builds.
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing.
By Sheila Turnage. 2014. Penguin/Kathy Dawson, $16.99 (9780803736719). Gr. 4–6.
The absorbing sequel to Three Times Lucky (2011) reacquaints readers with the town’s quirky inhabitants and introduces a new case for the Desperado Detective agency.
The Mystery of Meerkat Hill: A Precious Ramotswe Mystery for Young Readers. By Alexander McCall Smith. Illus. by Iain McIntosh. 2013. Anchor, $6.99 (9780345804464). Gr. 3–6.
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency may be years in the future, but Precious, growing up in Botswana, already has her skill set in place as she tries to find out what happened to a family’s cow.
Picture Me Gone.
By Meg Rosoff. 2013. Putnam, $17.99 (9780399257650). Gr. 6–9.
Mila, something of a mentalist, and her father set off to find his missing best friend. This story is presented as a mystery, and it is, but it’s also a revealing look at the human condition.
She Is Not Invisible. By Marcus Sedgwick. 2014. Roaring Brook, $16.99 (9781596438019). Gr. 7–11.
Because she is blind, London teen Laureth needs the help of her precocious little brother in getting to New York City and finding their missing father. A complex mystery that is both thrilling and thought-provoking.
We Were Liars. By E. Lockhart. 2014. Delacorte, $17.99 (9780385741262). Gr. 7–12.
A privileged family, a mysterious accident, secrets, lies, and a doozy of an ending make this an unforgettable read.
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