What are Mysteries? by Jennifer Brannen (NoveList Plus)
Whodunnit? More than gore, mysteries are about puzzles and people. For fans of realistic fiction who don’t want Clique lit. or problem novels, mysteries are a popular option. And for fans of the paranormal, mysteries with things that go bump in the night are a welcome addition to their other reading interests. What is a mystery? There should be a fascinating problem or puzzle central to the story that draws in readers and characters alike. Mysteries can range from “whodunnits” to “what happened?” or even “where is it?” YA mysteries usually feature compelling lead characters who find themselves in the throes of plots and peril by seeing things that the adults around them don’t.
A high school boy named Jimmy Kudo changes his identity to Detective Conan after being shrunken to the size of a seven-year-old in a criminal attack, and starts helping police investigate a number of other crimes.
When her grandfather develops dementia, sixteen-year-old Tess, who has been keeping his Montana ranch going, is whisked away to Washington, D.C., by a sister she barely knows and thrown into a world of politics, power, wealth, love triangles, and family secrets.
Sixteen-year-old Jules Maroni’s dream of becoming a high-wire walker like her father comes true when her family accepts a prestigious circus position, but in the face of a rival acrobat family established there, Jules finds help from a surprising ally.
Sixteen-year-old Callie Knowles fights her compulsion to write constantly, even on herself, as she struggles to cope with foster care, her mother’s life in a mental institution, and her belief that she killed her father, a minister, who has been missing for a year.
In 1868, with his army officer father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously “unwell,” fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire, where he uncovers his first murder and a diabolical villain.
When Japanese American Claire Takata finds out that her deceased father was once a member of the yakuza, a Japanese crime syndicate, danger enters her life that could end up killing someone.
Years after writing stories about a superheroine character she created with a best friend who died in a tragic car accident, sixteen-year-old May is shocked to see stickers, patches, and graffiti images of the superheroine appearing around Seattle.
In the midst of the freezing Arctic winter, seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson walks into her school’s darkroom and finds a stash of money splattered with someone’s blood. She is swept into a whirlpool of dangerous encounters with dirty cops and a notorious drug kingpin as she helps to trace the origin of the cash.
Seventeen-year-old Max, his girlfriend Parvati, and best friend Pres form Liars, Inc., expecting that forging notes and lying for their peers will lead to easy cash, but when Pres asks Max to cover for him, it may be a fatal mistake.
Typical kid Jack Bell deals with the difficulties of being a teen but with the added ability to see ghosts, and when these ghosts ask him to help solve their mysterious deaths, Jack catches the eye of straitlaced Detective Bloodsmith.