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.


Case Closed by Gosho AoyamaCase Closed by Gosho Aoyama

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.



The Fixer by Jennifer BarnesThe Fixer by Jennifer Barnes

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.



Girl on a Wire by Gwenda BondGirl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond

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.



Oblivion by Sasha DawnOblivion by Sasha Dawn

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.



Death Cloud by Andy LaneDeath Cloud by Andy Lane

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.



Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. MaetaniInk & Ashes by Valynne Maetani

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.




I Am Princess X by Cherie PriestI am Princess X by Cherie Priest

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.



As Red as Blood by Salla Simukka

As Red as Blood by Salla Simukka

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.



Liars, Inc. by Paula StokesLiars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

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.



Utopia, Iowa by Brian YanskyUtopia, Iowa by Brian Yansky

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.


last updated: February 2016

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I am the Teen Services Librarian at the Grayslake Area Public Library.
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