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Weird and Wacky
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (age 8-12)
  • The Mysterious Disappearance on Leon (I Mean Noel) by Ellen Raskin (age 8-12)
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (Mysterious Benedict Society series, age 8-12) 
  • Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell (Emmy series, age 9+)

  • The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

Mystery Adventure
  • The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan (39 Clues, 9+)

Paranormal Mystery
  • Peeps by Scott Westerfeld (age 14+, some mature content)

  • The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse by Bruce Hale (Chet Gecko Mysteries, age 8+)
  • Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett; illustrated by Brett Helquist (age 8-12)
  • The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer (Enola Holmes Mysteries, age 9+)
  • The Midnight Tunnel by Angie Frazier (Suzanna Snow Mysteries, age 9-12)
  • The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman (Sally Lockhart Quartet, age 12+)
  • Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams (Echo Falls Mysteries, 12+)
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (Flavia de Luce, age 14+)
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes, age 15+)
  • The Ring of Rocamadour by Michael D. Beil (Red Blazer Girls, age 10+)
  • The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley (Sisters Grimm, age 9+)
  • Neil Flambe and the Marco Polo Murders by Kevin Sylvester (Neil Flambe Capers, age 11+)
  • Hannah West in the Belltown Towers by Linda John (Hannah West Mysteries, age 8+)
  • The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson (Forensic Mysteries, age 14+)

That Can't Be Normal...
  • Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots by Debbie Dadey (The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series, age 7-12)

Life As We Know It
  • The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Boxcar Children series, age 8-12)
  • Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach (age 8-12)
  • Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett; illustrated by Brett Helquist (age 8-12)
  • The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew series, age 8-12)
  • The Tower Treasure by Franklin W. Dixon (Hardy Boys series, age 8-12)
  • Masterpiece by Elise Broach (age 9+)