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Acclaimed Middle-Grade Mysteries

Created by kileyturner
  • Age: 8 to 14
  • Grade: 3 to 8
tagged: Chidren's fiction, detective, humour, 49th kids, MYS-0318, middle grade, mysteries
Great reviews and/or awards single these out as great reads for 8–12-year-olds.

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Clara Voyant

by Rachelle Delaney
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: visionary & metaphysical, mysteries & detective stories, parents

A wannabe journalist and reluctant astrologer turns out to be clairvoyant in this charming middle-grade coming-of-age novel; for fans of Rebecca Stead's novels.

Clara can't believe her no-nonsense grandmother has just up and moved to Florida, leaving Clara and her mother on their own for the first time. This means her mother can finally "follow her …

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A World Below

by Wesley King
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: survival stories, science fiction, mysteries & detective stories

“A swift-paced survival tale that’s a cool blend of Lord of the Flies and Journey to the Center of the Earth.” —School Library Journal
“A sharp meditation on the seemingly universal difficulties of being young, smart, and uncertain.” —BCCB
“A multifaceted journey from darkness to light.” —Kirkus Reviews
Winner of the Red Maple …

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The Goat

by Anne Fleming
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 4 to 6
tagged: city & town life, mammals, mysteries & detective stories

When Kid accompanies her parents to New York City, she discovers a goat living on the roof of her Manhattan apartment building—but she soon realizes a goat on the roof may be the least strange thing about her new home, whose residents are both fascinating and unforgettable.

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When Kid accompanies her parents to New York City for a six-month stint …

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Neil Flambé and the Duel in the Desert

illustrated by Kevin Sylvester
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, cooking & food

Neil, “the flamboyant, irrepressible chef” (Kirkus Reviews), hits the road in his food truck and drives right into a new case in the sixth book in The Neil Flambé Capers, the culinary mystery series celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey calls “good fun.”

Neil has lost his beloved restaurant. Though he misses it dearly, he and his friend Larry are he …

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Bounced

by Ted Staunton
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, humorous stories

 

A detective story with as many laughs as there are twists and turns, from award-winning author Ted Staunton!

In the beginning, it was simple: I wanted to be a detective, and I needed something to detect . . .

Thirteen-year-old Duncan lives with his unconventional bohemian aunt. She’s determined to give him an expensive private education, even th …

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Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Battling Bots

by Liam O'Donnell, illustrated by Mike Deas
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: fantasy & magic, mystery & detective, monsters
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The Missing Dog Is Spotted

by Jessica Scott Kerrin
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, friendship

Trevor Tower doesn’t worry about being short until he is assigned dog-walking duty with Loyola Louden, the tallest person in his class. But the dogs are a wonderful distraction, and even before Trevor and Loyola vow to solve the mystery of a missing spotted dog, they are becoming good friends.

In this standalone prequel to the acclaimed novel The …

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Masterminds

by Gordon Korman
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
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The first book in a thrilling new series from bestselling (non-criminal) mastermind Gordon Korman.

Eli Frieden lives in the most perfect town in the world: Serenity, New Mexico. In this idyllic place, every lawn is perfectly manicured and everyone has a pool and a treehouse. Honesty and integrity are valued above all else in Serenity. The thirty kid …