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Gripping YA Thrillers and Mysteries

Created by kileyturner
  • Age: 8 to 100
  • Grade: 3 to 17
tagged: Children's fiction, young adult, 49th kids, MYS-0318, mysteries
These books will have teens putting away their screens and pulling up their covers at night.

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Missing

by Kelley Armstrong
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: thrillers & suspense, siblings

Fans of CJ Omololu's The Third Twin will flock to the new romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.

     The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve's End is that soon she'll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There's nothing for them there but …

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Chase

by Linwood Barclay
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: thrillers & suspense, dogs

The Incredible Journey meets Gordon Korman's On the Run in this exciting middle-grade thriller.

     Chipper is a very special dog. He's part of a multi-million-dollar experiment at a secret organization known only as The Institute. The Institute has been experimenting with dogs, melding them with state-of-the-art computer technology. But there's a …

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The Masked Truth

by Kelley Armstrong
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: violence, mysteries & detective stories, thrillers & suspense

Now in paperback, the new heart-stopping suspense thriller from #1New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.

Riley Vasquez is haunted by the brutal murder of the couple she was babysitting for.
     Max Cross is suffering under the shadow of a life-altering diagnosis he doesn't dare reveal.
     The last thing either of them wants is to s …

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Hit the Ground Running

by Mark Burley
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
tagged: thrillers & suspense

Seventeen-year-old Vancouver Island teen Eric receives an video message from his brother, Michael, who tells Eric not to trust anyone. At the end, it appears Michael is shot and captured. Eric tries to reach Michael and their parents but can't. Eric has distanced himself from everyone. He trains in parkour, and its principles have been helpful in d …

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The Blackthorn Key

by Kevin Sands
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: europe, mysteries & detective stories

Following a series of murders, an apothecary’s apprentice must solve puzzles and decipher codes in pursuit of a secret that could destroy the world in this “spectacular debut” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

“Tell no one what I’ve given you.”
Until he got that cryptic warning, Christopher Rowe was happy, learning how to solve complex …

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The Hill

by Karen Bass
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: survival stories, native american, horror & ghost stories, thrillers & suspense

Seeking cell phone reception after a remote plane crash, city kid Jared and local Kyle scale a hill that Kyle’s Cree grandmother has forbidden him to climb. Coming down the next day, the boys find that the plane has disappeared, the forest has changed, and something is hunting them. A modern imagining of the Cree Wîhtiko legend.

Jared’s plane h …

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The Missing

by Melanie Florence
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: native canadian, violence, mysteries & detective stories, prejudice & racism

After a girl she knows from school goes missing and is found dead in the Red River, Feather is shocked when the police write it off as a suicide. Then, it's Feather's best friend, Mia, who vanishes — but Mia's mom and abusive stepfather paint Mia as a frequent runaway, so the authorities won't investigate her disappearance either. Everyone knows …

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The Dogs

by Allan Stratton
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: fantasy & magic

 

Now in paperbackthe internationally acclaimed psychological thriller from Governor General’s Award nominee Allan Stratton.

Cameron and his mom have been on the run for five years. His father is hunting them—or at least that’s what Cameron’s been told.

When they settle into an isolated farmhouse, Cameron soon finds himself embroiled in th …