The Center for Children's Books


Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mysteries for Young Adults - September 2008

Selected and annotated by Holly Pantle


Abrahams, Peter. Behind the Curtain. HarperCollins, 2006. Gr. 6-9.
In Echo Falls mysterious things are happening. Ingrid is eager to find out the truth only to be kidnapped in the process. Can she escape and will people believe her story?

Arnold, Tedd. Rat Life. Sleuth/Dial, 2007. Gr. 6-9.
Rat offers Todd a job at a driven-in theater and soon Todd and Rat become good friends. But strange things are happening and soon Todd begins to wonder if a connection exists between Rat and the dead body found in the river.

Dowd, Siobhan. The London Eye Mystery. Fickling/Random House, 2008. Gr. 6-9.
Salim never got off the London Eye, in fact he completely disappeared. Now Ted and Kat are trying to overcome their differences as they both search for their missing cousin.

Feinstein, John. Vanishing Act. Knopf, 2006. Gr. 5-8.
Stevie and Susan are aspirating teen reporters covering the US Open. When a new up and coming tennis player goes missing, the two reporters find themselves investigating her disappearance and the Russian government's involvement.

Ferguson, Alan. The Christopher Killer. Sleuth/Viking, 2006. Gr. 7-12.
Cammie is ecstatic about starting her new job as an assistant to her father, the county coroner. But soon things turn for the worse as Cammie's second case is a girl she knows and the serial killer may now be after her.

Gratz, Alan. Something Rotten: Horatio Wilkes Mystery. Dial, 2007. Gr. 7-12.
Horatio Wilkes is visiting his best friend, Hamilton Prince, in the town of Denmark, Tenesse. But this town stinks with not only pollution but the mystery of who poisoned and killed Hamilton’s father.

Haber, Melissa G. The Pluto Project. Dutton, 2006. Gr. 7-12
Alan Green never suspected that his little after school spy game would amount to much besides fun. Now he and his friends are discovering a plot to kill the governor and her replacement.

Harazin, S.A. Blood Brothers. Delacorte Press, 2007. Gr. 9-12.
Clay enjoys working at the hosipital but he can’t help but feel a little jealously toward his friend Joey who seems to have it all. But when Joey overdoes at a party, Clay is being blamed. In order to clear his name and repair what friendship he still has with Joey, Clay must find out what really happened at that party.

Harper, Susan. Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney. Greenwillow Books, 2007. Gr. 7-9.
Sparrow is excited to start her sophomore year at a new school with a new start. But she can’t hide her special talents of being a psychic anymore when the ghost of a neighborhood boy needs her help to pass to the other side.

Hoffman, Mary. The Falconer's Knot. Bloomsbury, 2007. Gr. 7-10.
Silvano is infatuated with Angelica, the wife of a local sheep farmer. When Angelica's husband is murdered, Silvano is suspected and he hides in a friary. But even there he is not safe as more murders occur and all eyes accuse him.

Jubert, Hervé. Devil's Tango. Eos/HarperCollins, 2006. Gr. 9-12.
Roberta, a sorceress-detective, is back to solve another case. A killer who vanished years ago is now back reeking havoc and the minister of security has a few tricks up his sleeve as well. Using magic, technology and brains, Roberta must find a way to stop them both.

Levin, Betty. Unmaking of Duncan Veerick. Front Street, 2007. Gr. 6-9.
Duncan is forced to help his ill and elderly neighbor Astrid out for the summer. But after her death, Duncan is suspected of being involved in several crimes that center around Astrid’s belongings. Can he clear his name?

Newberry, Lind. Lost Boy. David Flickling Books, 2008. Gr. 5-7.
Matt feels a strong connection to Martin Lloyd, a boy that was tragically killed near his town. With his friends Robbo and Tig, he is determined to punish the man they assume killed Martin. But Matt soon learns there have been other missing boys.

Peacock, Shane. Eye of the Crow: the Boy Sherlock Holmes, his First Case. Tundra Books, 2007. Gr. 6-9.
It was in the spring of 1867 that a woman was brutally murdered and young Sherlock Holmes begins his journey in becoming the greatest detective the world has ever known.

Price, Charlie. Dead Connection. Brodie/Roaring Brook, 2006. Gr. 7-10.
Nikki is dead, and her killer has placed her where she can't be found. Angry and desperate to be discovered Nikki calls to the living and is answered by Murray, a teenager who listens to the dead. Will Murray be able to help? Will Nikki be finally have the chance to rest in peace?

Runholt, Susan. The Mystery of the 3rd Lucretia. Viking, 2008. Gr. 7-10.
Kari and Lucas are just two teenage girls enjoying their time in London. But when they run into a suspicious painter in the National Gallery, they soon find themselves on an adventure to discover who this man truly is and what he is doing.

Shepard, Sara. Pretty Little Liars. HarperTempest, 2006. Gr. 7-10.
Alison, Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily are best-friends growing up in exclusive Philadelphia society. The summer of their seventh grade year Alison disappears. Now juniors in high school, the other girls find themselves receiving mysterious messages from A, who threatens to reveal all of their pretty little secrets.

Sorrells, Walter. First Shot. Dutton, 2007. Gr. 7-10.
David Crandall is a senior in high school and he has more on his mind than the senior prom and graduation, he is looking for the person that murdered his mother two years ago. His search reveals the skeletons in his family’s closet and now his father doesn’t seem as safe to be around as he first thought.

Stanley, Diane. The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy. HarperCollins, 2008. Gr. 5-8.
Students at the Allbright Academy are prefect, eerily prefect. Their test scores are exceedingly high, the list of honors is miles long and the students look perfect with their white teeth and clear complexions. Franny, who was once excited about her acceptance into this elite school, isn’t so sure she wants to be magically perfect anymore.

Townley, Roderick.The Red Thread: A Novel in Three Incarnations. Jackson/Atheneum, 2007. Gr. 7-9.
Dana is haunted by nightmares of a boy being sealed into a small space. When these dreams interfere with her daily life, Dana seeks help in past-life regression therapy. It is through this experience that she discovers her past two lives and the unbelievable mysteries that spread across time.

Welsh, T.K. The Unresolved. Dutton, 2006. Gr. 9-12.
Mallory died on a tragic steamboat accident. Now she haunts the world she left in order to help discover the person responsible for the accident. Can you save her boyfriend Dustin from false accusations before it’s too late?

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