Reading mystery books challenges kids khổng lồ think. As your read, kids use deductive reasoning, observation, and inference khổng lồ try lớn figure out the solution before the main characters vì chưng at the end of the story.

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Discover the best, highly recommended mystery chapter books for kids ages 5 to lớn 18.

Some are about amateur sleuths, some are about secrets, others are historical mysteries, but no matter what crimes are waiting khổng lồ be solved, all of these stories will grab và keep your attention.

Whether your child is in elementary school, middle school, or high school, in this list you’ll find many good mystery stories for kids to lớn read in this fun genre.

The các mục of books starts with beginning chapter books for children ages 6, 7, và 8 then continues khổng lồ middle-grade chapter books for readers ages 9, 10, 11, and 12, and finishes with YA books for teen readers ages 13 & up.

Do you have younger readers? Find mystery picture books for younger kids here.

Ready khổng lồ dive into a who-done-it, edge-of-your-seat, detective book?

Beginning Chapter Books for Kids (Ages 6 – 9)

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The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne A MUST-READ series for all kids! These combine mystery, history, magic, and adventure as siblings Jack and Annie adventure through time.

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King & Kayla & the Case of the Unhappy Neighbor by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Nancy MeyersKayla’s dog King narrates this mystery story about a problem with Mr. Gary’s messed-up trash cans. Mr. Gary thinks it’s a puppy named Thor but Kaya and her friend Jillian aren’t so sure. Together they collect evidence & make deductions & a play. The final clue leads them to the real culprit — a raccoon. Easy to read with a relatable mystery.

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Super Detectives Simon and Chester by Cale AtkinsonA new, funny beginning graphic novel! Nic and his ghost friend Simon are bored so they dress up & pretend khổng lồ be detectives. The friends advertise but no one shows up — except a mysterious pug who doesn’t belong lớn them. Who is the pug? The detectives ask around and follow clues — và it’s hilarious!

Dying to Meet You 43 Cemetary Road by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise The 43 Old Cemetery Road early chapter book series is a funny and punny mystery adventure with a kid, a cat, a grumpy ghost with a cool format comprised of letters, emails, newspaper clippings, jokes, và more. These books are addictive!

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Big Bad Detective Agency by Bruce Hale The Big Bad Wolf aka. Wolfgang is the only suspect in the destruction of the Little Pigs house. Và he doesn’t have an alibi. But he didn’t vị it either so he partners with the cheerful 4th Little Pig, Ferkel, (who knew!?) khổng lồ find the real culprit. Don’t miss this humorous fairy-tale mystery mash-up with more adventures in the series.

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Secret Spy Society The Case of the Missing Cheetah by Veronica MangThree friends out that their teacher is a spy…and when she catches them watching her, they meet her spy friends. The female spies, all historically famous from different time periods, ask their friends to lớn help them spy on a neighbor because they think that he kidnapped Josephine Baker’s pet cheetah. Not only vì chưng the girls spy on him, but they sneak into his house, find the cheetah, và get caught. Luckily, the Lady Spies come to the rescue! Afterward, the girls decide to lớn emulate their new spy friends & make a spy club of their own.

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Bark Park by Brandi Dougherty, illustrated by Paige PoolerScout’s life is filled with mystery và adventure as she helps her dog friends. Charming characters & gentle storylines.

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Pup Detectives
by Felix Gumpaw Someone keeps stealing all the lunches at Pawston Elementary, and it’s up to this group of mystery-solving dogs lớn investigate! Join Rider & her friends as they crack this lunchroom case once and for all. 

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Word Travelers & the Taj Mahal Mystery by Raj Haldar, illustrated by Nehra RawatFast-paced and fun, this wordy adventure will immerse readers in both a puzzling mystery và the origin of English words that come from India. Best friends Eddie & MJ are having a sleepover. When Eddie wonders where the word pajama came from, his mom tells him to lớn find his great-grandfather’s big book of words & their history (etymology). When the two friends open the book, they’re magically transported khổng lồ India. There, they help a boy solve the clues to lớn find his family’s missing fortune before a bad guy gets it. As they solve the clues, they learn more words with Indian roots — many are from Hindi lượt thích bangle & bungalow và others are from Sanskrit lượt thích the words jackal và jungle.

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The Lunchnapper: Pipsi Nature Animal Detective by Rick DeDonato, illustrated by Tracy Bishop Pipsi is excited khổng lồ go on a nature scavenger hunt but it turns into a mystery when someone steals her lunch. While investigating, she & her turtle friend, Alfred, follow tracks and discover the items on the scavenger hunt. Great illustrations and an interesting story.

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A lớn Z Mysteries by Rob Roy This addictive mystery series will keep your kids reading for hours & days and months. My kids read them all more than once — we highly recommend this series about a group of crime-solving friends.

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The Case of the Claymore kim cương Math Inspectors by Daniel Kenney and Emily Boever Viva math! These friends love math and are proud of it — in fact, they’re sure they can use their math skills khổng lồ solve crimes. This first mystery is about a jewelry store robbery. Và they vị solve it by finding clues that the police miss, freeing an innocent man. This is a delightful easy chapter book series. (Free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.)

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Crime Biters: My Dog Is Better Than Your Dog by Tommy Greenwald This is a funny beginning chapter book about a boy who is convinced (rightly so?!) that his rescue dog is a crime-solving, vampire, genius!

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Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Ben WoodIn the first of three silly stories, Rock Pigeon is a crime-fighting pigeon who helps Grandpouter and the other park pigeons solve the problem of the vanishing bread crumbs. Hilarious disguises, charming illustrations, quirky characters, và funny mysteries, this is an entertaining romp that is sure to lớn entice even the most reluctant of readers.

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The Philly fake Ballpark Mysteries by David A. Kelly, illustrated by Mark Meyers Not only is this a well-written mystery, but I also loved how the tác giả included so much history within the story. Plus, the mystery hooked me immediately. This is one of my vị trí cao nhất picks for early chapter books!

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West Meadow Detectives: The Case of the Snack Snatcher by Liam O’Donnell, illustrated by Aurelie Grand Myron’s new school isn’t too bad because there’s a mystery — who is stealing the snacks every morning? He và his new friend, Hajrah, both in a special class for half the day, decide to get to the bottom of this mystery. I liked the diversity of students & thought the story was well-paced and interesting.

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Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus, illustrated by Paul GaldoneLiving with the famous Sherlock Holmes is how Basil learns lớn be a skilled detective. He must race against the clock to find the kidnapped mouse twins before it’s too late. Kids will love these suspenseful beginning reader mysteries narrated by Basil’s friend, Dr. Dawson.

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Emma Is On the Air buổi tiệc nhỏ Drama! by Ida Siegal (series)Emma & her friends are excited about the upcoming costume contest — but when Sophia’s costume disappears mysteriously, the group must investigate clues & interviews witnesses to discover what happened. Kids will enjoy this new easy chapter book series with friends who find news and share it in video clip news reports.

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Secrets of the Manor: Claire’s Story, 1910 by Adele Whitby I loved this book — it’s a captivating story about an orphan girl who moves to lớn France khổng lồ live with friends of her family. She befriends a servant girl & the duo realizes there are mysteries that must be answered — lượt thích what happened lớn the daughter of the manor and why did her parents send her lớn this family.