Tweens review their favorite MYSTERY titles!
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The Clue in the Diary by Carolyn Keene

Nancy witnesses the malicious burning of a stately home and becomes convinced of the prime suspect's innocence.

Reviewed by Sabrina, age 12:

In this excellent book, Nancy Drew stumbles upon a Swedish diary at the sight of an explosion. This clue, along with several others, lead her to believe that a friend's husband is guilty.

Gilda Joyce: Ladies of the Lake by Jennifer Allison

Having earned a scholarship to a private girls' high school, self-proclaimed psychic investigator Gilda Joyce investigates the circumstances surrounding the drowning death of a student whose ghost supposedly haunts the campus.

Reviewed by Mary, age 12:

Gilda is going to high school at a private Catholic school. Four years ago a girl mysteriously died. Gilda makes friends with the seniors in order to solve the mystery.

The Girl Who Wasn't There by Stefan Petrucha

When Nancy's new friend calls for help and the line goes dead, Nancy flies to India to save her despite risking the wrath of Sahadev the crime lord, who wants to sacrifice Nancy to Kali.

Reviewed by Molly, age 12:

This is a Nancy Drew book where Nancy goes to India to find her friend Kalpana. But then Nancy gets kidnapped, locked up and almost sacrificed to the goddess Kali.

The School Skeleton by Ron Roy

At Green Lawn Elementary, the entire school becomes involved in a mystery when Mr. Bones, the skeleton in the nurse's office, disappears.

Reviewed by Andrew, age 9:

Dink gets a paper cut then goes to the nurse and realizes that the skeleton is missing. Read the book to find out who finds the skeleton.

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

With two attorneys for parents, thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone knows more about the law than most lawyers do. But when a high profile murder trial comes to his small town and Theo gets pulled into it, it's up to this amateur attorney to save the day.

Reviewed by Rebecca, age 10:

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham takes a young man, who wants to follow in his lawyer parent's footsteps, and puts him directly in the middle of the city's biggest mystery. This author is best known for writing adult books; this is his first kid's book. If you like mysteries, this book from a well known author will keep you reading!

Thrill Ride by Franklin W. Dixon

Frank and Joe travel to Massachusetts where they investigate a death and other mysterious events occurring at an amusement park.

Reviewed by Jason, age 11:

Frank and Joe Hardy are agents of the ATAC (American Teens Against Crime). They are given a mission to find out who sabotaged a ride and killed a lady. Then someone starts messing with the other rides. Will they have time to solve this mystery?

The Vampire's Vacation by Ron Roy

Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose investigate a mysterious man in black who Josh believes is a vampire.

Reviewed by Samantha, age 11:

The story is about three kids. One day they went to the market to get a slushy. They saw a man with black hair and thin lips. They thought he was a vampire. They started following him. And on that day the three kids saw round band-aids on people's necks. They found the apartment he lived in. On the table they found a list of names checked off also a pack of band-aids. On the list of names they saw their names. Are they next? Find out in The Vampire's Vacation.

Where's Nancy? by Carolyn Keene

Nancy has been missing for several days, so her good friends George and Bess follow a slim trail of clues to try and track her down.

Reviewed by Anthony, age 10:

Nancy Drew went missing and her friends Bess, George and Ned have to find her. It took about four days for them to find her. When they did she was locked in the pantry of the museum.