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A list of recommended mystery books for elementary grades.

image Adler, David A. Andy Russell, not wanted by the police.
Ellsworth Smith is summoned by letter to a home he doesn't remember. His return stirs up ghosts... and a mystery.
JM ADLER
image Allison, Jennifer. Gilda Joyce: the ladies of the lake.
Gilda Joyce investigates the drowning death of a student whose ghost supposedly haunts the campus of a girls’ school.
JM ALLISON
image Anderson, Janet S. The last treasure.
Power, poetry, mystery and magic take the reader on a memorable treasure hunt of the mind.
JM ANDERSON
image Bailey, Linda. What's a serious detective like me doing in such a silly movie?
Stevie and Jessie are extras in a local film, and cast and crew believe the production is cursed.
JM BAILEY
image Bowers, Vivien. Crime scene: how investigators use science to track down the bad guys.
This award winning book is visually appealing, balancing serious information and just plain fun.
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image Brockmeier, Kevin. Grooves: a kind of mystery.
A seventh-grader sets out to save the blue jean factory workers from greedy entrepreneur Howard Thigpen.
JM BROCKMEIER
image Byars, Betsy. The black tower.
Herculeah Jones goes to visit old Mr. Shivers Hunt, resident of the forbidding Hunt House.
JM BYARS
image Cavendish, Grace. Assassin: the Lady Grace mysteries.
Maid of honor of Elizabeth I must solve a murder mystery and clear the name of her betrothed.
JM CAVENDISH
image Corbett, Sue. 12 again.
Only twelve-year-old Patrick MacBride can solve the mystery brewing in his Long Island neighborhood.
JM CORBETT
image Curtis, Christopher Paul. Mr. Chickee's funny money.
Flint Future Detective Club members solve the mystery of a quadrillion-dollar bill with the image of James Brown on it.
JM CURTIS
image Eden, Alexandra. To Oz and back: a Bones and the Duchess mystery.
A 12-year old with Aspergers and a genial ex-cop investigate the disappearance of two girls from a rural east coast community.
JM EDEN
image Fast, Natali. The secret apartment.
Eleven-year-old Jillian's life is changing and she's not happy about it. She now has a new stepfather, a stepsister, and a home in New York City.
JM FAST
image Feinstein, John. Vanishing act.
Two eighth-grade sports reporters reunite at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships where they investigate the mysterious disappearance of a top Russian player.
JM FEINSTEIN
image Harris, Elizabeth Snoke. Crime scene: science fair projects.
Analyze handwriting, extract DNA, lift fingerprints and learn what blood spatter patterns tell.
J507.8 HAR
image Hautman, Pete. Snatched.
Roni, a high school crime reporter, teams up with a science geek to investigate the beating and kidnapping of a classmate.
JM HAUTMAN
image Hirsch, Odo. Something's fishy, Hazel Green.
Hazel discovers that the fishmonger, Mr. Petrusca, has a secret and determines to help him.
JM HIRSCH
image Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas. The ghost in the Tokaido Inn.
Seikei, a merchant's son who longs to be a samurai, attempts to solve the mystery of a stolen jewel.
JM HOOBLER
image Jackson, Donna M. The wildlife detectives: how forensic scientists fight crimes against nature.
Wildlife detectives at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, analyze clues to catch and convict people responsible for crimes against animals.
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image Jennings, Richard W. Mystery in Mt. Mole.
While Andrew J. Forrest searches for Mr. Farley, the assistant principal, strange things are happening on the town's namesake hill.
JM JENNINGS
image Karbo, Karen. Minerva Clark goes to the dogs.
A 13-year-old sleuth in Portland, Oregon, gets herself mixed up with a crooked animal shelter worker and some very strange animals.
JM KARBO
image Karr, Kathleen. The 7th knot.
Two brothers touring Europe in the 19th century become embroiled in a mystery when they go in search of their uncle's enigmatic missing valet.
JM KARR
image Kirk, Daniel. Rex Tabby, cat detective.
Rex Tabby is the finest cat detective around. As kids help solve this mystery, activities from the Rex Tabby Junior Detective School are included.
JM KIRK
image LaBatt, Mary. The secret of Sagawa Lake.
At a cabin in the woods, Sam discovers an old diary which reveals some surprising secrets.
JM LABATT
image Lawrence, Caroline. The enemies of Jupiter.
An epidemic is sweeping Rome and it is up to Jonathan, Flavia, Nubia and Lupus to discover who is behind the terrifying outbreak.
JM LAWRENCE
image Lewis, J. Patrick. Once upon a tomb: gravely humorous verses.
21 poems in this collection tell, in hilarious verse, the story of an untimely demise.
J811.54 LEW
image Lytle, Robert A. Mackinac Passage: mystery at Round Island Light
Four teenagers investigate when boathouses at the Les Cheneaux Islands resorts are looted.
JM LYTLE
image Mitchell, Marianne. Finding Zola.
When her grandmother's friend Zola disappears, Crystal and her cousin set out to find her. Crystal does not let her paraplegic status stop her.
JM MITCHELL
image Nilse, Anna. Art fraud detective: spot the difference, solve the crime!
Use sharp eyes and the included magnifying glass to spot the fakes for 35 paintings from the National Gallery in London. A spot-the-difference puzzle, a mystery story, and a reference book all in one!
J751.58 NIL
image Obrist, Jurg. Case closed?!: 40 mini-mysteries for you to solve.
The reader can use visual clues and deductive reasoning to help Daisy and Ridley solve forty puzzling mysteries.
JM OBRIST
image Parker, Janice. Forgeries, fingerprints, and forensics.
Introduces methods police and detectives use science to fight crime.
J363.25 PAR
image Platt, Richard. Crime scene: the ultimate guide to forensic science.
Photographs from actual crime scenes combine with 3-D diagrams and scientific close-ups to explain everything from ear prints to toxicology and encrypted files.
J363.25 PLA
image Potter, Ellen. Pish Posh.
At Pish Posh, her parents' restaurant, Clara Frankofile fails to observe the mysterious events occurring right under her nose.
JM POTTER
image Raskin, Ellen. The westing game.
The death of an eccentric millionaire brings together heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
JM RASKIN
image Richards, Justin. Ghost soldiers.
Invisible Detective can solve any mystery, great or small. Only four kids know the truth about him and fight crime in his name.
JM RICHARDS
image Roberts, Willo Davis. Undercurrents.
Nikki is determined to find out what secret her new stepmom, Crystal, is hiding.
JM ROBERTS
image Science detectives: how scientists solved six real-life mysteries.
Introduces methods police and detectives use science to fight crime. The editors of YES Mag cover Typhoid Mary, 4000 year old Otzi, the original "hobbits" and the reason for 1600 dead, rotting vultures!
J501 SCI
image Seabrooke, Brenda. The haunting of Swain's Fancy.
Taylor attempts to solve the mystery of ghosts who haunt the site of an historic home where she spends her summer.
JM SEABROOKE
image Simner, Janni Lee. Secret of the three treasures.
While pretending to be the heroine of her father's adventure novels, Tiernay discovers new friends, buried Revolutionary War treasure, and answers to a long-ago mystery.
JM SIMNER
image Van Leeuwen, Jean. The Great Googlestein Museum mystery.
A hilarious adventure about three mice who leave their home in a New York City department store and escape to the outside world of Central Park and the Guggenheim Museum.
JM VAN LEEUWEN
image Wells, Rosemary. Leave well enough alone.
Working for a wealthy family in an affluent neighborhood, Dorothy stumbles upon a secret.
JM WELLS
image Whybrow, Ian. Little Wolf, Forest Detective.
Little Wolf relates his adventures as a member of Yelloweyes Forest Detective Agency.
JM WHYBROW
image Yolen, Jane. Roanoke, the Lost Colony: an unsolved mystery from history.
When John White returned to Roanoke in 1590, he found the colony deserted and the letters CRO carved into a tree. Unravel the mystery!
J975.61 YOL