What makes a great mystery?

  • spine tingling suspense
  • some sort of crime that’s been committed
  • detectives, super sleuths, or first-time crime solver

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  1. The Master says:

    Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs. This is the second book in the spy school series. Almost 13 year old Ben Ripley goes to a spy school that the CIA owns. He was prepared to go do some things this summer but then he is told that he has to go to a summer camp for spies. While he was there he received a death threat from SPYDER, SPYDER is an evil organization that wants to cause mayhem.
    It said that if Ben doesn’t join them with-in 24 hours they will kill him. So the CIA was sending him to a place that SPYDER could find them in, but they found them. Now Ben is on the run with two other people and they need to find out SPYDER’s plan. I liked this because it was full of action and I didn’t know what was going to happen next, and that made me want to read it more. People who like mystery books and/or action will probably like this. I believe older kids would read this more than younger ones because I believe the author made the book for older kids. You should check this book out if you have read the first book and I am glad I did.

  2. OliviaQueen1205 says:

    Pretty Little Liars: Flawless By Shepard Sara. There are a whole series of these book, Hunted, Killer, Pretty Little Liars, Heartless, Ruthless, Twisted, Unbelievable, Wanted, Wicked, Crushed, Stunning, Toxic, Burned, Deadly. This book is about these 5 girls and 1 goes missing and 1 year later they found her body and the other 4 girls started getting texts from this Unknown person named A. A knows all there secrets and can get them in trouble and knows everything that happened the night the girl named Alison went missing. Is A really Alison and she faked her death? Did Alison have secrets that got her killed? Did A kill Alison? I recommend this book to people who like murder and romance also mystery. I like this book because I like murder mystery and romance and because I love the show. These books make me excited because the book is filled with excitement and drama.

  3. Panda 0-0 says:

    Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne
    This story is about an 8 year old boy who decides to run away when things in his house get difficult. So, he sets out to see how the world around him works. Along the way he meets a toy maker who has all kinds advice to share with Noah, and some of this advice comes from the toy maker’s life when he was younger. I liked the book because there was excitement at times and other times it got a little sad. It also catches your eye at the second page or so. I would recommend this book if you like a little bit of mystery and adventure. Also, there are some ups and downs in the book were you might not understand. (That happened to me.)
    I hope you get to read this book.

  4. Joey says:

    Have you been a detective for an attempted murder in space? Yeah I didn’t think so. Well in Stuart Gibbs’ Waste of Space, Dashiell Gibson is a kid who has a mom and dad who are scientists that were chosen to be astronauts and go to a moon base called Moonbase Alpha. In this compelling and significant book Lars Sjoberg, the father of the super rich family who are there on vacation, was poisoned. But who would have done it? The problem leads from clue after clue to framings and then an unexpected end. Waste of Space is the last book in the series so I would go check out the other two fantastic books first.
    Stuart Gibbs has written a story that will be sure to make the reader on the edge of his or her seat with excitement, and the intensity of the story will definitely make readers want an ample amount of books as great as this one. The readers will feel satisfied when finishing this book full of mystery and think about who they think the murderer is. This Science Fiction/ Mystery book is an amazing book. I would recommend this book because it has everything you could want in a book. Clues, framing, and twists. I would recommend this book since it is filled with mystery and suspense and science. I think Waste of Space would be most efficient for people who are looking for more to read because you can not miss out on this page turner book full of mystery and twists.     

  5. AS says:

    Meet Miss Moses Lobeau, former washed up baby. Now, rising sixth grader and detective. Sheila Turnage will present to you some struggles that you wouldn’t be expecting in Three Times Lucky, first of four books in the Mo & Dale Mysteries series. After escaping a hurricane as a baby, Moses was saved by the colonel, then taken in by Miss Lana. Ever since then, her life has been a mystery. And with Mr. Jesse’s death, she has two mysteries on her hands. With Dale Earnhardt Johnson III by her side, Mo plans to solve this case to protect the only family she’s ever known. With new suspense in every turned page, it’ll make you wonder if your life is too boring. This mystery is certain to be one of your favorite books with it’s combination of action and drama. You’ll be satisfied with the conclusion. But will Moses be?

  6. JB says:

    Have you ever imagined waking up in an art museum and having no memory of your whole life? If you have that’s bad, but if you like books with adventure and art, read Deron R. Hicks’s book, The Van Gogh Deception. This book is about a kid that was found in a museum and sitting there for hours until security finally got him and brought him to the police station.
    In this book the problem is that the kid named Art by the people that took him in is being hunted by secret agents, and they say he has stolen something but he does not remember anything, so the agents go all around Washington DC to catch him. The problem leads to clues of how everything has happened, and if you want to find out why Art is being hunted, go read The Van Gogh Deception.
    Deron Hicks has written a book that will make you think more about how a book can be a good book or a bad book, but it is your opinion. It will make you imagine what is happening in the book at that specific moment. I think this book can be fun because it has many features that other books don’t have. I think readers will say that this book is a great book, and it has cool characteristics and a storyline that will blow you away. This fiction book is a very good book for students 10-12 years old because it is filled with adventure.

  7. AB says:

    What would you do if an irreplaceable artifact, the object that inspired an entire nation, had just been stolen right under your nose? Well, Kate Messner has written the story, Capture the Flag, where this national crisis has become a horrifying reality. The Star Spangled Banner, the very flag that had flown with pride over Fort Mchenry during the British Bombing through fog and smoke and miraculously survived, was swiped during a convention at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington D.C. Meet Anna, a school newspaper reporter who is very mindful of her surroundings, José a quiet bookworm who doesn’t like crowds, and finally, meet Henry, a videogame nerd who’s a good problem solver. These three young strangers have several things in common, one of these traits being that they all have relatives in the Silver Jaguar Society; an organization dedicated to protecting precious pieces of art. These three strangers are drawn together by an argument of who gets to use the outlet when they are snowed in at an airport in Washington D.C. When they hear the horrific news that the cherished flag has been stolen, they decide to form an alliance and investigate the airport for any clues as to the theft. Are they on the right track? Or are they heading down a path deemed for failure?
    Kate Messner has written a story that will make you feel like you are in the book experiencing everything that Anna, José, and Henry experience and will make you wonder what you would have done if you were in some of those situations with them. This mystery book is a great read for relaxation because you don’t need to think a lot, but it’s also good if you want suspense and surprises. This book is best suited for anyone in 4th grade to 8th grade, and it will be especially intriguing to anyone who likes crime/mystery novels. If you enjoy Capture the Flag, then you should consider the second book in the series, Hide and Seek.

  8. Maya M says:

    I am currently reading the book One of us is Lying. It is a great book written by Karen M. McManus. The book is about a murder that has happened at a high school. The child murdered is Simon, he runs the schools gossip website called “About That.” When five students get sent down to detention, things get serious. After getting some water, Simon collapses to the ground and sadly doesn’t make it. The cops are investigating the other students to see if they know what’s happened and who killed Simon. That’s all I’m going to share. I look forward to finishing the book.

  9. Aliyah says:

    I am reading Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer. I haven’t read much, but what I have read so far is great. I recommend it to everyone who likes a romantic novel with a little bit of mystery and fantasy. I give it a 10/10 stars.

  10. AO says:

    Do you believe in fairies? After you read this amazing story you will. The story called 13 Treasures is written by Michelle Harrison. The main character is Tanya; she is a girl who lives with her mom. The problem in the story is Tanya does not want to go to her aunt’s. Her mom makes her go there, and she finds out that people are going missing in her aunt’s back yard. Tanya sees her cousin Fabian. They both want to go in the woods, but their aunty won’t let them because she said if you go in the woods you won’t come back out. Tanya and Fabian do not listen to their aunt. They go in the woods anyway because they want to see if they can find any of the people who have gone missing. This story will make you feel like you are in the book because when Tanya goes down to the cellar there is a lot of magic, so it seems like you are going into a wonderland of magic. This is a great book. I recommend this to everyone, it’s so good. If you like happy endings, this is a great book for you. If you want to find out what happens to Tanya and Fabian, you will have to read this book!

  11. ES says:

    I recently read Framed by James Ponti. If you want a chilling mystery that doesn’t involve murder this is the book for you. In this book, Florian Bates who is in 7th grade uses this method he called TOAST which stands for the “theory of all small things.” His father works for a security system that museums hire. When a painting is stolen Florian is brought along and solves the mystery. Because he figured out what happened before the detectives did, a member of the FBI invited him to meet with the director to see if he wanted to be a liaison for the FBI.

  12. Mysticat33 says:

    Wouldn’t it be awesome to live on the moon? Well from experience, Dashiell Gibson can tell you no. In the novel, SPACE CASE by the well known author Stuart Gibbs, it tells the story of Dash Gibson’s life at the new lunar colony made on the moon. It’s the year 2041 and only a few lucky families and scientists from Earth are sent to live up in the lunar colony. Dash and his family were sent from Hawaii and have to stay for three years! Dash thinks it’s such a boring life and the bathroom situation in space drives him insane. Then one night, while Dash was in the bathroom he overheard one of the most famous scientists, Dr. Holtz, talking on the phone about something really exciting. Dash was very interested and couldn’t wait until morning to hear what he was going to tell what he had discovered. But that morning Dr. Holtz was found dead and Dash thinks he was murdered. No one else will listen to him and a few people are trying to keep him quiet about Dr. Holtz’s death. Dash is determined to find the murderer and prove it to everyone else. Can Dash solve the mystery of Dr. Holtz’s death before the murderer carries out with any other plans… This intriguing mystery is filled with humor, suspense, and a little bit of science fiction as Dash unravels the mystery. I recommend this book if you have enjoyed other books by Stuart Gibbs or if you like space and astronauts. This is the first book in a three book series (the MOON BASE ALPHA series). It was well-written and I just couldn’t put it down! I hope you think about reading this sometime and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

  13. LEPRACHAUNS123g2 says:

    I have recently read EVIL SPY SCHOOL by Stuart Gibbs, it’s part of a series. There are four books, and this is the third. Thirteen-year-old Benjamin Ripley gets kicked out of spy school for accidentally launching a mortar into the principles office, then finally gets recruited by SPYDER. SPYDER is a secret organization against the C.I.A., and they have a secret plan to make millions. Has Ben finally turned? I recommend this book to people that like spy novels because it is about spies. I really liked it and I hope other people do too.

  14. saleigh says:

    The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    The Invention of Hugo Cabret was written by Brian Selznick. This book was published in March 2007. I like this book because it has a lot of mystery in it and spying. This book is about how a little boy about 10 years old is making a machine that can write for him and draw. So he needs to get a bunch of tools and materials to make it. He ends up stealing the tools and materials to make the machine. I would recommend this book to people who like mystery and spying because it has a lot of that in it.

  15. Charlie says:

    One of the books that really stuck with we this year was Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage. The story follows Moe Labou, and her best friend, Dale Johnson III, as they solve the murder of their neighbor Mr. Jessie. Then, to make things worse, her “Mother”, Miss Lana, gets kidnapped! The book is a nice mix of mystery and humor. A must-read, for sure.

    • Mrs. Patterson says:

      So glad you wrote about Three Times Lucky! Mo is one of my favorite characters for sure. I still haven’t read The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, or The Odds of Getting Even, books two and three in the Tupelo Landing series, have you?

      • Aliyah says:

        I have read Three Times Lucky. It’s a great book. I’ve never heard of Ghost of Tupelo Landing, or The Odds of Getting Even, I’d have to read it sometime. 🙂

  16. KitKat1775 says:

    The amazing story of the Only Good Spy Young by Ally Carter.
    She has known him for almost a year there are still so many things she doesn’t know about him. Yet she loves him.
    There a a special spy group called the Circle after a girl named Cammie. Her best friend Bex keeps her safe along with Macy and Liz. She is in a lot of danger. She likes a guy that could kill her. Her favorite teacher got kidnaped. So what will she do?

  17. Kamrin.T says:

    kts book report

    The amazing story of Sounder by WILLAM H ARMSTRONG. This book is about a boy and a hunting dog named Sounder. This book is perfect for someone who likes mystery and is ok with sadness. The strongest emotion you will feel is surprise so get ready for that. I would not recommend this book to people who can’t handle how sadness. You won’t be able to put down the book because you will need to no what happen’s next. I will never forget the beginning so look for that. Hope you love this book Sounder. It is also on playaway.

  18. Shila C. says:

    The killer is still out there …..Pretty Little Liars is by Sara Shepard. This book is about 4 friends and their dead friend. I liked this book because there are many mysteries and relationships and a lot of drama. I think teen girls might like this book because it has a lot of drama and excitement I think teen boys might like this book as well as girls. The category is fiction. There is a series of these books.

  19. Olivia says:

    I had a hard time choosing what story I wanted to talk about decided to talk about a book called Pie. The author is Sarah Weeks. It is about a girl named Alice and her Aunt Polly who is famous for her pies in the town of Ipswitch. Aunt Polly has a famous pie crust recipe and in the story Alice and a little help from Charlie. They try to discovery who is trying to steal the recipe. Also I can’t forget about the cat that was Aunt Polly’s. His name is Lardo who Alice has to take care of. If you enjoy mysteries and cooking pies you will love this book. At the end of each chapter there is a pie recipe that Aunt Polly cooks.

    • LEPRACHAUNS123g2 says:

      That kind of sounds like Pi in the Sky. It’s about a planet that is like the center of the universe and a human spotted it so they take it out of time so it was never there. But the one who spotted it is on their planet. So one of the aliens there help rebuild earth.

  20. Hilary Clinton says:

    Is Stargirl a mystery?

    • Mrs. Patterson says:

      Hi Hilary,
      No, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, would be considered realistic fiction. The main character is a girl named Stargirl Caraway who attends high school for the first time after always being homeschooled. She comes in like a breath of fresh air, although not all of the students like her positive, caring nature!

  21. A Soccer Boss(with a british accent) says:

    The Hardy Boys (by Franklin Dixon) are a classic mystery series!

    • Mrs. Patterson says:

      Agreed! We have a bunch of the newer Hardy Boys available in the fiction section (F DIX).

    • Nelson K says:

      I’ve read a lot of them and really like them

      • Mr. Phantom says:

        The Hardy Boys are awesome! I love reading them and sometimes I might watch an episode of the TV show of the same book I read, if you haven’t checked out the show its pretty awesome as well. Frank and Joe always are solving mysteries!

  22. wolf heart05^^ says:

    If you like mysteries then you might want to read Three times Lucky (by Shelia Turnage). It is a good book and it is about a two kids–one named Mo the other named Dale. They are trying to solve a mystery. Its very good.

  23. bobbo the hobbo says:

    Have you ever (heard) of the Snakehead (by Anthony Horowitz). It is a good and beautiful book.

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