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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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. 🙂

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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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