Children’s Mystery & Adventure Books

Catch the excitement of solving mysteries or going on daring adventures! Books that thrill are popular choices especially for older children. Selecting "cliff hangers" and "who-done-its" is a great way to intrigue even the most reluctant readers. The elements of suspense and anticipation will captivate readers. High interest reading is enjoyable and seem less like a chore or assignment.  Here are some excellent book choices and series that they won't want to put down.  Why not try…


Young Readers:

The High-Rise Private Eyes #2: The Case of the Climbing Cat (I Can Read Book 2), Cynthia Rylant

The High-Rise Private Eyes Mystery Series: Created by award winning author, Cynthia Rylant (Henry & Mudge Books,) this series of simple mysteries will peak young readers interest. Two best friends,  Bunny Brown & Jack Jones, are ace detectives living in a high-rise apartment building solving even the toughest crime cases. Perfect for first time mystery readers, these stories are filled with clever clues and charming characters.

Danny and the Dinosaur, Syd Hoff

Danny & the Dinosaur: Imagine having a dinosaur for a playmate! When Danny visits the museum, he gets his wish. Danny enjoys several adventures with his larger than life friend on the way home. Young children following this simple adventure as Danny goes sightseeing, plays games and teaches tricks to his pal the dinosaur. A delightful and amusing series for little ones.



Chapter Books:

The Invisible Island (A to Z Mysteries), Ron Roy

A to Z Mysteries Series: This exciting mystery series has one mystery book for every letter of the alphabet (26 in all!) Follow the trio of Dink, Josh & Ruth Rose on action packed adventures as they piece together clues to solve the mystery. Solve mysteries including vampires, a t-rex, pandas, zombies and more. Perfect for young readers! A guaranteed favorite author and series.

Voyage to the Volcano, Joanna Cole

Magic School Bus Series: You just can't beat the excitement of an adventure with Miss Frizzle, that wacky Science teacher who takes her class on awesome field trips inside the human body, in outer space, back in time and on loads of other adventures. Kids will be learning valuable Science facts while reading and enjoying this captivating series. Truly a five-star classic adventure series now available in beginning reader, picture books, chapter books, boxed sets and more!

Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the U.F.O. by  David Adler

Cam Jansen Mystery Series: Cam Jansen is a young girl with bright red hair who has the amazing and unique ability to remember entire crime scenes with her photographic memory. As a result, Cam (short for her nickname "Camera") and her friends investigate mysteries involving carnivals, u.f.o.s, summer camps, schools…you name it! Solve mysteries along with Cam while reading this entertaining children's series.

Also recommended:

Young Cam Jansen and the Double Beach Mystery (Easy-to-Read, Puffin) of the Young Cam Jansen Series (for beginning chapter readers)



Books For Older Children:

Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz

Alex Rider Series: Kids will be obsessed with this awesome adventure series by the New York Times bestselling author, Anthony Horowitz. The main character, Alex Rider, is fourteen year old boy thrust into a life of top secret spies, deadly missions and a search to find his uncle's killer. Action packed series with lots of cliff hangers.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Paperback Boxed Set (Books 1-3), Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson Series:  This New York Times #1 best-selling series has got readers hooked! Rick Riordan skillfully combines adventure, friendship and mythology into the most incredible story lines. The main character, Percy Jackson, is a young teen who is actually a demigod living in a modern world. Percy and his demigod friends must repeatedly stop disaster as Greek gods and mythological creatures interfere with his world.

Shadow Children Boxed Set: Among the Hidden, Among the Impostors, Among the Betrayed, and Among the Barons, Margaret Paterson Haddix

Shadow Children Series: They won't want to put this series down! The story is simple, in a world where parents are only allowed to have two children, the third child must be hidden! If found, "shadow children" are destined to face the death penalty. Non-stop thrills and excitement. A gripping and thought provoking series.

The Abduction (Kidnapped, Book 1) Gordon Korman

Kidnapped Series: When Aiden's little sister Meg is kidnapped, Aiden must work with the FBI to solve the mystery. This thriller series is full of conspiracies, spies and unbelievable family secrets.  How can Aiden save his sister and protect his parents?

Also recommended:

Hunting the Hunter (On the Run Series), Gordon Korman from the "On the Run" Series




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