Best Children's Mystery, Detective, & Spy Books

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1. The Secret Lake: A Children's mystery adventure

Author: by Karen Inglis
Published at: Well Said Press (August 4, 2011)
ISBN: 978-0956932303

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A lost dog, a hidden time tunnel and a secret lake. A page-turning time travel adventure for children aged 8-11. Now enjoyed by thousands of young readers! When Stella and her younger brother, Tom, move to their new London home, they become mystified by the disappearances of Harry, their elderly neighbour’s small dog.Where does he go?

And why does he keep reappearing wet-through? Their quest to solve the riddle over the summer holidays leads to a boat buried under a grassy mound, and a tunnel that takes them to a secret lake. Who is the boy rowing towards them who looks so terrified?

And whose are those Children's voices carried on the wind from beyond the woods? Stella and Tom soon discover that they have travelled back in time to their home and its gardens almost 100 years earlier. Here they make both friends and enemies, and uncover startling connections between the past and present.

A modern Children's classicThe Secret Lake has been described by readers as a modern Tom’s Midnight Garden and compared in atmosphere with The Secret Garden and the Enid Blyton and Nancy Drew mystery adventure stories. Its page-turning plot, with its many twists and turns, makes it a firm favourite with both boys and girls.

2. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny–Detectives Extraordinaire!

Author: by Polly Horvath
Published at: Schwartz & Wade; Illustrated edition (February 14, 2012)
ISBN: 978-0375867552

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In this hilarious chapter book mystery, meet a girl whose parents have been kidnapped by disreputable foxes, and a pair of detectives that also happen to be bunnies! When Madeline gets home from school one afternoon to discover that her parents have gone missing, she sets off to find them.

So begins a once-in-a-lifetime adventure involving a cast of unforgettable characters. There’s Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, who drive a smart car, wear fedoras, and hate marmots; the Marmot, who loves garlic bread and is a brilliant translator; and many others.

Translated from the Rabbit by Newbery Honor-winning author Polly Horvath, and beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Sophie Blackall, here is a book that kids will both laugh over and love.”National Book Award-winner Polly Horvath’s latest, a rabbity romp complete with whimsical illustrations and a quirky cast of characters, has both the look and feel of a classic Children's book,” raves The Washington Post.

3. The Boxcar Children Books 1-4 ( Cover may Vary )

Author: by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Published at: Albert Whitman & Company; unknown edition (September 1, 1990)
ISBN: 978-0807508541

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The paperback editions of The Boxcar Children Mysteries: #1, The Boxcar Children; #2, Surprise Island; #3, The Yellow House Mystery; and #4, Mystery Ranch are offered together in a cardboard case. Follow Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden as they explore the world on their own, solve mysteries, and search for home.

4. InvestiGators: Off the Hook (InvestiGators, 3)

Author: by John Patrick Green
Published at: First Second (February 23, 2021)
ISBN: 978-1250220004

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InvestiGators Mango and Brash don their fanciest vests for InvestiGators: Off the Hook, the next mystery in the hilarious adventure series from John Patrick GreenSewer-loving secret agents Mango and Brash fight for the GATOR good in this zany adventure that will have readers HOOKED!

The InvestiGators are the best crime-fighting duo in the world. But not even their hi-tech training programs can prepare them for the return of their greatest nemesis, Crackerdile, in a shocking new form! Even worse, he’s creating a team of super villains!

Faced with the choice between saving themselves or catching the crooks, can Mango and Brash make sure the gator good prevails?

5. Holes (Holes Series)

Author: by Louis Sachar
Published at: Yearling (May 9, 2000)
ISBN: 978-0440414803

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER Dig deep in this award-winning, modern classic that will remind readers that adventure is right around the corner-or just under your feet! Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses.

Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.

But there are an awful lot of holes. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake?

Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishmentand redemption.”A smart jigsaw puzzle of a novel.” New York Times *Includes a double bonus: an excerpt from Small Steps, the follow-up to Holes, as well as an excerpt from the New York Times bestseller Fuzzy Mud.

6. Charlie Thorne and the Lost City

Author: by Stuart Gibbs
Published at: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 2, 2021)
ISBN: 978-1534443815

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In this sequel to the New York Times bestselling Charlie Thorne and the Last Equationwhich #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Grabenstein called a real page-burnerCharlie searches for Charles Darwin’s hidden treasure in South America. Charlie Thorne is a genius.

Charlie Thorne is a fugitive. Charlie Thorne isn’t even thirteen. After saving the world, Charlie is ready to take it easy in the Galapagos Islands. That is, until she’s approached by the mysterious Esmeralda Castle, who has a code she knows only Charlie can decipher.

In 1835, Charles Darwin diverted his ship’s journey so he could spend ten months in South America on a secret solo expedition. When he returned, he carried a treasure that inspired both awe and terror in his crew. Afterward, it vanished, never to be seen again But Darwin left a trail of clues behind for those brave and clever enough to search for it.

Enter Charlie Thorne. In a daring adventure that takes her across South America, Charlie must crack Darwin’s 200-year-old clues to track down his mysterious discoveryand stay ahead of the formidable lineup of enemies who are hot on her tail. When an ancient hidden treasure is at stake, people will do anything to find it first.

7. Trapped in a Video Game (Volume 1)

Author: by Dustin Brady
Published at: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Illustrated edition (April 10, 2018)

ISBN: 978-1449494865

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Kids who love video games will love this first installment of the new 5-book series about 12-year old Jesse Rigsby and the wild adventures he encounters inside different video games. Age Level: 8-12 Grade Level: 3rd and up Jesse Rigsby hates video gamesand for good reason.

You see, a video game character is trying to kill him. After getting sucked in the new game Full Blast with his friend Eric, Jesse starts to see the appeal of vaporizing man-size praying mantis while cruising around by jet pack.

But pretty soon, a mysterious figure begins following Eric and Jesse, and they discover they can’t leave the game. If they don’t figure out what’s going on fast, they’ll be trapped for good!

8. Legend of the Star Runner: A Timmi Tobbson Adventure Book for Boys and Girls (Solve-Them-Yourself Mysteries for Kids 8-12)

Author: by J. I. Wagner
Published at: freshabooks; Illustrated edition (May 22, 2018)
ISBN: 978-3963267772

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Ages 8-12 | Chapter Book | Short Attention Spans | 30+ Mysteries to Solve | Video Trailer BelowNote to parents: Please read our ‘No-Bad-Language’ notice below. Following the clues concealed within a centuries-old family legacy, Timmi Tobbson and his friends hope to save a dear friend.

But only twenty-four hours remain to unravel the legend of a long-lost pirate ship, buried somewhere deep beneath the city streets. Unbeknownst to them, their search awakens a mystical dark power, sworn to protect what is hidden on board the once famous Star Runner.

Unravel ‘solve-them-yourself picture mysteries’ and uncover the Legend of the Star Runner! Mysteries to Solve The adventure is divided into 31 concise chapters, each of which ends with a puzzle to be solved by finding and interpreting visual clues concealed within a beautiful color illustration.

Suited for explorers and sleuths young and old. Children under 8 years may need assistance in solving some of the puzzles. Grade level: 3rd and up. Beautiful Color IllustrationsLegend of the Star Runner gives readers the best of both worlds, merging the visual appeal of a graphic novel with text-based storytelling’s power to spark imagination.

9. Nancy Drew Starter Set – Books 1-5

Author: by Carolyn Keene
Published at: Grosset & Dunlap; Box edition (May 10, 2012)
ISBN: 978-0448464961

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The Nancy Drew Starter Set is the perfect gift for aspiring detectives, or longtime fans of the series! The first five books in this iconic series are packaged together in a collectible box set with an updated design. Titles included are #1 The Secret of the Old Clock, #2 The Hidden Staircase, #3 The Bungalow Mystery, #4 The Mystery at Lilac Inn, and #5 The Secret of Shadow Ranch.

Teenage sleuth Nancy Drew is a beloved cultural figure and noted inspiration for generations of women, including Sonia Sotomayor, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Hillary Clinton.

10. Hardy Boys Starter Set – Books 1-5 (The Hardy Boys)

Author: by Franklin W. Dixon
Published at: Grosset & Dunlap; Box edition (May 10, 2012)
ISBN: 978-0448464954

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The perfect gift for aspiring detectives, or longtime Hardy Boys fans! The first five books in the classic mystery series are packaged together in a collectible box set featuring a newly redesigned slipcover. Titles included are #1 The Tower Treasure, #2 The House on the Cliff, #3 The Secret of the Old Mill, #4 The Missing Chums, and #5 Hunting for Hidden Gold.

11. Golden Gate (2) (City Spies)

Author: by James Ponti
Published at: Aladdin (March 9, 2021)
ISBN: 978-1534414945

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In this second installment in the New York Times bestselling series from Edgar Award winner James Ponti, the young group of spies returns for another international adventure perfect for fans of Spy School and Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls.

After thwarting a notorious villain at an eco-summit in Paris, the City Spies are gearing up for their next mission. Operating out of a base in Scotland, this secret team of young agents working for the British Secret Intelligence Service’s MI6 division have honed their unique skills, such as sleight of hand, breaking and entering, observation, and explosives.

All of these allow them to go places in the world of espionage where adults can’t. Fourteen-year-old Sydney is a surfer and a rebel from Bondi Beach, Australia. She’s also a field ops specialist for the City Spies. Sydney is excited to learn that she’ll be going undercover on the marine research vessel the Sylvia Earle.

But things don’t go exactly as planned, and while Sydney does find herself in the spotlight, it’s not in the way she was hoping. Meanwhile, there’s been some new intel regarding a potential mole within the organization, offering the spies a lead that takes them to San Francisco, California.

12. InvestiGators (InvestiGators, 1)

Author: by John Patrick Green
Published at: First Second; Illustrated edition (February 25, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1250219954

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John Patrick Green’s goofy graphic novel series follows the super spy alligator duo the InvestiGators as they travel through the sewers and fight the forces of evil. MANGO and BRASH are the INVESTIGATORS:sewer-loving agents of S.U.I.T.

And scourge of supervillains everywhere! With their Very Exciting Spy Technology and their tried-and-true, toilet-based travel techniques, the InvestiGators are undercover and on the case! And on their first mission together, they have not one but two mysteries to solve!

Can Mango and Brash uncover the clues, crack their cases, and corral the crooksor will the criminals wriggle out of their grasp? Special Undercover Investigation Teams

13. The Mysterious Benedict Society Paperback Boxed Set

Author: by Trenton Lee Stewart
Published at: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 13, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0316460965

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A stunning paperback gift set of the New York Times bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society books, including The Riddle of Ages! Catch up on the adventures of the Mysterious Benedict Society with this paperback boxed set, which includes the three original books in the New York Times bestselling series, The Mysterious Benedict Society, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma, as well as the prequel, The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict, and the all-new The Riddle of Ages.

14. InvestiGators: Take the Plunge (InvestiGators, 2)

Author: by John Patrick Green
Published at: First Second; Illustrated edition (September 29, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1250219985

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Sewer-loving secret agents Mango and Brash are plunged into a new mysteryand a BIG messin John Patrick Green’s hilarious adventure-packed graphic novel, InvestiGators: Take the Plunge.S.U.I.T. Headquarters is under attack, and Mango and Brash are going undercover and underground disguised as city sewer workers to unclog a sticky situation.

But when their search for the criminal Crackerdile backfires, the toilets they travel through back upand the InvestiGators take the blame for it! Can Mango and Brash restore their good name and put the real culprit behind bars before the whole city is in deep water?

15. The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics)

Author: by Ellen Raskin
Published at: Puffin Books (April 12, 2004)
ISBN: 978-0142401200

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A Newbery Medal Winner”A supersharp mystery… Confoundingly clever, and very funny.” Booklist, starred review A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W.Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual strangerand a possible murdererto inherit his vast fortune, on things for sure: Sam Westing may be deadbut that won’t stop him from playing one last game!

Winner of the Newbery Medal Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award An ALA Notable Book “Great fun for those who enjoy illusion, word play, or sleight of hand.” The New York Times Book Review”A fascinating medley of word games, disguises, multiple aliases, and subterfugesa demanding but rewarding book.” The Horn Book

16. Theodore Boone 6-Book Box Set

Author: by John Grisham
Published at: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (May 28, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1984816429

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A brand new box set feature the first six books in the bestselling Theodore Boone series from the master of the modern legal thriller, John GrishamJoin Theo’s adventures from the beginning in this deluxe box set collection of the first six Theodore Boone books: Kid Lawyer, The Abduction, The Accused, The Activist, The Fugitive, and The Scandal.

Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and undisputed master of the modern legal thriller, Theodore Boone’s trials and triumphs will keep readers hooked unitl the very last page.”Gripping … Everyone will be enthralled by Theodore Boone.” -Scholastic News”Classic Grisham.” -Los Angeles Times”Edge-of-your-seat drama, sophisticated plotting, and plenty of spunk.” -Chicago Sun-Times