20 Must-Read Mysteries for Your Classroom Library

Lots of kids can’t resist a whodunit.

“The Bone Houses,” “The Silence of Bones,” "Case Closed,” “Ghost Squad,” “Ghost Wood Song,” and “The Best Lies” Books.

Ghosts, goblins, and ghastly deeds can be an entertaining hook for finicky readers. This is especially true as campfires and Halloween décor start putting kids in the mood for scary stories. These mystery books for kids  are a wonderful addition to your classroom library.

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Great Chapter Book Mysteries

Scaredy Bat and the Missing Jellyfish: An Illustrated Mystery Chapter Book  by Marina J. Bowman

This detective series is filled with colorful graphics to help younger readers follow along as a child vampire attempts to solve mysteries with her pals.

Case Closed #3: Haunting at the Hotel by Lauren Magaziner

The third installment of this middle grade series is an interactive adventure as readers get to “choose” the next plot elements that happen en route to solving the case. 


Trapped in a Video Game by Dustin Brady

An unknown villain imprisons Jessie in his least favorite activity—a video game. And if he can’t figure out how to beat this mysterious culprit, he’ll be stuck in the virtual world.

A Girl, a Raccoon, and the Midnight Moon by Karen Romano Young


Award-winning author Karen Romano Young spins a clever caper around a group of tweens trying to crack a case that may help them prevent their beloved local library from closing.

Favorite Middle Grade Mystery Books

Aline and the Blue Bottle by Carolina Ugaz-Morán

A Halloween birthday party turns into the beginning of a quest for a young girl who finds out she has magical powers and has to locate a hidden artifact. 

Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon

A group of tweens is drawn into waking versions of their own nightmares in a spooky game of hide-n-seek.

Just South of Home by Karen Strong

A town legend might be the lost key to reuniting a family of this juvenile ghost story set in a fictitious Southern town.

Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega 

Two best friends accidentally cast a spell they must figure out how to reverse before their hometown is doomed. 

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

A girl of Lipan Apache descent has inherited the ability to see the spirits of dead animals—a gift that may help her uncover the truth about her cousin’s death.

Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce

The first book of the new Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries is a clever caper about a budding tween criminologist attempting to solve a local murder.

Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh

Written by We Need Diverse Books co-founder Ellen Oh, this ghost-filled adventure is well-suited for middle-schoolers.

Awesome Young Adult Mystery Books

The Silence of Bones by June Hur

A teenage girl must crack a “whodunit case” in Korea at the beginning of the 19th century.

Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters

A teen fiddler uses her secret ability to summon ghosts from their graves in order to help her brother in this new YA read that also includes LGBTQ+ romance as a subplot.

All of This Is True by Lygia Day Penaflor

Mystery Books for Kids

This contemporary YA mystery is also available in Spanish—ideal for bilingual teens looking for a suspense-filled narrative in their native language.

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Mystery Books for Kids

A teen searches for her missing best friend in this gritty urban thriller.

The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu

Obsession is the driving force behind this fast-paced plot surrounding two besties’ warped connection.

If You’re Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser

Mystery Books for Kids

Social media is the only lead two high schoolers have when they begin to investigate the disappearance of a friend who seems to have vanished.

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones 

Mystery Books for Kids

A historical setting with a horror twist sets the tone for an eerie story about a teen gravedigger assisting a mapmaker to end an ancient curse.

Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

Mystery Books for Kids

Bestselling own voices author Marieke Nijkamp’s latest dark tale involves five teenagers who begin a murder mystery game that goes horribly awry.

White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig

Mystery Books for Kids

Ex-boyfriend drama ends up being the least Rufus’s worries after he finds his sister at a crime scene—and has only one night to prove her innocence.

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20 Must-Read Mysteries for Your Classroom Library