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Mystery and Suspense Fiction for Junior High Teens

These titles are located throughout the library; please find the location in the catalog by clicking on the title.

Abrahams, Peter – Down the Rabbit Hole (375 pages) – Like her idol Sherlock Holmes, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill uses her intellect to solve a murder case in her home town of Echo Falls.

Brooks, Kevin – Martyn Pig (230 pages) - Faced with the possibility of living with a dreadful aunt, fifteen-year-old Martyn Pig decides not to tell authorities when his alchholic father dies accidentally, instead asking a friend for her help in disposing of the body.

Bunting, Eve – Someone is Hiding on Alcatraz Island (136 pages) - When he offends the toughest gang in his San Francisco School, Danny tries to elude them by going to Alcatraz only to find himself and a Park Service employee trapped by the gang in an old prison cell block.

Cooney, Caroline B. – Code Orange (200 pages) - While conducting research for a school paper on smallpox, Mitty finds an envelope containing 100-year-old smallpox scabs and fears that he has infected himself and all of New York City.

Duncan, Lois – Down a Dark Hall (181 pages) - Suspicious and uneasy about the atmosphere at her new boarding school, fourteen-year-old Kit slowly realizes why she and the other three students at the school were selected.

Feinstein, John – Last Shot ( (251 pages) - After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.

Grant, Vicki – Quid Pro Quo (160 pages) - When his twenty-eight-year-old mom, a former street kid who became an activist lawyer, disappears, thirteen-year-old Cyril becomes involved in a web of intrigue and deceit.

Hautman, Pete – Snatched (200 pages) - Too curious for her own good, Roni, crime reporter for her high school newspaper, teams up with Brian, freshman science geek, to investigate the beating and kidnapping of a classmate.

Hoeye, Michael – Time Stops for No Mouse (288 pages) – The first in this fun mystery series, when Linka Perflinger, a jaunty mouse, brings a watch into his shop to be repaired and then disappears, Hermux Tantamoq is caught up in a world of dangerous search for eternal youth as he tries to find out what happened to her.

Honey, Elizabeth – Remote Man (260 pages) - Thirteen-year-old Ned and his depressed mother leave Australia for a rest in America, but he is soon on the trail of international smugglers of exotic animals, with help from his Internet friends.

Karbo, Karen – Minerva Clark Gets a Clue (245 pages) - A thirteen-year-old girl in Portland, Oregon, loses all self-doubt when she is zapped by lightning and uses her newfound courage to solve a murder mystery.

Madison, Bennett – Lulu Dark Can See through Walls (248 pages) – When someone steals her purse and identity, high school junior and reluctant girl sleuth Lulu Dark investigates.

Nixon, Joan Lowery – The Deadly Game of Magic (160 pages) – One of the many mysteries Nixon wrote for teens, Lisa and her three friends are trapped in a strange house, where a mysterious magician starts performing terrifying tricks, one of which is murder.

Qualey, Marsha – Close to a Killer (182 pages) – Seventeen-year-old Barrie finds herself involved in a string of murders that are somehow connected to her mother's hair salon.

Peretti, Frank E. – Hangman’s Curse (281 pages) - When several students at Baker High School are stricken by an alleged curse of the school's ghost, Elijah and Elisha Springfield and their parents, undercover investigators, are sent to uncover the truth behind the events.

Pullman, Philip – The Ruby in the Smoke (230 pages) - In nineteenth-century London, sixteen-year-old Sally Lockhart, a recent orphan, becomes involved in a deadly search for a mysterious ruby.

Richards, Justin – The Death Collector (320 pages) - Three teens and a curator of unclassified artifacts at the British Museum match wits with a madman determined to use unorthodox methods to reanimate the dead, both humans and dinosaurs.

Roberts, Willo Davis – Twisted Summer (156 pages) – Fourteen-year-old Cici hopes for a romantic summer at the beach but instead finds herself trying to solve a murder, which had occurred there the previous year.

Scrimger, Richard – From Charlie’s Point of View (278 pages) – Best friends Bernadette and Charlie begin seventh grade and help unravel the mysterious case of the Stocking Bandit.

Spradlin, Michael – Live and Let Shop (211 pages) – The first in the Spy Goddessseries. Beverly Hills teenager Rachel Buchanan gets in trouble with the law and winds up at mysterious Blackthorn Academy in Pennsylvania, where she uncovers secrets about the school and becomes entangled in a case of international espionage.

Springer, Nancy – Blood Trail (105 pages) – After his best friend is murdered, seventeen-year-old Booger realizes he is the only one who has any idea who might have committed the crime--but he doesn't dare tell anyone.

Sternberg, Libby – Uncovering Sadie’s Secrets (208 pages) - Bianca has a crush on Doug, but Doug likes Sadie, so Bianca goes on the hunt to try to find out what Sadie is hiding.

Taylor, Theodore – Lord of the Kill (246 pages) - With his parents in India, sixteen-year-old Ben Jepson is in charge of Los Coyotes Preserve, a refuge for big cats near Los Angeles, when two powerful groups try to shut it down by intimidation, murder, and kidnapping the largest tiger in captivity.

Updale, Eleanor – Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? (232 pages) - In Victorian London, after his life is saved by a young physician, a thief utilizes the knowledge he gains in prison and from the scientific lectures he attends as the physician's case study exhibit to create a new, highly successful, double life for himself.

Weatherly, Lee – Missing Abby (198 pages) - As the last one to see thirteen-year-old Abby, Emma is determined to discover the truth about her mysterious disappearance, spurred in part by her feelings of guilt over ending their friendship in order to ensure popularity at her new school.

Werlin, Nancy – Locked Inside (259 pages) – After she is kidnapped from the exclusive boarding school she attends, heiress Marnie Skyedottir must rethink her idealized relationship with her mother, her own sense of who she is, and her relationships with others.

Zindel, Paul - The Scream Museum (149 pages) – P.C. Hawke and his partner investigate the murder of the chief biologist at the Museum of Natural History. As they dig into the strange story, they discover a stolen world-famous necklace, an anthropologist trained in Indonesian medicine and hypnosis, and a fat, hairy tarantula named Aristotle.

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