Episode 47: Mystery Books for Tweens

April 17, 2023

In episode 47 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Mystery Books for Tweens

Mystery books for tweens. Readers who love mystery stories are voracious, no matter what their age. This week, Megan and Allison investigate mystery novels and thrillers for tweens.

Plus, the importance of data to underpin the work of teachers and librarians, and a new writing book suitable for teen writers.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘August & Jones’ written by Pip Harry 

‘The Cult of Romance’ written by Sarah Ayoub

‘The Way of Dog’ written by Zana Fraillon

‘The Echidna Near My Place’ written by Sue Whiting. Illustrated by Cate James

Mystery books for tweens

‘The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle’ by Pamela Rushby (full review here

‘When You Reach Me’ by Rebecca Stead

‘Surface Tension’ by Meg McKinlay 

‘A Very Unusual Pursuit’ by Catherine Jinks 

‘The Secrets We Keep’ and ‘The Secrets We Share’ by Nova Weetman  

‘The Mulberry Tree’, ‘The Turnkey’, ‘The Ghost Locket’ and ‘When This Bell Rings’ by Allison Rushby (full review of ‘The Turnkey’ here

The Ateban Cipher series by A.L. Tait (full review here

Maven & Reeve series by A. L. Tait (full review here

‘His Name Was Walter’ by Emily Rodda (full review here

‘When the Lyrebird Calls’ by Kim Kane 

Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens

Stella Montgomery series by Judith Rossell 

‘Missing’ by Sue Whiting 

‘The Book of Chance’ by Sue Whiting  

Friday Barnes series by R. A. Spratt

‘The Fall’ by Tristan Bancks 

‘Two Wolves’ by Tristan Bancks 

200 Minutes of Mystery series by Jack Heath 

‘A Clue For Clara’ by Lian Tanner 

Every series by Ellie Marney

‘The Rockstar Detectives’ by Adam Hills 

‘The London Eye Mystery’ by Siobhan O’Dowd

‘The Detective’s Guide to Ocean Travel’ by Nicki Greenberg

Kensy & Max series by Jacqueline Harvey

The Enola Holmes Mysteries series by Nancy Springer 

Plum and Woo series by Lisa Siberry 

Ruby Redfort series by Lauren Child

Adventures on Trains series by M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman

‘Twitch’ by M. G. Leonard 

Agatha Oddly series by Lena Jones 

‘The Peacock Detectives’ by Carly Nugent

‘100 Books for Tweens who Love History, Mystery and Adventure’ by Allison Tait 

‘Best Books for Middle Grade Readers’ by Megan Daley 

‘Book Club Books’ by Megan Daley 


Quick tips

‘The Novel Project’ by Graeme Simsion


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Mystery books for tweens