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					8th Grade Mystery / Suspense
Avi - The Man Who Was Poe
It is night, and Edmund is alone. He has no one, except a dark, mysterious stranger who flees from demons
of his own --promising to help, a stranger who needs Edmund for purpose of his own.
Grade 8 Mystery / Suspense

Cooney, Caroline B. - Flight Number 116 is Down
When a 747 crashes on her parents' property, Heidi becomes involved in the massive rescue effort.
Moment-by-moment action makes this taut suspense story feel like a chronicle of an actual disaster.
Cooney never exploits the horror of the event but depicts the drama and human interest inherent in disaster.
Grade 8 Mystery / Suspense

Dexter, Catherine - I Dream of Murder
Fourteen-year-old Jere is haunted by a recurring dream from his childhood in which a young woman is
murdered in the park across from his house. But he soon discovers that his nightmare is all too true, in this
spine-tingling mystery.
Grade 8 Mystery / Suspense

Ferris, Jean - Love Among the Walnuts
Born and raised in isolation in a wealthy, eccentric family, Sandy is shocked when he, his parents, and their
servants become victims of a vicious plot by his greedy uncles to incapacitate them and take their money.
Grade 8 Mystery / Suspense


Hiaasen, Carl - Hoot
The site of Coconut Cove's future Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House is experiencing a slight
problem: survey stakes removed, alligators in the port-a-potties, and painted-over patrol cars. But who's
behind the clever vandalism and pranks?
Grade 8 Mystery / Suspense

Nixon, Joan Lowery - Shadowmaker
Soon after she and her mother come to the small Texas town of Kluney and experience a series of
menacing events, Katie begins to suspect that there is something sinister going on.
Grade 8 Mystery / Suspense


Wynne-Jones, Tim - The Boy in the Burning House
Trying to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance from their rural Canadian community, fourteen-
year-old Jim gets help from the disturbed Ruth Rose, who suspects her stepfather, a local pastor.
Grade 8 Mystery / Suspense

Alcock, Vivien. The Mysterious Mr. Ross. Y FIC Alcock
The mysterious Albert Ross, whom twelve-year-old Felicity saves from drowning on the dangerous
seacoast where she lives, appears to be either an exotic world traveler or a fearsome liar, and he ultimately
changes the lives of those who seek the truth about him.

Arkin, Anthony Dana. Captain Hawaii. Y FIC Arkin
While vacationing in Hawaii, sixteen-year-old Arron becomes involved with a tour guide, his beautiful
daughter, and a ruthless developer who seeks an ancient secret hidden on the island of Kauai.

Bennett, Jay. The Skeleton Man Y FIC Bennett
When his Uncle Ed commits suicide, after giving him 10,000 for his eighteenth birthday, Ray receives
mysterious death threats and becomes involved in a dangerous sequence of events.
Benoit, Margaret. Who Killed Olive Souffle? Y FIC Benoit
Detective Angel Cardoni investigates the murder of French chef Olive Souffle.

Bethancourt, T. Ernesto. Doris Fein, Legacy of Terror. Y FIC Bethancourt
Having inherited fifteen million dollars, Doris goes to Chicago to meet with a man who claims to be the
real heir to the fortune, only to be kidnapped and involved with the most sinister members of organized
crime.

Butler, Beverly. Ghost Cat. Y FIC Butler
Visiting for the first time on the family farm with relatives she doesn't quite feel comfortable around,
fourteen-year-old Annabel gradually unravels a mystery involving a crying cat, an abandoned house, a
forty-year-old feud, suspicions of murder, and her own grandparents.

Clark, Margaret Goff. Who Stole Kathy Young? Y FIC Clark
Many tourists visit the Texas Gulf Coast, and Meg and Kathy are sure at least two of them look suspicious.
But it is only a game until Kathy disappears.

Cormier, Robert. In the Middle of the Night. Y FIC Cormier
Sixteen-year-old Denny lives in the shadow of a deadly accident with which his father was connected when
he was Denny's age, a disaster for which some of the survivors still blame his father

Crew, Gary. Angel's Gate. Y FIC Crew
Kimmy encounters two wild children who have grown up in the hills of Australia and tries to protect them
from the unknown person who murdered their father.


Cross, Gillian. Tightrope. Y FIC Cross
When she begins receiving bizarre threatening messages from someone who seems to know her every
move, teenage Ashley, after seeking help from the neighborhood tough guy, comes to realize that she alone
can end the stalker's reign of terror.

Dank, Milton. The Computer Caper. Y Fic Dank
Attempting to help the family of their new Vietnamese friend to retrieve their savings, the Galaxy Gang
takes on a money swindling operation.

Delaney, Mark. The Vanishing Chip. YPB D
When Mattie's grandfather becomes a suspect in the theft of a valuable computer chip, Peter, Byte, Jake,
and Mattie, four high school students who consider themselves misfits, pool their talents to try to discover
who really stole the chip and how.

Duffy, James. The Graveyard Gang. Y FIC Duffy
During the summer after seventh grade, life in a small New Hampshire town improves for Amy, when new
friendships help her deal with her father's death, her mother's emotional problems, and the accusation that
she killed a local boy.

Ferguson, Alane. Show Me the Evidence. Y FIC Ferguson
When, after a bizarre series of events, her best friend is accused of murdering her own baby brother and
two other babies, Lauren, convinced of her friend's innocence, joins her in trying to solve the mystery and
find evidence to clear her name.

Giberga, Jane Sughrue. Friends to Die For. Y FIC Giberga
Sixteen-year-old Cristina is forced to evaluate her sophisticated world of elegant New York apartments,
private schools, and rich friends when a girl she knows is murdered after a party they both attended.
Goldman, E. M. Getting Lincoln's Goat : An Elliot Armbruster Mystery. Y FIC Goldman
Tenth-grader Elliot wants to be a detective when he grows up, and when he discovers that Lincoln the goat,
the school mascot, is missing, he and some of his classmates get a taste of what their chosen careers would
really be like.

Hall, Lynn. Murder at the Spaniel Show. Y FIC HALL
Sixteen-year-old Tabby wonders what connection lies between her boss, a blind dog breeder, and the
sinister death threats to his twin brother who has arrived to judge an important national show.

Hamilton, Virginia. The House of Dies Drear. YPB H / Y Fic Hamilton
A black family of five moves into an enormous house once used as a hiding place for runaway slaves.
Mysterious sounds and events as well as the discovery of secret passageways make the family believe they
are in grave danger.

Kidd, Ronald. Second Fiddle : A Sizzle & Splat Mystery. Y FIC Kidd
Two members of the Pirelli Youth Orchestra find their lives in danger when they try to find the practical
joker whose string of pranks includes destroying a $50,000 violin.

Konigsburg, E. L. Up from Jericho Tel. Y FIC Konigsburg
The spirit of a dead actress turns two children invisible and sends them out among a group of colorful street
performers to search for a missing necklace.

L'Engle, Madeleine. Troubling A Star. Y FIC L'Engle
As she tries to stay alive after being left on an iceberg in the Antarctic, sixteen-year-old Vicky recalls the
series of events that brought her to the bottom of the world and involved her in a dangerous mystery.

Murphy, Jim. Death Run. Y FIC Murphy
An incident in a park leads to an accidental death, but a police detective wonders if it was an accident -- or
murder.

Nixon, Joan Lowery. Search for the Shadowman. YPB N
While working on a genealogy project for his seventh grade history class, Andy Bonner becomes
determined to solve the mystery surrounding a distant relative who was accused of stealing the family
fortune.

Page, Katherine Hall. Christie & Company. Y FIC Page
Three new eighth-grade girls at Cabot School find that their shared interest in mysteries comes in handy
when the roommates are blamed for a series of thefts at the school.

Patneaude, David. Someone Was Watching. Y FIC Patneaude
When his baby sister disappears from the river near their summer home, eighth grader Chris fights the
assumption that she has drowned and uncovers evidence that something entirely different has happened to
her.

Petersen, P. J. The Freshman Detective Blues. Y FIC Petersen
Eddie, age fourteen, and Jack, age seventeen, find a skeleton weighted down in Muir Lake, and Jack thinks
it just might be his father who's been missing for nine years.

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

Roberts, Willo Davis. The Kidnappers : A Mystery. Y FIC Roberts
No one believes eleven-year-old Joey, who has a reputation for telling tall tales, when he claims to have
witnessed the kidnapping of the class bully outside their expensive New York City private school.
Silsbee, Peter. Love Among the Hiccups. Y FIC Silsbee / Y PB S
Palmer Swain, a teenage tour guide in the Thousand Islands, finds his new romantic misadventures
complicated by mysterious strangers fighting over possession of a decaying mansion.

Sleator, William. The Spirit House. Y FIC Sleator
Fifteen-year-old Julie investigates the suspicious behavior of the Thai exchange student staying with her
family and comes to believe in the wish-granting power of a spirit that appears to have followed him across
the ocean.

Smith, Alison. A Trap of Gold. Y FIC Smith
Thirteen-year-old Margaret finds a mysterious, shadowy figure watching her as she searches for a lost gold
nugget from an abandoned mine.




9th Grade Mystery / Suspense
Avi - Wolf Rider: A Tale of Terror
After receiving an apparent crank call from a man claiming to have committed murder, fifteen-year-old
Andy finds his close relationship with his father crumbling as he struggles to make everyone believe him.
Grade 9 Mystery / Suspense

Bloor, Edward - Crusader
In this complex mystery of virtual vs. real, 15-year-old Roberta is trying to find the truth behind her
mother's murder years ago as a violent virtual reality game arrives at the mall arcade where she works.
Grade 9 Mystery / Suspense

Carroll, Jenny - When Lightening Strikes
Walking home from school one afternoon, sixteen-year-old Jessica Mastriani is hit by lightening and finds
she has acquired an amazing power - which can be used for good ...or evil.
Grade 9 Mystery / Suspense

Cooney, Caroline B. - Wanted
It all started when her father telephoned Alice to take the Corvette and meet him. Only Alice doesn't have a
driver's license, and he knows it. But now, her father is dead, someone has already confessed to his murder
by E-mail, and that someone is Alice. The police are after her, and the real murderer is, too. It's only a
matter of time before somebody catches her.
Grade 9 Mystery / Suspense

Duncan, Lois - Killing Mr. Griffin
A teenager casually suggests playing a cruel trick on the English teacher, but did he intend it to be murder?
Grade 9 Mystery / Suspense

Glen, Mel - Who Killed Mr. Chippendale?: A Mystery in Poems
When popular Tower High English teacher Mr. Chippendale is fatally shot, everyone's a suspect. Told in a
series of interlocking poems, this suspenseful story will keep readers guessing who the killer is right up
until the last page.
Grade 9 Mystery / Suspense

Griffin, Adele - Amadine
Although she knows from the first that Amandine is "unusual", maybe even crazy, Delia, the new girl in
town, is drawn toward Amandine's magnetic personality. When Amandine's antics turn cruel, Delia must
find the courage to get away from her influence.
Grade 9 Mystery / Suspense
Nixon, Joan Lowery - The Other Side of Dark
Stacy wakes up in a room that's not hers, in a body she doesn't recognize, to discover she's been in a coma
for four years. Her mother is dead - murdered - and Stacy, recovering from a gunshot wound, is the only
eyewitness. She can recall only a shadowy face, but the killer is not about to take any chances…
Grade 9 Mystery / Suspense

Pullman, Philip - Ruby in the Smoke
In search of clues to the mystery of her father's death, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart ventures into the
shadowy underworld of Victorian London. Pursued by villains at every turn, the intrepid Sally finally
uncovers two dark mysteries - and realizes that she herself is the key to both.
Grade 9 Mystery / Suspense

Qualey, Marsha - Thin Ice
Orphaned at age seven, Arden has been raised by her much older brother, Scott. When she is a high school
senior, Scott is apparently drowned in a snowmobile accident. The vehicle is recovered from a river, but
even after a great deal of searching, no body is found. Arden grieves and suffers terrible nightmares until
one day she realizes that something about the facts surrounding Scott's death is not right.
Grade 9 Mystery / Suspense

Roberts, Willo Davis - Twisted Summer
Fourteen-year-old Cici hopes for a romantic summer at the beach but instead finds herself trying to solve a
murder.
Grade 9 Mystery / Suspense

Sykes, Shelley - For Mike
When Jeff's best friend Mike disappears in the fall of their senior year in high school, Jeff has disturbing
dreams in which Mike urges him to come get him, and a secret begins to unfold.
Grade 9 Mystery / Suspense

Trueman, Terry - Stuck in Neutral
Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and cannot function, relates his
perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill
him.
Grade 9 Mystery / Suspense

Werlin, Nancy - Black Mirror
Convinced her brother's death was murder rather than suicide, sixteen-year-old Frances begins her own
investigation into suspicious student activities at her boarding school.
Grade 9 Mystery / Suspense

St. George, Judith. Do You See What I See? Y FIC St. George
A seventeen-year-old, unhappy over his family's move to Cape Cod and irritated by his classmates' attitude
towards protecting the environment, becomes convinced that a neighbor has murdered his wife.

Vande Velde, Vivian. Never Trust A Dead Man. Y FIC Vande Velde
Wrongly convicted of murder and punished by being sealed in the tomb with the dead man, seventeen-year-
old Selwyn enlists the help of a witch and the resurrected victim to find the true killer.

Voigt, Cynthia. The Vandemark Mummy. Y FIC Voigt
When, as the new Classics professor at Vandemark College, their father is made responsible for a
collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, twelve-year-old Phineas and his older sister Althea try to find out
why the collection is the target of thieves, especially when the mummy disappears.

Wells, Rosemary. When No One Was Looking. Y FIC Wells // Y FIC W
A tragic chain of events threatens a 14-year-old girl's promising tennis career.
Westall, Robert. Stormsearch. Y FIC Westall
Tim Vaux's discovery of an antique model ship on an English beach leads him to an unsolved family
mystery involving a London heiress, a heartbroken drunkard, and the fanatic miser Black Idris.

Windsor, Patricia. The Sandman's Eyes. Y FIC Winsdor
Angry because he was confined in a school for disturbed juveniles for two years after witnessing a murder,
upon his release eighteen-year-old Michael seeks to prove his innocence by tracking down the killer only
he saw.

Woods, George A. Catch a Killer. Y FIC Woods
Angry with his mother, twelve-year-old Andrew hides in a deserted house where murder and tragedy await
him.

Yep, Laurence. The Case of the Lion Dance. Y FIC Yep
When $2000 is stolen during the opening of a restaurant, Lily and her aunt, a Chinese American movie
actress, search for the thief throughout San Francisco's Chinatown.

Brat Farrar -- Josephine Tey
Tey is sometimes referred to as the 20th century's greatest mystery writer. Tey's story is about a young man
who is coached to assume the identity of a young man long believed dead. A tale of unrelenting tension and
suspense.

The Maltese Falcon -- Raymond Chandler
Chandler's award-winning classic mystery involving a hard-nosed private eye, a dangerous dame, and a
mysterious bird. This classic became the model for the genre in the 1940s and 1950s.(an Oscar winning
movie starring the incomparable Humphrey Bogart. His character becomes the model for the film noir
private eye)

The Pit and the Pendulum and the Tell-Tale Heart -- Edgar Allan Poe
Two stories by the recognized originator of the detective genre which study the effects of guilt, murder, and
madness in high gothic style. (Campy Vincent Price stars in The Pit and the Pendulum)

Rebecca -- Daphne Du Maurier
A modern companion to the classic tale of Jane Eyre where the delicate heroine saves both the day and the
hero and rises from rags to riches. A suspenseful thriller, replete with great, threatening villains, mansions,
and atmosphere. (Movie – Sir Lawrence Olivier and a type-cast Joan Fontaine original. Wonderfully creepy
supporting characters)

				
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