Explore a Mystery
Carol Plum Ucci and Joan Lowry Nixon have written several mysteries besides those listed here
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
In the exclusive Philadelphia suburb of Rosewood, Alison is the Queen Bee of her elite seventh grade hive.
BFs Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily vie for her attention, even as each of them hides a hideous secret
only Alison knows. Then Alison goes missing after a slumber party. Now it is three years later, and though
the four girls have grown apart, they are each still hiding something. Sequel: Pretty Little Liars 2 : Flawless
Fake ID by Walter Sorrells
In this fast-paced mystery, 16-year-old Chass has just six days to find out why her mother disappeared.
The authorities in High Hopes, AL, want to put the teen in foster care. Several threatening men seem to
want her dead. Chass knows little about her mother and their past; she isn't even sure of her real name.
All she knows for certain is that they have been on the run for as long as she can remember, moving from
town to town and adopting new aliases in each place. Sequel : Club Dread
Finding Lubchenko by Michael Simmons
Since his millionaire father never gives him any money, slacker genius Evan Macalister "liberates"
equipment from Dad’s business and sells it on line. But then a man is murdered and Mr. Macalister is
accused. Evan alone can clear his father’s name—but only by revealing his own theft operation. And then
he’ll be grounded forever. There’s just one thing to do—find the real murderer. Sequel : The Rise of
Someone is Killing the Gay Boys of Verona by Mark A. Roeder
Someone is killing the gay boys of Verona, Indiana, and only one gay youth stands in the way. He finds
himself pitted against powerful foes, but finds allies in places he did not expect. Sixteen-year-old Sean sets
out on a quest that takes him into the supernatural and beyond. A haunted mansion, gay ghosts, a cult of
hate, and a hundred year old ax murder await Sean as he races to discover the killer before he strikes
The Boxer and The Spy by Robert B. Parker
When a shy high school student’s body is found washed up on the shore of a quiet beach town—an
apparent suicide—Terry Novak doesn’t know what to think. He decides to do some investigating with the
help of his best friend, Abby. Before long, they learn that asking questions puts them in grave danger.
Fortunately, Terry has been learning about fighting, thanks to a retired boxer.
The Falconer’s Knot by Mary Hoffman
In Renaissance Italy wealthy young nobleman Silvano, 16, is infatuated with beautiful Angelica, who is
married to a coarse sheep farmer named Piero. When Piero is murdered with Silvano's dagger, the teen is
forced to flee, seeking sanctuary with a group of Franciscans. At the friary, two more murders cast further
suspicion on him. Multiple murders, romance, betrayals, and star-crossed lovers all make for a page-
The Circle of Blood by Alane Ferguson
Cameryn Mahoney works as the assistant to her father, the county coroner of Silverton, Colorado. But if
that’s not hard enough, her long-lost mother has made a surprise return to Cameryn’s life. When her
mother picks up a mysterious young hitchhiker, Cameryn senses that the girl is running from something.
But before she can find out more, the girl is found dead—with a gun in her hand. Is it suicide or not?
Acceleration by Graham McNamee
It’s a hot, hot summer, and in the depths of the Toronto Transit Authority’s Lost and Found, 17-year-old
Duncan is cataloging lost things and sifting through accumulated junk. And between Jacob, the cranky old
man who runs the place, and the endless dusty boxes overflowing with stuff no one will ever claim,
Duncan’s just about had enough. Then he finds a little leather book. It’s a diary filled with the dark and
dirty secrets of a twisted mind, a serial killer stalking his prey in the subway. And Duncan can’t make
himself stop reading. What would you do with a book like that? How far would you go to catch a
Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe
Seventeen-year-old Jas has wanted to be a detective since first grade, but her nose for trouble, as well as
her penchant for dusting for fingerprints with eye shadow, drives her father crazy. He forces her to leave a
plum police internship behind to go to Las Vegas for the family's summer vacation, but the city turns out
to be "an EXCELLENT place to engage in amateur crime fighting." It isn't long before Jas and her three
friends are embroiled in a mystery involving a famous model, her family, and a three-legged cat. Sequel :
Streams of Babel by Carol Plum Ucci
Bioterrorism has come to a small town in New Jersey. Two residents die of brain aneurysms within twenty-
four hours and several teens become ill with a mysterious flu, leading the government to suspect that a
terrorist cell has unleashed a deadly biochemical agent. A world away in Pakistan, a sixteen year old
computer genius working as a spy for the U.S. sees an influx of chatter from extremists about a substance
they call Red Vinegar that will lead to many deaths. Can he warn the victims before it’s too late?
A Mystery for Thoreau by Kin Platt
Sixteen-year-old Oliver Puckle, news gatherer for the Concord Freeman in the summer of 1846, has his
work cut out for him when word arrives of a gruesome murder at Walden Pond. It seems the only citizen
who is not a suspect is the poetphilosopher Henry David Thoreau, who spent the night locked in the local
jail for refusing to pay his poll tax. As Oliver leads the charge to unravel the mystery, he has much to learn
from his colorful neighbors – among them Ralph Waldo Emerson and a feisty teenage Louisa May Alcott
So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld
Seventeen-year-old Hunter lives up to his name. A "cool hunter," he's paid by corporations to comb his
native Manhattan in search of street style that could become the next new trend. Hunter meets and falls for
fellow teen culture-watcher Jen, just before Hunter's boss mysteriously disappears. Jen and Hunter hold
the most clues, and their wild, increasingly dangerous search uncovers a plot to subvert a consumer system
that dictates what is cool.
Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters by Gail Giles
When Sunny's older sister, Jazz, ran away to New York, Sunny was secretly relieved. Everyone loved Jazz,
she was perfect and Sunny was...well, not Jazz. Then Jazz's apartment building burns to the ground and
she is presumed dead. Dad's drinking skyrockets, and Mom's depression hits an all-time nonfunctioning
low. Sunny is left to cope. Then they get a letter from Jazz saying she is coming home. But how? Jazz is
Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks
It’s supposed to be a last meet-up before everyone scatters. But everything changes on that Saturday night.
Pete, the son of a cop, goes to the old hideout at the request of a former girlfriend. When one of the kids
spikes the drinks with a hallucinogenic drug, the evening turns into a nightmare, complete with a missing
person, a dead body, and a secret relationship disclosed. Pete tries to solve the mystery of who has done
what to whom, but uppermost in his mind is locating kind Raymond, his closest pal, who is not quite right
in the head—and has disappeared.
Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
Sixteen-year-old Mattie Gokey has big dreams but little hope of seeing them come true. Desperate for
money, she takes a job at the Glenmore, where hotel guest Grace Brown entrusts her with the task of
burning a secret bundle of letters. But when Grace's drowned body is fished from the lake, Mattie
discovers that the letters could reveal the grim truth behind a murder.
What I Saw And How I Lied by Judy Blundell
15-year-old Evie grows up quickly when she discovers her adored parents are not the people she thought
they were. While on vacation in Palm Beach in 1947, Evie’s parents, Joe and Bev, get involved in a shady
business deal with the Graysons, another couple on holiday. Meanwhile, Evie begins a flirtation with Peter,
a handsome ex-GI who served with Joe learns that Peter threatens to uncover a terrible secret that Joe has
kept since the war.
Something Rotten by Alan M. Gratz
Denmark, Tennessee, stinks. The smell hits Horatio Wilkes the moment he pulls into town to visit his best
friend, Hamilton Prince. And it’s not just the paper plant and the polluted river that’s stinking up
Denmark: Hamilton’s father has been poisoned and the killer is still at large. Why? Because nobody
believes that Rex Prince was murdered. Now they need to find the killer, but everyone in Denmark is a
Jake Reinvented by Korman
There is a mysterious new student at Fitzgerald High, Jake Garett-and he seems to have it all figured out.
Looking like he just stepped off the cover of the J. Crew catalog, he is the greatest long snapper the
football team has ever had, and best of all, he hosts the party to go to every Friday night. All the guys want
to be like him and all the girls want to date him, but Jake only has eyes for Didi, the girlfriend of alpha
male and quarterback, Todd Buckley. Through the eyes of Jake's friend, Rick, readers get to know Jake,
first admiring him, then liking him, but eventually fearing for him as they learn Jake's secret.
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Sixteen individuals who are mysteriously chosen to live in the Sunset Tower apartment building on the
shore of Lake Michigan, come together to hear the will of wealthy industrialist Samuel W. Westing. The
will takes the form of a puzzle, dividing up the sixteen heirs into eight pairs, giving each pair a different set
of clues, and challenging the heirs to solve the mystery of which of the sixteen of them killed Samuel W.
Black Taxi by James Molony
After a "successful" 30-year career in petty crime, high-school senior Rosie Sinclair's beloved grandfather
has been caught and sent off to jail for six months. Rosie is deputized to care for his eye-catching black
Mercedes and his cell phone. Meanwhile the police are still searching for a fabulous diamond ring missing
from a recent jewelry store heist, and a mysterious caller is convinced Rosie has it. Rosie must solve the
crime herself if she is to protect her grandfather.
The Accident by Todd Strasser
Matt and his best friend Bobby attend a party at Chris's house. Everyone is drinking, and when Bobby
invites Matt to drive to a ski house, Matt feels nauseous and refuses. Bobby, Chris, Jason and two girls
take Chris's truck and drive several miles before they have a fatal accident. Four of the five teens are
killed; only Jason survives. Chris, who has a reputation for drinking and dealing drugs, is immediately
blamed. However, Matt is convinced there is more the accident, and he is determined to expose it.
Bone Magician by F.E. Higgins
Since his father disappeared under a dark cloud of scandal, Pin Carpue has been alone in the world. His
work for the local undertaker keeps him busy, but his life is bleak. Then Pin encounters the Bone
Magician, a man who can raise corpses and make the dead speak. As Pin pieces together the secrets of
Bone Magic, his own life becomes fraught with grave danger…