Kids Summer Reading Suggestions: Mysteries

If you are participating in the 2017 Kids Summer Reading Program here are some reading suggestions to consider. We will have reading suggestions during the summer to help narrow down your selections. These lists are for children ages 12 and up and a combination of Talking Books, Braille Books and Large Print Books.

Mystery for ages 12 and Up

  1. The World is a Banana LT018241
    • Tom and his friend Harriet try to solve the mystery surrounding his scientist father’s disappearance.
  2. The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker and Holmes Mystery DB079548
    • Mina Holmes and Evaline Stoker are on the case when the deaths of young women might be related to the appearance of Egyptian scarabs.
  3. Into the Dark: An Echo Falls Mystery DB067021
    • An environmental activist is found dead on Ingrid’s grandfather’s farm. As Ingrid investigates to clear her grandfather’s name, he refuses to cooperate.
  4. The Mystery of Dolphin Inlet BR000981
    • The son of a fisherman and a girl vacationing on a Florida key explore a secluded inlet and discover a baffling situation.
  5. The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn BRX01862
    • Japan, 1735. While attempting to solve the mystery of a stolen jewel, Seikei, a merchant’s fourteen-year-old son who longs to be a samurai, joins a group of Kabuki actors.
  6. Rat Life BR018190
    • Fourteen-year-old Todd believes his friend Rat, a Vietnam War veteran, has committed a murder after a body is found in the river.
  7. Sizzle and Splat DB022677
    • An unlikely pair of teenagers risk their lives to solve a musical mystery and to prevent their excellent orchestra from folding.
  8. The Solid Gold Kid DB011784
    • The sixteen-year-old son of a self-made millionaire hitches a ride and realizes too late that he unwittingly assisted in his own kidnapping.
  9. Whodunit? Detective Stories BR017891
    • Sixteen stories of crimes ranging from cold-blooded murder to dognapping, in settings that include an Egyptian tomb, a sinister English country house, and New York City streets.
  10. Liar and Spy DB075502
    • While being bullied at school while his family struggles, seventh-grader Georges gets the idea to become a self-appointed spy when he meets Safer.
  11. The Alibi LT024299
    • When Kieran’s father is found at his home dead, the police believe it to be an open and shut case. Kieran suspects his stepmother, Rhia, with a motive may be the culprit.
  12. The Art of Secrets DB081553
    • When a Pakistani family are victims of a possible hate crime, the community has a school fundraiser to help the family. A quirky art piece is donated which turns out to be worth a fortune, and the community debates who should get the money.
  13. The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe DB077510
    • Gabe and Seth play games in the woods involving a make-believe monster, but when Gabe sees a creepy figure in the shadows, he believes their make-believe could be real.
  14. Wings of Fear DB028479
    • Jennifer Bishop suspects that a coworker at Victory Airlines was murdered prompting her to call her friend Nancy to investigate. When Nancy discovers a smuggling ring inside the airline, someone tries to murder her.
  15. Trial by Fire DB028496
    • Carson Drew is defending reporter Ann Granger who is being pressured by the court to release her sources involving organized crime. When Carson falls under accusation, Nancy, his daughter, begins her investigation and finds a plot to silence him, Ann and Nancy.

These lists are available for download on the NCLBPH website in a PDF format here.

The words Kids Summer Reading appears in green yellow and red letters respectively. There is a personified book presenting the title on the beach with a beach ball behind him.


About nclbph

The North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NCLBPH) is a special public library that circulates books and magazines especially made for persons who cannot use regular printed material because of a visual or physical disability. The library is located in Raleigh, but mails materials throughout the state. The NCLBPH is a state agency operated by the State Library of North Carolina as a part of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. It is also a part of the network of regional libraries operated by the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).
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