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Grades 7-8 Mystery / Suspense

Alcock, Vivien, Travelers by Night
When the circus they have lived in all their lives goes out of business, Charlie and Bell must save themselves from “normal” life.

Asimov, Isaac, editor. Sherlock Holmes Though Time and Space (short story collection)

Broach, Elise, Desert Crossing (NEW)
A summer trip across the New Mexico desert turns nightmarish for fourteen-year-old Lucy, her older brother Jamie, and his best friend Kit, as they become involved in the suspicious death of a young girl.

Christie, Agatha (selected novels)

Clark, Mary Higgins, The Gift
At Rockefeller Center, the youngest son sees a woman take his mother’s wallet; he follows her, beginning a life-threatening journey.

Colfer, Eoin,
Half-Moon Investigations (NEW)
Twelve-year-old Fletcher Moon, the youngest qualified private detective in the world, receives a diploma and gold-plated detective's shield after completing an Internet course, and sets out to solve petty crimes at school, but he forced to go on the run when, while investigating the town's biggest crime family, his badge is stolen and he is framed for several crimes he did not commit.

Cross, Gillian
, On the Edge
Two young people discover unknown strengths inside themselves when one is kidnapped and the other tries to save him.

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan, The Hound of the Baskervilles
In Sherlock Holmes's most renowned case, Henry Baskerville finds himself threatened by the avenging hound of an ancient family curse.
A Study in Scarlet
The Sign of the Four

Garfield, Leon, The December Rose
In Victorian London, a young chimney sweep finds himself holding the clue to murder and espionage.

Goldman, E.M.
Getting Lincoln's Goat—an Elliot Armbruster Mystery
Tenth grader Elliot Armbruster finds his chance to be a detective when the school mascot disappears.

Gordon, Amy,
Return to Gill Park (NEW)
When 13 year-old Willy Wilson returns to Gloria to enroll in Gill Park Gallery School, he finds himself in the middle of a struggle to save the park. Vandalism is an ongoing problem, and developers continue to cast greedy eyes at the property. Willy and his friends follow clues left behind by Mr. Pettingil, with a promised treasure at the end of the hunt.

Haddix Peterson,
Margaret, Double Identity (NEW)
13 year-old Bethany’s parents have always been overprotective. When they suddenly drop out of sight, leaving her with an aunt she never knew existed, Bethany uncovers shocking secrets that make her question everything she knew about herself and her family.

Hilgartner, Beth, A Murder for Her Majesty
An English girl witnesses the murder of her father and flees to York, where she is hidden and disguised by two choirboys

Hughes, Monica,
Devil on My Back
Tomi, the hero discovers a very fine line between good and evil.

Hunter, Mollie, The Thirteenth Member
In sixteenth century Scotland the story of a plot to murder King James I

Joyce, Gilda,
Ladies of the Lake (NEW)
Having earned a scholarship to a private girls' high school, self-proclaimed psychic investigator Gilda Joyce investigates the circumstances surrounding the drowning death of a student whose ghost supposedly haunts the campus.

, Philip, The Ruby in the Smoke
In search of clues that will solve the puzzle of her father's death, young Sally Lockhart becomes ensnared in the mystery and deceit of London's shadowy underworld.

Richards, Justin, The Death Collector (NEW)
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.

Springer, Nancy,
The Case of the Left-handed Lady : an Enola Holmes Mystery(NEW)
Pursued by her much older brother, famed detective Sherlock Holmes, fourteen-year-old Enola, disguised and using false names, attempts to solve the kidnapping of a baronet's sixteen-year-old daughter in nineteenth-century London.

Smith, Alexander McCall
. The Ladies #1 Detective Agency
Adventures with Precious Ramotswe, engaging owner of Botswana’s only detective agency.

Snyder, Zilpha Keatley,
The Changeling
Martha becomes friends with Ivy, who calls herself a changeling, a child of supernatural parents, who replaced the real Ivy Carson at birth and, just maybe, Martha is one too.

Voigt, Cynthia, The Callender Papers
When Jean is asked to sort out some family documents, she discovers a link between her and the Callender family that endangers her life.