I decided that it would be fun to take a look at a few of my favorite middle grade mysteries. I love mystery stories, especially when I’m looking for something thought-provoking but also usually fairly quick. I feel like middle grade mysteries are often not talked about as much, but I really enjoy them! Some of these books are from recent years, while others are quite a bit older.
Murder is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens (Wells & Wong #1): Best friends team up to solve a murder in a 1930s English boarding school. One of my favorite books from this year for sure!
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry: I went back and forth on whether this one was mg or YA (Berry has written both) but ultimately I went with mg. A group of wayward girls have hide the fact that someone poisoned their headmistress and her brother while also trying to find out who.
The Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon G Flake: Octobia May is a young African-American girl in the 1950s, with many rules about what she can and can’t do. None of those involve solving crimes, but Octobia does it anyway.
Lockwood & Co by Jonathan Stroud: This one is a mystery/fantasy series. In each installment (to date) the team of Lockwood and his friends Lucy and George, solve some sort of supernatural crime. The fantastic elements are wonderfully spooky, but the mysteries are also really well done.
The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd: When Ted and Kate’s cousin Salim disappears mysteriously, it’s up to the siblings to figure out what happened.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead: This is a mystery wrapped in a story about time travel and fate, and Madeline L’Engle. I loved it, and I definitely cried.
Pish Posh by Ellen Potter: Clara Frankofile is an unusual girl. She sits in her parents’ restaurant and points out those who shouldn’t be there. She doesn’t have many friends, and she relates better to adults than kids. But then she discovers that something mysterious is happening in the restaurant and she has to find out why.