Mystery Novels for Grades 2-5

These novels can be found in the Children's (J) Fiction section. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Author Title Call Number
AbbottThe Crazy Case of Missing Thunder
Four friends investigate the disappearance of Thunder the pony in their town of Badger Point. (101 pp.)
J Abbott
BalliettHold Fast
Early must hold her homeless family together and solve the mystery surrounding her missing father. (274 pp.)
J Balliett
BarrettThe 100-Year-Old Secret
A brother and sister solve mysteries from the casebook of their great-great-great-grandfather, Sherlock Holmes. (157 pp.)
J Barrett
BerlinThe Puzzling World of Winston Breen
Puzzle enthusiast Winston and his sister Katie find themselves involved in a dangerous mystery. (215 pp.)
J Berlin
BuckleyThe Fairy-Tale Detectives
When a giant kidnaps their grandmother, orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm must follow the clues to save her. (284 pp.)
J Buckley
CervantesMe, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring
While visiting Mexico, Paloma decides finding the lost peacock ring of the artist Frida Kahlo is the perfect way to honor her deceased father. (220 pp.)
J Cervantes
ClementsRoom One: A Mystery or Two
Ted Hammond, the only sixth grader in his town's one-room schoolhouse, searches for clues to the disappearance of a homeless family. (162 pp.)
J Clements
CroninThe Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
Four chickens investigate a round, green, scary thing in the yard. (92 pp.)
J Cronin
CrowleyThe Misfits Club
Five friends discover stolen goods while exploring a spooky old house. (311 pp.)
J Crowley
CurtisMr. Chickee's Funny Money
The Flint Future Detective Club members must solve the mystery of a quadrillion-dollar bill with the image of James Brown on it. (151 pp.)
J Curtis
DraanenSecret Identity
Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, creates a secret identity. (138 pp.)
J Draanen
FitzgeraldUnder the Egg
Theodora finds a valuable painting she fears may be stolen. (247 pp.)
J Fitzgerald
GrabensteinEscape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
A team of students must solve puzzles in order to escape the library built by a famous gamemaker. (291 pp.)
J Grabenstein
GriffinSmashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11
Smashie and Dontel investigate the disappearance of a class pet. (249 pp.)
J Griffin
HaleBig Bad Detective Agency
The Big Bad Wolf has a single day to find out who really blew down the three pigs' houses. (120 pp.)
J Hale
HoweBunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
Harold the dog and Chester the cat try to find out whether their family's new pet bunny is actually a vampire. (98 pp.)
J Howe
JohnsonThe Parker Inheritance
While searching for buried treasure, Candice and Brandon uncover an old injustice against a local African American family. (331 pp.)
J Johnson
KellyThe Fenway Foul-Up
Cousins Mike and Kate must help the Red Sox's star hitter find his stolen baseball bat. (101 pp.)
J Kelly
NilssonThe First Case
Someone's stealing the squirrel's nuts, and it's up to Detective Gordon to catch the thief. (92 pp.)
J Nilsson
O'DonnellThe Case of the Snack Snatcher
When the school kitchen is burgled, Myron, who has autism, must crack the case with help from his classmates from Resource Room 15. (126 pp.)
J O'Donnell
PflugfelderNick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab
When their parents mysteriously vanish, twins Nick and Tesla embark on a dangerous adventure. (237 pp.)
J Pflugfelder
RoyWho Cloned the President?
When the President is replaced by a clone, KC and Marshall set out on a dangerous mission to make things right. (75 pp.)
J Roy
SprattFriday Barnes, Girl Detective
Friday discovers her fancy boarding school is a hotbed of crime. (255 pp.)
J Spratt
TarpleyThe Harlem Charade
While searching for missing art, Elvin, Jin, and Alex cross a politician who wants to turn their neighborhood into an amusement park. (297 pp.)
J Tarpley
WebbThe Case of the Stolen Sixpence
Junior sleuth Maisie Hitchins, who lives in her grandmother's boarding house in Victorian London, uncovers an intriguing plot. (164 pp.)
J Webb
WightCooper and Packrat: Mystery on Pine Lake
When someone dams up the lake at his parents' campsite, Cooper must figure out who, why, and how to stop the culprit. (152 pp.)
J Wight
ZhangThe Emperor's Riddle
During a family trip to China, Mia and her brother, Jake, follow clues in hopes of finding their missing Aunt Lin and a legendary treasure. (240 pp.)
J Zhang

Last Updated: 2/20


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