Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

Gwen & Kate’s Catalog of Middle Grade Mysteries

With our listens to Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett and The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer this summer, Kate and I have been quite interested in middle grade mysteries lately. It seems that middle grade is a popular age level for the mystery genre, and we easily collected a huge list of our favorite books, with a few that we haven’t read but have heard a lot about.

Art Mysteries: 

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett


The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett

The Calder Game by Blue Balliett

Masterpiece by Elise Broach

Ghost Story Mysteries:

Gilda Joyce: Physic Investigator by Jennifer Allison

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Midnight Magic by Avi

Historical Fiction Mystery:

Assassin (The Lady Grace Mysteries) by Grace Cavendish

The Case of the Missing Marquess (The Enola Holmes Mysteries) by Nancy Springer

Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach

Contemporary Mystery: 

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart


Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

The Bad Beginning (The Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

The Maze of Bones (39 Clues Series) by Rick Riordan

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Others On Our To-Read List:

The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm series) by Michael Buckley

The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding

Down the Rabbit Hole (Echo Falls series) by Peter Abrahams

The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin

What do you think of this genre and its clear popularity? Have you read any of these books? Any others to recommend?


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