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If You Enjoy American Girl Mysteries, Try...


If you enjoy the American Girl mysteries or mini-mysteries, you might enjoy some of these titles.


The dark lady by Irene Adler

While on summer vacation at the seaside, twelve-year-old Irene Adler meets the young Sherlock Holmes, and his friend Arsène Lupin-- and when a dead body floats ashore the three young friends set out to solve the mystery.

Also available in: audiobook

During the summer before ninth grade, intrepid Gilda Joyce invites herself to the San Francisco mansion of distant cousin Lester Splinter and his thirteen-year-old daughter, where she uses her purported psychic abilities and detective skills to solve the mystery of the mansion's boarded-up tower.

The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett
Also available in: audiobook

In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra, and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Robie House from being demolished.

Ally's mad mystery by Jessica Brody
Also available in: e-book

When strange things threaten the school's Spirit Weekend, Ally, the daughter of Alice in Wonderland, she is determined to find who is behind the madness.

The detective's assistant by Kate Hannigan

In 1859, eleven-year-old Nell goes to live with her aunt, Kate Warne, the first female detective for Pinkerton's National Detective Agency. Nell helps her aunt solve cases, including a mystery surrounding Abraham Lincoln, and the mystery of what happened to Nell's own father. 

School Ship Tobermory by Alexander McCall Smith

When two siblings attend an unusual school, aboard a ship, they make new friends, learn about all things nautical, and become involved in a mystery they feel compelled to help solve.

Collects short mystery stories from twelve bestselling English authors, including tales of murder, dognapping, and poisoning.

Also available in: audiobook

While traveling in London, Paris, and Amsterdam, fourteen-year-old best friends Kari and Lucas solve an international art forgery mystery.

The Curious Cat Spy Club by Linda Joy Singleton

Classmates Kelsey, Becca, and Leo have nothing in common---until they rescue three kittens and form a secret club to help animals.

Also available in: audiobook

Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, must travel to London in disguise to unravel the disappearance of her missing mother.

Imagines an alternate 1826 London, where Ada Lovelace (the world's first computer programmer) and Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) meet as girls and form a secret detective agency. Their first case involves a stolen heirloom, a false confession, and an array of fishy suspects.

Twelve-year-old Max is determined to investigate the connection between a hacker's online attacks of her grandfather and other town officials and suspicious activity at the supposedly haunted Thornwood Manor, even though her grandfather, who is Blue Creek's police chief, wants to keep Max and her souped-up wheelchair out of police business.


The mystery of Atlantis by Holly Wallace

Examines the legend of the lost civilization of Atlantis and various theories that seek to explain it.

In 1856, when Kate Warne went to see Allan Pinkerton, only men were detectives. But Kate convinced Allan to hire her for his detective agency. She explained that she could worm out secrets where men could not go--in disguise as a society lady! Join Kate on her most important mission--to thwart a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on the way to his inauguration.

Fourteen brief folktales in which there is a mystery or problem that the reader is invited to solve before the resolution is presented.

Text and illustrations depicting scenes of a haunted house introduce algebraic terms and concepts.

Stella and her brother Max, of the Brite and Brite Detective Agency, put the mystery of Mayor Pickle's missing Pekingese on hold as they join the astronomy club in researching the problem of invisible dark matter in the universe.

The universe is rapidly expanding. Of that much scientists are certain. But how fast? And with what implications regarding the fate of the universe? Follow Dr. Alex Fillippenko and his High-Z Supernova Search Team to Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii, where they will study space phenomena and look for supernovae, dying stars that explode with the power of billions of hydrogen bombs. 

There's a ghost on the loose at school! Explosions in the science room, metal turning to rust, cakes burning in the cooking lab ... is the ghost to blame? Join the gang as they investigate the spooky mystery and catch the ghost in the act of causing chemical reactions!

Explores the scientific relevance of an exotic frog discovered by Charles Darwin in 1834, describing how researchers came to the surprising realization that the males of the species care for their developing young.

Monarch butterfly populations have been declining for the last two decades, and scientists aren't sure why. This book takes readers on a quest to discover what is happening and what scientists know.

Explains what is in hot dogs, sausages, and lunch meats and why they are not a healthy food choice, revealing the dangers they pose and suggesting alternate foods.

In this mystery story that features interactive puzzles, activities, games, and choose-your-own-adventure scenarios, the reader is led through the steps of writing a book.

Presents the mysteries of the Mawangdui tombs, one of China's top archaeological finds of the last century, shedding light upon life in China during the Han dynasty.

A Japanese woman is determined to uncover the identity and destiny of the owner of a suitcase sent by a Holocaust museum. Her investigation takes her around the world before she finally solves the mystery, while using the journey to teach her students about the tragedy of the Holocaust.

Who was the real John Henry? The story of this legendary African-American figure has come down to us in so many songs, stories, and plays, that the facts are often lost.  Investigate the legend and find the real John Henry in this beautifully illustrated book.


Under the pen name Carolyn Keene, Millie wrote twenty-three of the first thirty books of the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories. At the age of sixty-two she obtained her pilot's license and combined her love of aviation with her passion for writing, sharing her travels and adventures with readers. Follow the clues throughout Missing Millie to solve the mysteries of this ghostwriter, journalist, and adventurer.

Nellie Bly was born Elizabeth Jane Cochran in 1864, in an age when many women led unassuming lives. Rarely has anyone left a more detailed record of her place in the world than Nellie Bly. In a very public life, she shared her feelings and opinions through her writing and embraced the struggles of all classes of Americans who were fighting for their rights.

Agatha Christie by Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara

A brief look at the life of mystery writer Agatha Christie.

In alternating chapters, Fleming deftly moves readers back and forth between Amelia's life (from childhood up until her last flight) and the exhaustive search for her and her missing plane. 

Recounts the story of the 1914 disappearance of eleven-year-old Sarah Rector, an African American who was part of the Creek Indian people and whose land had made her wealthy, and what it reveals about race, money, and American society.

Highlights the life of a nineteenth-century woman who pursued a career in investigative journalism, hardly the type of lifestyle for an upper-middle class young lady, the details of whose life--including her real name--remain a mystery.

When Kate Warne applied for a job with the Pinkerton Agency, Pinkerton assumed she wanted to cook or clean, but he agreed to try her out as an agent. Assigned to a tough case with high stakes, Warne went undercover and not only found the stolen money, she got almost all of it returned.