Jennifer’s Daughter – Middle Schooler Who Loves The Mysterious Benedict Society

Jennifer’s daughter turns 13 in a few weeks. She has a very sweet and innocent personality. A lot of the fiction for her age is dark and scary to her. She likes feel good books or mysterious books. She loved Mysterious Benedict Society.

With the help of coworkers, I came up with this list.  Blurbs are from the library catalog.  I am trying to write as many postings as possible for holiday shoppers.

Stand Alone Books

Westing Game

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin – “The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.”  A clever book that won the Newbery Award in 1978.

Chasing Vermeer

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett – “When strange and seemingly unrelated events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.”


Rooftoppers by  Katherine Rundell – “When authorities threaten to take Sophie, twelve, from Charles who has been her guardian since she was one and both survived a shipwreck, the pair goes to Paris to try to find Sophie’s mother, and they are aided by Matteo and his band of “rooftoppers.”  One of my favorite books of the year.  Expect a posting on it alone in the New Year.

Egypt Game

The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder – “A group of children, entranced with the study of Egypt, play their own Egypt game, are visited by a secret oracle, become involved in a murder, and befriend the Professor of the local junk shop.”  A Newbery Honor Book from 1967.


Escape From Mr. Lemoncell0’s Library by Chris Grabenstein – “Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape


The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit – “Relates the curious escapades of the six Bastable children who attempt to restore the family fortunes by searching for treasure, starting a newspaper, and becoming detectives

A Few Series to Consider


Heist Society by Ally Carter- “A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop’s father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector”


The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin – “Puzzle-crazy, twelve-year-old Winston and his ten-year-old sister Katie find themselves involved in a dangerous mystery involving a hidden ring. Puzzles for the reader to solve are included throughout the text.”


The Red Blazer Girls by Micheal D. Biel – the first book in the series “Catholic-schooled seventh-graders Sophie, Margaret, Rebecca, and Leigh Ann help an elderly neighbor solve a puzzle her father left for her estranged daughter twenty years ago.”


Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child – “Thirteen-year-old Ruby, a genius code-cracker and daring detective, gets an anonymous call setting a challenge that leads her to the headquarters of Spectrum, a highly secret anti-crime agency that needs her help to crack a code, but soon Ruby uncovers dastardly plans of the Fool’s Gold Gang.”

I haven’t read all these books but if they had been around when I was growing up, I’m betting I would.  Nancy Drew was my hero!  I cannot wait to introduce ML to the classic Nancy Drew.