However, genre conventions dictate that certain reader expectations must be met. When writing cozy mysteries or traditional mysteries, readers expect a puzzle to solve, an amateur sleuth, a collection of suspects, and an exciting climax where the killer is revealed.
Readers can follow Ike's pawprints into the dark alleyways of Snort City as this doggie detective tries to solve the crime and clear his reputation.
Letters From Obedience School. They retrace their steps, looking for the mitten where they sledded and where they built snow castles. Annie dreams of some places where her mitten could be, but when she does finally find it, it is a delightful surprise. Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Mitchell Sharmat This is the first book in a wonderful series that introduces young readers to the world of mysteries.
The Web Files by Margie Palatini This silly story follows two "ducktectives" who attempt to "quack the case" of several robberies on a farm.
Young Cam Jansen by David A. Adler This is a collection of the first four books in this series. In each book of the series, a young Cam Jansen tries to solve everyday mysteries that happen in her town.
In each book of the series, four young characters end up helping solve interesting mysteries in their town. These beginner chapter books are quick reads, but the mysteries are interesting and exciting for kids.
I often use one book from this series at the beginning of my mystery unit as a read-aloud to help my students understand the basic features of a mystery. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Ann Warner This series is one that has been around for many years and is still enjoyed by students in grades Four orphans find creative ways to stick together through all kinds of exciting mysteries and adventures.
In the first book, they turn an abandoned boxcar into their home. I often read aloud the first book in this series so that all students become familiar with the characters.
I then use multiples copies of other books in the series for guided reading and book clubs. Calendar Club Mysteries by Nancy Star This is a new series of mysteries in which readers will enjoy figuring things out from January to December with the Calendar Club kids.
Cam Jansen by David A. Adler This is a collection of four books from this beginning chapter book series. Cam Jansen is the young detective, a young girl with a photographic memory. She uses her amazing memory and the help of her friends to solve everyday mysteries in her town. I use the Cam Jansen books with my third-grade guided reading groups who are just starting to read chapter books.
These books are short, and the mystery is solved rather quickly. However, there are enough clues leading up the solution that students can keep track of suspects and red herrings as they read. Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol This is another longtime favorite series of middle grade readers.
The book Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Cakein particular, is a collection of 13 short mysteries all involving food. Since this book is a collection of short mysteries, I often read one or two of the mysteries to introduce my students to Encyclopedia Brown and to encourage them to read other books from the series that I have in my classroom library.
Jigsaw Jones by James Preller This is a collection of six books from this chapter book series. With his top-secret detective journal, eye for detail, and ace partner, Mila, Jigsaw is always ready to take on a new case. Mystic Lighthouse Mysteries by Laura E.
Williams Reminiscent of the classic Hardy Boys whodunits, this is a series set in an old, mysterious lighthouse on the coast on Mystic, Maine, where twins Jen and Zeke work to solve the mysteries around them. I like this series because it features interactive "You Solve It!Write a chapter outline of the novel and reverse-engineer the plot to see how the writer made it work.
Pay attention to where and how the major, and then the subtle plot points and clues appear. It will help you understand what makes the novel function as a coherent story.
Classroom Tip: This book is a great way to infuse math lessons with the reading skills that students are learning in the mystery genre study!
The Big Book of Ready-to-Go Writing . Top 25 Mystery Stand Alone Books. The Top Mystery Novels That Are Single Volume Titles (not in a series) This was Lehane's breakout book.
He'd written a great series before this, but after this book, he began to write more standalones and fewer series works. While its a darn good mystery at face value, the book was supposed to be satire. For most publishers, a book is “novel-length” when it’s between 50, and , words.
At a writers conference I recently attended, Jane Friedman said 80, words is good for most fiction, below 60, isn’t novel territory, and about , is likely too much.
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