Category Archives: Mystery

Jackaby by William Ritter

jackbyMy review of this book : great!  The reason is because mystery is one of my favorite genres.  This book, Jackaby, is about a girl named Abigail Rook.   She comes to New Fiddleham, England in 1892.  She needs a job and accidentally meets an investigator/detective named R. F. Jackaby.  Jackaby has a superpower which lets him see  other creatures with supernatural powers.  On Abigail’s first case, Jackaby and  her need to find a serial killer  The police think it just an ordinary criminal, but Jackaby and Abigail have different thoughts.  Thanks to Jackaby’s ability they know he is a monster.  The only police officer that believes the two investigators is Charlie Cane.  My favorite part of this spectacular book is when Doctor Who greets Sherlock.  Overall, I loved this book and would love to read the sequel.

Submitted by  Z.H.

A young woman named Abigail Rook has arrived at a small time in New Fiddleham, New England in the 1800’s.  From there, she looks for a job so she can put a roof over her head.  That is where she meets a detective called Jackaby.  He hires her as an assistant since she has good experience.  Jackaby and Abigail must find the culprit of a mysterious serial killer and start their adventure.  My favorite character is Jackaby because he has an eye that can see very out of the ordinary things, and he is good at what he does best.  My favorite part was when Jackaby gave Abigail her own leather cased handbook and a magnifying glass because in the beginning of the book she made a joke about needing them for her position at work.  I give this book an 8 out of 10 because there were parts that were boring, but the mystery was always there.

Submitted by R. T.


The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Jacket.aspxIn the book The Name of the Star, my favorite character is Alistar.  I like Alistar because he is like me, he listens to bands like The Smiths, The Cure, and Clash, and he is always reading in the library on the floor!  The only difference is that he dressed like a person in the 80’s, and his hair was also a 1980’s hairstyle.  Sadly, Alistar had died in March of 1989.  Rory, Boo, Stephen, and Callum are the only ones able to see him, as he is a ghost.  Each of these people had an accident occur in their lives, a near death experience, which is also the reason they are able to see ghosts.  Meanwhile, in the city of London there are “Jack the Ripper” murders going on again, similar to those in 1888.  Rory, the main character has moved here to start a new life while attending school at Wexford.  She meets her new roommate, Jazza, and a boy named Jerome.  Rory and Jerome share some make out sessions here and there as they get to know one another more.  I would rate this book a 10/10.  It was very detailed and left me on the edge of my seat.  I would recommend it to my friends to read.

Submitted by JV

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

Jacket.aspxHubbard whisks together a tale of mystery and suspense with the main character (a poet named Emily Beam) discovering her true self. She is an unusual character, my favorite as well.  The scene in which she strings together the poems is captivating due to the way she organizes them.  Not to mention that it was my favorite! The book deserves a 9/10, and it is a great read that I would recommend to friends due to its mystery, humor, and unusual events.

Submitted by Eram Kabir

The Tyrant’s Daughter by J. C. Carleson

tyrants daughterLaila, a character that discovers her self throughout the book, goes on a journey to end the international conflict that’s been going on for a very long time.  She is my favorite character considering the fact she is defensive, crafty, and questioning.  However, the best part of the book is when she meets Emmy, her soon to be friend.  This is because she hurls an insult at Emmy (in her mind) which is hilarious.  I would rate this book a 4/5, and definitely recommend it to friends because it is a great adventure with a chilling backstory.

Submitted by Eram Kabir

I really liked this book and how it shows what reality is versus what media shows.  I really was surprised a little on how Laila was shocked experiencing things like grocery stores and libraries.  Laila can be a great role model or someone to look up to.  She isn’t really spoiled, and is grateful.  She is smart, clever, and thinks of others and how they feel.  Sometimes people don’t like her because they look at her positives negatively!

Submitted by H. N.


Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs

Jacket.aspxI give the book Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs an eight out of ten.  This book is about how Teddy, the only kid that lives in FunJungle, must figure out the mystery of who killed Henry the hippo.  There are many suspects and a chain of suspicious events.  There are many twists and turns in this book and it seems like everyone, including the main character in this book are suspects.  The conclusion of this book is shocking and clever at the same time.  This book is mainly for people who like mysteries.  Stuart Gibbs is a great author who writes many fantastic mystery books.  Find out who the killer is by reading this book.

Submitted by Z. M.

Blythewood by Carol Goodman

17572846          As a fan of romance, mystery, and suspense, I can say Goodman hit all the points and more in her book.  The writing is fantastic, and the way Avaline Hall (the character) is made truly allows a reader to connect to her.  At age seventeen she has dealt with more than a girl her age should have.  Her interactions, behavior, and personality in general made me love her.  The elite boarding school she’s attending simply creates more mystery, and all together makes for a good read.  I’d give this novel a 6 out of 10.

Submitted by FR  Khan

Paper Towns by John Green

Book CoverI would rate the book Paper Towns a 4 out of 5. It is the perfect book for you if you enjoy a mystery with a little romance and drama weaved into it. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good book to read. Paper Towns is a book about a young boy named Quentin Jacobsen. He starts off as your average teenager. He has a crush on the girl who lives next door, Margo Roth Speiglman. Margo has always been a little suspicious. She is the type of girl who sneaks out of her window to go places in the middle of the night. However, nobody ever knows where she is going. One day, Margo shows up at Quentin’s window and asks him if he wants to go an a little adventure with him. That night, Quentin and Margo play pranks on people and break into Sea World. Quentin had the night of his life. The next day, Margo appears to be missing and now Quentin has to find out where she is, which requires him to go on a long adventure. Read about Quentin’s long adventure in the book Paper Towns.

Submitted by TA

Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi

Jacket Chasing Shadows is a book written by Swati Avasthi.  This book is installed with a truck load of mystery.  In this astonishing book, the main characters are Holly, Savriti, Corey and Kortha.  Holly, Corey and Savriti like pretending they’re superheroes.  This book definitely gets 5 stars because of it’s mystery and the amount of thought that was put into the book.
One day, Holly and Corey are driving through the alleyways in the city. Then, this man with a sweater pulled out a gun and tried to kill them both, but instead he fractured Holly’s arm and killed Corey.  Now Holly is looking to resurrect Corey and bring him back.  But a half man/half snake is not letting Holly get to Corey.  Will Holly get to Corey and bring him back or will his plan fail?  To find out, you must read this amazing book.

Submitted by JC

I would rate this book with 3 1/2 stars.  It’s inspirational and involves real life events.  Pain can really change you.  But, it could have been better if the ending was more clear and the book didn’t start out right away with the death of Corey.  The graphic designs were amazing.  This book tells you that real life doesn’t have superheroes.  We are all human.  This book is recommended to people who have a taste for tragic and inspiring books.

Submitted by FN

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

CameronA girl protagonist, Katharine, finds out that her uncle, Mr. Tulman, is taking the family fortune.  This is the type of book where the hero uncovers clues about the enemy, turning the plot into a mystery adventure. How does Katharine have her uncle sent to an asylum when he is a genius who created so many inventions in England?  One invention was a mechanical fish called “Fish Joy.”
Katharine has three paths to choose from: she could live a good life in no harm’s way or she could protect her community. The third path comes when she falls in love with Mr. Tulman’s apprentice.
Where did Mr. Tulman put the family treasures?  Katharine predicts it’s somewhere in his mansion estate.  My favorite character was Mrs. Jeffries who is one of the evil maids in England that just wants to crush the royal family.  I give the book 5/5 stars; absolute perfection in a mystery adventure, though I didn’t like the romance.  I wouldn’t recommend it to friends because of the love story.

Submitted by M.K.

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