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Young Adult - Mystery and Suspense Fiction for Teens

Reality Check
Reality Check (2009)
Peter Abrahams
After a knee injury destroys sixteen-year-old Cody's college hopes, he drops out of high school and gets a job in his small Montana town, but when his ex-girlfriend disappears from her Vermont boarding school, Cody travels cross-country to join the search.
 
What I Saw and How I Lied
What I Saw and How I Lied  (2008)
(2)
Judy Blundell
In 1947, teenaged Evie, smitten by an ex-GI who seems to have a secret hold on her stepfather, finds herself caught in a web of lies whose outcome changes her life and that of her family forever.
 
Kissing the Rain
Kissing the Rain (2004)
Kevin Brooks
Michael, known as “Moo”, the high school fat kid, witnesses a murder. Whether he tells the truth or lies, the cops or gang members will take revenge.
 
Heist Society
Heist Society (2010)
(2)
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 Musician's Daughter
The Musician's Daughter (2009)
(1)
Susanne Dunlap
Amid the glamour of Prince Nicholas Esterhazy's court in 18th-century Vienna, murder is afoot. Or so 15-year-old Theresa Maria is convinced when her musician father turns up dead on Christmas Eve.
 
Cover-up: Mystery at the Super Bowl
Cover-up: Mystery at the Super Bowl (2007)
John Feinstein
Fledgling 14-year-old sports reporters Susan Carol and Stevie investigate suspicious activities at the Super Bowl after Stevie gets fired from his co-anchor job on a ground-breaking teen sports show.
 
Top 8
Top 8 (2008)
Katie Finn
When popular high school junior Madison's online profile is hacked, it sends her life into turmoil and forces her to reevaluate some important matters as she figures out who committed the crime.
 
Doppelganger
Doppelganger (2008)
(1)
Pete Hautman, Mary Logue
High school newspaper reporter Roni finds an age-progressed photograph on a missing children's Web site of a boy that looks just like her sidekick Brian, throwing the pair into an investigation of Brian's past and family heritage. Third in the Bloodwater Mysteries.
 
Kisses and Lies
Kisses and Lies (2009)
Lauren Henderson
Orphaned British teenager Scarlett Wakefield travels to Scotland with her American sidekick, Taylor, in search of clues to the murder of a boy who dropped dead after kissing Scarlett.  Sequel to Kiss Me Kill Me.
 
Liar
Liar (2009)
Justine Larbalestier
Compulsive liar Micah promises to tell the truth after revealing that her boyfriend has been murdered.
 
Acceleration
Acceleration (2003)
Graham McNamee
Reading descriptions of animal torture, arson fires and the stalking of a female victim in a diary convinces 17-year-old Duncan that an emerging serial killer is on the loose. When the cops ignore his fears, he decides to stalk the stalker.
 
The Rose Queen
The Rose Queen (2004)
M. E. Rabb
Having barely recovered from their father’s death, Samantha and Sophie Shattenberg discover their stepmother plans to separate them and grab the family money. Secretly, they withdraw their rightful inheritance, leave their beloved New York home and assume new identities in the small town of Venice, Indiana. Becoming anonymous is difficult enough! But, when a really nasty teen beauty queen disappears and the sisters are the last to see her, the local police take an unwelcome interest.
 
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2011)
(1)
Ransom Riggs
After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
 
Killer
Killer (2009)
(1)
Sara Shepard
Former best friends Emily, Aria, Hanna, and Spencer continue to live in fear as they struggle to keep hidden even more secrets and someone new begins stalking them via their cell phones. Sixth in the Pretty Little Liars series.
 
Jasper Jones
Jasper Jones (2011)
Craig Silvey
In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.
 
Lily Dale: Discovering
Lily Dale: Discovering (2009)
Wendy Corsi Staub
 
Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman?
Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? (2004)
Eleanor Updale
While in jail, unrepentant thief, Montmorency, schemes to use London’s stinking sewers as a way into the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods and a way out of his lowlife criminal career. First in the Montmorency series.
 
Fakie
Fakie (2008)
Tony Varrato
Since Alex witnessed a murder, the Witness Relocation Program has changed the identities of Alex and his mother repeatedly. In his newest identity, a skateboarder in Virginia Beach, Alex has to catch on quickly to blend in. But the biggest trick he'll have to master is staying alive.
 
Blink & Caution
Blink & Caution (2011)
Tim Wynne-Jones
Two teenagers who are living on the streets and barely getting by become involved in a complicated criminal plot, and make an unexpected connection with each other.
 

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