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The 5 Best Mystery Series’ for Young Readers

5. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

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Four children embark on a mysterious quest to stop a maniac who has his mind set upon controlling all of the youth in the world. Can they stop them – or will they be brainwashed as well?

4. The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch
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Two kids get wrapped up in an intricate plot that, unless stopped, will lead to the destruction of the world as we know it. Filled with riddles, ploys, and troublesome dilemmas, will they figure out the mystery before it’s too late?

3. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
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These classic books featuring female sleuth Nancy Drew are always intriguing, complicated, and confusing. Will Nancy solve the case…or lose everything?

2. Wells and Wong Detective Society by Robin Stevens

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These stunningly British novels will always surprise you with both their wit and their mysteries. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are two girls that would never have become friends until they discover they both share a secret passion – mysteries.

1. Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child
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Ruby Redfort is a kid genius with a big mouth who doesn’t know when to shut up. She doesn’t realize what she’s missing until her butler turns out to have another reason for being hired. Once she figures out his secrets, it’s all a hop, skip and a jump to becoming something way cooler than your average schoolgirl.
-Isadora C., St. Paul’s, 7th Grade, age 12
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5 Kid’s Classics Still in Their Prime (Listicle Sample)

Sometimes even the greatest books end up falling through the cracks of history until even your grandma forgets all about them. These are not those books. Each of the books on this list have withstood the test of time and continue to speak to every new generation that gets their hands on them.

5. Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988)

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Matilda is the “newest” book on this list but is still one of Roald Dahl’s most popular. The story of a very resilient, brilliant, self-reliant young girl who loves to read is a timeless classic for young readers everywhere. Both the book and the 1996 movie adaptation remain in the hearts of all those who have read and watched them and will continue to be a favorite many, many years into the future!
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4. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (1952)

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Everyone knows the story of the young piglet Wilbur, Charlotte the Spider, and Templeton the Rat, but can you believe this book was originally published in the 1950’s? With more than one movie adaptation and over 60 years under it’s belt this is a literary classic that is sure to delight readers of all ages forever.
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3. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgrin (1945)

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This story about a rambunctious red-head is a fun, adventurous romp that will resonate with children today just as it did in 1945. Pippi never lets anything get her down, though she has faced many hardships, and this a valuable lesson for children and adults alike to know.
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2. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne (1926)

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It’s hard to believe that the first Winnie the Pooh book was published way back in 1926, considering it’s  never really left the public eye. A whole series of books, movies, and television series, all the way up to last year’s release of Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick has made Winnie one of the most recognizable characters in the world.
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1. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)

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And finally, the oldest book on this list is Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland originally published in 1865. Alice’s adventures in the mad, mad world of Wonderland are notorious the world over, inspiring one of Disney’s earliest animated features and the new, live-action epics starring Mia Wasikowski, Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter. Zany characters, magical settings, and memorable moments make Alice a classic that will never die.
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