Teen Reviews

Teens review their favorite MYSTERY books!
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The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Rory is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

Reviewed by Taylor, 17:

Maureen Johnson's The Name of the Star is a refreshing mix of your classic teen romance combined with your historic science fiction. Following the life of Rory Deveraux from New Orleans to a boarding school in London, this story is filled with unexpected twists and turns. Her very first day in London is the start of her adventure as she hears that Jack the Ripper's copy-cat killer has struck. As time passes, more people are murdered and more clues to the Ripper's identity become known. These murders lead Rory to stumble onto some clues about who the Ripper really is, and with the help of her new English friends, Rory must find the Ripper before she becomes his next victim.

The Shattering by Karen Healey

When a rash of suicides disturbs Summerton, an oddly perfect tourist town on the west coast of New Zealand, the younger siblings of the dead boys become suspicious and begin an investigation that reveals dark secrets and puts them in grave danger.

Reviewed by Rebecca, 15:

This was a great book! I enjoyed reading about Keri and Janna who have real life problems. This book is about a boy who committed suicide, Keri's older brother, and three teens' search to figure out if the similar suicides of their older brothers have any connections. They come to believe that their brothers were murdered. This book is magic! :) It also explains good ways to deal with grief and how to get held if you become suicidal, it was an awesome book and I will recommend it to all of my friends.

Shelter by Harlan Coben

After tragic events tear Mickey Bolitar away from his parents, he is forced to live with his estranged Uncle Myron and switch high schools, where he finds both friends and enemies, but when his new girlfriend, Ashley, vanishes, he follows her trail into a seedy underworld that reveals she is not what she seems to be.

Reviewed by Jenny, age 17:

I'm not the usual Nancy Drew/mystery fan, but Shelter effectively pulls you into its suspence. Especially in the beginning, the different mysteries can be a bit overwhelming; however, as the story progresses, the plot ties the different cases together. The main characters are unique and continually surprising, and twists round nearly every corner. Overall, Shelter was a great book, and I cannot wait until the next Mickey Bolitar novel.

You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin

When hard-boiled, seventeen-year-old private investigator Dalton Rev transfers to Salt River High to solve the case of a dead student, he has his hands full trying to outwit the police, negotiate the school's social hierarchy, and get paid.

Reviewed by Katie, age 13:

This book is a more of a book for those 16 and older. Involving mystery, drama, romance, and a few surprises, it was an okay book. Although it was sac-religious at times, it was alright nonetheless. In it, we follow Dalton Rev as he tries to solve the mystery of the death of Wesley Payne. Written by Sean Beaudoin, I suggest this book for those who enjoy occasional profanity and a little mystery.