3 Fun Series for Puzzle-Loving Kids

As books go, there are your run-of-the mill mysteries in which a crime or problem of some nature needs solving and the reader follows along as the hero or heroine goes about solving it. And then, there are those books that engage the reader in a more personal way, offering up the puzzles for them to solve alongside the characters within the story in which they are engaged. 

The Mysterious Benedict Society does this (which is one of the reasons my daughter loves it), so I went on a search to find more.

After a bit of sleuthing, I found some! The following book series will engage your child's detective skills and are just plain fun to try to figure out while you read along. The writing is not amazing in a few of these series (that is the literary snob coming out in me), but the puzzles are abundant and the books are, simply put, fun to read. (That is, if you like that sort of thing My dear Watson.)

If you have a puzzle-loving kid, you might want to give the following series a try:

1. Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

From Amazon:  

For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it's the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself, and might contain the only copy of his mysterious new game.

Racing against time, Emily and James rush from clue to clue, desperate to figure out the secret at the heart of Griswold's new game―before those who attacked Griswold come after them too.

There are 3 books in this series so far. The third one officially releases in May.

This is my favorite series of the 3 recommended in this post. :)

Readers 9 and up


2. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

From Amazon:

Kyle Keeley is the class clown and a huge fan of all games—board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the construction of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot as one of twelve kids invited for an overnight sleepover in the library, hosted by Mr. Lemoncello and riddled with lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every clue and figure out every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route!

There are 3 books in this series so far.

Readers 8 and up


3. Sherlock Academy by F.C. Shaw

From Amazon:

When Rollie and his best friend, Cecily, are invited to attend a school where children learn the art of detection just like the great Sherlock Holmes, they discover a strange burglary has been committed and a mystery is afoot. Determined to investigate, Rollie discovers that appearances can be deceiving, the truth can be hurtful and friends sometimes turn into foes.

Does Rollie have what it takes to follow in Holmes's footsteps? Can he use his skills to solve the mystery and save the school from an unknown villain?

There are 3 books in this series so far.

Readers 9 and up


Let's add to the list:  What are some of your young reader's favorite mysteries to read and solve?



(PS Reader age recommendations are just that, recommendations. I list them, oftentimes pulled right off of Amazon, to give you a general guide.)

(PPS All links to Amazon are affiliate links. If you like what you read here, using these links is a small way you can support the blog. Thank you!)