YA Mystery Novels

YA mystery novels are a great genre to introduction your high school students to. Students like trying to solve the mystery before it is revealed.

YA mystery novels can be a great genre to read for many students. This blog post is a list of 10 different YA mystery books that will grab your students’ attention.

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Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D Jackson
A girl goes missing and no one seems to notice except her best friend.

Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong
Skye Gilchrist’s brother died in a school shooting three years ago, but he was the shooter and now Skye is moving home. Skye’s best friend Jesse lost his brother in the same shooting. Jesse and Skye look at what happened the day of the shooting and get closer to discovering a new killer.

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
When Mary was nine she allegedly killed a baby in the care of her mother. Now, she lives in a group home and thinks it may be time to tell the real story.


I Am the Weapon by Allen Zadoff
A teen trained as an assassin starts to question who he is and what he really wants when he is assigned to kill the mayor of NYC.

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
On any other day students at Bayview High go in for detention and head home after they have served their time, but that is not true for Simon today. Simon, the creator of their high school gossip app, dies 24 hours before he posts the juiciest gossip there is ever yet to be on 4 high-profile students. Who’s the killer?


Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
All Jay wants to do his senior year is play video games. But then he learns that his cousin Jun is murdered in the Philippines, and Jay travels there to find out how the war on drugs has taken his cousin’s life.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
Ellery is sent to live with her grandmother in Echo Ridge, the place her aunt went missing, and the place where the Homecoming Queen was murdered 5 years ago. Now, someone is threatening to repeat the events of Homecoming, and Ellery realizes everyone is keeping secrets.


This is My America by Kim Johnson
Tracy’s dad has been in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, and Tracy is trying to get Innocence X, a non-profit organization, to help with his case. No luck. But when her brother Jamal, star track runner and student, is falsely convicted of murdering a white girl, Tracy takes matters into her own hands to find out the truth.

The Naturals (The Naturals, #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Cassie is a natural — that is, a natural at reading people and finding the tiniest details to reveal someone’s motives and identity. She is recruited by the FBI and is sent to live in a home alongside other “naturals,” helping to solve crimes that require the gifts of these teens. When a new killer pops up, these housemates will have to use their gifts to survive.

Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1) by Maureen Johnson
This slow-burn mystery revolves around the cold case of the kidnapping of Ellingham Academy founder Albert Ellingham’s wife and daughter by the mysterious “Truly Devious.” Stevie Bell is a true-crime aficionado starting her first year at the academy, and she has resolved to be the one who finally solves this cold case.

Use this list of YA mystery novels to help your students find their next great book.

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