Walls Within Walls

Readers Advisory

Other mystery stories about solving puzzles (Subject matter appeal):

Balliett, Blue. Chasing Vermeer. When strange and seemingly unrelated events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal. (WorldCat.org)

Beil, Michael. Red blazer girls: the ring of Rocamadour. Catholic-schooled seventh-graders Sophie, Margaret, Rebecca, and Leigh Ann help an elderly neighbor solve a puzzle her father left for her estranged daughter twenty years ago. (WorldCat.org)

Berlin, Eric. The puzzling world of Winston Breen. Puzzle-crazy, twelve-year-old Winston and his ten-year-old sister Katie find themselves involved in a dangerous mystery involving a hidden ring. Puzzles for the reader to solve are included throughout the text. (WorldCat.org)

Carman, Patrick. Floors. Ten-year-old Leo’s future and the fate of the extraordinary Whippet Hotel, where his father is the maintenance man, are at stake when a series of cryptic boxes leads Leo to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances. (WorldCat.org)

Dixon, Franklin W. No way out. Frank and Joe accompany a college champ preparing for a national championship in the sport of orienteering, but accidents begin to happen and they must find out who is trying to stop him from competing. Frank and Joe are thrilled to be taking part in the grand opening celebration of a new maze in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. By solving puzzles – their specialty – they could win a valuable prize! But once they arrive, the teens soon have a new puzzle to solve: The owner and designer of the maze, Chezleigh Alan Horton, suddenly disappears. As the boys make their way through a labyrinth of suspects, they face a new twist. Can Frank and Joe unravel a decade-old riddle to save the renowned maze master? (WorldCat.org)

Feldman, Jody. The gollywhopper games. Twelve-year-old Gil Goodson competes against thousands of other children at extraordinary puzzles, stunts, and more in hopes of a fresh start for his family, which has been ostracized since his father was falsely accused of embezzling from Golly Toy and Game Company. (WorldCat.org)

Feldman, Jody. The seventh level. Twelve-year-old Travis is invited to become a member of The Legend, Lauer Middle School’s most exclusive secret society, but first he must solve seven puzzles. (WorldCat.org)

Other books which are fast-paced and suspenseful:

Balliett, Blue. The Wright 3. In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra, and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Robie House from being demolished. (WorldCat.org)

Bellairs, John. The house with a clock in its walls. A boy goes to live with his magician uncle in a mansion that has a clock hidden in the walls which is ticking off the minutes until doomsday. (WorldCat.org)

Bosch, Pseudonymous. The name of this book is secret. Two eleven-year-old misfits try to solve the mystery of a dead magician and stop the evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais, who are searching for the secret of immortality. (WorldCat.org)

Gutman, Dan. Mission unstoppable. On a cross-country vacation with their parents, twins Coke and Pepsi, soon to be thirteen, fend off strange assassins as they try to come to terms with their being part of a top-secret government organization known as The Genius Files. (WorldCat.org)

Stewart, Trenton Lee. The mysterious Benedict Society. After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. (WorldCat.org)

Other plot-driven mysteries:

Gold, Maya. Harriet the spy, double agent. While spying on her New York City neighborhood with a new friend, Annie, twelve-year-old Harriet decides that the only way to learn Annie’s many secrets is to spy on her, as well. (WorldCat.org)

Raskin, Ellen. The Westing game. The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance. (WorldCat.org)

Riddell, Chris. Ottoline and the yellow cat. Ottoline Brown and her best friend Mr. Munroe create a clever plan to solve the disappearance of several lapdogs and a string of daring burglaries in Big City. (WorldCat.org)

Santopolo, Jill. The Nina, the Pinta, and the vanishing treasure. When the entire Christopher Columbus exhibit disappears from the local museum, fourth-grade sleuth-in-training Alec Flint investigates, aided by his new classmate and potential partner, Gina, who wants his help looking into the disappearance of a teacher. (WorldCat.org)

Warner, Gertrude Chandler. The mystery of the spider’s clue. When an elderly friend is injured, the Alden children offer to help him with his window-washing business in their small town of Greenfield and agree to help him solve a riddle that has arrived in a mysterious invitation. (WorldCat.org)

Interactive books where readers help solve the mysteries:

Heimann, Rolf. Rolf Heimann’s what’s up at Crowfoot Castle?: spooky puzzles and mazes. Tilly, Clay, and their dog, Braveheart, must solve puzzles and mazes when they investigate the mysterious Crowfoot Castle, escorted by the gargoyle Glimp. (WorldCat.org)

O’Donnell, Liam. Max Finder mystery collected casebook. Ten solve-it-yourself mysteries with detectives Max Finder and Alison Santos. (WorldCat.org)

Press, Julian. The treasure of Blackbird Rock: a picture mystery. Best friends, Lily, Josh, and David with his loyal cockatoo Robinson, follow clues to help solve four mysteries involving a stolen treasure, a prize rabbit, a famous opera singer, and a message in a bottle. The reader is invited to participate by answering pertinent questions relating to clues embedded in the accompanying pictures. (WorldCat.org)

Sukach, Jim. Elliott’s talking dog and other Quicksolve mini-mysteries. Criminals beware – and young readers delight: Dr. Jeffrey Lynn Quicksolve and his friends are back in a brand new collection of intriguing mini-whodunits. It’s no mystery why kids love these clever and fun detective stories, in which they can test their smarts against such experts as the brilliant Professor of Criminology, Quicksolve; his son Junior; and super-sleuth Elliott Savant. Among the puzzling cases: Stickup at the deli: are the suspects innocent campers, as they claim … or did they grab the money and flee down the freeway? Maybe their car will “tell” the truth. (WorldCat.org)


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