The suspense. The questions. The thrill. Mystery stories will give you all three!
One of the most ‘un-put-down-able’ genres, mystery stories are built upon the suspense of not knowing exactly what happened – and the journey to uncover the truth. Great mystery books will keep you guessing, with enough clues to keep you at the edge of your seat, but not an overly obvious solution that you can get right away.
For primary school readers just discovering this genre for themselves or as part of their lessons in school, we have just the right recommendations to get them hooked! Although many mystery novels are centred around crimes, these books for young readers keep the scare factor to a minimum, and instead are generous with the laughs and antics!
So, if your child is in need of a holiday reading list, get cracking and reserved these titles on your e-book or at the library today!
Note: These books are from a selection of recommended readings for Primary 5 GEP students. Depending on your child’s reading level, they will most likely be suitable for children in Primary 4 to 6.
1. Extraordinary Losers: The Lunchbox Thief (Alejandro, Jessica)
The pupils of Brightstar Primary School have a problem at hand: their belongings are going missing! Primary 1 students are losing their watches, wallets, and lunchboxes. Resolving to nab the lunchbox thief, the Exlosers – a group of Primary 6 students – set up a trap to catch the culprit. However, things go horribly wrong, and they need to find a way to get themselves out of the mess they created.
This is a story of friendship, courage, and – of course, food! Written by an English teacher in Singapore, you can be sure the story is especially relatable to pupils here. But hopefully there is no lunchbox thief in your school!
2. Museum Mysteries: The Case of the Stolen Sculpture (Brezenoff, Steve)
A theft has occurred at the Capitol City Art Museum, where Clementine’s mother works at. However, no one seems too concerned about recovering the lost art, as the insurance payout more than covered the cost of the art. Now, it’s up to Clementine and her friends to set out to track down the whereabouts of the sculpture and the museum thief.
Part of a series of mysteries set in museums, this story is suitable for readers who are just getting introduced to the mystery genre. Readers will also grow familiar with the workings of a museum and ‘grown-up’ concepts like insurance.