Our July Book of the Month series, The Naughty List by Suzanne Young, is all about a group of cheerleaders who investigate and spy on suspected cheating boyfriends. But if you love a good mystery, with a smart teen investigator at the helm, there are plenty of options. Here are some of our favorites (from the classics) and a few others recommended by our followers on Twitter:
This gal’s been around for ages, and there are LOTS of books featuring this teen detective at work — but my favorites are the originals, the ones in those nifty blue-and-yellow hardcovers. I grew up reading these books and I still admire all that Nancy Drew has to offer. In fact, she just celebrated her 80th anniversary. Of course, Nancy Drew also comes to us from the folks who created another pair of famous teen detectives — The Hardy Boys.
The Boxcar Children
There are several titles in this series by British author Anthony Horowitz about a teen spy. Much more James Bond than Hardy Boys, the first book in the series was made into a movie in 2006, starring Alex Pettyfer. (It was made in the UK, and only had a limited release in the U.S.)
I haven’t personally read these books, but we had several readers mention them on Twitter when we asked for books about teen investigators. And I’m already highly amused simply by the titles of the four books in Ally Carter’s series about a young women’s academy, where the teens all learn to be spies:
- I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You
- Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
- Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover
- Only the Good Spy Young
Carter writes on her website that there will be more Gallagher Girls books to come, so stay tuned.
Before he was 007, Bond — James Bond — was a teen just like all of us. This series of books by Charlie Higson follows Ian Fleming’s secret agent through school in the 1930s. There are several books in the series — which have even spawned a graphic novel spin-off and board games. More books are also in the works. Plus, who doesn’t love a good James Bond story — no matter his age?
For the comments: What books about teen investigators/teen spies do you love?