There’s nothing quite like a puzzle solving book.
These are mysteries, yes, but they’re a little more than that too – there are puzzles and clues all along the way for the reader to solve (Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is probably one of the most current popular examples of this kind of book!).
If you have a child who loves the Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series, here are some other puzzle solving books they might enjoy too!
20+ Books for Readers who loved Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
This classic Newbery-winning mystery begins when sixteen strangers are summoned to the will reading of Samuel W. Westing, a well-renowned millionaire and game player. Anyone of these sixteen people could end up with his fortune, but only if they could find the answer to the confusing and mysterious game he has them take part in.
Click Here to Start by Denis Markell
This would be a fantastic read for a video game lover! Ted is dropped into his own real-life escape room when his uncle leaves him an inheritence treasure in his house. With the help of two friends, he must use all of his video game skills to win the greatest game he has ever played. He must be careful, though, because someone dangerous is not far behind.
Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? by Avi
Toby’s twin sister, Becky, is accused of stealing The Wizard of Oz from the library. After being questioned by the police, Becky decides to discover who the thief was and make clear that she had nothing to do with the robbery. With the disappearance of 4 other books, they will soon figure out these books have the leading clues to what they suspect is a treasure. The mystery takes them all over town and through five classic children’s books. I mean, a mystery where the clues are hidden in classic children’s books? Count me in!
Explorer Academy by Since this series is an imprint from National Geographic, there is also section at the end of each book that profiles scientists from all over the world and does a compare and contrast with the science fiction in the book and the real science.
York by Twins Theo and Tess, and their friend Jamie explore an alternate version of New York trying to solve the greatest mystery of the modern world: the famous Morningstarr cipher. This puzzle and treasure hunt is laid into the streets and buildings of New York City and people have been trying to solve it for over a century.
The Pearls of Lutra by Brian Jacques
22 book series
The Redwall series was one of my very favorite series as a child – I’m pretty sure I read a couple of the books at least five or six times. Tansy, a young hedgehog living at Redwall Abbey, attempts to solve the riddle of the missing pearls while at the same time the evil marten, Mad Eyes, desires them for himself.
The Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques
3 book series
Another series by Brian Jacques and equally as wonderful! In 1620, a boy and his dog are rescued by an angel from the doomed ship the Flying Dutchman. The angel guides them in their travels of the world, helping those in great need along the way.
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