Petrie’s Picks: Cozy Up With A Good Book This Winter
With the weather getting colder, it’s a great time to curl up with a good mystery. Not only are mysteries entertaining, but they are great for encouraging close reading and critical thinking skills in readers as they gather clues and try to solve the puzzle. Here are a few favorites.
- A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz: Follow Hansel and Gretel through the fairytale forest as they encounter fantastic characters and try to solve magical mysteries.This is the first book in a very clever series for children 10 and up.
- The Curse of the Campfire Weenies and Other Tales by David Lubar: Gather around the campfire for stories of strange happenings and unexplained events. With humor and imagination, Lubar weaves memorable tales of fun and mystery.
- Anything Agatha Christie: For a classic “who-done-it,” Agatha Christie is the queen of mystery. It’s hard to choose a favorite title, but my three favorites are And Then There Were None, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, and Murder on the Orient Express.
These novels can be enjoyed by students in middle school, and each one has a wonderfully surprising ending. Enjoy!