Lynn: Teen series readers are NOT a patient group, and that is especially true of mystery lovers. No sooner do they finish a book in a series than they are demanding the next one from their beleaguered librarians. In fact, we hardly get a chance to read sequels ourselves since we can’t help yielding to their piteous pleas!
However, I was actually the first one to get my hands on a sequel to a book that was extremely popular with our teens, so I’m going to tell you about it, but the rest are books where we’ve been out-maneuvered by the kids despite our yearning to read them. Spaced Out (2016) is the sequel to Space Case (2014) by Stuart Gibbs, a book the kids loved as much as I did. And how could we not, since it combined science fiction, mystery, AND humor?
Twelve-year-old Dashiell and his family are still living on the moon at Moon Base Alpha. With one mystery under his space-suit belt, Dashiell gets pulled into space sleuthing once again when the base commander goes missing. The whole crew is there from the first book, including Dash’s friend Kira, the annoying Sjoberg twins, and the mysterious Zan. Gibbs does a wonderful job with Dash’s confiding and authentic voice, avoiding that dreadful hokey futurism that plagues a lot of children’s sf. The plot is full of twists and turns and there’s plenty of suspense built in, with cracked visors, dangerous incoming space junk, and lunar bullies. A really surprising event at the end will have the kids demanding the next book in the series immediately!
Cindy: Here are some other mystery sequels that are on our radar, if not our bookshelves. We’re excited to be heading to Book Expo America as this post publishes and we’ll be “investigating” in the exhibits for more mysteries to highlight before the month-o-mystery fun ends! Let us know if there is something we should add to our lineup.
Bowser & Birdie: Book 2: Arf, by Spencer Quinn
Detective Gordon: Book 2: A Complicated Case, by Ulf Nilsson
Eddie Red Undercover: Book 3: Doom at Grant’s Tomb, by Marcia Wells
Fixer: Book 2: The Long Game, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Knightley & Son: Book 3: 3 of a Kind, by Rohan Gavin
A Mo & Dale Mystery: Book 3: The Odds of Getting Even, by Sheila Turnage