We Want the Next Book NOW! Youth Mystery Series and Sequels

BookendsLynn: 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!

Mystery MonthHowever, 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?

Spaced Out by Stuart GibbsTwelve-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!

Complicated Case by Ulf NillsonCindy: 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

Long Game by Jennifer Lynn BarnesEddie Red Undercover: Book 3: Doom at Grant’s Tomb, by Marcia Wells

3 of a Kind by Rohan GavinFixer: 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



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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