Top 7 Best Mystery Books for 7-year-olds

Children can immerse themselves in these exciting, spooky and adventure-filled mystery tales. Featuring much-loved books from authors including Enid Blyton and Michael Morpurgo, see below for the best mystery books for 7-year-olds.

1. The Famous Five

Enid Blyton

Join the intrepid Famous Five - Dick, Anne, Julian, George and Timmy the dog - on all of their exciting escapades, in caves, castles, secret passageways and more! The gang must outsmart thieves, hunt for hidden treasure, and unravel all sorts of mysteries in these riveting classic tales.

2. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Kids can immerse themselves in a strange and dreamlike world with this enthralling book. Follow the white rabbit down the rabbit hole and tumble into a world where all your normal worries disappear, and you must instead contend with the grinning Cheshire Cat, the nonsensical Mad Hatter and the cruel Queen of Hearts. Full of wonderful wordplay and perplexing puzzles, children will love this riveting read.

3. Mariella Mystery Stories

Kate Pankhurst

Mariella is just 9 years old, but she's already a talented super sleuth who's prepared for any mystery that comes her way. In these enthralling books, she must work out where the Bad Hair Day Fog is coming from, find out if a ghostly guinea pig is really on the loose, and figure out who's sabotaging the Puddleford Baking contest. Presented in an engaging journal style complete with fun illustrations, these exciting tales are sure to engross young readers.

4. The Fox and the Ghost King

Michael Morpurgo

This spellbinding tale combines two incredible events that have recently occurred in Leicester: the discovery of Richard III's remains in a car park, and the football team's extraordinary Premier League victory. A leash of football-loving foxes is fed up with watching their team lose. But then Daddy Fox finds the ghost of a king buried under a car park. The king is desperate to be free, and says that if the fox can release him, the king will grant his greatest wish. Will things improve for the football-mad foxes? Mystery, history and football fans alike will love this book.

5. Goosebumps Series

R. L. Stine

Dare your kids to read these heart-pounding books from R. L. Stine's Goosebumps series, in which children must face all sorts of supernatural terrors. These spine-chilling books feature twisted, funny and gritty adventures that will enthral children. Discover ghouls, ghosts, vampires and more in these spectacularly spooky books.

6. Skulduggery Pleasant

Derek Landy

12-year-old Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a horror fiction writer. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, she discovers that whilst he may have written horror, it certainly wasn't fiction. As evil forces pursue her, determined to recover a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source: Skulduggery Pleasant, the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard. Will this unlikely duo stop bickering for long enough to save the day? This magical adventure is full of jokes and witty dialogue, and is guaranteed to enthral young readers.

7. Usborne Illustrated Ghost Stories

Jose Emroca Flores

What could be more mysterious than some seriously spooky ghost stories? This ghoulishly-illustrated book contains an assortment of traditional spine-tingling tales and hair-raising retellings, all presented in an appealing hardback format.

  • The Fox and the Ghost King - Hardback - 9780008215774 - Michael Morpurgo
    FXGK 7 years +
    7 years +
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    The city of Leicester has had a remarkable few years with the discovery of the remains of Richard III in a car park and then the football team's fairy tale Premier League victory.

    Now War Horse author Michael Morpurgo has combined these incredible events in one stunning story. The Fox and the Ghost King follows a leash of football-loving foxes who are fed up with watching their team always lose. Just as they think things will never improve, Daddy Fox finds the ghost of a king buried under a car park...

    This king only wishes to be free and makes a deal with Daddy Fox. If he can be free, the king will grant his greatest wish. Will things change for the footy-loving foxes? This is a stunning hardback edition of a story that covers recent history in a way that only the former Children's Laureate can.
  • The Famous Five Collection - 22 Books - Collection - 9781444936278 - Enid Blyton
    FFCC 7 years +
    7 years +
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    With mysteries, adventure and lashings of ginger beer, The Famous Five have entertained generations of young readers. In fact, the books have never been out of print!

    Here, in a keepsake box, you can enjoy all 22 novels that follow Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog as they visit some thrilling places and explore and uncover all sorts of secrets. To complete the set, there's a book of short stories about our favourite would-be detectives.

    From Kirrin Island to the lighthouse at Demon's Rocks and farms, castles, caves and secret passages galore, the gang outwit thieves, seek hidden treasure and encounter spook trains in their exciting journeys. Illustrated by Eileen Soper, this complete set of books shows how courage and determination can always help children achieve great things.

    Book People and Enid Blyton - A Lifetime of Adventure
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    A collection of illustrated tales of ghosts, ghouls and other unexplainable apparitions. This mix of original stories and retellings is presented in an attractive padded hardback format, with a ribbon marker for keeping your place.
  • Mariella Mystery Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781510103818 - Kate Pankhurst
    MMYS 7 years +
    7 years +
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    There is no mystery too mysterious and no problem too perplexing in this four-book collection following the investigations of Mariella Mystery.

    Mariella is a talented super sleuth aged 9 and a bit who is prepared for any mystery that needs solving. Whether scary or dramatic, she has the nous to put together the clues. In these books she looks into where the Bad Hair Day Fog is coming from; finds out if a ghostly guinea pig is really on the loose; and works out who's sabotaging the Puddleford Baking contest.

    Presented in a journal style complete with illustrations, Kate Pankhurst's Mariella Mystery Investigates books are sure to inspire your children to pick up their very own magnifying glass.
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    Skulduggery Pleasant is the first volume in Derek Landy's series about a skeleton detective and his assistant, 12-year-old Stephanie Valkyrie.

    Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn't fiction. Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source - the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard. Will evil win the day? Will Stephanie and Skulduggery stop bickering long enough to stop it? One thing's for sure: evil won't know what's hit it.

    Winner of the Red House Children's Book Award, Landy mixes up magic, fantasy and adventure and tops them off with sparky dialogue and lots of jokes. A perfect choice for readers aged 11+ who are waiting to get sucked into a book they can't put down!
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    Children will want to make a very important date with this mini edition of Lewis Carroll's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass.

    One of the most famous stories of all time, the text is fully unabridged while the characters and scenes have been reimagine in 25 beautiful, full-colour illustrations by Martina Peluso.
  • R.L. Stine's Goosebumps Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781407179896 - R.L. Stine
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    9 years +
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    Prepare for your children to be sleeping with the lights on... our latest 10-book Goosebumps collection is sure to give them the creeps!

    R.L. Stine's spooky books have sold over 400 million copies worldwide and have helped to ensure generations are terrified of ventriloquist's dummies... following the success of the film starring Jack Black, the books have been brought to a whole new audience and here are 10 adventures that are twisted, funny and rather dark. They'll be top of every child's reading list.

    This collection features the classic Night of the Living Dummy alongside other memorable titles including Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes and The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena. Great books for encouraging a love of reading, will your kids dare to read through all 10?