Your name may not be Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, or Encyclopedia Brown, but you can solve a mystery! Mysteries are two-way stories. A writer creates a puzzle, and a reader solves it. You can do both this summer and build skills while you're having fun.
Detect new skills
When you read a mystery story and solve the puzzle, you are
- learning how to read carefully and notice details
- thinking critically to figure out how facts relate to each other
- training your memory
- building confidence in your reading and reasoning skills
Track down stories
Look for lists of mystery books online or at the library. You can also find complete stories online. For example, MysteryNet features "free mysteries to solve." In their "Solve-it" and "Quick-solve" sections, they post new stories every week to read and solve interactively.
Stone Soup, a Magazine for Young Writers and Artists, has an online archive of fine mystery stories written by kids.
Investigate your talent
After you've read a few mysteries, you may want to write a story of your own. You can find plenty of suggestions and tools online for helping kids write mystery stories. Try the Mystery Cube to get started.
Once your story is written, read it aloud to your family. You can even copy or print it and make it into a book to share with friends.
We'd love to read your story next time you visit The Literacy & Language Center!