5 great mystery books for children

5. The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman, by Ben H. Winters


"The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman," by Ben H. Winters (HarperCollins Children's, 247 pp., ages 8-12)

Seventh-grader Bethesda Fielding is convinced that Ms. Finkleman, her mousy music teacher, is hiding a secret. But no one – Bethesda included – is prepared for the suspenseful plot that is unspooled as the mystery is solved and Ms. Finkleman's past life as a rock star is unearthed.

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