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A to Z Mysteries Chapter Books

Millions of kids have read the A to Z Mysteries series and it’s easy to see why. Children’s author Ron Roy has filled his books with enough mystery and adventure to keep kids on the edge of their seats. And parents love that the books engage their kids’ attention while helping to turn them into enthusiastic readers.

What Are A to Z Mysteries?

A to Z Mysteries: The Falcon's Feathers book cover

The A to Z Mysteries series takes readers to Green Lawn, Connecticut, and introduces them to three neighborhood friends: Josh, Donald David Duncan (aka “Dink”), and Ruth Rose. In each book, the three pals find themselves in the middle of a mystery. As you and your children work your way through this series, the familiarity and camaraderie between Josh, Dink, and Ruth Rose will begin to make you feel like part of the team!

As you might have guessed, each book relates to a letter of the alphabet. You’ll discover titles such as The White Wolf, The Goose’s Gold, and The Talking T. Rex. But Ron Roy’s use of alliteration doesn’t stop at the titles. Throughout each book, your child will learn to “play” with language through the use of alliteration and other literary techniques.

Take our free A to Z Mysteries Series Checklist to your local library!

About the Author and the Series

During his time as a fourth-grade teacher, American author Ron Roy wrote many children’s stories that were consistently rejected by publishers. But Roy didn’t give up, and in 1978 he sold his first children’s book. Now Roy is well known for the A to Z Mysteries series, as well as a number of other series.

If you’ve been trying to find chapter books that will entice your less-than-enthusiastic reader, Ron Roy’s popular series may be just what you’re looking for. Each book is 90-100 pages long and sprinkled with plenty of engaging illustrations. Short chapters and high action content keep young readers turning pages, book after book.

Of course your child doesn’t have to be a reluctant reader to enjoy traveling around the United States solving mysteries. There’s something here for everyone!

About the Books

Each book in the series presents a new mystery to solve. Will your child solve each mystery before the team does?

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In The Absent Author, Dink and his friends excitedly wait to meet author Wallis Wallace at a local book signing. However, when the author fails to show up, Dink begins to wonder why. The trio travels through town looking for clues and a way to find the absent author.

In The Bald Bandit the trio of kid detectives hunts for a thief. A bank robber is on the loose and a detective asks the kids to help him find the culprit, offering them a $300 reward for the recovery of a video recording of the heist. But who can be trusted—a redheaded teen or the burly detective?

In The Canary Caper, the pets of Green Lawn are disappearing, including Ruth Rose’s cat, Tiger. Get ready to follow Ruth Rose, Josh, and Dink around town (and to the circus!) as they try to determine where the missing animals have gone. Will your child spot the thief before he gets away?

In The Deadly Dungeon, Josh, Dink, and Ruth Rose visit Wallis Wallace, the “absent author” featured in the first book. While the children are staying at the writer’s seaside castle in Maine, they encounter strange noises and some mysterious green feathers. Enter a smuggler and a possible sibling suspect, and they’ve got a real mystery on their hands!

Don’t these books sound exciting? I hope so, because there are twenty-two more mysteries just waiting to be solved!

If you’re looking for a page-turner series to get your child hooked on reading, check out a few A to Z Mysteries on your next visit to the library. In fact, you can take our library checklist with you and get ready to join Josh, Dink, and Ruth Rose on their adventures!

A to Z Mysteries at a Glance

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Author: Ron Roy
Genre: juvenile fiction, mystery
Interests: sleuthing, adventure
Suggested age range: 8 and up
Gender preference: boys and girls
In the series: 26 books (one for each letter of the alphabet), 90-100 pages each

Series Extras:

A to Z Mysteries Library Checklist

A to Z Mysteries Library List download

Do your kids need a little extra encouragement to read? Take our A to Z Mysteries checklist to your local library and have your child check off books as he reads them.

You can find more great chapter books here!

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Lucas

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I really want you to write more A-Z mysteries

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Lucas,
We happy to hear you have enjoyed this series. There are just the 26 books in the original A to Z Mysteries series, but there are now 9 books in the expanded A to Z Mysteries Super Editions series. Also, the author, Ron Roy, has two other mystery series you may enjoy, Capital Mysteries series, which has 14 books, and Calendar Mysteries series which has 13 books.

Laurie

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Alhough I know it is popular with many elementary age kids, we’re not fans of books that include vampires, zombies, ghosts, etc, so we are pretty selective about which books we read from this series. For mystery stories, my kids prefer The Boxcar Children. They also like the animal stories written by Thorton W. Burgess. (i.e. The Adventures of Chatterer he Red Squirrel)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Laurie,
My youngest has recently found The Boxcar Children and has been loving the stories.

Lauren

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This is just what I’ve been looking for! Thank you for the suggestion!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are welcome, Lauren!

carrie

says:

Thank you for reminding me of these books

Misha

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I forgot all about these books! We’ve read and enjoyed the first two in the series. I need to reintroduce these to my kids.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Misha,
We are happy to help your kids rediscover this series!

Jen

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Thanks so much! Just ordered the first A to Z mysteries for my reluctant reader. This was just what she was wanting.

American

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These books are awesome! They’re even fun for me!

Sarah M.

says:

Thanks. My daughter and I just discussed yesterday that she’d like to try reading some mystery books. Now I know where to direct her. :)

Stacie

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Adding these to our library list! Love exploring new series for my 2nd grader. Thanks!

Suanna Sears

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Thanks for the review. My children have been reading theses from our local library.

Tara

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Love this- have been looking for good books for my son!

Sarah G.

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These books are great! We’ve been through the whole series. Both my daughter and my son enjoyed them immensely! Ron Roy has also written the A to Z Super Editions, which go beyond the letter “Z” and include the same characters.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thanks for letting us know there are even more books, Sarah!

Jennifer V

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These seem really neat! I had not heard of them before. Looking forward to taking my girls to the library for some mystery books!

Brandi

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My dyslexic kids have enjoyed these books over the years. There are so many!! Which is a plus.

Pauline

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Sounds great! I just requested the first one from our library!

Brigitte Brorman

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Thanks for letting us know about these! Can’t wait to try them out.

Cass

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I’m always looking for a series that can keep my kids hooked and keep them reading for fun. These look like books that can do just that!

Nikki

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These look great! I’ll have to check them out!

Barb

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Excited to look for these!

Christy

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I think we I try these for my boys. They sound interesting.

Candice Whetzel

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I can’t get my daughter to read more than level 1 easy readers, however she loves playing mystery games on the computer, maybe some mystery books is what she needs.

Ashley Biron

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These look interesting for my avid readers! We will have to check them out.

Nancy

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My daughters, now ages 11 1/2 and almost 9, have LOVED these books in audio format from our public library for the past couple of years. I never thought to look for them in written form. My oldest will be SO excited!

Tricia

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My daughter is just getting into chapter books and loves Magic Tree House…these would be a great addition for her.

JP

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This sounds like something we might like. thank you. We’ve been listening to Theo Boone and those are nice too.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thanks for the recommendation of Theo Boone, JP!

Julie Winslow

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This is just what I needed to get us through the rest of summer! Thanks for the recommendation!

Alissa

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My son loves these books!

Karen Kosiarek

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The Calendar series sounds perfect for my 6 YO. I think it will be a great reward for him for finishing AAR3!

Melea

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These books look cute! I look forward to reading them with my kids this year.

Sherrie Davidson

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I am trying to find good chapter books to start reading with my daughter. I am definitely going to try out the A to Z Mysteries!!

Heather Teachout

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Love this series!

Lydia

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The A to Z Mysteries books helped my reluctant reader want to read chapter books.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

This is great, Lydia!

Lori

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My kids love these books!

Calista

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I’ll definitely have to check these out for my young readers! Thank you!!

Anita

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This is a great article! I will have to try these with my son! Finding a series that he consistently likes has been a challenge!

Heather

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I’ll have to look for these at the library! Sounds fun!

Jessica

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These look like something my kiddos would love! Thanks!

Jessica

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These sound so fun. My son is a great reader but he hasn’t quite caught the chapter book bug. Hoping to find some stories he loves before we jump into the assigned books for this year…though they look like they should be pretty great stories too. :)

Amie

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I’ve not heard of this series before, looking forward to checking it out at our library!

pamala warren

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Going to use these books with my older grand kids

Sarah Fullilove

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This series looks so fun!

Samantha Cortez-shoemaker

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My son has been begging for this series

Jacklyn

says:

These look like great books. Will be checking one out from our local library.

Lindsay

says:

These look great! I put several on hold at our library, plus the audio books!

Anca

says:

We are going to the library now, we will check them out. Thank you :)

Jennifer

says:

These look like a lot of fun! What reading level are they? Easier or harder than Magic tree house?

Rebekah

says:

This is great! I just learned of this series and will waste no time getting my hands on a few for the kiddos.

Nicole

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This looks like a great book series that my kids would really enjoy. I look forward to picking this up at the library.

Jill velicer

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Our kids enjoyed the capital mysteries

Jori Wachowiak

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These look so fun!

Alisha

says:

Can’t wait to check these out with my kids!

Heather

says:

These look interesting. We are always looking for new books. Thanks for the recommendation!

Jade

says:

I love themed series. And mysteries.

Melissa Nelson

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These look like they would be something my son would enjoy reading!!

Leslie

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I am having a very tough time getting my daughter to read for fun. Here’s hoping. I’ll be printing the library checklist to see if that will help motivate her. Thanks for posting about these books.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Leslie,
You might find our blog post on the Matthew Effect in Reading to be helpful.

When my boys were avoiding reading a little over a year ago, I started requiring them to read aloud to me for 10 to 20 minutes a day. Only by listening to your student read aloud can you find if there are any possible problems that need correcting in order for them to have success with independent reading.

I found one of my boys was reading in a dry monotone with no expression, as if punctuation didn’t exist. I couldn’t understand what he was reading, and he wasn’t comprehending it either. We spent a few weeks with him reading aloud to me daily, working on his expression and noticing punctuation in reading, and he took off.

My other son was reading with good expression, but was guessing at almost every word that was longer than 2 syllables. His guess would be based on the first letter of the word only, and would not make sense at all in the context he was reading, but he would just go on reading like it was the correct word. No wonder he wasn’t enjoying reading, it made little to no sense. I had him read aloud to me daily too, and would make him stop and apply the syllable division rules he learned in All About Spelling so that he could sound the long words out. He took off even quicker than his brother, and started reading more and more beyond what I asked him to read.

Hopefully something in this will help you help your daughter to enjoying reading more. Also, keep in mind that many adults that love to read did not starting reading for pleasure until after elementary school. I was 12 when I become a “reader”, but my mother-in-law was in her thirties!

Julee Cannon

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Oh my goodness, Yes! My daughters both loved these books. We bought as many as we could find. I look forward to when our two littlest ones are able to read them.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

What a great recommendation! Thank you, Julee.

Ashley P.

says:

These look so fun and engaging! I would love to add these to our home library!

Michelle

says:

Great idea! My kids will love these books!

Kendra Liedtke

says:

These look awesome!

Heidi

says:

I need to find these for my son. I think he would love them.

Jenny L.

says:

Just discovered these gems! They have really helped to engage my struggling reader :)

Lisa

says:

My kids love AtoZ mysteries

Melissa Flint

says:

I think my son will love this series!

Tana Mozingo

says:

Helpful to struggling readers!

Justine Caudle

says:

I would love to get my hands on this curriculum for our homeschooling!

Jessica

says:

This looks like a great program!

Holly Field

says:

What a wonderful program. I have only heard great things!

Darlene

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I’ve not heard of these books before, but we will be making a trip to the library soon to check a couple out!

Rachelle Baumann

says:

Absolutely love this idea! Gonna start today!

Bridget

says:

Great series! Kids love their predictability and boosts reluctant readers engagement

Nicole Doing

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My son and I just recently came across a book from this series and we absolutely loved reading it together to try to solve the mystery.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

This is a great recommendation for the series, Nicole. Thanks!

Kristin

says:

Looks like a fun series to read aloud to my kids too!

Judy

says:

Thanks, I think I will try these with my reluctant reader!

S. Larson

says:

We love AAR and will be starting AAS this coming year. Way to make learning and teaching to read fun!

Roger Bufton

says:

Looks fun for all ages.

Andrea

says:

Interesting ! We will have to check these out !

Hope

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We may have to try these! They look excellent!

Wendy Thelen

says:

I love all your book lists. There are so many books out there to read but it’s hard to know which ones are worth it. Thanks for putting in the effort to tell us about them.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Wendy!

Kara

says:

This looks awesome!!

Jennifer

says:

These sound good!

Melissa

says:

this looks really great!

Mandy Smith

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My kids love the readers! Looking forward to trying this one.

Gisela

says:

Great reading series.

Brianne

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I love mysteries, these look like so much fun!!

Michelle Gonzalez

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These books look great! My girls would love them! Thank you for posting this!

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