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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 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?

A to Z Mysteries: The Bald Bandit book cover

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

A to Z Mysteries: The Talking T. Rex book cover

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!

FREE Chapter Book Library Lists

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Terri

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I’m moving up to a 3rd/4th grade combined class, these sound perfect for them!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

That’s a great age for these books, Terri!

Jennifer

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We have read the first 4 books so far, the kids love them!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great to hear that your kid have enjoyed the first four in the series, Jennifer.

Cheryl

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These look great thank you! Taking the list with me to the library tomorrow!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Wonderful, Cheryl! I hope you enjoy them.

Tina

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I need to keep these in mind for our read aloud time!

Robin E.

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Glad you like the review, Tina!

Chantelle Neufeld

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These books are great and both the all about spelling and all about reading are great!

Gini Brouillette

says:

This sounds like a great series to motivate the grand babies to read! I will have to check these out!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope your grandbabies enjoy these, Gini!

Cathy Daubenspeck

says:

I love this series and so do many of my students! They also enjoyed the Magic Treehouse series.

Christy Weintraub

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We just finished a handful of Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary books and I was just asking my 7 year old what he’s in the mood for next for our cuddle-time reading. I think this is the series we will dive into next! I always trust your advice, whether it be games or teaching strategies. We completed a level of your reading program and now reading is my son’s favorite subject. We are just about to start the next level and I bought your spelling program to do simultaneously this time. Thank you for your fantastic program and educational advice!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

So wonderful to hear how well your son is doing, Christy!

Amanda

says:

I hadn’t ever heard of these! They look like fun books, we will have to try them out!

Michelle Quimby

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Love this Thank you for sharing!!

Beth

says:

Thanks so much for this booklist. The A-Z Mysteries sound like a great possibility.

Zoe

says:

My boys really enjoy the A to Z mystery books. Thanks for the recommendation!

Laura

says:

Thanks for the recommendatins; my 7 year old is just taking off with her reading! But I think her older siblings would enjoy these too. :-)

Alison O

says:

We’ll definitely have to check these out! Now that my son is enjoying reading-and plowing through books-we’ve been trying to find a great series (or two) to have him read. Thanks for the recommendation!

Monika

says:

These look fun! My son loves mysteries. We’ll need to pick these up.

Nicole G

says:

I’ll have to check these out for my oldest kids. Thanks for the suggestion!

AJ Jackson

says:

Oh wow! These look wonderful. Can’t wait to give them a try! :)

Sarah

says:

My kids have loved this series! It was a good next step for them after Nate the Great, another favorite mystery series.

Raquel

says:

Thanks for posting more interesting series!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Raquel.

Denise

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Thank you for this! My son will love these. After what Level of AAR do you think kids would be prepared to read these on their own?

Robin E.

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Denise,
Most students would be comfortable reading A to Z Mysteries chapter books after All About Reading level 3, though they may still need help with an occasional word. Some students would be confident to tackle them earlier, and some may find that while they can read the books, they still tire quickly and have to build up their reading stamina.

However, this series also makes great read alouds for parents to read to their students!

Brigitte

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So glad to have another series my kids will be interested in!

Robin E.

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Wonderful, Brigitte!

Ashley Miller

says:

My son who is headed to second grade will love these!! Thanks for sharing!

Christina

says:

Thank you for sharing these! I’m always on the lookout for new books to get in the hands of my new reader :-)

Meg

says:

Thanks for sharing these. My daughter isn’t reading on her own yet but she would love these books! They are definitely going on our wish list.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Meg! These books make great read alouds to share with your child as well.

Cassie Phillips

says:

Thanks for sharing, I have heard of these books but never really dived into them, no I will have to check them out. I have a feeling they will help my reluctant reader start loving to read.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Cassie! I hope they are well received.

Steph

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Thank you for sharing beginner chapter books that are fun to read for kids! This helpful!

Robin E.

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You’re so welcome, Steph!

A person who wants to read a to z mysteries

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Is it possible to download these books online? If so please send us a link

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

The A to Z Mysteries series are commercially available children’s books. The only source I am aware of to read them digitally is as ebooks, such a purchasing the books for a Kindle through Amazon or through the Google Play Store.

Ant

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These are the best books ever!!!

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.