Armchair Treasure Hunts

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Love to solve mysteries? Want to find hidden treasure? You can do it all without leaving your comfy chair. An “armchair treasure hunt” is a book that provides clues and puzzles for the reader to solve along with the characters. Some have even led to real treasures. Many armchair treasure hunt books have been written for both adults and children. This list features middle-grade titles in the genre.

Grab your magnifying glass, put on your thinking cap, and start reading!

Absolutely Truly

Twelve-year-old Truly Lovejoy’s family moves to a small town to take over a bookstore. Soon, she has to solve two mysteries involving a missing book and an undelivered letter.

The Blackthorn Key

In 1665 London, fourteen-year-old Christopher Rowe, apprentice to an apothecary, and his best friend, Tom, try to uncover the truth behind a mysterious cult, following a trail of puzzles, codes, pranks, and danger toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart.

Book Scavenger

Just after twelve-year-old Emily and her family move to San Francisco, she teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find, hoping to figure out its secrets before the men who attacked Emily’s hero, publisher Garrison Griswold, solve the mystery or come after the friends.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.

If You Find This

When the grandfather he never knew is released from prison suffering from dementia, eleven-year-old Nicholas, a mathematical and musical genius, tries to save the family’s home by helping search for heirlooms Grandpa claims to have buried.

Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics

Mr. Lemoncello has invited teams from all across America to compete in the first ever LIBRARY OLYMPICS … but someone is trying to censor what the kids are reading.