The twins and I usually set a theme for our summer (who am I kidding? I set the theme and make them follow along). This year, we’re having a summer of mystery. We’ve dusted off my dad’s old copies of Sherlock Holmes, downloaded a few podcasts, and found some games to play on the app store. Want to join along?
The twins and I are currently reading Ellen Raskin’s The Westing Game together. While the language is dated, and there have been some cringe-worthy moments reading it aloud, it still holds up as a great, kid-centered mystery.
We’re reading it twice: once for the mystery and then a second time to discuss foreshadowing.
We’re also tackling some of the more kid-friendly Sherlock Holmes stories. The twins are going into fifth grade. Poking around the Internet, I was able to find the best starter stories for young readers included The Red-Headed League, The Adventures of the Speckled Band, and The Beryl Coronet.
I grabbed Paula Hawkins’s popular Girl on a Train. You could solve the mystery from several chapters away, but that didn’t make the read any less enjoyable. I devoured it in a few days.
We downloaded Gimlet’s podcast, The Mystery Show. The show started this spring and only has five episodes currently in the queue. It took a few shows to find its legs but stick around for a few episodes. We were finally hooked by the time she revealed the mystery of the belt buckle.
The twins are working their way through the Room 2 after completing the first Room.
My husband and I, on the other hand, are playing the definitely not kid-friendly Her Story. It’s an interactive fiction video game created out of 200+ video clips from a fictional police database. The police have interviewed a woman 7 times about the disappearance of her husband, and by leading the investigation (you become a virtual Serial’s Sarah Koenig), you piece together the story. Of course, depending on which search terms you use, the story unfolds in a completely different way. It’s fascinating. We’ve divvied up the work: my husband controls the iPad and I take the paper notes. We’ve almost cracked this mystery.
So… what are your favorite mysteries?