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Genres of Literature: Current Children's & YA

Mystery and Detective Fiction


    Distinguishing Characteristics

  •        Generally includes secrets or clues that are gradually uncovered or revealed, or a crime/event that is being investigated.
  •        Sometimes written as a series based on the same detectives.
  •        Can have varying degrees of suspense.
  •        Overlaps with contemporary realistic fiction when well-developed characters and meaningful life circumstances are included.
  •        Overlaps with paranormal or fantasy fiction when ghosts, horror or magic are included.