09/04/2013 12:14 pm ET Updated Nov 04, 2013

The 15 Greatest Kid Detectives

Are you raising an aspiring super-sleuth? Is the young reader in your life a code-cracking, baddy-busting, fiend-foiling, eagle-eyed P.I.? Then look no further because this round-up includes some of the most quick-witted kid detectives of children's literature. Whether they're looking to hone their puzzle solving skills or are just dipping their toes into the mystery genre for the first time, there's a book for every wannabe Nancy Drew or Encyclopedia Brown out there (yep, they're in here too!). So polish up that magnifying glass, and take a peek at this round-up of old school and new school junior gumshoes who are hot on the trail!