Mystery in Children’s Literature

From the Rational to the Supernatural

  • Adrienne E. Gavin
  • Christopher Routledge

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Christopher Routledge
    Pages 202-209
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 219-228

About this book


The first book to assess critically mystery in children's literature, this collection charts a development from religious mystery through rationally solved detective fictions to insoluble supernatural and horror mysteries. Written by internationally recognised scholars in the field, these thirteen original essays offer challenging and innovative readings of both classic and popular mysteries for children. This volume will be essential and stimulating reading for anyone with an interest in children's literature or in mystery fiction.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Adrienne E. Gavin
    • 1
  • Christopher Routledge
  1. 1.Canterbury Christ Church University CollegeCanterbury, KentUK

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