Follow the Clues Novels

A Listmania! list by Stephanie (Spokane, WA USA)
The list author says: "I've been trying to track down a comprehensive list of novels in which the main character must follow clues in order to reach some goal. These kinds of books aren't quite mysteries (though they have mystery elements), aren't detective stories either (since the characters are normal people), and the term adventure is too broad. I thought I'd create a list myself since I don't think there's one out there.

The kinds of books I'm referring to involve the solving of a mystery, the locating of a person, the answering of some big question through the following of various clues. A protagonist may need to decipher anagrams, break out the metal detector, comb through an old diary, retrieve something from a safe deposit box--that kind of thing."
Paper Towns
1.  Paper Towns by John Green
The list author says:
  "Quentin goes on a quest to find his neighbor, the mysterious Margo Roth Spiegelman."
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Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel
2.  Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer
The list author says:
  "Jonathan goes on a quest to meet Augustine, the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis."
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
3.  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The list author says:
  "Oskar goes on a quest to find the lock that fits a key that his father owned, and to learn if his father is alive or not."
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The Maze of Bones (39 Clues, No. 1)
4.  The Maze of Bones (39 Clues, No. 1) by Rick Riordan
The list author says:
  "Two orphans must solve clues scattered around the world in order to find a vast treasure and learn about their parents."
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Chasing Vermeer
5.  Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
The list author says:
  "Young art appreciators Petra and Calder solve clues left in the newspaper by an art thief in an attempt to reclaim a stolen Vermeer painting."
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King Dork
6.  King Dork by Frank Portman
The list author says:
  "Tom finds an old copy of Catcher in the Rye that belonged to his father with codes inside, and tries to crack the meaning."
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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
7.  The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by Diane Setterfield
The list author says:
  "Bookshop owner Margaret travels to an old manor to write the life story of a famous novelist, and unravels a mystery that stretches through multiple generations."
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The Forgotten Garden: A Novel
8.  The Forgotten Garden: A Novel by Kate Morton
The list author says:
  "Set across time and continents, this book tells the story of a little girl who traveled from Britain to Australia in 1913 with only a white suitcase and a book of fairy tales in her hand."
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When You Reach Me (Yearling Newbery)
9.  When You Reach Me (Yearling Newbery) by Rebecca Stead
The list author says:
  "Middle schooler Miranda, who lives in New York City in 1978, starts receiving mysterious messages that seem to predict the future."
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Harriet the Spy
10.  Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
The list author says:
  "Harriet spies on people and records everything in her notebook. People are the biggest mystery in Harriet's life, and after her notebook is stolen and read aloud by classmates, Harriet comes to understand much about friendship and relationships."
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The Da Vinci Code
11.  The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The list author says:
  "Langdon uncovers clues in famous paintings and must uncover a mystery that goes back thousands of years."
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