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Edgar Nominees for the Best Mysteries for Young Adults – Awards to be Announced April 29, 2010 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City

Reality Check (HarperCollins, 2009) by Peter Abrahams. Cody’s girlfriend, Clea, is sent off to a Vermont boarding school and then goes missing. Cody sets out to find out what happened and unearths the town’s secrets.

If the Witness Lied (Random, 2009) by Caroline B. Cooney. Three orphaned teenage siblings, separated by the tragic supposed patricide of their father by their two-year-old brother, reunite a year later to save this same brother from the clutches of their evil aunt, who wants to sell them out on a tell-all television show.

The Morgue and Me (Penguin, 2009) by John C. Ford. This debut novel about a boy fresh out of high school with a college scholarship decides that an unusual summer job in the morgue will get him through the next few months.

Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone (Houghton, 2009) by Dene Low. Petronella Arbuthnot’s coming-out birthday party in Edwardian London goes awry when her guardian, Uncle Augustus, accidentally swallows a beetle and two important guests are kidnapped.

Shadowed Summer (Random, 2009) by Saundra Mitchell. Fourteen-year-old Iris doesn’t have to make up spooky stories for excitement, because a real one falls right in her lap. A ghost begins to haunt her and she’s convinced it’s the ghost of a teenage boy named Elijah, who disappeared.

Information from School Library Journal’s “Extra Helping” online, January 27, 2010.


The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline, An Enola Holmes Mystery by Nancy Springer

Philomel, 2009     ISBN: 0399247815

Enola Holmes, younger sister of Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes, puts her disguises and brilliance to work when her landlady receives a threatening note that makes no sense to her, and is subsequently kidnapped. Enola is fast off the starting block, but has to avoid her brother, Sherlock, who she is on the run from, and who has also been called in on the case from another direction. Enola rescues Mrs. Tupper, and manages to flee into the night one step ahead of Sherlock who has finally begun to wonder if he and Mycroft are right about wanting to send Enola to finishing school. Budding cryptologists will enjoy the challenge of over a page’s worth of deciphering.