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AWARD WINNERS: The Edgar Awards - Young Adult (Mysteries)

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Ask the dark

Turner, Henry, 1962- author.


A thriller about Billy Zeets, a 14-year-old semi-delinquent in a deadly tango with a killer.

2016 Nominee

A madness so discreet

McGinnis, Mindy.


Near the turn of the nineteenth century, Dr. Thornhollow helps teenaged Grace Mae escape from the Boston asylum where she was sent after becoming pregnant by rape, and takes her to Ohio where they put her intelligence and remarkable memory to use in trying to catch murderers.

2016 Nominee

The Sin Eater's daughter

Salisbury, Melinda, author.


For four years sixteen-year-old Twylla has lived in the castle of Lormere, the goddess-embodied, whose touch can poison and kill, and hence the Queen's executioner--but when Prince Merek, her betrothed, who is immune to her touch returns to the kingdom she finds herself caught up in palace intrigues, unsure if she can trust him or the bodyguard who claims to love her.

2016 Nominee


Giles, L. R. (Lamar R.), author.


When Lauren (Panda), a teen photoblogger, gets involved in a deadly game, she has to protect the classmates she despises.

2016 Nominee

The walls around us : a novel

Suma, Nova Ren, author.


Orianna and Violet are ballet dancers and best friends, but when the ballerinas who have been harassing Violet are murdered, Orianna is accused of the crime and sent to a juvenile detention center where she meets Amber and they experience supernatural events linking the girls together.

2016 Nominee

The art of secrets

Klise, James, 1967-


When some quirky art donated to a school fundraising effort to help a Pakistani American family, victims of a possible hate crime, is revealed to be an unknown work by a famous outsider artist, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, adults and teenagers alike debate who should get the money and begin to question each other's motivations.

2015 Winner

Ketchup clouds : a novel

Pitcher, Annabel.


Zoe, a teenager in Bath, England, writes letters to a death-row inmate in Texas, hoping to find comfort in sharing her guilty secret over the death of a friend with someone who can never tell her family.

2014 Winner

Code name Verity

Wein, Elizabeth.


In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

2013 Winner

The silence of murder

Mackall, Dandi Daley.


Sixteen-year-old Hope must defend her developmentally disabled older brother (who has not spoken a word since he was nine) when he is accused of murdering a beloved high school baseball coach.

2012 Winner

The interrogation of Gabriel James

Price, Charlie.


As an eyewitness to two murders, a Montana teenager relates the shocking story behind the crimes in a police interrogation interspersed with flashbacks.

2011 Winner


Reality check

Abrahams, Peter, 1947-


After a knee injury destroys sixteen-year-old Cody's college hopes, he drops out of high school and gets a job in his small Montana town, but when his ex-girlfriend disappears from her Vermont boarding school, Cody travels cross-country to join the search.

2010 Winner

Paper towns

Green, John, 1977-


One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

2009 Winner

Rat life

Arnold, Tedd.


After developing an unusual friendship with a young Vietnam War veteran in 1972, fourteen-year-old Todd discovers his writing talent and solves a murder mystery.

2008 Winner


MacCready, Robin Merrow.


When her alcoholic mother goes missing, seventeen-year-old Claudine begins to spin out of control, despite her attempts to impose order on every aspect of her life.

2007 Winner


Last shot : a Final Four mystery

Feinstein, John.


After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.

2006 Winner


McNamee, Graham.


Stuck working in the Lost and Found of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan finds the diary of a serial killer and sets out to stop him.

2004 Winner

The boy in the burning house

Wynne-Jones, Tim.


Trying to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance from their rural Canadian community, fourteen-year-old Jim gets help from the disturbed Ruth Rose, who suspects her stepfather, a local pastor.

2002 Winner


The killer's cousin

Werlin, Nancy.


After being acquitted of murder, seventeen-year-old David goes to stay with relatives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he finds himself forced to face his past as he learns more about his strange young cousin Lily.

1999 Winner

Ghost canoe

Hobbs, Will.


Fourteen-year-old Nathan, fishing with the Makah in the Pacific Northwest, finds himself holding a vital clue when a mysterious stranger comes to town looking for Spanish treasure.

1998 Winner

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