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February 15, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth
Series mysteries make a strong appearance in this year’s Top 10. Many of the titles below, all reviewed during the past 12 months, are first installments, with thrills and capers promised to follow.
Abrahams, Peter. Down the Rabbit Hole. 2005. HarperCollins, $15.99 (0-06-073701-8). Gr. 7–10.
Ingrid’s decision to run to soccer practice, rather than wait for a ride, begins a succession of events that draws her close to a killer. Abrahams begins his Echo Falls Mystery series with plenty of excitement, spot-on humor, and fully realized characters.
Allison, Jennifer. Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator. 2005. Dutton/Sleuth, $10.99 (0-525-47375-0). Gr. 5–8.
Thirteen-year-old Gilda applies her psychic sleuthing to the puzzling story of a relative’s death. The characters’ psychological depth elevates this credible mystery.
Broach, Elise. Shakespeare’s Secret. 2005. Holt, $16.95 (0-8050-7387-6). Gr. 6–9.
Sixth-grader Hero resents her family’s move, until she learns that an enormous diamond, with links to Shakespeare, may be hidden in her new house. A sophisticated mystery with well-captured family dynamics and middle-school anxieties.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money. 2005. Random/Wendy Lamb, $15.95 (0-385-32772-2). Gr. 4–6.
Mostly mystery with a touch of fantasy, the first title in the Flint Future Detective series follows bright kid Steven, who receives a quadrillion-dollar bill from a blind neighbor. A heady mix of conspiracies and everyday happenings.
DeFelice, Cynthia. The Missing Manatee. 2005. Farrar, $16 (0-374-31257-5). Gr. 5–8.
After young Skeet finds a dead manatee in Florida’s coastal waters, he searches for the cause of the animal’s death. The fast-paced mystery, vivid setting, and strong characters will hook readers.
Horowitz, Anthony. Three of Diamonds. 2005. Philomel, $16.99 (0-399-24157-4). Gr. 5–8.
Thirteen-year-old Nick and his bumbling older brother return in a fast-paced story about the search for a missing philanthropist. Clever puns and deadpan commentary are sure to amuse mystery lovers.
Rose, Malcolm. Framed! 2005. Kingfisher, paper, $5.95 (0-7534-5829-2). Gr. 7–10.
In this gripping entry in the new Traces series, set in a computer-controlled, near-future world, 16-year-old Luke and his computerized sidekick investigate a series of school murders. The school setting and grisly science dovetail smoothly with the story of friends, enemies, girlfriends, and bullies.
Sorrells, Walter. Fake I.D. 2005. Dutton/Sleuth, $10.99 (0-525-47514-1). Gr. 8–11.
On Chastity’s sixteenth birthday, her mother disappears, leaving behind a handful of false identification cards. Sorrells masterfully maintains the suspense and terror as Chastity races to locate her mom.
Springer, Nancy. The Case of the Missing Marquess. 2006. Philomel/Sleuth, paper, $10.99 (0-399-24304-6). Gr. 5–8.
Enola, the 14-year-old niece of Sherlock Holmes, is drawn into two mysteries, both surrounding missing persons. The first title in a proposed series introduces a high-spirited heroine, breathtaking adventures, and cleverly conceived ciphers and clues.
Van Draanen, Wendelin. Sammy Keyes and the Dead Giveaway. 2005. Knopf, $15.95 (0-375-82350-6). Gr. 5–8.
In one of the strongest entries in this popular series, seventh-grader Sammy worries about school dances and other teen rites as she investigates the shady intentions of politicians and developers in a broken-down neighborhood.
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