Annal: 1989 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Young Adult

Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 1989.

Book:Incident at Loring Groves

Incident at Loring Groves

Sonia Levitin

Casssidy Keaton earns good grades, has lots of friends and a good home life. But having spent two weeks at summer camp, she begins her junior year a little bored—and a little restless.

Ken Farquar had “fallen” for Cassidy at camp. Still, he’s not sure he really fits in with her crowd—and he’s not sure he wants to anyway. Right now, all he knows is that he wants to be with Cassidy.

But one moonlit night, everything in their lives changes. While partying with their friends, Cassidy and Ken stumble upon a dead body. Suddenly, they are faced with the toughest decision of their lives.

Book:The Accident (Todd Strasser)

The Accident

Todd Strasser

Everyone had been drinking that snowy night when Chris’s car plunged into the ravine. Luckily, Matt hadn’t gone with the group. Now four of his friends are dead. Only Jason survives.

Everyone blames Chris for the tragedy, and Matt doesn’t like the way people talk about him and harass his family. Matt suspects there’s something fishy about the investigation that followed the accident. Was it another case of drunk driving? Or was something more at stake? Matt is determined to uncover the truth, but no one is talking. What really happened that night?

Book:The Falcon Sting

The Falcon Sting

Barbara Brenner

Marina meets a troubled boy in her creative writing class who shares her interest in falcons and together they try to uncover a rare bird smuggling operation.

Book:Second Fiddle

Second Fiddle: A Sizzle and Splat Mystery

Ronald Kidd

Two members of the Pirelli Youth Orchestra find their lives in danger when they try to find the practical joker whose string of pranks includes destroying a $250,000 violin.

Book:The Shadow in the North

The Shadow in the North: Book 2 of the Sally Lockhart Trilogy

Philip Pullman

The year is 1878, and Sally Lockhart has started her own financial consulting business. When a client loses a fortune in the unexpected collapse of a British shipping firm, Sally is determined to find out why. But as she comes closer to learning the identity of the firm’s elusive owner, she discovers that her questions are far from simple—and that the answers could cost her her life.

“Fraud, fire, and bloody murder pursue Sally Lockhart in a fine sequel to The Ruby in the Smoke. Sally, now 22, is in business as a financial consultant. When she and her friends challenge corrupt financial interests, they find themselves in a web of intrigue that stretches from fetid slums of the poor to the corporate offices of the richest man in Europe. Sally’s detective work reveals the connections between corrupt power and broken lives. The action is fast, scenes are tight and dramatic, the language is vivid, and the wealth of minor characters are sharply individualized. An immensely entertaining thriller.” —(starred) Booklist. Reading level: 6.7.  

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