Annal: 1996 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Young Adult

Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 1996.

Book:Prophecy Rock

Prophecy Rock

Rob MacGregor

Will Lansa, raised by his white mother in Aspen, is spending the summer on the Hopi reservation with his father, the tribal police chief. The chief is investigating the murder of a man found near a sacred place. Some suspect it’s the work of a powaqu, a powerful witch. Will’s own investigation finds him caught up in ancient prophecies and mystical visions that suddenly place his life in jeopardy.

Book:Angel's Gate

Angel's Gate

Gary Crew

Kimmy encounters two wild children who have grown up in the hills of Australia and tries to protect them from the unknown person who murdered their father.

Book:In the Middle of the Night

In the Middle of the Night

Robert Cormier

Eight years before Denny Colbert was born, his father was involved in a tragic accident that killed 22 children. Now Denny is 16, and all he wants is to be like other kids his age. But he isn’t allowed to answer the telephone or have a driver’s license, and his family is constantly moving from town to town—all because people can’t forget what happened long ago.

When Denny defies his parents one afternoon and answers the telephone, he finds himself drawn into a plot for revenge which may prove deadly.

Book:Spirit Seeker

Spirit Seeker

Joan Lowery Nixon

Holly Campbell’s life has suddenly become a newspaper headline nightmare. The parents of her friend Cody Garnett have just been found in their home, brutally murdered, and Cody is the main suspect. Holly’s father is the police detective in charge of the investigation, and even he thinks the evidence points right at Cody.

Holly knows it’s up to her to prove what she believes is the truth: Cody is innocent. Against her father’s wishes, secretly crossing the barrier of police tape and television reporters that surrounds the Garnetts’ house, she begins her own investigation. Computer files, an odd neighbor, and a mysterious psychic—each might have the evidence Holly needs to help Cody. Or they could all be red herrings that will waste Holly’s precious time.

A teenager seeking justice and her interactions with the spirit world make this spine-tingling new novel from the only four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award a surefire winner for mystery fans.

Book:Spying on Miss Muller

Spying on Miss Muller

Eve Bunting

Jessie and her best friends in boarding school have always loved their teacher, Miss Müller. Half-German and half-Irish, she’s as beautiful as a movie star. But ever since their country, Ireland, went to war with Germany, they don’t feel the same way. In fact, the girls now think there’s something very strange about Miss Müller.

One night Jessie sees Miss Müller walking by herself in a part of the dorm that is off limits. When she tells her friends, they get really suspicious. But they will soon find out that appearances can be deceiving—and that judging someone can be downright dangerous….

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