Annal: 1997 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Young Adult

Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 1997.

Book:Twisted Summer

Twisted Summer

Willo Davis Roberts

Cici’s dream of an idyllic vacation at her grandparent’s lakeside cottage is shattered when he learns that Brody, the older brother of a boy she likes, has been convicted of murdering a girl who had also lived in the community. Sure that Brody is innocent, Cici searches for the real killer and, in the process, discovers a complicated web of lies and cover-ups that places her in jeopardy, too.



Daniel Hayes

When Gabe Riley and his friends start filming a horror movie at Blood Red Pond, his own life begins to take a weird turn.

“This spry work blends wisecracks with insightful reflections on life, death, and relationships”. —Publishers Weekly.

Book:Hawk Moon

Hawk Moon

Rob MacGregor

Now that he’s back in Aspen, Colorado, Will Lansa feels like an outsider after spending the summer with his father on the Hopi reservation in Arizona. He breaks up with his girlfriend Myra, and then becomes the last person known to have seen her alive. When a missing knife is discovered with blood on the blade and traces of a drug on the handle, Will is suspected of committing the murder. His only allies are a computer hacker and a Hopi spirit who visits Will in his dreams. Haunted by visions of Myra’s death, Will won’t rest until he proves his innocence and finds Myra’s murderer.

Book:Mr. Was

Mr. Was

Pete Hautman

After his dying grandfather tries to strangle him, Jack Lund discovers a door that leads him fifty years into the past and involves him in events that determine his own future.

Book:Who Killed Mr. Chippendale? A Mystery in Poems

Who Killed Mr. Chippendale? A Mystery in Poems

Mel Glenn

When popular Tower High English teacher Mr. Chippendale is fatally shot, everyone’s a suspect. The killer could be anyone—one of his students, a colleague, or even an ex-flame. Told in a series of interlocking poems, this suspenseful story will keep readers guessing who the killer is right up until the last page.

“More than a whodunit, this unique offering explores a multitude of issues in its pages.” —School Library Journal, starred review

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