Annal: 2000 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Juvenile

Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 2000.

Book:The Night Flyers

The Night Flyers

Elizabeth McDavid Jones

When Pam’s homing pigeons disappear while her father’s away fighting in World War I, she uncovers evidence of an enemy spy!

Book:Dolphin Luck

Dolphin Luck

Hilary McKay

“Some dolphin luck would be very useful,” said Beany.

It’s a wet, cold, and miserable Christmas. Mrs. Robinson is ill and so is Old Blanket, the Robinsons’ beloved dog. Following the doctor’s orders, Mr. Robinson takes Mrs. Robinson off to recuperate in a warmer climate, leaving Beany and Sun Dance, their two younger children, in the capable care of Mrs. Brogan, who with her son, Robin, lives in the other half of Porridge Hall, an old seaside mansion. The twins, Ant and Perry, are shipped off to Great Aunt Mabel. To Beany and Sun Dance, it seems as though things can’t get any worse.

Sun Dance settles down to capture any burglar who may attempt to rob their house, and Beany determines to find an ancient sword, with a hilt in the shape of a dolphin, that is supposed to bring luck and grant wishes. Meanwhile, Ant and Perry find their…[more]

Book:Green Thumb

Green Thumb

Rob Thomas

Winner of two National Science Fairs for his work on plant life, thirteen-year-old Grady Jacobs isn’t exactly Mr. Popularity. But he doesn’t care. He’s spending the summer with the famous botanist Dr. Phillip Carter in the Amazon jungle trying to save the rain forest with a new species of super trees. Although his duties are mostly relegated to kitchen patrol, Grady stumbles on a startling discovery: a binary system of sounds that enables him to control the movement of trees.

Even as Grady discovers the tree language, he realizes that Carter’s super trees aren’t replenishing the Amazon’s ecosystem—they’re killing it. When his unauthorized experiments are discovered, Grady flees from Carter’s camp and finds refuge with the Urah-wau Indian tribe. but even with the tribe’s help and the secret tree language, can Grady stop Carter’s super trees?

With his keen eye for popular culture now trained on the environment, award-winning author Rob Thomas tells a coming-of-age story bursting with action and adventure. Hanh on to that vine: It’s going to be a wild ride.

Book:Howie Bowles, Secret Agent

Howie Bowles, Secret Agent

Kate Banks

It’s hard for Howie Bowles when his family moves to a new town—what if the kids at school don’t like him? “Just be yourself” is his mother’s advice, but wouldn’t it be easier to be somebody else? Howie doesn’t plan on making his classmates believe that he’s actually a secret agent named Agent Bean Burger, but somehow that’s what happens. Soon everyone is interested in him because he’s a secret agent, and it’s sort of like having friends, except that the other kids still don’t know anything about Howie. And then a case comes along that he has to solve: someone’s been spitting out their gum in the drinking fountains at school. In short chapters with snappy dialogue and winning pictures, this is a fast-paced story of a likable, worrisome boy—a boy who finally does solve the case (it’s the principal!), so Agent Bean Burger can take a vacation and Howie Bowles can be himself.

Book:Shadow Horse

Shadow Horse

Alison Hart

Thirteen-year-old foster kid Jasmine Schuler is immediately drawn to the scrawny, broken-looking brown gelding huddled in the corner of an auction house stall. Feeling a kinship with the lonely animal, Jas convinces her new foster mom, who rescues and rehabilitates abused horses on her Virginia farm, to buy him. Slowly, the horse Jas names Shadow begins to blossom and even to thrive. But when Jas uncovers a startling clue to Shadow’s true identity, she becomes entangled in a mystery which could have serious consequences for the two of them. Both the heartwarming story of a young girl’s love for her horse and an intriguing mystery, this inspiring middle-grade novel will appeal to horse lovers and mystery fans alike.

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