Annal: 2002 Agatha Award for Best Children’s/Young Adult

Results of the Agatha Award in the year 2002.

Book:Red Card

Red Card: A Zeke Armstrong Mystery

Daniel J. Hale, Matthew LaBrot

After living in a series of far-flung countries-and finding more than his share of trouble along the way-Zeke Armstrong thought he would finally lead the life of a normal thirteen-year-old when he moved to Dallas and joined the Sundogs soccer team. Instead, he goes to the Lone Star Invitational tournament and soon find himself in the middle of another adventure when someone tries to take his coach out the game-permanently. Will Zeke solve the mystery and help his team win the playoff, or will he ber the next victim?

Book:Hoot (Carl Hiaasen)

Hoot

Carl Hiaasen

Unfortunately, Roy’s first acquaintance in Florida is Dana Matherson, a well-known bully. Then again, if Dana hadn’t been sinking his thumbs into Roy’s temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is intriguing: he was running away from the school bus, carried no books, and-here’s the odd part-wore no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy’s trail. The chase introduces him to potty-trained alligators, a fake-fart champion, some burrowing owls, a renegade eco-avenger, and several extremely poisonous snakes with unnaturally sparkling tails.

Roy has most definitely arrived in Carl Hiaasen’s Florida.

Book:The Maltese Kitten

The Maltese Kitten: A Sam The Cat Mystery

Linda Stewart

Meet Sam the Cat. His fee is a half a pound of lox, plus expenses. His clients are other felines, but he catches human crooks. He’s Manhattan’s funniest (and furriest) private eye— or, as one critic put it, “If Philip Marlowe came back as a cat, he’d have come back as Sam.” In “The Maltese Kitten,” Sam’s third adventure, a mysteriously valuable black kitten disappears, a blue-eyed redhead asks Sam to track him down, and he soon finds he’s playing in a game of cat and mouse in which nothing, and no one, is ever what it seems.

Book:The Secret of the Red Flame

The Secret of the Red Flame

K.M. Kimball

Jozef is playing a dangerous game.

After Jozef loses the earnings from his family’s butcher shop to a gang of street urchins, he vows to recover the money. Refusing to heed the warnings of his brother, an embittered, disabled Civil War veteran, he and his friends form a secret society to infiltrate the gangs that have been victimizing the Polish-American community in 1871 Chicago.

To his surprise, Jozef finds himself in an uneasy friendship with Bridget, a member of one of the gangs. When Bridget is falsely arrested for the murder of a parish priest, Jozef knows the only way to save her is to find the real killer. As tinder-dry Chicago threatens to erupt in flames, Jozef, with the help of an unlikely ally, pursues a foe far more dangerous—and evil—than the homeless waifs who stole his family’s cash.

Book:Whistler in the Dark

Whistler in the Dark: American Girl History Mystery

Kathleen Ernst

It’s 1867. Twelve-year-old Emma Henderson is mortified when Mother takes to wearing a Reform Dress-hideous bloomers! Worse, Mother has accepted a newspaper job in wild, far-off Colorado Territory. But even Emma can’t imagine just how badly things will go in Twin Pines. From the moment she and Mother step off the stagecoach, it’s clear that someone doesn’t want them there.

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