Annal: 2002 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Young Adult

Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 2002.

Book:The Boy in the Burning House

The Boy in the Burning House

Tim Wynne-Jones

Two years after his father’s mysterious disappearance, Jim Hawkins is coping—barely. Underneath, he’s frozen in uncertainty and grief. What did happen to his father? Is he dead or just gone? Then Jim meets Ruth Rose. Moody, provocative, she’s the bad-girl stepdaughter of Father Fisher, Jim’s father’s childhood friend and the town pastor, and she shocks Jim out of his stupor when she tells him her stepfather is a murderer. “Don’t you want to know who he murdered?” she asks. Jim doesn’t. Ruth Rose is clearly crazy—a sixteen-year-old misfit. Yet something about her fierce conviction pierces Jim’s shell. He begins to burn with a desire for the truth, until it becomes clear that it may be more unsettling than he can bear. What is the real meaning of the strange prayers Father Fisher intones behind the door of his private sanctuary? Why does Ruth Rose suddenly disappear? And what really happened thirty years ago when a boy died in a burning house?

Book:Death on Sacred Ground

Death on Sacred Ground

Harriet K. Feder

In the deep woods of Pikes Landing, New York, on a Seneca reservation, a girl is found murdered with an arrow through her heart. When Vivi and her father, Rabbi Hartman, hear about the shocking death, they travel to Pikes Landing where he has been called to perform the funeral of the girl. Once there, they find themselves in the middle of a mystery and a violent standoff between the local townsfolk and the Seneca. Unsure of who to trust, and accompanied by a hostile girl who has something to hide, Vivi searches for the solution to the disturbing death, but finds danger instead!

Book:Don't Tell

Don't Tell

Elizabeth Chandler

What really happened to Mother?

Lauren has come home seven years after her famous mother’s mysterious drowning. They said it was an accident, but the tabloids screamed murder. Her father, a senator, hadn’t protected her. Aunt Jule was her only refuge, the beloved godmother she’s returning to see.

Lauren stops at Wisteria’s annual street festival and meets Nick, a tease, a flirt, and a childhood playmate. The day is almost perfect—until she realizes she’s being watched.

Arriving at Aunt Jule’s, Lauren is shocked at the decay of the riverfront home. Aunt Jule seems angry and defensive, even as she fusses over Lauren at her daughter Holly’s expense. Nora, Jule’s other daughter, is silent and spooky, and stares…[more]

Book:Shades of Simon Gray

Shades of Simon Gray

Joyce McDonald

Simon Gray is the ideal teenager — smart, reliable, hardworking, trustworthy. Or is he? After Simon crashes his car into The Liberty Tree, another portrait starts to emerge. Soon an investigation has begun into computer hacking at Simon’s high school, for it seems tests are being printed out before they are given. Could Simon be involved?

Simon, meanwhile, is in a coma — but is this another appearance that may be deceiving? For inside his own head, Simon can walk around and talk to some people. He even seems to be having a curious conversation with a man who was hung for murder 200 years ago, in the branches of the same tree Simon crashed into. What can a 200-year-old murder have to do with Simon’s accident? And how do we know who is really innocent and who is really guilty?

Book:Witch Hill

Witch Hill

Marcus Sedgwick

Now I knew what it was like to wake from a deep sleep and still be afraid long after the nightmare is over. I stared into the darkness, not daring to move. It felt as if there wasn’t enough air in the room. I struggled, gasping for breath. It was as if there was something else in the room, using up my air.

The fire in his home was a family tragedy that Jamie can’t forget. Fire dominates his waking thoughts and haunts his dreams. When his family sends him away to Crownhill to recover, they don’t realize they are sending him to a village with its own dark history of witchcraft and ancient buried powers, unleashed by Jamie’s presence. As the dark secrets of Crownhill and its witches are revealed, Jamie has to confront his worst fears in order to free himself from the horrors of the past.

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