Results of the Agatha Award in the year 2004.
When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay together, strange things start to happen: Seemingly unrelated events connect, an eccentric old woman seeks their company, and an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears. Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal, where no one—neighbors, parents, teachers—is spared from suspicion.
As Petra and Calder are drawn clue by clue into a mysterious labyrinth, they must draw on their powers of intuition, their problem-solving skills, and their knowledge of Vermeer. Can they decipher a crime that has left even the FBI baffled? Blue Balliett’s bewitching first novel is a puzzle, wrapped in a mystery, disguised as an adventure, and delivered as a work of art.
It’s 1775, in the deep forests of North Carolina’s Cape Fear River Valley, where thousands of Scottish immigrants settled in the mid-1700s, hoping to find a peaceful home after decades of political turmoil and poverty in Scotland. One of the immigrants is 12-year-old Elspeth Monro, an orphan who lives with her grandparents, both of whom bear the scars of the long wars in Scotland.
Though the dark forest and the English townspeople of nearby Cross Creek feel very foreign to Elspeth, she is slowly beginning to feel at home in North Carolina, with a new friend and a weaving apprenticeship she loves. The brewing Revolution feels very far away to Elspeth and her Scottish neighbors—until someone starts to threaten her own family, trying to force them to join the rebels. (Historically, such actions were common. Throughout the colonies, people suspected of being Loyalists were vandalized,…[more]
Zeke Armstrong goes to New York for the Big Apple Inline Skate-Off… only to find malice in Manhattan. After another racer robs an aging heiress in Central Park, the police call it a mugging. 13 year old Zeke suspects that it’s part of a more sinister plot. Will he figure out what’s up in time to save the wealthy woman and skate the final race, or will the bad guys stop Zeke in his tracks?