Annal: 2004 Anthony Award for Best Young Adult Mystery

Results of the Anthony Award in the year 2004.

Book:Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Book 5 of Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling

“I say to you all, once again—in the light of Lord Voldemort’s return, we are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. Lord Voldemort’s gift for spreading discord and enmity is very great. We can fight it only by showing an equally strong bond of friendship and trust.”

So spoke Albus Dumbledore at the end of Harry Potter’s fourth year at Hogwarts. But as Harry enters his fifth year at wizard school, it seems those bonds have never been more sorely tested. Lord Voldemort’s rise has opened a rift in the wizarding world between those who believe the truth about his return, and those who prefer to believe it’s all madness and lies—just more trouble from Harry Potter.

Add to this a host of other worries for Harry…

Book:The Eternity Code

The Eternity Code: Book 3 of Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl is going straight—as soon as he pulls off the most brilliant criminal feat of his career…

After being held prisoner for five years, Artemis Fowl’s father has finally come home. He’s a new man—an honest man, much to Artemis’s horror. He makes his son promise to give up his life of crime, and Artemis has to go along with it. But not until he has completed one last scheme.

Artemis has constructed a super-computer from stolen fairy technology. Called the “C Cube,” it will render all existing human technology obsolete. He arranges a meeting with a powerful Chicago businessman, Jon Spiro, to broker a deal for the C Cube. But Spiro springs a trap—he steals the C Cube and mortally injures Butler. Artemis knows his only hope of saving his loyal bodyguard is to employ fairy magic; so once again he must contact his old rival, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon fairy police.

It is going to take a miracle to save Butler, and Artemis’s luck may have just run out…

Book:Feast of Fools

Feast of Fools

Bridget Crowley

People say that John is lucky to be taken in by the choir school. But it’s hard for John to feel grateful for being cold and hungry, constantly bullied, and punished by the canons for things he didn’t do.

John’s friendship with another chorister, Hugh, makes life seem a little less bleak. And the Feast of Fools is coming—an annual festival and procession culminating in a great banquet. For one day of the festival, a chorister is chosen to be the Boy Bishop, performing the clergy’s duties in the cathedral. This year Hugh has been selected. But sinister forces are at work and, on the night of the feast, a canon is found murdered. Then Hugh disappears. Only John, the outsider, dares to probe the dark heart of the cathedral to discover the startling truth.

Set amid the harsh and prejudicial landscape of medieval Britain, Feast of Fools is a fast-paced mystery that will grip readers completely from the beginning all the way to the surprising conclusion.

Book:No Escape

No Escape

Norah McClintock

Book:The Seventh Knot

The Seventh Knot

Kathleen Karr

The adventure of two resourceful teens, their curmudgeon uncle, his mysterious butler, and Albrecht Durer It’s summer vacation, 1896.

Wick and his brother Miles are banished to Europe for the Grand Tour with rich and cantankerous Uncle Eustace, who is on a mission to purchase art for his mansion. When the millionaire’s mysterious valet, Jose Gregorio, vanishes, Wick and Miles set off on a high-flying chase across Italy and Germany. The brothers are in search of the missing valet and six curious woodcuts by Albrecht Durer, an art superstar of the Renaissance, which may hold clues to the servant’s disappearance. Unwittingly they become entangled in an international ring of conspirators whose love of Durer has been twisted to achieve evil goals. With quick wits and a little luck, Miles and Wick manage to survive medieval dungeons, proto-zeppelins, and intrigue to save the world from a dark force masquerading as a benign secret society.

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