Annal: 2004 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Juvenile

Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 2004.

Book:Bernie Magruder & the Bats in the Belfry

Bernie Magruder & the Bats in the Belfry

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

There are strange goings-on once again in Middleburg, and Bernie Magruder is determined to get to the bottom of things, and maybe get his picture in the paper in the process. Someone has put up posters all over town warning townspeople that the dreaded Indiana Aztec bat, whose bite is often fatal, has been sighted in the area.

What’s more, the town is in a political uproar over the bells recently placed in the church belfry that every hour—twenty-four hours a day—chime out the hymn “Abide with me.” Placed there in accordance with the will of town benefactor Eleanor Scuttlefoot so that her surviving husband will always be reminded of her, the incessant pealing of the bells is driving the town mad.

Who put up all those posters about a species of bat no one has ever heard of? What can the townspeople do to return some…[more]

Book:Dust

Dust

Arthur Slade

Seven-year-old Matthew disappears one day on a walk into Horshoe, a dust bowl farm town in Depression-era Saskatchewan. Robert, his older brother, is determined to find Matthew, even when the grownups seem to give up. Other children go missing just as a strange man named Abram Harsich appears in town. He dazzles the townspeople, long plagued by the effects of drought, with magic mirrors and the promises of a rainmaking machine. Only Robert seems to be able to resist Abram, and to discover what happened to Matthew.

Book:Lily's Ghosts

Lily's Ghosts

Laura Ruby

Lily is Furious.

She can’t believe she has to move again after her mom’s break-up with the latest boyfriend. Now they’re broke and they’ll have to spend the winter in Uncle Wes’s creepy summerhouse in Cape May, New Jersey.

And the place is crawling with ghosts.

From the spiteful teenager who mistakes Lily for her high school nemesis to the restless spirit of her eccentric Uncle Max, Lily is haunted by a host of unhappy phantoms. But why are they here? And what do they want?

With the help of some mysterious clues, Lily and her new friend, local boy Vaz, uncover a sinister plot. If they don’t foil the villainous plan in time, they may end up doing some eternal haunting of their own.

Book:The Malted Falcon

The Malted Falcon: A Chet Gecko Mystery

Bruce Hale

Freddie Nostrils is a prairie dog with a passion . . . for dessert. In fact, his sweet tooth rivals Chet Gecko’s own. That’s why when the winning ticket in the Malted Falcon contest goes missing, Freddie hires Chet and his mockingbird partner, Natalie Attired.

Just what is the Malted Falcon? Only the biggest, most chocolatiest, most gut-busting dessert ever imagined. Duh. But even if Chet finds the stolen ticket . . . will he be able to return it to its rightful owner?

Book:Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception

Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception

Wendelin Van Draanen

Sammy Keyes has a lot of nerve. Wearing high-tops to a fancy reception at an art gallery. Asking why a framed orange splot is worth $10,000. Eyebrows rise. Noses turn up.

But then Sammy tackles a thief who tries to break up the soiree with a stickup. Now

the patrons of the arts are glad she has a lot of nerve. Or are they? Sammy may have stopped a criminal, but the real crime has yet to be discovered. The real crime is more subtle, more artful, than anything Sammy’s ever seen.

She had no idea art could be so dangerous…

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