Annal: 2004 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Young Adult

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

Book:Acceleration

Acceleration

Graham McNamee

It’s a hot, hot summer, and in the depths of the Toronto Transit Authority’s Lost and Found, 17-year-old Duncan is cataloging lost things and sifting through accumulated junk. And between Jacob, the cranky old man who runs the place, and the endless dusty boxes overflowing with stuff no one will ever claim, Duncan’s just about had enough. Then he finds a little leather book. It’s a diary filled with the dark and dirty secrets of a twisted mind, a serial killer stalking his prey in the subway. And Duncan can’t make himself stop reading.

What would you do with a book like that? How far would you go to catch a madman?

And what if time was running out…

Book:Death and the Arrow

Death and the Arrow

Chris Priestley

Fifteen-year-old Tom Marlowe, and the rest of London, is fascinated by a string of murders: People are being killed with arrows shot from above, and each victim has a “Death and Arrow” card with him. Danger and intrigue abound, especially when Tom’s friend, a young pickpocket, is also found murdered. But who would want to kill Will? To avenge his friend, Tom sets out with Dr. Harker, a family friend and retired adventurer, to discover who is behind these seemingly unsolvable murders. Unbeknownst to them, they’re caught up in a dangerous web of murder and deception that began years before in the American colonies with a massacre of the Mohawk tribe. A captivating and richly detailed historical novel, set in atmospheric 1715 London and the colonies, is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seat.

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:The Last Treasure

The Last Treasure

Janet S. Anderson

From the author of Going Through the Gate, here is an extraordinary work of the imagination, a puzzle mystery book in which the prize is the redemption of a family.

Thirteen-year-old Ellsworth Smith belongs to a family of two-it’s just him and his dad, always on the move. This is okay with Ellsworth until the dreams come, the dreams of houses surrounding a beautiful green square. Then a letter arrives, inviting Ellsworth to a home he doesn’t remember. He is needed there because the square is real, and hidden within it is a treasure that only a child can uncover-the last treasure of John Matthew Smith, the family’s eccentric patriarch. But there are other things hidden in the square, too-old sorrows and pain. Ellsworth’s return stirs up these “ghosts,” and finding the treasure may be the only way to give them rest.

With the “power and poetry, mystery and magic” that Kirkus Reviews found in her first novel, Janet S. Anderson takes us on a memorable treasure hunt of the mind and heart.

Book:Uncovering Sadie's Secrets

Uncovering Sadie's Secrets

Libby Sternberg

Allow us to introduce Bianca Balducci, a normal fifteen-year-old girl attending a co-ed parochial school in Baltimore, Maryland. She worries about her hair, her clothes, her would-be boyfriend Doug…

…And solving real-life mysteries? That’s right! Watch out Nancy Drew, Bianca is on the case—and this case revolves around Sadie Sinclair, the new girl Bianca has gone out of her way to befriend, only to discover that she’s more than a little odd, and hiding something really BIG!

Did someone actually see Sadie, who’s only fifteen, driving a car? Why did she freak out at the idea of playing the lead in the school play? And why is Sadie being stalked by a nefarious duo of grown-ups?

To figure out what’s causing Sadie’s perpetual weirdness, Bianca enlists the help of her private-eye sister Connie,…[more]

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