Annal: 2005 Agatha Award for Best Children’s/Young Adult

Results of the Agatha Award in the year 2005.

Book:Flush

Flush

Carl Hiaasen

You know it’s going to be a rough summer when you spend Father’s Day visiting your dad in the local lockup.

Noah’s dad is sure that the owner of the Coral Queen casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor–which has made taking a dip at the local beach like swimming in a toilet. He can’t prove it though, and so he decides that sinking the boat will make an effective statement. Right. The boat is pumped out and back in business within days and Noah’s dad is stuck in the clink.

Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed. He will prove that the Coral Queen is dumping illegally…somehow. His allies may not add up to much–his sister Abbey, an unreformed childhood biter; Lice Peeking, a greedy sot with poor hygiene; Shelly, a bartender and a woman scorned; and a mysterious pirate–but Noah’s got a plan to flush this crook out into the open. A plan that should sink the crooked little casino, once and for all.

Book:The Coastwatcher

The Coastwatcher: A Novel

Elise Weston

Something was out there. Something moving sideways, and it was close. “Daddy!” Hugh called. “It’s the sub! The one I told you about!…Hurry!” But by the time his father got to the window, the periscope was gone.

It is August 1943 and America is at war. Eleven-year-old Hugh, his mother, sister Sally, and cousin Tom are spending the summer on the South Carolina coast. Day after day Hugh scans the Atlantic Ocean through his binoculars looking for signs of enemy activity. It seems like a harmless way to spend time…at least at first.

But one day Hugh sees something in the water that looks like a periscope. Later he plucks a black bag out of the surf. Inside is a crudely drawn map. Then one night he spots a light flashing from the cupola at the top of an abandoned beach house. Now Hugh is convinced that enemy soldiers have invaded the coastline! …[more]

Book:The Curse of Ravenscourt

The Curse of Ravenscourt: A Samantha Mystery

Sarah Masters Buckey

Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia’s New York City brownstone is being expanded to make more room for Samantha and the three O’Malley sisters. While the renovation is underway, the family moves to an apartment on the top floor of Ravenscourt, a fashionable new 13-story “apartment-hotel.” Samantha is excited about their luxurious new digs—until she learns there’s a terrible curse on the building’s owner, Horace Raven! Are strange things happening because of the curse—or is something else scaring the residents from Ravenscourt? It’s up to Samantha and Nellie to find out!

Book:Danger At The Zoo

Danger At The Zoo: A Kit Mystery

Kathleen Ernst

Kit Kittredge is back, in a mystery that takes place in the Cincinnati Zoo! Kit lands a summer job writing a children’s column for her local newspaper and looks for story ideas at the Cincinnati Zoo, where her friend Stirling works as a guide and her old friend Will, the hobo, has a job cleaning cages. As Kit noses around, she stumbles into some strange activities in the monkey house. Meanwhile, Kit begins to notice small things missing at home too. It’s not long before Will looks like the logical suspect in both places. Can Kit clear her friend—and get a good story in the bargain? Fireworks fly as Kit’s mystery is solved at the zoo’s grand Fourth of July spectacular.

Book:Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery

Peter Abrahams

Welcome to Echo Falls.Home of a thousand secrets, where Ingrid Levin-Hill, super sleuth, never knows what will happen next.

Ingrid is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or at least her shoes are. Getting them back means getting involved in a murder investigation rivaling those solved by her idol, Sherlock Holmes, and Ingrid has enough on her plate with club soccer, school, and the plum role of Alice in the Echo Falls production of Alice in Wonderland. But much as in Alice’s adventures down the rabbit hole, things in Ingrid’s small town keep getting curiouser and curiouser. Her favorite director has a serious accident onstage (but is it an accident?), and the police chief is on Ingrid’s tail, grilling her about everything from bike-helmet law to the color of her cleats. Echo Falls has turned into a nightmare, and Ingrid is determined to wake up. Edgar Award–nominated novelist Peter Abrahams builds suspense as a smart young girl finds that her small town isn’t nearly as safe as it seems.

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