Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 2005.
Samurai Lord Inaba has been murdered in his sleep. To make matters worse, the crime took place under the protective eye of the Shogun himself. This is a case for Judge Ooka, Japan’s own real-life Sherlock Holmes. And, of course, for his 14-year-old apprentice, Seikei. Their only clue—a bloodstained origami butterfly—leads them on a journey filled with mysterious shape-shifting ninjas, vengeful peasants, and a power-hungry killer you might never suspect. If Seikei is to help solve this crime, he must first survive.
Edgar Award finalists Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler drench this story with drama and suspense in this, their third mystery featuring the famous magistrate Ooka and his young samurai apprentice.
The days between 27 December and New Year’s Eve are dead days—days when spirits roam and magic shifts restlessly just beneath the surface of our everyday lives. There is a man, Valerian, whose time is running out, who must pay the price for the pact he made with evil so many years ago. His servant is Boy, a child with no name and no past; a child he treats with contempt, but who serves his master well and finds solace in the company of his only friend, Willow.
Unknown to any of them it is Boy who holds the key to their destiny. Set in dark threatening cities and the frozen countryside in a distant time and place of the author’s making, The Book of Dead Days conjures a spell-binding story of sorcery and desperate magic as Valerian, Boy and Willow battle to stop time and cling to life.
Beautifully evoked, dramatic and emotionally powerful, this is a real page turner.
“Listen, you’re young. We don’t send kids to jail. If you had something to do with this, it’s better to tell us. Then we can help you. Maybe it was a friend of yours come to take care of things for you. You’ve got a nasty bruise there, and your neighbors told us that you tend to get a lot of bruises. We take those things into account, you know. We understand about things like that.”
“You don’t understand anything,” Jude said.
After Jude watches his drug-dealer father get gunned down at the kitchen table, he’s taken from their dangerous neighborhood to a comfortable home, an elite private school, and a mother he doesn’t remember. Only fifteen, Jude is under suspicion for his father’s murder, but to save his own life, he can’t tell the police what he knows. …[more]
When 13-year-old Emma bumps into her old friend Abby on the bus one Saturday afternoon, she later realizes that she was the last person to see Abby before her mysterious disappearance. Amidst the media frenzy and everyone’s struggle to come to terms with the possibility of Abby’s death, Emma starts a terrifying journey of her very own, as she uncovers things that lead to a discovery even the police have not thought of…
From the acclaimed author of Child X comes a thrilling and memorable novel for readers of all abilities.