Annal: 2006 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Juvenile

Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 2006.

Book:The Boys of San Joaquin

The Boys of San Joaquin

D. James Smith

Paolo calls Rufus “a Mack truck with no one driving.” Rufus is the O’Neil family dog, and he shows up one morning with part of a twenty-dollar bill in his teeth.

Paolo, age twelve, figures that there must be more where that bill came from, and since his cousin Billy needs to repair a bent wheel on his bike, there’s a reason for looking. He, Georgie, and Billy end up in the monsignor’s garden behind the Cathedral of San Joaquin, but it’s not exactly treasure they find, it’s a hand that shoots out of the undergrowth to grab Paolo’s neck. The search for the stash leads the boys—sometimes scared spitless—on many a byway around Orange Grove City, California, in the summer of 1951. And onto the byway of conscience.

“Suppose you found a treasure. Couldn’t you keep it?” Paolo asks his uncle. “I mean, say you know who it belongs…[more]

Book:The Case of the Nana-Napper

The Case of the Nana-Napper: A Wright and Wong Mystery

Laura J. Burns, Melinda Metz

When Agatha and Orville go to visit Nana Wong, they find the door ajar and Nana gone! Agatha thinks her granny’s been kidnapped, but the police are no help. The rejected detectives decide to investigate, and uncover photos of a strange man among Nana’s negatives—could he be the kidnapper?

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 Missing Manatee

The Missing Manatee

Cynthia C. DeFelice

All Skeet Waters wants is to catch a big, beautiful tarpon on his fly rod—and to keep everything else in his life in Florida the way it’s always been. But on his spring break from school, Skeet overhears his mother telling his father to move out permanently. Then, while riding in his boat to escape his parents’ troubles, he discovers a manatee that’s been shot in the head. Skeet puts aside his search for the manatee and its killer when Dirty Dan the Tarpon Man offers to take him out to catch his first tarpon on a fly. Because of Dan, Skeet begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding the manatee’s apparent murder and his parents’ dissolving marriage.

Skeet discovers that life is a lot like tarpon fishing, in which you can’t look just at the surface of the water—you have to look through it, at what lies beneath.

Book:Shakespeare's Secret

Shakespeare's Secret

Elise Broach

When Hero starts sixth grade at a new school, she’s less concerned about the literary origins of her Shakespearean name than about the teasing she’s sure to suffer because of it. So she has the same name as a girl in a book by a dusty old author. Hero is simply not interested in the connections. But that’s just the thing; suddenly connections are cropping up all over, and odd characters and uncertain pasts are exactly what do fascinate Hero. There’s a mysterious diamond hidden in her new house, a curious woman next door who seems to know an awful lot about it, and then, well, then there’s Shakespeare. Not to mention Danny Cordova, only the most popular boy in school. Is it all in keeping with her namesake’s origin-just much ado about nothing? Hero, being Hero, is determined to figure it out.

In this fast-paced novel, Elise Broach weaves an intriguing literary mystery full of historical insights and discoveries.

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