Annal: 2007 Agatha Award for Best Children’s/Young Adult

Results of the Agatha Award in the year 2007.

Book:The Light in the Cellar

The Light in the Cellar: A Molly Mystery

Sarah Masters Buckey

Molly wishes that she and her English friend, Emily, had exciting volunteer jobs that really helped in the fight to win World War Two. Instead, they’re magazine delivery girls at Oak Knoll Hospital. Soon, however, Molly and Emily start to suspect that something very un-patriotic is going on at Oak Knoll—and their snooping leads them into deep trouble! Girls will enjoy solving the mystery right along with Molly and Emily. This latest book from Sarah Masters Buckey, a two-time Agatha Award nominee, also includes an illustrated “Looking Back” section to provide historical context.

Book:Bravo Zulu, Samantha!

Bravo Zulu, Samantha!

Kathleen Benner Duble

An independent-minded girl and her crotchety retired grandfather find common ground when they work together to build an airplane.

Twelve-year-old Samantha-“Sam”-likes to memorize fun and weird facts. She’s constantly spouting quotes from her fact books, such as the size of the largest bubble-gum bubble blown through the nose or how jelly gets into a donut. But Sam does not like the fact that she has to spend a month of her summer vacation at her grandparents’ place while her parents are away!

She adores her grandmother, but Grandma will be at work most of the time, leaving Sam with the Colonel, her prickly grandfather. Sam’s relationship with him is shaky at best, and now that the Colonel has had to retire from his career as a military pilot, he is harder than ever to get along with. …[more]

Book:Cover-up: Mystery at the Super Bowl

Cover-up: Mystery at the Super Bowl

John Feinstein

The Super Bowl. America’s biggest sports spectacle. More than 95 million fans will be watching, but Steve Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson know that what they’ll be watching is a lie. They know that the entire offensive line of the California Dreams have failed their doping tests and that the Dreams’ owner is trying to cover up the test results. These two teens are sitting on the biggest sports scandal of the decade. What they don’t know—yet—is how to prove it.

Book:The Falconer's Knot

The Falconer's Knot

Mary Hoffman

Silvano and Chiara are two teenagers with a difference. Silvano has been accused of a murder he did not commit. Chiara has been ousted out of her family as a young woman with no marriage prospects. For these two very different reasons they are forced to seek refuge in a convent and a friary. And when they meet, they are both instantly aware that they alone are not accustomed to the religious clothes and customs. And when not just one murder - but then another, and then another, happens to both the friars and guests staying with them, Chiara and Silvano cling together within the terrifying spiral of murder as they and the friends they make attempt to solve the deadly mystery.

Book:Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos

R.L. LaFevers

Theodosia Throckmorton has her hands full at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London. Her father may be head curator, but it is Theo—and only Theo—who is able to see all the black magic and ancient curses that still cling to the artifacts in the museum.

When Theo’s mother returns from her latest archaeological dig bearing the Heart of Egypt—a legendary amulet belonging to an ancient tomb—Theo learns that it comes inscribed with a curse so black and vile that it threatens to crumble the British Empire from within and start a war too terrible to imagine.

Intent on returning the malevolent artifact to its rightful place, Theo devises a daring plan to put things right. But even with the help of her younger brother, a wily street urchin, and the secret society known as the Brotherhood of the Chosen Keepers,…[more]

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