Annal: 2009 Agatha Award for Best Children’s/Young Adult

Results of the Agatha Award in the year 2009.

Book:The Hanging Hill

The Hanging Hill

Chris Grabenstein

How serious is stage fright? At the Hanging Hill Playhouse, it can kill you.

After narrowly escaping a malevolent spirit in The Crossroads, Zack and Judy are hoping to relax during the rehearsals for a show based on Judy’s bestselling children’s books. Little do they know that the director is planning to raise a horde of evil specters from the dead, and to accomplish this, he needs a human sacrifice…and Zack fits the bill perfectly.

This second book featuring the intrepid Zack and his stepmother, Judy, is full of the same humorous and spine-tingling storytelling that has made Chris Grabenstein a fast favorite with young and old alike.

Book:The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline

The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline: An Enola Holmes Mystery

Nancy Springer

Enola may have met her match with…Florence Nightingale?

For Enola, who has been longing for her absent mother, it’s difficult to make personal connections. Other than her occasional run-ins with her brother Sherlock, Enola doesn’t have many people in her life, except her landlady, Mrs. Tupper. While she’s nearly deaf and can’t cook to save her life, Mrs. Tupper is endearing—really the closest thing Enola has to family these days. So imagine her horror when Enola comes home to find Mrs. Tupper kidnapped! Who would take her, and why? And what does Florence Nightingale have to do with it? There must be more to the kind, homely Mrs. Tupper than meets the eye. Enola will put absolutely everything at risk to find Mrs. Tupper. And whoever took her had better watch out—because this time, it’s personal.

Book:The Case of the Poisoned Pig

The Case of the Poisoned Pig: The Milo & Jazz Mysteries

Lewis B. Montgomery, Amy Wummer

Who would want to harm an adorable pet piglet? Could it be the suspicious next-door neighbor, Mrs. Budge? Or how about the annoying class joker, Gordy Fletcher? It’s up to Milo and Jazz to find out the identity of the mysterious pig poisoner. And there’s no time to lose!

Book:The Morgue and Me

The Morgue and Me

John C. Ford

Christopher just needed a job to kill time the summer after high school graduation. He didn’t expect it to be in the morgue. Or that he would accidentally discover a murder cover-up. Or that his discovery would lead him to a full-blown investigation involving bribery, kidnappings, more murders…and his best friend. And he certainly could never have predicted that Tina—loud, insanely hot, ambitious newspaper reporter Tina—would be his partner. But all of that did happen. And Christopher’s life will never be the same.

With plenty of plot twists, red herrings, and dry wit, The Morgue and Me is a page-turning modern take on the classic detective genre.

Book:The Other Side of Blue

The Other Side of Blue

Valerie O. Patterson

Cyan was named after a shade of blue, her artist mother’s favorite color. The color of the sea. Since her father’s death last year, she’s felt just as mercurial and dark as her namesake, and the distance between Cyan and her mother has grown as wide as an ocean. Now they’re returning to the island of Curaçao in the Caribbean, where her father’s mysterious accident occurred, and joining them will be Kammi—who may soon become a stepsister. Haunted by the secrets of the past, Cyan will explore all the depths of her blueness this summer, discovering the light, the darkness, and the many shades in between that are within her—and within us all.

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