Annal: 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Juvenile

Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 2009.

Book:The Postcard

The Postcard

Tony Abbott

She died today. One phone call changes Jason’s summer vacation-and life!-forever.

When Jason’s grandmother dies, he’s sent down to her home in Florida to help his father clean out her things. At first he gripes about spending his summer miles away from his best friend, doing chores, and sweating in the Florida heat, but he soon discovers a mystery surrounding his grandmother’s murky past.

An old, yellowed postcard…a creepy phone call with a raspy voice at the other end asking, “So how smart are you?”…an entourage of freakish funeral goers….a bizarre magazine story. All contain clues that will send him on a thrilling journey to uncover family secrets.

Award-winning author Tony Abbott weaves an intriguing and entertaining mystery of adventure, friendship and family.

Book:Cemetery Street

Cemetery Street

Brenda Seabrooke

Fast paced and suspenseful, this new-kid-at-school story combines with a spooky mystery to offer an engaging and affecting story of fragile family bonds and fledgling friendships.

It’s bad enough that Courtney’s mom, recently divorced from her latest husband, has moved the family all the way from Vermont to Florida; but when she rents a rattletrap house on Cemetery Street, it’s just too much! Fifteen-year-old Courtney is used to being uprooted—but living on Cemetery Street proves to be more of a challenge than even Courtney can handle. Still, although the creepy cemetery and surrounding jungle next to her house are a bit spooky, Courtney doesn’t really believe in ghosts. Then strange things start happening. Lights flicker in the graveyard; tombs are desecrated with satanic markings; an innocent puppy is mysteriously killed. Suspense builds as Courtney and Josh, a handsome classmate, investigate rumors of devil worship in town, culminating in a terrifying Halloween night kidnapping and entombment. Solid detective work leads the young investigative reporters to uncover a diabolical publicity stunt by a celebrated author and his henchman.



Patricia Reilly Giff

Sam is almost 11 when he discovers a locked box in the attic above his grandfather Mack’s room, and a piece of paper that says he was kidnapped. There are lots of other words, but Sam has always had trouble reading. He’s desperate to find out who he is, and if his beloved Mack is really his grandfather. At night he’s haunted by dreams of a big castle and a terrifying escape on a boat. Who can he trust to help him read the documents that could unravel the mystery? Then he and the new girl, Caroline, are paired up to work on a school project, building a castle in Mack’s woodworking shop. Caroline loves to read, and she can help. But she’s moving soon, and the two must hurry to discover the truth about Sam.

Book:Enigma: A Magical Mystery

Enigma: A Magical Mystery

Graeme Base

Bestseller Graeme Base harks back to his classic New York Times bestselling solve-the-mystery story The Eleventh Hour in an all-new book that will “puzzle” and entice young readers.

Enter a magical world in this warm, funny, and enduring story about the special relationship between a grandson and his grandpa—and their love for magic.

Bertie Badger loves to visit the Retirement Home for Elderly Magicians and watch his grandpa perform magic tricks. But one day all the magicians’ props go missing, so Bertie sets off to investigate. Can he solve the mystery in time to save the show? This clever book will engage readers as they are challenged to solve the mystery along with Bertie, discovering where the missing props have gone by using a decoder included with the book that reveals the mystery.  Graeme Base, creator of Animalia and many bestselling and beloved books for children, conjures up an inventive, irresistible tale.

Book:The Witches of Dredmoore Hollow

The Witches of Dredmoore Hollow

Riford McKenzie

When his two strange aunts arrive at Dredmoore Hollow, eleven-year-old Elijah finds his life turned upside down. His parents suddenly leave town, and he’s whisked away to stay with Serena and Agnes on Moaning Marsh, where they run the world’s most mysterious beauty salon. Not to mention their creepy hired man, his beastly pet, and the three unusual girls who are their only customers. Elijah discovers that secrets and magic are part of the Dredmoore family legacy, and there’s no hiding from your roots no matter how deep, dark, and tangled they may be.

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