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March 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth
As is the case across children’s publishing, genre blending is the dominant thread among the books on this year’s list of youth crime fiction, all reviewed in Booklist in the last 12 months. From historical thrillers to fantastical illustrated mysteries, these titles will appeal to a wide range of armchair private eyes.
Bullet Point. By Peter Abrahams. 2010. HarperTeen, $16.99 (9780061227691). Gr. 9–12.
After moving to a new town, 16-year-old Wyatt falls for wild, unpredictable Greer, who, like Wyatt, has an incarcerated father. Abrahams’ edgy, sexy thriller combines suspenseful questions about Wyatt’s dad’s innocence and multifaceted characters.
The Case of the Gypsy Good-bye. By Nancy Springer. 2010. Philomel, $14.99 (9780399252365). Gr. 6–9.
In this continuation of the standout Enola Holmes series, the (much) younger sister of Sherlock searches for a missing duchess while tracking down mysteries from her own past.
Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol. By Jim Krieg. 2010. Penguin/Razorbill, $15.99 (9781595142764). Gr. 4–7.
Pitch perfect from start to finish, veteran TV writer Krieg’s fiction debut about a brilliant, tough 13-year-old school Safety Patrol cop will have even the most hardboiled whodunit fans rolling in the aisles.
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Hidden Gallery. By Maryrose Wood. Illus. by Jon Klassen. 2011. HarperCollins/Balzer and Bray, $15.99 (9780061791123). Gr. 4–6.
In this wholly satisfying follow-up to The Mysterious Howling (2010), the Ashton household is on the move to London, where governess Penelope hopes to civilize her “incorrigible” charges even as she encounters more questions about their backgrounds and her own connections to them.
The Liar Society. By Laura Roecker and Lisa Roecker. 2011. Sourcebooks, paper, $9.99 (9781402256332). Gr. 7–10.
After 15-year-old Kate receives a cryptic e-mail from her dead best friend, she finds herself pulled deeply into the secret societies at their private school. An evocative, nail-biting debut from a sister duo.
The Memory Bank. By Carolyn Coman. Illus. by Rob Shepperson. 2010. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $16.99 (9780545210669). Gr. 4–6.
Weaving in elements of fantasy, this illustrated, genre-bending mystery follows a young girl to a Memory Bank, where both memories and dreams are sorted and stored. Surprising twists and revelations drive this sweeping puzzle of a story.
Nickel Plated. By Aric Davis. 2011. AmazonEncore, paper, $13.95 (9781935597322). Gr. 8–11.
In this moving, pitch-dark mystery, Nickel, a 12-year-old abuse survivor, sells marijuana and blackmails Internet pedophiles in order to fund his real profession: clandestine detective.
Revolver. By Marcus Sedgwick 2010. Roaring Brook, $16.99 (9781596435926). Gr. 7–10.
Set in the Arctic Circle in 1899 and 1910, Sedgwick’s poetic historical mystery, a Printz Honor Book, builds suspense and reveals family secrets right up to its riveting conclusion.
Treasure of Dead Man’s Lane and Other Case Files. By Simon Cheshire. Illus. by R. W. Alley. 2010. Roaring Brook, $16.99 (9781596434752). Gr. 4–7.
In this second book in the Saxby Smart, Private Detective series, the canny preteen sleuth returns for three more mysteries—all solved with unusually sharp observation and deductive logic.
You Killed Wesley Payne. By Sean Beaudoin. 2011. Little, Brown, $16.99 (9780316077422). Gr. 9–12.
Teenage private detective Dalton Rev infiltrates Salt River High’s clique warfare to solve the murder of student Wesley Payne, locate a missing hundred grand, and, hopefully, romance Wesley’s sister in this ultraclever high-school noir.
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