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May 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth
This year’s top 10 crime fiction for youth, reviewed in Booklist between May 1, 2017, and April 15, 2018, run the gamut—you’ll find enterprising kid detectives, a fedora-clad pigeon, a wildly unreliable narrator, frank commentary on social justice, and plenty more. The one thing they all have in common is this: they’re excellent.
The Case of the Missing Men. By Kris Bertin. Illus. by Alexander Forbes. 2017. Conundrum, $20 (9781772620160). Gr. 7–12.
The Teen Detective Club undertakes bizarre investigations in this idiosyncratic graphic novel, the first in a series. Unnerving art and an open-ended plot make this a weirdly warmhearted nightmare.
The Empty Grave. By Jonathan Stroud. Illus. by Kate Adams. 2017. Disney/Hyperion, $16.99 (9781484778722). Gr. 5–8.
This satisfying concluding volume of the Lockwood & Co. series delivers the source of the mysteries darkening the whole series, all with Stroud’s trademark intricate plotting and witty writing.
Genuine Fraud. By E. Lockhart. 2017. Delacorte, $18.99 (9780385744775). Gr. 9–12.
Written in a clipped, detached voice, this deliciously suspenseful, cinematic story of two girls with lots of secrets is told in reverse, and with each step backward, juicy layers of intrigue emerge.
Hell and High Water. By Tanya Landman. 2017. Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763688752). Gr. 6–9.
Landman’s Dickensian novel, about an eighteenth-century English teen determined to clear his father’s name, tells a taut mystery that brings issues of class, race, and justice into sharp focus.
Isle of Blood and Stone. By Makiia Lucier. 2018. HMH, $17.99 (9780544968578). Gr. 9–12.
Missing princes, maps, and a mysterious riddle are at the heart of this breathtaking, masterfully paced adventure, which features vivid characters, lush world building, and slow-burning romance.
The Love Interest. By Cale Dietrich. 2017. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99 (9781250107138). Gr. 9–12.
In this high-stakes spy story with a twist, specially trained Nice Guy Caden is in a to-the-death competition for science-whiz Juliet’s heart, but he can’t help but be drawn to his rival, Bad Guy Dylan.
Monday’s Not Coming. By Tiffany D. Jackson. 2018. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $17.99 (9780062422675). Gr. 9–12.
Claudia’s worried about her missing friend, Monday, but no one’s talking. This powerful, compelling mystery examines the ramifications of abuse and turning a blind eye, all in a strong, distinctive voice.
The Parker Inheritance. By Varian Johnson. 2018. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $16.99 (9780545946179). Gr. 5–7.
Spurred on by an old letter, Candice and Brandon dive into the hidden history of their town and uncover a great injustice. In righting that wrong, they also deal with family conflict, bullying, and racism.
Pigeon P.I. By Meg McLaren. Illus. by the author. 2017. Clarion, $16.99 (9781328715616). K–Gr. 2.
This tongue-in-cheek picture book following a pigeon detective on a case features entertaining illustrations full of puns, visual humor, and comical nods to hard-boiled tropes.
The Real McCoys. By Matthew Swanson. Illus. by Robbi Behr. 2017. Imprint, $16.99 (9781250098528). Gr. 3–6.
Witty text and bold artwork are in perfect harmony in this clever elementary-school whodunit starring self-assured sleuth Moxie McCoy, who’s determined to find a missing mascot.
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