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Find more Top 10 Mysteries for Youth
Art thieves, mysterious accidents, social-justice thrills, and even a supernatural mystery or two lurk in the pages of these top 10 crime fiction picks for youth, reviewed in Booklist between May 1, 2019, and April 15, 2020.
All the Greys on Greene Street. By Laura Tucker. Illus. by Kelly Murphy. 2019. Viking, $17.99 (9780451479532). Gr. 4–7.
Artist Ollie roams a pre-gentrified Manhattan SoHo, seeking clues to her missing father’s whereabouts. Less a traditional mystery, this is a brilliant mediation on the artistic life, and Tucker’s exquisite writing is as precise as brushstrokes.
The Class. By Frances O’Roark Dowell. Illus. by Amy Marie Stadelmann. 2019. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, $17.99 (9781481481793). Gr. 4–8.
Mystery pervades Mrs. Herrera’s 20-student classroom as items disappear from her keepsake box and weirdness happens among the sixth-grade students themselves. Readers will recognize themselves and their own classmates as confessions and pieces of the mysteries fall into place.
Frida, el misterio del anillo del pavo real y yo. By Angela Cervantes. Illus. by Rafael López. Tr. by Jorge Ignacio Domínguez. 2018. Scholastic, $6.99 (9781338269079). Gr. 4–7.
In Mexico for the summer, Paloma is excited when new friends ask her to help find Frida Kahlo’s lost peacock ring. But when she begins to doubt her friends’ honesty, she is faced with a hard choice. This suspenseful translation is a must-have for Spanish collections.
Madame Badobedah. By Sophie Dahl. Illus. by Lauren O’Hara. 2020. Candlewick/Walker, $18.99 (9781536210224). K–Gr. 3.
In this hefty three-part picture book, inquisitive Mabel spies on the guests of the seaside Mermaid Hotel where she lives. When rich, haughty Madame Badobedah arrives with her obscene number of suitcases, Mabel is sure she has an international jewel thief on her hands.
Malamander. By Thomas Taylor. Illus. by Tom Booth. 2019. Candlewick/Walker, $16.99 (9781536207224). Gr. 5–7.
Two orphaned (or seemingly orphaned) children, one searching for her missing parents, find themselves swept up in a scheme to seize the wish-granting egg of a legendary mer-creature. Taylor assembles the sort of supporting cast that makes anything seem possible.
Patron Saints of Nothing. By Randy Ribay. 2019. Penguin/Kokila, $17.99 (9780525554912). Gr. 10–12.
After his cousin Jun’s violent death, Jay Reguero travels from America to the Philippines to find that his birthplace has changed in the face of a sweeping drug war. Jay’s investigations are an intriguing setup for a painfully real family drama.
The Starlight Claim. By Tim Wynne-Jones. 2019. Candlewick, $17.99 (9781536202649). Gr. 9–12.
Months after his best friend dies in a boating accident, Nate searches for the missing body. He encounters a group of escaped convicts around the lakes where his friend disappeared, and the suspense grows from there in this hybrid mystery–survival story.
Swipe Right for Murder. By Derek Milman. 2019. Little, Brown/JIMMY Patterson, $17.99 (9780316451062). Gr. 10–12.
Hitchcock gets a jolt of social justice in this thriller, which follows Aidan as he picks the wrong guy on a hookup app and ends up entangled with a terrorist organization targeting people who threaten gay rights.
What I Want You to See. By Catherine Linka. 2020. Little, Brown, $18.99 (9781368044035). Gr. 10–12.
Sabine, struggling through art school, is encouraged by a grad student to secretly copy her oppressive professor’s new portrait. When she finds herself caught up in an art crime, she may lose everything. Though the crime propels the narrative, it never overwhelms Sabine’s emotional arc.
Wilder Girls. By Rory Power. 2019. Delacorte, $18.99 (9780525645580). Gr. 9–12.
Ravaged by a horrifying sickness, the girls of Raxter School are waiting for a cure when one of them disappears. Hetty breaks quarantine to search for her in the wild beyond the fence in this haunting and gruesome debut.
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