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Find more Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth
From lost toys to murder, the mysteries in this year’s top 10 crime fiction for youth, reviewed in Booklist between May 1, 2014, and April 15, 2015, are no match for the deductive skills of these crackerjack sleuths.
As Red as Blood. By Salla Simukka. Tr. by Owen Witesman. 2014. Amazon/Skyscape, paper, $7.99 (9781477847718). Gr. 10–12.
Lumikki, who calls herself the ”secret love child of Hercule Poirot and Lisbeth Salander,” tries to avoid meddling in other people’s business. That is, until she finds bloodied money in her art school’s darkroom.
Blood of My Blood. By Barry Lyga. 2014. Little, Brown, $18 (9780316198707). Gr. 10–12.
Lyga’s I Hunt Killers trilogy closes with Jazz determined to do away with his villainous father for good. But can he use his dad’s sociopathic tricks without becoming a sociopath himself?
Greenglass House. By Kate Milford. Illus. by Jaime Zollars. 2014. Clarion, $17.99 (9780544052703). Gr. 5–8.
When five unexpected guests arrive at Greenglass House, the inn Milo and his parents live in and operate, each of them loses an object. While Milo investigates, he discovers the house’s fascinating history.
Hermelin the Detective Mouse. By Mini Grey. Illus. by the author. 2014. Knopf, $17.99 (9780385754330). PreS–Gr. 3.
Hermelin observes a series of mysteries on his street and reveals the solutions in notes to his human neighbors. Will they be so welcoming of their puny private eye when they find out he’s a mouse?
Hilda and the Black Hound. By Luke Pearson. Illus. by the author. 2014. Flying Eye, $24 (9781909263185). Gr. 2–5.
Someone has been wreaking havoc all over Hilda’s town, and only she has the patience and sense of wonder to solve the case. In gorgeous, jewel-toned panels, plucky Hilda uses her ingenuity to uncover the fantastic truth.
I Am Princess X. By Cherie Priest. Illus. by Kali Ciesemier. 2015. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $18.99 (9780545620857). Gr. 7–10.
Three years after May’s best friend, Libby, died in a car crash, she discovers a webcomic starring Princess X, the comic-book character they created together in fifth grade, which seems to suggest Libby’s death was no accident.
If You Find This. By Matthew Baker. 2015. Little, Brown, $17 (9780316240086). Gr. 4–7.
On the Lake Michigan shore, an unlikely group is brought together by the promise of buried treasure. With a vivid setting and an original voice, this Goonies-esque adventure offers much more than just fortune hunting.
Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits. By Michael D. Beil. 2014. Knopf, $15.99 (9780385753173). Gr. 4–6.
In 1938, 10-year-old Henry boards the Shoreliner express train from New York to Chicago. When his friend Ellie is kidnapped, Henry, the train conductor, and a talking cat join forces to rescue her and find themselves entangled in a jewelry heist.
Skink—No Surrender. By Carl Hiaasen. 2014. Knopf, $18.99 (9780375870514). Gr. 7–10.
When Richard’s missing cousin, Malley, drops a clue about spotting a rare bird, he knows she’s in danger. With the help of Skink, a character from Hiaasen’s adult fiction, Richard careens around Florida to track down his cousin.
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone. By Adele Griffin. 2014. illus. Soho Teen, $17.99 (9781616953607). Gr. 9–12.
This cerebral, Rashomon-like take on a young girl’s life and untimely death unfolds in interviews and pictures, which raise intriguing questions about who might be ultimately responsible for her tragic demise.
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