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March 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth
Historical whodunits, psychological traumas, and haunting family secrets are front and center in this year’s top 10 crime fiction for youth, reviewed in Booklist between May 1, 2015, and April 15, 2016.
After the Woods. By Kim Savage. 2016. Farrar, $17.99 (9780374300555). Gr. 10–12.
Capable and smart, Julia escaped from a kidnapper after just a day. But even though the assailant is dead and the ordeal is over, she’s unable to leave it behind.
Delicate Monsters. By Stephanie Kuehn. 2015. St. Martin’s/Griffin, $19.99 (9781250063847). Gr. 9–12.
Kuehn’s taut psychological drama follows Sadie, who is expelled from boarding school and reconnects with childhood friend Emerson and his sickly brother, Miles—until Miles’ disappearance brings troubling questions to light.
Detective Gordon: The First Case. By Ulf Nilsson. Illus. by Gitte Spee. Tr. by Julia Marshall. 2015. Gecko, $16.99 (9781927271490). Gr. 2–4.
This charming Swedish import documents the adventures of toad Detective Gordon as he tries to solve the mystery of a squirrel’s missing nuts.
Ink and Ashes. By Valynne E. Maetani. 2015. Lee & Low/Tu, $19.95 (9781620142110). Gr. 7–10.
When she finds a letter from her deceased father to her stepfather, Claire delves into her Japanese heritage and family history to uncover the truth about the people in her life.
Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter. By Beth Fantaskey. 2016. HMH, $17.99 (9780544582491). Gr. 4–7.
In 1920s Chicago, Isabel dreams of being a crime reporter. After a friend is accused of murder, Isabel is determined to get the real scoop and save her friend.
The Mystery of Hollow Places. By Rebecca Podos. 2016. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062373342). Gr. 9–12.
When Imogene’s novelist father disappears, like her mother years earlier, Imogene, raised on detective stories, isn’t content to leave the investigation to the police.
Nooks and Crannies. By Jessica Lawson. 2015. Simon & Schuster, $16.99 (9781481419215). Gr. 3–6.
Tabitha Crum, plucky and adventurous child of terrible adoptive parents, investigates a case of missing children and mistaken identities in this early twentieth-century homage to classic mysteries.
The Odds of Getting Even. By Sheila Turnage. 2015. Penguin/Kathy Dawson, $16.99 (9780803739611). Gr. 4–7.
Turnage returns to Tupelo Landing as kid detectives Mo and Dale are hot on the trail of Dale’s criminal dad, who’s broken out of jail amid a rash of thefts in the community.
Poison Is Not Polite. By Robin Stevens. 2016. Simon & Schuster, $16.99 (9781481422154). Gr. 5–8.
Daisy brings Hazel, boarding-school friend and fellow founder of the Detective’s Society, home to her family’s estate, where a mysterious poisoning soon turns a would-be vacation into a sleuthing spree.
The Steep and Thorny Way. By Cat Winters. 2016. Abrams/Amulet, $17.95 (9781419719158). Gr. 9–12.
Biracial Hanalee investigates the death of her father in Prohibition-era Oregon amid KKK activity and family turmoil in this reimagining of Hamlet.
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