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May 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth
Allegedly. By Tiffany D. Jackson. 2017. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $17.99 (9780062422644). Gr. 9–12.
African American Mary was convicted of murdering a white infant when she was nine. As a pregnant teenager, she confronts that conviction in a suspenseful thriller that tackles the justice system and white privilege.
Dreamland Burning. By Jennifer Latham. 2017. Little, Brown, $18.99 (9780316384933). Gr. 8–11.
A skeleton is found near Rowan’s house, and she’s absorbed in the mystery of the dead man, his murder, and a brutal race riot that wiped out a black Tulsa neighborhood decades earlier.
Firebrand. By A. J. Hartley. 2017. Tor Teen, $17.99 (9780765388131). Gr. 8–12.
Nationalistic feelings rise in the city of Bar-Selehm, and steeplejack turned spy Anglet Sutonga follows leads that involve weaponry, illegal immigrants, and the upper class in this part-Holmes, part-Bond sequel to Steeplejack (2016).
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse. By Chris Riddell. Illus. by the author. 2016. IPG/Pan Macmillan, $14.99 (9780230759800). Gr. 3–6.
Ghost mouse Ishmael asks rebellious Ada to help him rid her house of its deadly mousetraps, and as the two wander the mansion’s corridors, a mystery begins to take shape.
The Haunting of Falcon House. By Eugene Yelchin. Illus. by the author. 2016. Holt, $15.99 (9780805098457). Gr. 3–6.
Prince Lev Lvov is invited to a decrepit manor where strange things are afoot, and even his befriending of a servant boy can’t keep dark secrets at bay. Ink sketches make this tale even creepier.
Last Seen Leaving. By Caleb Roehrig. 2016. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99 (9781250085634). Gr. 9–12.
The last time Flynn saw his girlfriend, January, she accused him—correctly—of being gay. Now she’s missing, and the police don’t trust Flynn, who takes matters into his own hands.
The One Memory of Flora Banks. By Emily Barr. 2017. Philomel, $17.99 (9780399547010). Gr. 9–12.
A brain-tumor surgery left Flora unable to create new memories. She leaves herself messages and must rely on them to solve the mystery of the one boy she does remember.
The Sandwich Thief. By André Marois. Illus. by Patrick Doyon. 2016. Chronicle, $14.99 (9781452146591). Gr. 2–5.
Marin’s foodie parents pack him special lunches—and someone is stealing them! Marin’s quest to catch a thief is enhanced by hip, frenetic art in this illustrated mystery for elementary readers.
Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry. By Susan Vaught. 2016. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, $16.99 (9781481422796). Gr. 5–8.
A cryptic letter from her grandmother, who is dying of Alzheimer’s, causes Dani to dig into the mysterious pasts of her civil rights activist grandmother and her grandmother’s estranged friend.
York: The Shadow Cipher. By Laura Ruby. 2017. HarperCollins/Walden Pond, $17.99 (9780062306937). Gr. 4–7.
Twins Tess and Theo live in a building designed by the Morningstarrs, visionary architect twins who also built the Cipher, a notorious, citywide puzzle. When their building is purchased, Tess hopes to solve the Cipher and keep their home.
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