Trust a Dead Man by Vivian Vande Velde YA MYSTERY Vande Velde, V.
has suddenly become very difficult for Selwyn Roweson: First Anora broke his
heart and decided to marry Farold, then Farold beat him up in front of the
entire village, and finally Selwyn is accused of murder when Farold is found
dead, with a knife -- Selwyn's knife -- hilt-deep in his back.
by Laurie Halse Anderson YA Anderson, L.
Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now
her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her
from a distance. But there's something she's trying not to think about,
something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her
carefully constructed disguise to smithereens.
Kind of Money by Vicki
Cameron YA MYSTERY Cameron, V.
“A modern-day Tom Sawyer.” Woody is the local rebel without a cause.
He wants a Yamaha Attitude electric brass guitar and will go to almost any
length to obtain “that kind of money.” With a little imagination and some
help from his geeky neighbor, Woody initiates the Glory Crescents Christmas
Lights War. Will Woody realize that there are more things than money?
Ghost in the Takaido Inn by Dorothy
& Thomas Hoobler
YA MYSTERY Hoobler, T.
Samurai fear nothing, not even death. They are loyal and brave,
14-year-old Seikel has studied the way of the samurai, and would like nothing
more than to be one. But a samurai is born, not made; Seikei was born the son of
a tea merchant, so a merchant he must be. But when a priceless ruby intended for
the shogun--the military governor of Japan--is stolen by a ghost, Seikei finds
himself having to display all the courage of a samurai. Seikei is the only
person to have seen the thief, and now the famous magistrate, Judge Ooka, needs
the boy's help to solve this mystery. Can the son of a merchant prove himself
worthy to the shogun himself?
by Walter Dean Myers YA Myers, W.
black, 16-year-old Steve Harmon is on trial for the murder of a Harlem drugstore
owner. As a way of coping, Steve, an amateur filmmaker, decides to transcribe
his trial into a movie script. But despite his efforts, reality is blurred until
he can no longer tell who he is or what the truth is.
Killer's Cousin, by Nancy Werlin
YA MYSTERY Werlin, N.
Recently acquitted of murder, seventeen-year-old David has moved to
Massachusetts to complete his senior year of high school. His aunt and uncle
have offered him shelter -- escape from the media's questions and from the
uncertain glances of his neighbors and ex-friends.
His attic apartment doesn't feel much like a shelter, though. He sees
ghostly shadows at night, his aunt is strangely cold, and his eleven-year-old
cousin, Lily, is downright hostile. And as Lily's behavior becomes more and more
threatening, David can't help wondering what ugly secrets lurk within the walls
of her home.
one thing that David knows with certainty. The more he learns about his cousin
Lily, the harder it is to avoid thinking about his own past.
by Katharine Jay Bacon
Unable to speak after his parents and sister are killed in a plane crash,
sixteen-year-old Finn comes to stay with his grandmother on her Vermont farm,
where his friendship with a neighbor, the activities of local drug dealers, and
the actions of a hybrid wolf force him to deal with his grief.
The Maze, by Will
Hobbs YA Hobbs, W.
Stowing away in the back of a
pickup, 14-year-old runaway Rick Walker finds himself at a dead end in the
surreal landscape of redrock spires and deep canyons called the Maze.
by Kathryn Reiss
Violet's paralyzing fear of the earthquakes that are rocking the San
Francisco Bay area makes it difficult for her to overcome her "baby"
image. While helping her sisters (the girls are triplets) clean a building that
their parents are renovating, an aftershock dislodges a letter written to Baby V
in 1906 -- and Violet is certain that the message in the letter is intended for
her. As more mysterious writings from the past tumble into Violet's hands, she
becomes determined to learn why she is receiving these mysterious communiques.
her sisters delve into historical documents and newspaper articles from the
early 1900s -- including accounts of the devastating 1906 earthquake -- as they
attempt to unravel the mystery. But as more frequent earthquakes rattle their
own lives, they realize that their time may be running out....
For Mike, by Shelley
Sykes YA MYSTERY Sykes, S.
Jeff's best friend Mike disappears in the fall of their senior year in high
school, Jeff has disturbing dreams in which Mike urges him to come get him, and
a secret begins to unfold.
Canoe, by Will Hobbs YA
When a sailing ship breaks up on the rocks off Washington's storm-tossed
Cape Flattery, it's clear that no one could have survived. But Nathan
MacAllister, the 14-year-old son of the lighthouse keeper, is troubled by
footprints found on the beach. The author of "Far North" delivers the
engaging story of a dangerous mystery and the boy determined to solve it.
by Edward Bloor YA Bloor, E.
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero
brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and
slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.
Child, by Sonja Levitin
When her mother dies suddenly, 16-year old Laura becomes obsessed with
finding out why the two of them were never close. Her father is guarded about
the past, but a class trip to Washington, D.C., gives Laura the opportunity to
search for answers in her mother's nearby hometown.
Thin Ice, by Marsha Qualey
A teenager's stubborn
conviction that her brother is still alive carries her past her friends' doubt,
the pity of acquaintances, and overwhelming evidence to the contrary in this
taut, engagingly cast mystery. . . . It's a page turner.
with a Ghost, by Marilyn Singer
Delia is more eager to play a manipulative dating game than to adapt to her new
school, but then she finds that she has a personal connection to the ghost said
to be haunting the school.
Summer by Willo Davis Roberts YA AWARD Roberts, W.
summer Cici and her family join other family and friends at Crystal Lake. This
year she learns that Brodie, her friend Jack's older brother, has been convicted
of murder. Cici doesn't believe Brodie did it and decides to investigate, making
for a complicated and difficult summer. At the end, Cici does prove Brodie
innocent, becoming more mature and knowing in the process.
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