Weirdo by Theodore
Taylor YA Taylor, T.
They call Chip Clewt, who tracks bears, The Weirdo. But no one knows much about
him. Only that he lives in the eerie swamp where Samantha Sanders found a body
and where she saw another body get dumped.
she meets The Weirdo, sees his scarred face, looks into his tortured soul, and
becomes his friend. Together, they begin the nightmare search for the killer who
has stalked innocent victims, through the murky waters and dangerous marshes of
Home by Michael Cadnum YA
Everybody thinks that Peter's best friend has
disappeared, but only Peter knows the truth--Mead is dead, and Peter himself is
to blame. He tells no one what he knows. Instead, Peter calls Mead's distraught
parents from pay phones, impersonating their son. As time passes, daily life
becomes a nightmare for Peter. Can he tell the truth before it destroys him?
All Fall Down by Robert
Cormier YA Cormier, R.
They entered and trashed their way through the Cape Cod cottage shortly
after 9 p.m. At 9:48, Karen makes the mistake of coming home early. Thrown down
the basement stairs, Karen slips into a coma, while the trashers slip away. But
the Avenger has seen it all.
by Peter Nelson
To save her uncle’s family resort, Sylvia Smith sends a story to a newspaper.
This brings in treasure seekers, money and Scarface himself.
Christmas Killer by Patricia Windsor YA MYSTERY Windsor, P.
care about Windsor's Rosecleer more than we do about the protagonists of most of
the recent YA whodunits. She's not a superstudent sleuth, and that's a nice
change. It's the Christmas season, but things are not peaceful. A serial killer
is haunting the small town where Rose lives with her parents and twin brother,
Jerram. The victims, all teenage girls, have been stabbed to death, and
Rosecleer's violent dreams and visions tell her where they're buried. Can they
tell her who the killer is as well? Windsor's not shy about incorporating grisly
details, though she never goes overboard.
by Chap Reaver
Miller and his best friend Billy rely on the guidance and influence of Mote, a
mysterious Vietnam veteran and father figure, as they face a sadistic teacher
and a white supremacist group.
by Ernest Pintoff
he's not busy with schoolwork or bar mitzvah rehearsals, 12-year-old Zachary
Silver moonlights as a detective. Zach witnessed ``Big Lew'' Heinz, chief cop
and anti-Semitic ogre of Oakville, Conn., stab a history teacher to death. Now
the adolescent narrator-hero is helping soft-spoken Lt. Harry Roth nab Heinz and
ferret out the high-ranking ex-Nazi whom Heinz may be protecting in this old
industrial town, where the Silvers are practically the only Jewish family. The
time is 1945, just after the war; filmmaker Pintoff wonderfully captures period
details in his first novel. Zach's crush on his art teacher, who might be tied
to the killer, typifies the growing pains explored in this often affecting
coming-of-age novel, with its acutely realistic sociological portrait of a town
but unconvincing and unsuspenseful plot.
Trip by Stephen Schwandt YA
Eddie Lymurek falls into the clutches of attractive, rich Angela Favor, which
almost costs him everything. Angela is involved in a theater troupe that lost
its director, Corey Howe-Browne, when his immoral acts with some of the young
players were revealed and he disappeared. His body is pulled from the bottom of
Lake Minnetonka. Eddie's relationship with Angela changes as she reveals more of
her deceptive, narcissistic nature and finally prompts the police to question
Eddie as a suspect in Howe-Browne's murder.
Secret Keeper by Gloria
Whelan YA Whelan, G.
``keeper,'' or babysitter, for 10-year-old Matt, Annie is at first impressed
with the Beaches, a prestigious summer community on Lake Michigan. But before
long, she begins to see something disturbing behind the resort's clannish unity.
The wealthy families have been coming to the Beaches every summer for
generations, and she and Matt are outsiders. Matt's mother was from one of the
Beaches' prominent families, but she married a local and later died in a car
crash. Matt's father is hated and feared by the Beaches' residents, which
puzzles Annie at first when she secretly allows Matt to see him. The older man
proves dangerous and charming, and ultimately kidnaps his son. The men of the
Beaches rescue Matt, but Annie realizes in horror that they have dealt with the
``problem'' permanently . Fearing for her life, Annie flees the security of the
exclusive resort, uncertain that she has made the right decision. Containing
many elements of a modern-day Gothic, Whelan's thoroughly satisfying novel is
sure to produce shivers. Ages 12-up.
Show Me the
Evidence by Alane Ferguson
best friends are living a nightmare. Three babies are dead. There is no
evidence, just empty caskets. Nothing to prove the babies died of anything but a
crib death. Lauren Taylor and Janaan Kashad race against time to solve the
mystery and to save themselves.
by M. E. Kerr
Fell is back: in private school; in the secret
Sevens club; in love, maybe; and in trouble, definitely. A murder suspect, drug
dealers, a two-timing romantic interest, and the FBI keep our hero occupied.
Me by Christopher Pike
YA Pike, C.
Shari Cooper was a typical teen with boyfriend trouble and cravings for
chocolate cake. Now she's a ghost trying to solve her own murder.
by Theodore Taylor YA Taylor, T.
Fifteen-year-old Ben must cope alone when a mysterious sniper begins
shooting the big cats in his family's private zoological preserve.
Man Who Was Poe
YA Mystery, AVI
Providence, R.I., in 1848, Edgar Allan Poe reluctantly investigates the problems
of eleven-year-old Edmund, whose family has mysteriously disappeared and whose
story suggests a new Poe tale with a ghastly final twist.
Loring Groves by Sonia
gripping, well-written problem novel that is based on a true story. The
``incident'' at Loring Groves is the disappearance and murder of a teenage girl.
A group of her high-school classmates stumble across her body during a party at
an unoccupied cottage that they have broken into. Concerned only for themselves,
they decide not to report the body and do their best to forget that the incident
ever happened. Two students can't forget, however, and Cassidy Keaton and Ken
Farquar struggle with their fears, their consciences, and peer pressure in an
effort to come to grips with what the murder has taught them about their
classmates and themselves. This is a disturbing and all too believable look at
teenagers growing up today. Cassidy and Ken are bright, highly motivated, decent
teens who barely notice the drinking and drugs that are commonplace in their
group. Both are well aware that the right thing to do is to call the police, but
both are desperately concerned with how this could affect their futures, their
chances at getting into the best schools, the best clubs, etc.
Fiddle by Ronald Kidd
Prudence Szyznoski is "Sizzle" and Arthur Hadley Reavis Pauling
III is "Splat". They are both part of the Los Angeles Philharomic
Orchestra, which was recently being troubled by a merry prankster, playing
pranks on the orchestra. Sizzle and Splat are determined to find who the merry
prankster really is, but every time they think they are closer to the answer,
they are actually further away. Sizzle is the one with the brains and
Splat...maybe the one with no brains. They had quite a few suspects to question,
and almost solved the mystery when they interrogate each one.
Though they had gone through a lot of investigation and all of their theories
made perfect sense, and I had thought they solved the mystery wach time the
suspect someone in the orchestra, they had never guess who was the merry
prankster. They also didn't know that trying to solve the case could get in so
much danger, they could have been killed...
in the North by Philip Pullman YA Pullman, P.
The year is 1878 and Sally Lockhart has just started her own financial
consulting business when one of her clients loses a fortune in the unexpected
collapse of a British shipping firm. As she struggles to learn why, she comes
closer to the answers--and her own demise.
The Accident by Todd
Strasser YA Strasser, T.
Eighteen-year-old Matt Thompson's close friend, Bobby Stewart, the son of
a rich philanthropist and the nephew of a popular candidate for governor, dies
with three other classmates in a late night auto accident following a drinking
party. News reports blame Matt's neighbor, Chris Walsh, who was also killed in
the accident, because he was a known alcoholic. But Matt, tipped off about the
blood alcohol counts of the four dead teenagers, begins to suspect that all is
not what it appears to be. With the help of the only black policemen on the town
force and Chris' younger brain-damaged sister, Matt uncovers the truth. There's
a big catch, however, and Matt must decide whether to tell the truth or keep
quiet. Amidst the didactic lessons about racism on the police force and drunk
driving, Strasser raises the questions of whether the end justifies the means
and the importance of the public's right to have information.
by Barbara Brenner
Set in Arizona, The Falcon Sting is an entertaining mystery with a touch
of romance. Marina Cassidy meets Nick Menaker, an attractive, troubled young man
with a past he doesn't want to talk about. They share an interest in observing
wild birds, particularly falcons, and before long these two loners find
themselves in the midst of a federal investigation into the extremely profitable
smuggling of falcons (an endangered species) out of the country.