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Michael Winerip! Michael Winerip (2005)
Adam Canfield of the Slash. Candlewick
Adam is the new coeditor of "The Slash" - a school newspaper. He and two other student journalists find out that the school's ambitious principal may be involved in a case of fund misuse. Should they report the case in their newspaper, or settle for an easy way out? Written by a Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist for the New York Times. Grades 5-8. More...
Edgar Alan Poe / Gris Grimly! Edgar Alan Poe / Gris Grimly (2004)
Tales of Mystery and Madness. Atheneum
This volume includes four novels of archetypal horror writer Poe in abridged format: The Black Cat -- The Masque of the Red Death -- Hop-Frog -- The Fall of the House of Usher. These macabre and psychologically troubling tales are fantastically illustrated by Gris Grimly. Psychological suspense for young adults. More...
       
Michael Bond! Michael Bond (2006)
Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Militant Housewives. Allison & Busby
What can you expect from a story that starts with an exploding coffin at a funeral ceremony, where the main heroes are Paris Surete Inspector Monsieur Pamplemousse and his bloodhound Pommes Frittes, and a CIA agent pretending to be a cuisine chef and experimenting with a dog translator? Hilarious entertainment - especially for young adults. More...
Carl Hiaasen! Carl Hiaasen (2005)
Flush. Knopf Books for Young Readers
The story is about greed, environmental crime, and corruption. The plot is set in the Sunshine State of Florida, where the Coral Queen, a gambling ship is dumping waste into the local waters. Noah and and his sister Abbey are trying to help their father, who is in prison for sinking the ship. Most reviewers say the book is cool, really funny and action-packed. Grades 5-8. More...
       
Jacqueline Winspear! Jacqueline Winspear (2004)
Maisie Dobbs. Penguin Books
Winspear's moving story of Maisie Dobbs may use an outdated female role-model, but her heroine's character and intellect has more substance and depths than can be found in most present-day literature for young adults. The story vividly recreates the period before and after WWI through the experience of a young, intelligent women, who in 1929 has become a private investigator. More...
Peter Abrahams! Peter Abrahams (2005)
Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery. Laura Geringer
In his first suspense novel for ages 10-up, bestselling author Abrahams tells the story of 13-year-old Ingrid Levin-Hill. She plays soccer and is title actor of "Alice in Wonderland" at the local theater in small-town Echo Falls. As another actor, the eccentric Katherine Kovac, is murdered, Ingrid becomes an amateur investigator. If you want to get your children reading, give them this topnotch mystery. More...
       

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