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AWARD WINNERS: The 2015 Edgar Awards

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The art of secrets

Klise, James, 1967-

TEEN KLISE

When some quirky art donated to a school fundraising effort to help a Pakistani American family, victims of a possible hate crime, is revealed to be an unknown work by a famous outsider artist, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, adults and teenagers alike debate who should get the money and begin to question each other's motivations.

2015 Winner


Nearly gone

Cosimano, Elle.

TEEN COSIMAN

A math-whiz from a trailer park discovers she's the only student capable of unraveling complex clues left by a serial killer who's systematically getting rid of her classmates.

2015 Nominee


Fake ID

Giles, L. R. (Lamar R.), author.

TEEN GILES

An African-American teen in the Witness Protection Program moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead.

2015 Nominee


The prince of Venice Beach

Nelson, Blake, 1960-

TEEN NELSON

Robert "Cali" Callahan, seventeen, gets swept up into the private-investigator business and must deal with the ramifications of looking for fellow runaways who may not want to be found--and with falling in love with one of them.

2015 Nominee


The doubt factory

Bacigalupi, Paolo, author.

TEEN BACIGAL

When a radical band of teen activists [claims] that Alix's powerful father covers up wrongdoing by corporations that knowingly allow innocent victims to die in order to make enormous profits from unsafe products, she must decide if she will blow the whistle on his misdeeds.

2015 Nominee


Ketchup clouds : a novel

Pitcher, Annabel.

TEEN PITCHER

Zoe, a teenager in Bath, England, writes letters to a death-row inmate in Texas, hoping to find comfort in sharing her guilty secret over the death of a friend with someone who can never tell her family.

2014 Winner


How to lead a life of crime

Miller, Kirsten, 1973-

TEEN MILLER

A teenaged pickpocket, haunted by the ghost of his brother killed by his father, is recruited for Mandel Academy, a school for criminals where only one student survives each semester.

2014 Nominee


Criminal

McVoy, Terra Elan.

TEEN MCVOY

Eighteen-year-old Nikki's unconditional love for Dee helps her escape from her problems, but when he involves her in a murder Nikki winds up in prison, confronted with hard facts that challenge whether Dee ever loved her, and she can only save herself by telling the truth about Dee.

2014 Nominee


Far far away

McNeal, Tom.

TEEN MCNEAL

When Jeremy Johnson Johnson's strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown.

2014 Nominee


All the truth that's in me

Berry, Julie, 1974-

TEEN BERRY

Judith can't speak. But when her close-knit community of Roswell Station is attacked by enemies, Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice.

2014 Nominee


Code name Verity

Wein, Elizabeth.

TEEN WEIN

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

2013 Winner


The silence of murder

Mackall, Dandi Daley.

TEEN MACKALL

Sixteen-year-old Hope must defend her developmentally disabled older brother (who has not spoken a word since he was nine) when he is accused of murdering a beloved high school baseball coach.

2012 Winner


The interrogation of Gabriel James

Price, Charlie.

TEEN PRICE

As an eyewitness to two murders, a Montana teenager relates the shocking story behind the crimes in a police interrogation interspersed with flashbacks.

2011 Winner


Reality check

Abrahams, Peter, 1947-

TEEN ABRAHAM

After a knee injury destroys sixteen-year-old Cody's college hopes, he drops out of high school and gets a job in his small Montana town, but when his ex-girlfriend disappears from her Vermont boarding school, Cody travels cross-country to join the search.

2010 Winner


Paper towns

Green, John, 1977-

TEEN GREEN

One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

2009 Winner


Rat life

Arnold, Tedd.

TEEN ARNOLD

After developing an unusual friendship with a young Vietnam War veteran in 1972, fourteen-year-old Todd discovers his writing talent and solves a murder mystery.

2008 Winner


Buried

MacCready, Robin Merrow.

TEEN MACCREA

When her alcoholic mother goes missing, seventeen-year-old Claudine begins to spin out of control, despite her attempts to impose order on every aspect of her life.

2007 Winner


Last shot : a Final Four mystery

Feinstein, John.

TEEN FEINSTE

After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.

2006 Winner


Acceleration

McNamee, Graham.

eBOOK OVERDRI

Stuck working in the Lost and Found of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan finds the diary of a serial killer and sets out to stop him.

2004 Winner


The boy in the burning house

Wynne-Jones, Tim.

TEEN WYNNE J

Trying to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance from their rural Canadian community, fourteen-year-old Jim gets help from the disturbed Ruth Rose, who suspects her stepfather, a local pastor.

2002 Winner


The killer's cousin

Werlin, Nancy.

TEEN WERLIN

After being acquitted of murder, seventeen-year-old David goes to stay with relatives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he finds himself forced to face his past as he learns more about his strange young cousin Lily.

1999 Winner


Ghost canoe

Hobbs, Will.

TEEN HOBBS

Fourteen-year-old Nathan, fishing with the Makah in the Pacific Northwest, finds himself holding a vital clue when a mysterious stranger comes to town looking for Spanish treasure.

1998 Winner


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