Archive for January, 2010


Looking for a good mystery?

If you enjoy mysteries, you may want to check out one of the following books. Each year the Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar Awards to honor the best in mysteries. There is a category for teen novels, and this year’s nominees were recently announced. If you’re looking for a good mystery, you may want to start with one of these nominees. (This year’s fifth nominee, Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone by Dene Low, won’t be available until June. As a result, I haven’t listed it here cause, um, you can’t get it at the library yet.) The winner will be announced on April 29th.

Edgar Nominees Available at Monroe County Public Libraries:

If the Witness Lied, Caroline Cooney
Torn apart by tragedies and the publicity they brought, siblings Smithy, Jack, and Madison, aged fourteen to sixteen, tap into their parent’s courage to pull together and protect their brother Tris, nearly three, from further media exploitation and a much more sinister threat.

The Morgue and Me, John C. Ford
Eighteen-year-old Christopher, who plans to be a spy, learns of a murder cover-up through his summer job as a morgue assistant and teams up with Tina, a gorgeous newspaper reporter, to investigate, despite great danger.

Reality Check, Peter Abrahams
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.

Shadowed Summer, Saundra Mitchell
In the small town of Ondine, Louisiana, fourteen-year-old Iris uncovers family secrets when she conjures up the ghost of a boy missing for decades and decides to solve the mystery of his disappearance.

A new blog for a new year

Hey everyone! We’re trying out something new with the teen site… by making it a teen blog instead. What kinds of things are important to you? Something entertaining? Informative? Humorous? Do you want art, poetry, book reviews? Do YOU want to let us know what’s on your mind?