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The Best Children's Mystery Stories

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Children's Mystery Stories

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The Mystery Writers of America come out every year with their Edgar Awards, named for Edgar Allan Poe. These awards are for the best in crime and mystery fiction.

Not only are there Edgars for Best Young Adult Mystery Novel and Best Juvenile Mystery Fiction, but the MWA presents awards for any number of grown up categories as well, including film.

(Which explains why I have a soft spot for The Edgars in particular and Mystery in general. In 1995 I was nominated for Best Screenplay for my movie The Last Seduction. And I began my career writing stories for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.)

Children's mysteries encourage reading in a way other books can't. A whodunit keeps you wondering until the end! For a curious kid, that can make them the hardest books to put down.

The Edgar Award - Best Young Adult Mystery Novel

  • 2016 A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
  • 2015 The Art of Secrets by James Klise
  • 2014 Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
  • 2013 Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • 2012 The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall
  • 2011 The Interrogation of Gabriel James by Charlie Price
  • 2010 Reality Check by Peter Abrahams
  • 2009 Paper Towns by John Green
  • 2008 Rat Life by Tedd Arnold
  • 2007 Buried by Robin Merrow MacCready
  • 2006 Last Shot by John Feinstein
  • 2005 In Darkness, Death by Dorothy Hoobler, Thomas Hoobler
  • 2004 Acceleration by Graham McNamee
  • 2003 The Wessex Papers, Vols. 1-3 by Daniel Parker
  • 2002 The Boy in the Burning House by Tim Wynne-Jones
  • 2001 Counterfeit Son by Elaine Marie Alphin
  • 2000 Never Trust a Dead Man by Vivian Vande Velde
  • 1999 The Killer's Cousin by Nancy Werlin
  • 1998 Ghost Canoe by Will Hobbs
  • 1997 Twisted Summer by Willo Davis Roberts
  • 1996 Prophecy Rock by Rob MacGregor
  • 1995 Toughing It by Nancy Springer
  • 1994 The Name of the Game Was Murder by Joan Lowery Nixon

  • 1993 A Little Bit Dead by Chap Reaver
  • 1992 The Weirdo by Theodore Taylor
  • 1991 Mote by Chap Reaver
  • 1990 Show Me the Evidence by Alane Ferguson
  • 1989 Incident at Loring Groves by Sonia Levitin

  • The Edgar Award - Best Juvenile Mystery Fiction

    • 2016 Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy by Susan Vaught
    • 2015 Greenglass House by Kate Milford
    • 2014 One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
    • 2013 The Quick Fix by Jack D. Ferraiolo
    • 2012 Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
    • 2011 The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler
    • 2010 Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn
    • 2009 The Postcard by Tony Abbott
    • 2008 The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh
    • 2007 Room One: A Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements
    • 2006 The Boys of San Joaquin by D. James Smith
    • 2005 Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
    • 2004 Bernie Magruder & the Bats in the Belfry by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    • 2003 Harriet Spies Again by Helen Ericson
    • 2002 Dangling by Lillian Eige
    • 2001 Dovey Coe by Frances O'Roark Dowell
    • 2000 The Night Flyers by Elizabeth McDavid Jones
    • 1999 Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen
    • 1998 Sparrows in the Scullery by Barbara Brooks Wallace
    • 1997 The Clearing by Dorothy Reynolds Miller
    • 1996 Looking for Jamie Bridger by Nancy Springer
    • 1995 The Absolutely True Story...How I Visited Yellowstone Park with the Terrible Rubes by Willo Davis Roberts
    • 1994 The Twin in the Tavern by Barbara Brooks Wallace
    • 1993 Coffin on a Case! by Eve Bunting
    • 1992 Wanted...Mud Blossom by Betsy Byars
    • 1991 Stonewords by Pam Conrad
    • 1989 Megan's Island by Willo Davis Roberts
    • 1988 Lucy Forever and Miss Rosetree, Shrinks by Susan Shreve
    • 1987 The Other Side of Dark by Joan Lowery Nixon
    • 1986 The Sandman's Eyes by Patricia Windsor
    • 1985 Night Cry by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    • 1984 The Callender Papers by Cynthia Voigt
    • 1983 The Murder of Hound Dog Bates by Robbie Branscum
    • 1982 Taking Terri Mueller by Norma Fox Mazer
    • 1981 The Seance by Joan Lowery Nixon
    • 1980 The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore by Joan Lowery Nixon
    • 1979 Alone in Wolf Hollow by Dana Brookins
    • 1978 A Really Weird Summer by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  • 1977 Are You in the House Alone? by Richard Peck
  • 1976 Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien
  • 1975 The Dangling Witness by Jay Bennett
  • 1974 The Long Black Coat by Jay Bennett
  • 1973 Deathwatch by Robb White
  • 1972 Nightfall by Joan Aiken
  • 1971 The Intruder by John Rowe Townsend
  • 1970 Danger at Black Dyke by Winfred Finlay
  • 1969 The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton
  • 1968 Signpost to Terror by Gretchen Sprague
  • 1967 Sinbad and Me by Kin Platt
  • 1966 The Mystery of 22 East by Leon Ware
  • 1965 Mystery at Crane's Landing by Marcella Thum
  • 1964 Mystery of the Hidden Hand by Phyllis A. Whitney
  • 1963 Cutlass Island by Scott Corbett
  • 1962 The Phantom of Walkaway Hill by Edward Fenton
  • 1961 The Mystery of the Haunted Pool by Phyllis A. Whitney

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    Make Children's Mystery Stories a Habit

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