Friday, January 20, 2012

2012 Edgar Award Nominees

The nominations for the 2012 Edgar Awards were announced yesterday by the Mystery Writers of America. The Edgars, named after Edgar Allan Poe, honor the best in mystery fiction and nonfiction. Winners will be announced on April 26th in New York.

The nominees for Best Juvenile Mystery are:

Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger
Horton, an upstanding kitchen boy in a castle in nineteenth-century England, becomes embroiled in a mystery surrounding a series of thefts, which is also connected to the pursuit of a very eligible and wealthy young lady's affections.

It Happened on a Train by Mac Barnett (Brixton Brothers #3)
Seventh-grader Steve Brixton finds himself pulled back into sleuthing when, during a train trip down the California coast, he uncovers a mystery involving a fleet of priceless automobiles, an assassin, and a private rail car.

Vanished by Sheela Chari
Eleven-year-old Neela must solve the mystery when her beautiful, but cursed, veena, a classical Indian musical instrument, goes missing.

Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
Princess Solveig and her siblings are trapped in a hidden fortress tucked between towering mountains and a frozen fjord, along with her best friend and an army of restless soldiers, all awaiting news of the king's victory in battle, but as they wait for winter's end and the all-encompassing ice to break, acts of treachery make it clear that a traitor lurks in their midst.

The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey
In 1877, in an enchantment shop on the last of the Faerie roads linking New York City to the Land of the Fey, just after twelve-year-old Oona opts to relinquish her apprenticeship to her uncle, the Wizard, and become a detective, her uncle is stabbed, testing her skills.

Which do you think should win? Read the nominees and leave your thoughts in the comments!

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