Friday, January 16, 2009

2009 Edgar Allan Poe nominees - children's and YA

The nominees for the 2009 Edgar Allan Poe awards were announced this morning. Winners will be announced at the banquet on Thursday, April 30th.


The Postcard by Tony Abbott (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Enigma: A Magical Mystery by Graeme Base (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff (Random House Children’s Books – Wendy Lamb Books)
The Witches of Dredmoore Hollow by Riford McKenzie (Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books) Cemetary Street by Brenda Seabrooke (Holiday House)

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd (Random House Children’s Books – David Fickling Books)
The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo (Harry N. Abrams Books – Amulet Books)
Paper Towns by John Green (Penguin Young Readers Group – Dutton Children’s Books)
Getting the Girl by Susan Juby (HarperCollins Children’s Books - HarperTeen)
Torn to Pieces by Margo McDonnell (Random House Children’s Books – Delacorte Books for Young Readers)

Looks like I have some more reading to do! There'll be plenty of time AFTER January 26th...

Last year's winners were:

Juvenile - The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh (Hyperion Books for Young Readers)
YA - Rat Life by Tedd Arnold (Penguin - Dial Books for Young Readers)

The Night Tourist was fast-paced enough to keep me reading, though I didn't love it. Didn't read Rat Life. See? I can't keep up.


  1. I am an avid reader of adult mysteries, but I have never found juvenile mysteries to be nearly as satisfying. The best of the adult genre offer interesting characters, richly imagined settings, and facile prose -- in addition to plot, of course. I don't find all of these in mysteries written for children, even the Poe award winners.

  2. I agree - weird, isn't it? I love children's fantasies as much or more than adult fantasies.
    Have you read The London Eye Mystery by Dowd? That's a wonderful exception.