Help Us Assemble a Youth Mystery Lineup!

BookendsCindy and Lynn: We decided to assemble a lineup of favorite youth and teen mystery titles by grilling some prime suspects: the members of our after-school book club. Their search through our library stacks turned into quite a crime scene as they rifled the shelves.

Skink by Carl Hiaasen is a favorite and we had to handcuff Sierra to the paperback racks to control her enthusiasm.

Sierra with Skink by Carl Hiaasen

The same goes for Ian and his favorite from this year, Dark Energy by Robinson Wells. We shackled him to a book cart.Ian and Dark Energy by Robinson Wells

Trench coat-wearing Cate is a big fan of Cherie Priest’s I Am Princess X. She likes the combo of mystery, thriller, and graphic novel.

Cate with I am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Meagan is using a magnifying glass to take a closer look at Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ first Fixer novel. She was excited to learn that we have the sequel, The Long Game (June 2016).

Meagan with The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

But some of our teens take their favorites very seriously. We’re still investigating the crime scene we found in the middle of the library.

Harbor Lights Library mock crime scene

Harbor Lights Library mock crime scene close-up
#mysterymonthWe’re not convinced that our detective work is thorough enough: we need Bookends readers to submit their own favorites. Bonus points for creativity in your arrest report, whether visual or written. We need evidence!



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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