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John Spray Mystery Award (2019)

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 9 to 100
  • Grade: 4 to 17
tagged: children's awards, john spray, awards, mysteries, award nominees
The shortlist for the $5,000 2019 John Spray Mystery Award for children.

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Call of the Wraith

by Kevin Sands
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook Audiobook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, europe

Christopher Rowe is back and there are more puzzles, riddles, and secrets to uncover in this fourth novel of the award-winning Blackthorn Key series.

Christopher Rowe has no idea who he is. After being shipwrecked in Devonshire, he wakes up alone, his memories gone. Villagers tell him he was possessed by an unseen evil, and only became conscious af …

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Aftermath

by Kelley Armstrong
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: thrillers & suspense, contemporary, siblings

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong delivers spine-chilling thrills as a small town deals with the fallout of a school shooting. Secrets don't remain hidden for long in this read: perfect for fans of Kara Thomas's Darkest Corners and Lynn Weingarten's Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls.

Three years ago, Skye's brother Luka died in …

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Wolfe in Shepherd's Clothing

by Angie Counios & David Gane
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 13
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, amateur sleuth

Be careful who you trust. When Charlie Wolfe winds up homeless, Tony Shepherd's family takes him in. But Tony's parents have one request: No more mysteries! The boys want to keep their word … but someone is leaving dismembered bodies around the city and Detective Gekas is asking what they know. Soon, Tony and Charlie are caught in a labyrinth of …

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Tank & Fizz: The Case of Firebane's Folly

by Liam O'Donnell, illustrated by Mike Deas
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: mystery & detective, monsters, fantasy & magic

When their school bus veers off course while taking the kids from Gravelmuck Elementary on a field trip, monster detectives Tank and Fizz witness a crime that brings them snout to snout with Rockfall Mountain's oldest monster, the ancient dragon Firebane Drakeclaw. Thieves have stolen the Crown of Peace, which keeps the monster clans of the Dark D …