Sunday, January 22, 2012

And Finally, Book 'em: W.H. Beck's Favorites Mysteries of 2011

With all the recent books news, don't miss these mysteries! These are some of my and my students favorites that came out last year.

Icefall by Matthew Kirby
I'm onboard with the Edgar nomination this one just got. Love the setting, the whodunnit plot, and the message about the power of stories. Learn more about it here:

Amelia Lsot
Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming
Who says mysteries have to be fictional? The nonfiction account of Amelia Earhart's disappearance kept me on the edge of my seat--even though I already knew how the mystery ended! Now that's good writing.

Sidekicks by Jack Ferraiolo
Bright Boy (aka Scott Hutchinson) has always been a loyal sidekick to superhero Phantom Justice. But now Bright Boy is growing up--and Phantom Justice's costumes and catch phrases are sounding a little lame. Then Scott accidentally learns the secret identity of his lifelong nemesis, Monkeywrench (who happens to be a girl at his school), and everything he knows about himself both as Scott and as Bright Boy world is turned upsidedown. Which side is the good side again?

The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander
Mac fixes things. If you have a problem, meet him and his right-hand man, Vince, in the fourth stall of  the boys' bathroom the east wing of the school, and Mac'll help. For a fee, of course. Then a third grader comes in, asking for protection, and everything blows up in Mac's face. This take-off of the Godfather is hilarious, but also a great mystery.

And guess what? There's a sequel! The Fourth Stall, Part II.

The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin

Missing on Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach

Simon, Henry, and Jack Barker have recently moved to Arizona. In their new home, they are intruiged by the stories and legends of lost treasure and mysterious disappearances surrounding the nearby Superstition Mountain. Then the boys have to chase their runaway cat up the mountain., and they discover three human skulls. And just like that, the brothers are drawn into the mysteries of the mountains--but will they survive them?

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